Thursday, January 17, 2019

Make the most of your massage!
remember to hydrate

Scheduling your massage:

Schedule your massage for a time when you will not feel rushed getting to, or leaving your appointment. Arriving at your appointment relaxed will help you completely embrace the benefits of your massage. Giving yourself down time after your appointment will allow you to drink plenty of water and an opportunity for your body to absorb the oils used during the treatment.

If you are not certain which type of massage will help you the most, ask our knowledgeable front support staff for assistance. Academy Massage Therapy offers many types of treatments, addressing different areas of the body. Picking the best suited treatment will help ensure the most beneficial results.

The day of your massage:

On work out days, complete your exercise program before your massage appointment. This will allow your tired muscles to get the most out of your massage. Additionally, please note there is some risk to working out after a massage. Strenuous post-massage activity will strain the muscles you have just relaxed, and there is a chance of injuring yourself.

Have a warm shower just prior to your massage, if time allows. This will help loosen your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.

Do not use perfume or aftershave on the day of your massage, as strong scents can be overwhelming. Part of your massage treatment may include essential oils - perfume or aftershave could also compete with the soothing, healing effects of the oils.

Avoid eating a large meal 2 to 3 hours prior to your massage appointment. Your do not want to arrive at your appointment feeling bloated and uncomfortably full.

Wear loose clothing without a lot of buttons or zippers and be certain to wear comfortable shoes.

After your massage:

Drink lots and lots of water.

Plan ahead and bring a refillable water bottle with you. Drinking plenty or water after your massage will help flush out the toxins released during your massage. It will also help re-hydrate your muscles.

It is best not to drink caffeine immediately after your massage, as caffeine can tense the muscles. Herbal tea is a great choice!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Now introducing
- Classical Homeopathy

Are you like many others - searching for a more natural holistic, approach to self care?
In response to this demand, Academy Massage Therapy is delivering!

We are introducing Classical Homeopathy, with homeopath Nancy Graham, DHom - an individual holistic approach to health and wellness which considers a person in their entirety - beginning Tuesday, January 15.

“Every individual has a physical body, mind, emotions and spirit - which is also known as the vital force. It is this vital force which supplies energy to every cell in your body. Life cannot be sustained without it,” explains Nancy.

“The Classical Homeopathy approach to health and wellness focuses intensely upon each person’s individual vitality and strength, and unique vital force,” she continues. “Once your vitality is restored on this energetic level, healing begins from the inside out.”

Nancy demonstrates the individualistic approach in practical terms.

“What one person is prescribed for a headache, for example, will differ from what is given to another person - because we all have our own unique expression of a headache.”

“This is because one of the main principles in homeopathic prescribing is “cures like cures”. This means the homeopathic remedy must match the totality of symptoms or the whole picture of your suffering.”

Nancy has a diploma in Classical Homeopathy and Naturopathy, through a four year program at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. She has a diploma in Massage Therapy, and worked in the field for 21 years, and is a certified reflexologist.

“I am truly humbled to have been able to follow my heart’s calling into this holistic health field,” says Nancy. “First I healed using homeopathy, and now I offer my service as a fully-accredited homeopath. I look forward to our journey together.”

“The addition of Nancy’s homeopathy services is a great way for Academy Massage Therapy to start the new year. Requests for this important service will now be fulfilled at our clinic by a professional with a passion for what she does, just imagine the positive impact it can have on clients,” says Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage, who notes how much she’s benefited from this treatment.

“We’re receiving a great response, as word of Nancy’s mid-month start date has circulated throughout the wellness community. People who want to book an appointment, should do that now by calling Academy Massage at 204-489-5050,” Debby notes.

For details on Classical Homeopathy visit Nancy’s website at

If you have a question about this new Academy Massage service, email her at

Fifteen minute phone consultations are provided free of charge.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

for the New Year

2019 will be here in 5 days. At the New Year, after the last refrain of Auld Lang Syne fades, and the cheering subsides, comes the sense of an opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings - around the world, between family and friends, and personally.

