Thursday, August 16, 2018

It’s the quality!

Because of its consistent high quality - Academy Massage Therapy ranks among the top three Winnipeg massage therapy studios for 2018.

This determination was announced at the beginning of the month by Best Three Rated, an organization developed with the expressed goal of identifying companies across a variety of service sectors that operate at the level of general excellence.

The review team which makes determinations, bases their work on a 50-Point inspection which includes a review of the reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost, as it relates to the business.

“This place has a wonderful atmosphere. I’ve been several times to a few different massage therapists, and each one has been excellent. The massage therapists have been friendly and professional. Everyone makes you feel welcome and makes sure you’re comfortable. The space is nicely decorated with a sunny waiting area. I’ll be back,” exclaimed one review.

And detailed rating notes added, “(Academy Massage) uses an integrated approach combining different techniques and customizing the massage to each client’s individual needs - gift cards are available - provides direct billing to insurance companies.”

“I believe this is our third win,” said a pleased Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage Therapy.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

We can all help in this heat

It’s blistering hot in Winnipeg. We can make it make easier for those who are having a tough time, if we lend a helping hand.

Donated water in being distributed by Siloam Mission to people who are vulnerable, and by Habitat for Humanity to volunteers who build affordable housing. News organizations have indicated that with the extreme and persistent heat, these organizations are now running out of bottled water.

Academy Massage Therapy wants you to know about this situation. Please help Siloam Mission and Habitat for Humanity if you are able. You can make a donation, or drop off some bottled water to these organizations. Or share this call for help with your neighbours, friends, and family.

Along with a number of other Winnipeg companies, we are working with the World of Water to provide bottled water to these groups.

Thank you for your help.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ahhhh, the (August) long weekend...

Academy Massage Therapy is taking appointments from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday, August 6th. These somewhat reduced hours will allow our clients time for a massage, and our staff, time to enjoy summer.

Originally called the Civic Holiday, Winnipeggers revelled in their first mid-summer long weekend in 1874 - in a perceived need for citizens to have another “day of relaxation” during the summer.

It’s also interesting to note the first references to Civic Holidays appear to have come from cities in Ontario (then known as Upper Canada) well before that date - 1856 in London, 1861 for Toronto, and Hamilton 1862.

Back then, this extra day off was celebrated as shops were closed, picnic baskets packed, and people headed out on foot, carriages, trains and steamers to get away from it all.

So 144 years, after the first Civic Holiday was declared in Winnipeg - use this day as a reason, or even an excuse to wander about. Enjoy the day at The Forks, Kildonan, Assiniboine or Peanut Park. Paddle along the Red, Assiniboine or Seine Rivers. Drive to Lockport, Grand Beach or the Peace Gardens.

Breathe deeply. Pack a lunch. Head out.

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What’s Academy Massage all about?

“We’ve got your back!”, says the sign on our building, the banner at the reception desk, and the slogan on our therapists’ t-shirts.

Academy Massage Therapy is a treatment based service for everyday conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Some seek the benefits of relaxation and grounding through regular massage, as an intrinsic part of their overall wellness.

A vibrant, long time business, located at the corner of Academy Road and Lanark Street, Academy Massage has recently expanded, with more than 50 therapists on staff, open 7 days a week

The therapeutic skills of our RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists) are as varied as the clients themselves. We have therapists specializing in osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, visceral manipulation, hot stones, reflexology, ear candling, prenatal support, and many other areas.

Not certain about what you need or how to get started? Picking up the phone is an excellent first step. Our receptionists will ask you questions to match your needs with just the right therapist.

Owner, Debby MacKenzie, works with her staff in creating a welcoming, thoughtful, and supportive environment. People smile as you come in the door, your appointment is confirmed by someone who enjoys their job, and there’s a pitcher of cool water in the sunny waiting room. Your therapist greets you by name.

Another important part of our service that has been simplified is payment. Debby saw to that years ago. Academy Massage was one of the first in Winnipeg to introduce direct billing.

“We listen,” she says.

Debby trained in the U.K., and worked there, as well as in France. She opened Academy Massage, when she came to Canada.

“It’s not a job,” she says of her beloved business, “It’s my life, and my lifestyle.”

