Thursday, October 18, 2018

Try Tuesday or Wednesday mornings!
for a consult massage therapy treatment

Sometimes our clients need a bit of extra time. To consult. To figure out a long term treatment plan.

The perfect time for a consult massage therapy treatment is on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.

“Academy Massage Therapy can handle most any situation,” said owner, Debby MacKenzie. “Ours is a caring, effective and highly efficient schedule for our massage clients. And on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - in the mornings we find our usual pace is more relaxed.”

“The mornings of those two days of the week from about 9 am to 1 pm, just seem to have a different rhythm about them,” noted Debby.

“So if existing clients want to come in to talk about what’s going on - how their current massage regime is progressing. What’s working for them. And what massage directions might be enhanced. Those are the times best suited for a consult and a massage,” Debby explained.

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are also a good time for brand new clients to book their appointments. For new clients, their areas of interest are likely for focus upon - what situation has brought them into Academy Massage, and what they would like to get out of the massage experience.

“Our massage therapists are well suited to explaining the benefits of massage, both as a one-off, and particularly through adherence to a strategic and ongoing schedule,” Debby added.

Want to find out about Tuesday and Wednesday morning appointment openings at Academy Massage Therapy? Please call us, and one of our helpful front desk staff will assist you.

We look forward to booking a consult and massage appointment for you!

See you soon.


Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To talk or not to talk, that is the question

Many clients wonder if they should talk during their massage treatment. The answer is - it’s really totally up to you.

Here are some things to think about, when figuring out the best direction for you:

• at the beginning of a massage treatment, it is beneficial to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. This will help put you in a relaxed frame of mind, to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

• some people choose to use their massage time to meditate, and forget about their worries. Other people even fall asleep during their treatment. For massage therapists this is a huge compliment!

• Certain types of massage, such as deep tissue massage and sports massage, require more feedback from you. This is because the massage therapist is working on deeper layers of muscle, and want to be certain the pressure that is being applied is not uncomfortable.

“Never feel obligated to talk or chat,” said Academy Massage Therapy owner, Debby MacKenzie. “Your massage is your time, and as your massage therapist it’s my job to make certain you are feeling really good during your treatment. That means, regarding talking - there’s no obligation one way or the other.”

“At the same time, we want our clients to realize that we encourage them to speak up. Our massage therapists want to know if a treatment is too intense. This is particularly important for clients who are receiving deep tissue or sports massage, to put into practice,” Debby added.

If you’re still a little unsure about whether chatting or napping is best for you, mention this quandary to our helpful staff at the reception desk when you check in for your appointment. They are certain to help put you at ease.

Look forward to seeing you at your next massage treatment at Academy Massage Therapy.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yes, Virginia, there is a pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkins. In the autumn they’re every where, and in everything. At Dollarama there’re pumpkin decorations, knick knacks, and seasonal serving dishes. At Tall Grass Prairie Bread there’re pumpkin muffins, loaves, cheesecake and pies.

And for those of us who still need more pumpkin - there are also pumpkin smoothies!

Here are two smoothie recipes which while focusing on the pumpkin, also have what it takes to help out with your post massage hydration.

Refreshing water choices provide a lift to your spirit, as well as your body. Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple.

Also remember to drink plenty of water, particularly after your massage! Drinking lots of water at this time will help flush out the toxins released during your massage, and rehydrate your muscles.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt1
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
1/2 cup skim milk3
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 cup ice

Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.
Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth - this may take longer depending upon the strength of your blender. Scrape down the sides of the blender, as needed.
Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick.
Add a couple more ice cubes, if desired
More spices work as well. It’s up to you.


Recipe notes
1. Feel free to use regular (none Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead - keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. The value of vanilla Greek yogurt, however, is not only its protein count, but also its incredible thick texture and vanilla taste.
2. Instead of pumpkin spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger and/or more cinnamon to taste.
3. Any milk is just fine here. However, be sure to adjust the protein content accordingly.