Academy Massage Therapy is looking toward the new year ahead - with great anticipation and delight, as we introduce new treatment service choices to our clients.

The first week of January we are pleased to:

introduce Classical Homeopathy, with Nancy Graham - an individual holistic approach to health and wellness which considers the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Check our next week’s blog for the details.

And in the coming weeks we’ll be blogging:

about the benefits of East Indian Head Massage, with Kristy Kim - a relaxing treatment which focuses on the scalp, neck and shoulders, face and ears - to reduce stress, blood pressure and restore life balance.

and telling you more about Manual Osteopathy, with Koorosh Saxton - a therapy which considers the whole body and its imbalances - gently manipulating the anatomy and physiology, so the body can heal itself.

In the meantime, at the beginning of January - schedule “me” time for yourself once a week for the entire month. The choices can be anything you want them to be. Take a nice long bath, listen to music, go for a walk, or do something else for yourself. And after the month is over, see if you can continue to make “me” time a weekly habit, and maintain the practice every week, for the entire year!

“Me” time can also be scheduling a massage, and because it’s the beginning of the year - you might even want to consider scheduling your massages for the entire year ahead. Should you want to consult of the direction of your massage program - Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are a great time to do a consult and have a massage.

“We’re here to help make your 2019 the best it can be,” says Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage. “Please let us know what we can do for you!”

“We’ve got you’re back. We’re all about comfort and care for your mind. body and soul.”

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The holidays are upon us
and we thank you

As the holidays arrive and we take a moment to reflect, Academy Massage Therapy would like to take the time to sincerely thank our clients for their patronage. We truly appreciate having the opportunity to work with you in providing our treatment based service.

Academy Massage is here for you for everyday conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain, while other clients seek the benefits of relaxation and grounding through regular massage, as an intrinsic part of their overall wellness.

Our approach is all encompassing. We provide comfort for your mind, body and soul, or as our tag line reads - “We’ve got your back!” from arrival to treatment we are with you all the way.

As we do every year we supported a number of community events and programs.
Among the groups we extended a hand to are: Operation Smile, Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, World of Water and World Vision.

May you, your family and friends enjoy all the blessings of the festive season!

Holiday hugs and much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, December 13, 2018

- and other tips to surviving the season well

The holidays are just around the corner, and let’s face it - the rush is on from now until the end of the year. There’s the preparation, the events, and the dishes. But basically it’s do-able. Here’s some tips on surviving your season well, and ending the year on a high note.

Breathe - We know the holidays can be a real race. So, every day take a few moments for yourself to just - breathe. Breathe deeply and slowly. It is one of the easiest ways to lower your body’s stress levels.

Stay active - Take a quick trip to the gym. Go to one of Winnipeg’s wonderful parks and revel in snow covered trees. Walking around the block works, as well, or build a snowman. If it’s cold outside, a mall is a great and warm escape. Keeping your body moving is calming.

Stretch - There are many benefits to stretching. It encourages blood flow to the muscles that have contracted because of in-activity or stress. Stretching can be a simple way to relieve some of this tension.

Eating healthy - With so many tasty treats around at this time of year, consider eating as healthy as you can when it’s possible, and forgive yourself when you don’t or can’t. Have veggies, fruits and or pack of nuts in your pocket for the times you want a healthy snack.

Sleep - You’d be surprised how much the amount, and quality of sleep you get, affects your wellbeing. During the holidays, every once in a while try to get bed at a decent time and enjoy some solid sleep.

Schedule a massage - Give Academy Massage Therapy a call to schedule an appointment. During this busy time of year, a massage can give you the boost you need to finish the year strong.

By utilizing these tips you’re giving yourself the best advantage to being well throughout the holidays, and being able to enjoy the companionship of relatives, friends and neighbours.

“Holiday happiness needs to include you. We’re here to do that for the people you care about, as well as for you - during the festive season and throughout the entire year, ” says Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage.

Call Academy Massage, or check out our website for holiday hours.

Wishing you the blessings of the season to you and yours!

Much love,
Academy Massage