Academy Massage, 561 Academy Road, is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Call them at 204-489-5050.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dive into DIY drinks

It’s a hot summer in Manitoba.

Some people love it, and others not so much.

But no matter what your preference to summer temperatures, your body needs to be hydrated - both in response to the weather, as well as before and after your massage.

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.

Here’s two simple delicious recipes, to promote hydration.

The first one uses fresh blueberries which you can find on sale in the grocery stores right now. And the second recipe uses papaya, loved in Asia, as much as North Americans love blueberries.

Lemon Blueberry Blast

1/2 lemon
handful of blueberries, slightly mashed
water (according your taste)

cut the lemon into slices
add all the ingredients to a pitcher
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour


Papaya Lime Lift-Off Smoothie

1/2 lime
1/2 a medium-sized papaya (yellow in colour, soft to the touch)
ice cubes
water (according your taste)
plain or vanilla greek yogurt (optional)

squeeze the lime into the water, removing any seeds which fall into the water
slice the papaya lengthwise into half, (like an avocado)
scrap out the seeds with a spoon, and discard them
peel the rind from the papaya fruit
chop the fruit into small chunks (150 grams)
add all the ingredients into a blender, including 1 or 2 tablespoons of yogurt, if desired
blend until smooth
chill in the fridge until cold, about 1 hour


Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Academy Massage Therapy is very pleased to offer the services of Manual Osteopath, Koorosh Saxton, to its clients. This therapy considers the whole body and its imbalances - gently manipulating the anatomy and physiology, so the body can heal itself.

What does a Manual Osteopath do?

Manual Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to address imbalances in the body, from a whole body perspective. This includes treating muscles, bones, joints, organs and fascia through the soft tissues of the body to achieve and maintain structural balance and health.

Treatment methods
Manual Osteopaths identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on fundamental technique called osteopathic palpation. Individuals who work in this field develop a very fine sense of touch - to master osteopathic palpation, which makes it different from other forms of therapy.

Advanced Fascia Release
Manual osteopaths use advanced fascia release in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues, and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system function more effectively.

Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both the superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make certain the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, practitioners continue to check the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, another approach is taken instead. Above all, manual osteopaths try to restore health without over-treating.

Manual Osteopaths use this technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, making them more mobile, and also reducing pain and discomfort.

The osteoarticular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces. Before doing this, the practitioner carefully prepares the soft tissues around the treatment area. The patient is also moved into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the maneuver. Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.

This is very gentle osteopathic treatment, requires great experience. To learn it, Manual Osteopaths undergo intensive training - sensitizing their hands to cranial mobility, and developing great precision in utilizing cranial techniques.

Practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Manual osteopaths do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum, as well as the rest of the body. Manual osteopaths use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition, and may, as a result, modify the technique during the course of a treatment.

Visceral Manipulation
Manual Osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder and uterus. Patients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. The structures themselves, as well as the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them are gently moved to restore full movement. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only the gentle pressure of the manual osteopath’s hand, but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, as well as blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

The above (and many other) osteopathic manual techniques and approaches are used in a coordinated and rational fashion to slowly adjust the client’s anatomy and physiology towards normal, so that the body can heal itself.

This information was taken from the
National Manual Osteopathic College website

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Your kids also need massage

It’s summer! Your kids are running about! Each of them going in opposite directions. Racing towards a different activity or sport.

All of this motion is great summer fun.

But there are also the accompanying bumps, twists and falls to contend with.

The Vancouver-based Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Child & Youth Injury Prevention note that, “Sport and recreation injuries are a significant health problem in Canada, and leading cause of injury requiring medical attention among adolescents.”

Their background information on sport injury study goes on to say that, “Sport injuries account for approximately 50% of all injury to secondary school students, with the medically treated injury rate for high school (HS) (ages 14 - 18) and junior high school (JHS) students (ages 11-14) being 40 and 30 injuries/100student/year respectively.”

At Academy Massage Therapy, we have targeted massage treatments for children and youth who have sports and recreation related needs.

Parents/guardians and their children under the age of 12 are in the same room for the child’s treatment sessions. In fact, the parent and the child may also both receive treatments are the same time!

Talk to us about our preventative and healing therapies provided by our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT).