Yield: 2 smoothies, or 1 monster size smoothie

This delicious recipe was brought to you by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie tastes exactly like the traditional Thanksgiving dessert! Feel free to adjust the amount of spice to suit your taste. The recipe is easily doubled to serve more.

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons nonfat or light soy milk
1 teaspoon Truvia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups ice cubes

Add everything except the ice to the blender, and pulse until combined.
Add the ice, and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.


Recipe notes
• Any milk (1%, 2%, whole, almond, rice, etc.) may be used.
• Substitute your favourite sweetener, in place of Truvia.
• If not using a no-calorie sweetener, the nutritional information may change.

Yield: 1 smoothie

This super recipe was brought to you by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Christy Kim

• massage therapist
• reflexologist
• wholistic practitioner

In the health field for more than 18 years, Christy has worked out of Academy Massage Therapy for five years. She has a ready and welcoming smile, asks questions, and, as all of the massage therapists on site do - presents a solution-seeking manner.

“What I like about my job, is helping people feel better,” explained Christy. “I like that when the treatment is over - people are relaxed, their anxiety and pain reduced. And there is a go forward plan in place, if that’s what they would like.”

“I’m continually thinking about my clients, and ways in which I can help them,” she added. “So I’m one of those people who is always taking courses, and going after new certifications - so that I can respond with the best of my ability, to their needs.”

“And during a massage - when I hear that sigh of relief, I know I’m helping that person, and I’m doing my job.”

Christy’s areas of specialty include:

• massage therapy - remedial massage used for contracted muscles, joint issues, poor circulation, stress related pain, or accidents ranging from vehicular to falls, and everything in between.

• reflexology - feet, hands and ears:


have many reflex zones, and pressure points - manipulating these areas assists in pain relief, improves circulation, reduces body toxins and stress, while balancing the internal organs.


reflexology is a good choice for people with arthritis, aches, as well as those suffering from repetitive motion injuries or overuse of hand muscles.


also contain reflex zones that can assist in pain, anxiety and stress reduction along with toxin removal.

• East Indian head massage - originated in India over 1,000 years ago, as part of family grooming, particularly by mothers who wanted to encourage their daughter’s long, lustrous locks. This relaxing treatment focuses on the scalp, neck and shoulders, face and ears - to reduce stress, blood pressure, and restore life balance.

• ear candling - great for wax reduction. Excellent for tinnitus, vertigo, and enhancing mental clarity, as well as focus.

• foot detox - good for toxin removal. This treatment increases energy, reduces joint pain, relieves anxiety, improves circulation and assists with sinus conditions.

• reiki - a relaxation therapy, based on hand techniques which reduce stress, and encourage healing. This balancing treatment assists the body with emotional, mental, spiritual and physical rejuvenation.

• aroma touch therapy massage - this treatment involves eight essential oils - which in concert with soft touch therapy assists in stress reduction, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory control and body balancing.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book with a buddy!!!
A Special September Offer gives you $5 off

Believe in the benefits of massage, but just haven’t had the time to do anything about it during the summer?

As fall schedules roar into full gear, Academy Massage Therapy has your back with a 2018 Special September Offer for early birds in the early part of the week!!!

• book an appointment with a buddy - schedule it for the month of September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and both of you receive $5.00 off the cost of your massages.

• book an appointment, and refer a buddy - basically it’s the same thing - schedule your appointments to take place during September between 9 am and 1 pm Monday to Wednesday inclusive. You will receive $5.00 for your September massage, and so will your buddy when they come in during the month of September.

• however, what if it’s just you? Just book your appointment for September between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Wednesday inclusive, and you receive complimentary aroma therapy.

As you might imagine this September special is good - only for the month of September - in other words Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, inclusive.

Additionally, please note that qualified individuals receive $5 off a massage - only once - during the course of this Special September Offer. This is also the case for the complimentary aroma therapy.

This 2018 Special September Offer is not valid if combined with any other offer.

Please note: Academy Massage Therapy is closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in recognition of Labour Day. Regular hours continue the rest of September.

We look forward to celebrating September with you!

Love from,
Academy Massage Therapy