Please note, most insurance plans include coverage for children.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Say hello to your summer massage!
Try this tasty and refreshing Watermelon Coconut Chill

Before you arrive for your massage appointment, remember to drink lots of water.

Deep tissue massages are designed to break up knots and adjust your muscles. They also release toxins from the muscles, which may make you feel fatigued or nauseated after your massage.  Staying well hydrated by drinking water, before and after your massage will help alleviate these symptoms.

Try this easy-to-make delicious recipe, as part of your next massage at Academy Massage Therapy, and given our hot Winnipeg summer - enjoy it with friends & family at your next barbecue.

Watermelon Coconut Chill

3 cups chilled watermelon, cubed
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1 sprig of mint
1 cup coconut water
1 cup ice

Put all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The meaning of Father’s Day

It is because of deep love, respect and gratitude for the man in our lives
that we dedicate one day to celebrate the person who has been most dear
to us - our dads, our grand dads, our uncles and/or a person who has been
a father figure to us. We may have different names for him, and different
ways of addressing him, but the one thing that is undeniably true is - our
relationship with him.

Father’s Day is celebrated all across the world in more than 150 countries
in different months of the year. In Canada we celebrate Father’s Day on the
3 rd Sunday of June. As the story goes, Father’s Day celebrations began in
the Catholic church during the Middle Ages in Europe, on the feast day of
St. Joseph (the father of Jesus).

We love to celebrate the joys of our life’s journey. There is something
magical about those celebrations, something special about them. Father’s
Day celebrations are a part of our journey in life. The day is also to say
thank you to that great man in our lives who means more than any words
can express.

But what if there is no man in our lives? What if our life journey began, or
continues, without a father figure? We can still celebrate this day because
we are alive, have breath, and the opportunity to welcome every single day
with joy. Maybe the person in your life was, and is, both a dad and mom to
you, gender does not define the role.

This Father’s Day you celebrate you.

Happy Father’s Day from Academy Massage Therapy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

How Often Should I Go for a Massage?

If you have enjoyed the benefits of massage, you may be wondering just how often you should be getting the relaxing treatment. The answer lies in the reason you get a massage and the benefits you wish to receive.

Massage for General Wellness - How Often Should I Go for a Massage? - Winnipeg Massage Therapy - Academy Massage TherapistsMassage for General Wellness

For general wellness, the goal should be to have a massage treatment once or twice a month. You will be able to achieve good overall health and well-being, benefiting from the relaxation of the treatment as well as building on the treatment from the last time, so that the body is not starting over, treating muscles and tendons for tightness.

Massage for Chronic Conditions - How Often Should I Go for a Massage? - Winnipeg Massage Therapy - Academy Massage TherapistsMassage for Chronic Conditions

If you have a chronic condition, such as neck aches or migraines, you will need to start by visiting your massage therapist on a more frequent basis. Two times a week is good for the first four to six weeks and then increasing the time between sessions is best to see the symptoms of your condition improve. Chronic conditions take time to treat and can be managed with regular massages.

Massage for Athletic Types - How Often Should I Go for a Massage? - Winnipeg Massage Therapy - Academy Massage TherapistsMassage for Athletic Types

Athletes will schedule massages to help maintain the flexibility of muscles and overall muscle health. During times of intense training, an athlete can benefit from a massage two to three times a week and once a month when not training. The treatment can be helpful to avoid injury.

Academy Massage is here to meet your individual massage treatment needs

Academy Massage offers treatments for every individual. The massage therapists can recommend how many times you should visit to be able to benefit from the treatment provided. Speak to a therapist about your needs to ensure you are scheduling your massages in a manner that will be beneficial to you. Book your appointment today – via online booking or call 204.489.5050

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?

What is Cranial Sacral Therapy? - Winnipeg Massage Therapists - Academy Massage Therapy
When it comes to the bones of the head, the sacrum, and the spinal column, cranial sacral therapy is a top method for addressing issues including stress and pain. With cranial sacral therapy, compression on these areas is applied which leads to pain relief and lowered stress levels. The goal of this therapy type is to restore the natural position of the bones in the head and neck, decreasing stress in this area of the body that can be a result of chronic injury. Additional conditions which can feel relief from this treatment type include neck and back pain, migraines and joint inflammation.

How Did Cranial Sacral Therapy Start? 

Cranial Sacral Therapy, also known as CST, was created by Dr. William Sutherland, an Osteopath in the 1930's. The massage treatment type affects the central nervous system via the craniosacral system. This system includes the skull, cerebrospinal fluid, cranial sutures, vertebrae, brain membranes, sacrum and spinal cord.

It is believed the normal rhythm of the body is disrupted due to trauma which can occur due to injury. With CST, gentle massage techniques are used to remove any blockages and restore the movement needed in the central nervous system. Gentle pressure is provided by the therapist and does not involve manipulation of this area of the body, like what a chiropractor would do. The pressure by the therapist is very light.

What Happens During a Cranial Sacral Therapy Session?

What happens during a cranial sacral therapy session? - What is Cranial Sacral Therapy? - Winnipeg Massage Therapists - Academy Massage TherapyDuring a CST session, the therapist may move the ribcage and limbs, checking the shoulders and hips as well as feeling of the spine, sacrum, and cranium. This will help the therapist to find any restrictions and then work on those areas of the body. The subtle rhythms of the body are felt with touch, with the therapist able to feel where rhythms are missing. After the evaluation, the therapist knows which areas to work on to provide relief.

When the cranial sacral therapy treatment begins, the therapist will use a gentle traction and unwinding techniques as well as decompression and compression techniques to release restrictions in the body. Lifts and still point induction are also common techniques used. The therapist will need to be very familiar with this technique as well as the central nervous system to provide relief. In addition, read our general 'What to Expect' page on our website.

Cranial Sacral Therapy Benefits - What is Cranial Sacral Therapy? - Winnipeg Massage Therapists - Academy Massage TherapyCranial Sacral Therapy Benefits

With CST, there are many ways that a patient can benefit. The treatment type is said to relieve headaches and migraines as well as conditions associated with chronic pain. Post-surgery pain can be relieved with this technique along with post-traumatic stress disorder, hip and neck pain, earaches, irritable bowel syndrome and many other conditions.

It is important to note your condition to the therapist to find out if CST will be of benefit. After treatment, you should be able to tell a difference in how you feel. Additional treatments can be provided on a long-term basis to ensure you continue to enjoy quality health.

Academy Massage offers cranial sacral therapy treatment sessions, helping individuals with the various conditions listed above to feel relief. Contact Academy Massage today to learn more about this unique massage technique – and to book your appointment!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Massage Therapy for Marathon Training – make it part of your routine

Runners running a marathon - Massage Therapy for Marathon Training – make it part of your routine - Academy Massage Therapy
Training for a marathon takes a great deal of time and dedication. Runners have to train on a consistent basis, working the body and the mind, preparing for the long race. One way that runners can assist in their training efforts is to schedule a pre-marathon massage. Massage therapy for marathon training can prepare the body for the event by creating a renewed sense of energy. The massage therapists at Academy Massage are trained in pre- and post-event stretching techniques which will help prevent injury and reduce recovery time.

Massage Therapy for Marathon Training – the Preparation Massage

If you have never had a pre-event massage before, it is important to test the treatment. Some runners prefer a deep tissue massage before the big race, working every muscle and tendon in the body. Others will prefer a lighter touch, as a way of relaxing the body fully before the race day. The end goal is to come out of the massage feeling refreshed, renewed and light on your feet – ready to tackle the big event.

Similar to the amount of pressure during the massage therapy treatment, the focus of the massage will be dependent on the individual’s preference. Some runners want to work on stretching and making the muscles more pliable, so they will be ready to work properly during the marathon. Others may want work focused on certain muscles, if they are tight due to being overworked during training for the race.

Massage Therapy for Marathon – the Post-Event Massage

When race day has come and gone, many marathon runners enjoy post-event massage. After running a marathon, your body needs rest and to be restored. Massage Therapy treatment can provide a form of recovery helping to decrease soreness, stretch tight or constrained muscles and give overall relief to tired muscles.

With the Manitoba Marathon just a month away, consider how massage therapy could be incorporated into your training routine. Academy Massage offers quality massage options that can be of benefit to marathon runners – contact us today to learn more!

Friday, April 20, 2018

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage?

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage? - Massage Therapy Winnipeg - Academy Massage Therapy
Feeling pain after a massage is not something you want to experience. A massage is supposed to relax the muscles and leave you feeling refreshed. For the most part, people who have a massage will feel relaxed after, more energetic and relief from any pain. However, in some cases, you can feel sore. It is important to learn more about the feeling of soreness you are experiencing and what you should do about it.

Deep Tissue Massage

One reason you may feel sore after your massage is because the therapist applied a deep tissue technique. If your muscles and tissues aren't used to being worked in this manner, you can feel sore the day after or even days after the massage. With more pressure, it creates soreness in the area where the technique is applied. If you prefer a more relaxing massage, ask for a Swedish treatment so deep tissue pressure won’t be used by the massage therapist. Our masage therapists can help select the right treatment for you.

Unable to Relax

If you are getting a massage for the first time, you may feel uncomfortable and unable to relax fully. Feeling this way is common for first-timers. If you are unable to relax the body during the massage, you will be tensing up muscles and tendons, which can lead to soreness. During the course of a massage, focus your energy on relaxing your body, so you can truly benefit from the treatment.

How Long Is It Normal to Be Sore After a Massage? - Massage Therapy Winnipeg - Academy Massage Therapy


It’s recommended that you drink water before your treatment and after. During a massage, the water will keep you hydrated. Muscles that are properly hydrated will be more flexible which makes the massage more beneficial. After your massage, drinking more water is recommended to help flush away any toxins that were released during the treatment. With proper hydration, you will not feel as sore after the massage, which helps you to remain relaxed and enjoy the treatment.

Treating the Soreness

If you find that you are sore after your massage, take a warm bath. Use Epsom salts and soak in the warm water for 20 to 40 minutes. The bath will help your body to relax further and reduce any inflammation of the muscles. The Epsom salts also have magnesium which will be absorbed into the skin and help you to feel even better.

You can also take over the counter pain relievers for any soreness you are having. Talk to your massage therapist about what they recommend if you are feeling sore after your appointment.

Prevent or Reduce the Soreness

During the massage, if you feel too much pressure due to the treatment, speak to your massage therapist. Let them know that they are using too much pressure and that is causing you pain. The area they are working on may be sensitive or require a different, more relaxed method.

If you are looking to enjoy a quality massage from trained therapists, contact Academy Massage. Our massage therapists will be able to provide you with essential treatments that will be of benefit to your body and relaxation needs.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Should You Eat Before A Massage?

Should you eat before a massage? - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
If you have never had a massage, you may be curious as to what you should do to prepare for your appointment. For most people, a massage is scheduled so that you can relax.  Many people will plan a full day of relaxation or “self-care” with spa treatments, perhaps a hair appointment, a nice meal, and a relaxing massage.  What many first-timers – and even some experienced massage goers – don’t realize is that eating before a massage has a direct impact on your experience.

No Eating

A big no-no when scheduling a massage is to eat beforehand. At Academy Massage, we recommend you do not eat for at least 90 minutes before your treatment. Your body needs time to be able to digest the food you eat before you receive your massage. The process of digestion moves the blood flow from the peripheral tissues and concentrates it to the digestive tract. With massage, the blood flow is drawn to the tissues that are being worked on, removing blood from the digestive tract and stalling the digestive process. This leads to poor digestion and can create an uncomfortable, heavy feeling in the stomach.

Plan Your Day

When you schedule a massage, plan your day accordingly. Try to plan your massage around meals so you will not be hungry and can enjoy your treatment without a full stomach. If possible, plan for an early morning massage; you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed for the rest of the day, and can enjoy your meals without worrying about them impacting your treatment.  You may also see some of the benefits massage can have on your digestive health.

This is just one of many tips you can use to enjoy your massage treatment better. Speak to the massage therapists at Academy Massage to learn more about how to prepare for your appointment. Book yours now by contacting us today!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Will Insurance Pay for Massage Therapy?

Will Insurance Pay for Massage Therapy - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Massage therapy is a treatment typically used to help several health issues including stress, poor blood circulation, insomnia, anxiety, nerve pain and more. Benefits of massage therapy for medical needs can include a decrease in stress, circulation improvement, and pain reduction. So, because massage helps with medical needs, is it a treatment that is covered by your medical insurance?

Your medical insurance provider may cover massage therapy for your health needs. The coverage offered will be dependent on the insurance plan you have and carrier. Some plans will cover massage therapy, but there may be restrictions in place.  Percentages and amounts of coverage can vary greatly between providers.  You will need to review your health insurance policy or speak to your plan administrator to be able to see how your plan covers massage, if at all. Once you have the information, you can make a decision for treatment based on overall pricing and insurance coverage.

Physician Prescribed

A physician can also prescribe massage therapy as a treatment type for your medical condition. If you have insomnia related to stress, anxiety, headaches, sports injuries, nerve pain or fibromyalgia, massage might be recommended as your treatment option. If your doctor prescribes massage therapy for a medical condition, then your insurance may cover the treatment. If you are covered by workers compensation and you have an injury that needs a massage, then the condition may be eligible for coverage. Injuries suffered from an automobile accident may also be covered by Manitoba Public Insurance.

Studies have shown that massage therapy is a quality treatment option for a number of medical conditions. However, some insurance plans are unfortunately still iffy about providing coverage for this treatment type. It is important to review your coverage thoroughly to see if you can use massage therapy as a treatment type to save money on therapy costs.

If you are not covered, then focus on finding a therapist that will work with you financially to receive the treatment type that will be of benefit to your condition. Even without insurance, massage therapy can be affordable and help you to see an improved quality of life when suffering from a medical condition or illness.

Whether your insurance covers massage or not, contact a massage therapist and discuss your medical condition. Find out what massage therapy types, such as deep tissue, might be of benefit. By learning more about the massage types and your condition, you can find out how treatment can help and consider if this option might be one you wish to try. Schedule one appointment for a massage and see how you feel after. You may find that this is the solution for feeling better and enjoying a better overall quality of health.

At Academy Massage, affordable options for massage therapy are available, helping individuals with medical conditions to have access to a treatment option that works. Contact the office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Improve Your Circulation Instantly

Improve Your Circulation Instantly - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist WInnipeg
Massage therapy has long been proven as an effective way to heal the body. Part of the healing process is improving circulation. Better blood circulation is part of the reaction that the body completes with regular massage. An individual with poor circulation can be uncomfortable in several ways due to the condition. This can include pooling of fluid in the feet, cold hands and feet or fatigue. By scheduling regular massages, the individual can bring about better circulation which will bring oxygen-rich blood to the damaged areas to promote healing.

Facilitating Circulation

Massage works to improve circulation by facilitating blood flow, which is stimulated by the pressure used in different massage techniques. The stimulation forces blood to move through congested areas, where it once was not flowing before. The pressure released causes new blood to move in. The applied pressure on the body during massage flushes lactic acid from the muscles and helps to improve lymph fluid circulation, which helps remove metabolic waste.

The result of this is to see lowered blood pressure and improved body function. With improved blood circulation, individuals will be able to enjoy a better quality of life. No longer will cold feet or hands be a problem, as well as body parts falling asleep or feeling uncomfortable. Because circulation is improved, the overall body function is better. With regular massage treatment, individuals often see better overall health results, feel a difference in their body, and frequently choose to continue treatment.

At Academy Massage, regular massage therapy treatment can be provided to promote better health, including improved circulation. Speak to a massage therapist today to find out how your health can be improved with specialised massage techniques.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Massage Therapy and PTSD

Massage Therapy and PTSD - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
The term PTSD is used to refer to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For most adults, PTSD is something they associate with military veterans, but the condition can affect anyone who has been witness to or experienced trauma. Individuals who have PTSD actively look for solutions to their condition, particularly if they suffer from severe symptoms. In many cases, PTSD can interfere with daily life in some ways, from social interaction to relationships and even work. For many, an alternative approach to PTSD treatment such as massage is a great way in which to provide solace and comfort to those who are suffering from emotional and physical effects of PTSD.

PTSD Causes and Symptoms
A number of reasons can cause PTSD. One might have experienced military combat or a terrorist attack while overseas, which will result in side effects upon returning home. One can also be diagnosed with PTSD after being affected by a violent crime, involved in a horrible accident or natural disaster. After going through such an event, one might suffer from flashbacks and nightmares, finding it difficult to sleep or complete certain tasks during the day.
An individual can feel distance with others or a detachment from life when dealing with PTSD. Fatigue and chronic pain can also be an issue. When suffering from PTSD, it is important to seek treatment.

How Massage Can Help
Medical professionals have found that PTSD symptoms are a result of an imbalance or imbalances in the brain chemicals that are triggered by emotional stress. The chemicals released will affect one’s behaviour, cognition, and feelings. When an individual relives a traumatic event, they will experience a heightened sense of anxiety. The brain cannot turn off the response which leads the individual to be constantly hit with stress hormones that cause an emotional breakdown as well as physical pain.
Muscles of the body are constantly tensed for action as the ‘flight or fight’ sense is always activated. With massage therapy, the body can relax. The muscles unwind, and physical pain is eased. With a massage, the relaxation response of the body is triggered which breaks the never-ending cycle of feeling the need to ‘flight or fight’.

When you have PTSD, massage therapy can help you gain a sense of relaxation and calm. You can learn how to let go of stress and anxiety and simply revel in the feeling of relaxation. Over time, the effects of the massage can bleed over into everyday life, helping you to cope with symptoms better.
As you begin to relax via massage, circulation of the body improves, sleep patterns begin to return to normal, and you feel more relaxed. This can be beneficial to your overall health as well as working with other therapy types such as counselling.

If you suffer from PTSD contact Academy Massage to learn how massage therapy can be of assistance; we are happy to help provide a sense of relaxation as you deal with this difficult condition. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Six Part Recipe for a Relaxing Massage

Six Part Recipe for a Relaxing Massage - Academy Massage - Massage Therapy Winnipeg
A massage is a perfect way to relax, but for some people, becoming completely relaxed is hard. Learn how to de-stress and enjoy a soothing massage with the six-part recipe below!

Part 1

Schedule a Swedish massage as this is the most relaxing type of massage available, avoiding the deep tissue option.

Part 2
See if your massage therapist offers aromatherapy with essential oils. Many massage oils include lavender or other elements that will create a more relaxed environment.

Part 3
Prepare for the massage by meditating or at least letting go of the day. Forget about work or family needs and let yourself relax fully.

Part 4
As you receive the massage, try to calm your body and mind. Talk to your massage therapist about your relaxation needs. Music is often used during the massage, and the therapist will usually have a relaxing setting that will help you feel more at ease, able to calm yourself and fully relax.

Part 5
Add in special treatments. To create an even more relaxing massage, add something extra such as a stream treatment for the face or feet. Massage therapists often have small add-on treatments you can receive during your massage to help you relax.

Part 6
Be sure to schedule your massage at a time when you can go home and continue to feel relaxed. Going back to work or continuing a busy day will only lead to more stress.

Academy Massage can help you to fully relax during treatment. Schedule a massage today to de-stress and unwind!

Friday, January 26, 2018

When is Prenatal Massage Safe?

When is Prenatal Massage Safe? - Academy Massage Therapy - Winnipeg Prenatal Massage
Massage is a technique often used to promote overall health, help to reduce stress and relieve tension in the muscles. For pregnant women, massage can be a quality treatment for prenatal care but is often avoided due to misconceptions. Massage therapists are trained to massage all body types, including women who are pregnant. Special positioning and designed massage tables and cushions can help pregnant women to reap the benefits of massage by a trained therapist.

Understanding the Benefits

With massage, women who are pregnant can enjoy several benefits. Anxiety can be reduced, depression symptoms decreased and joint pain and muscle aches relieved. Depending on the type of treatment needed, various types of massage can be used. For the most part, Swedish Massage is used to assist with the discomforts of pregnancy.

The goal of Swedish Massage is to help muscle tension relax and improve the circulation of the blood and the lymphatic system. Gentle pressure is used on the muscles to provide relief. This type of massage is used during pregnancy as it helps with discomfort but also the circulatory issues that arise during the different stages of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, women often suffer from swelling and sciatic nerve pain. With massage, both of these issues can be relieved. The joints often swell during pregnancy due to circulation reduction. With massage, the circulation of the blood is revived which reduces swelling. Sciatic nerve pain is created due to the uterus sitting on the muscles located on the pelvic floor and into the lower back. With massage, the pressure can be relieved which helps to decrease the nerve pain.

Is It Safe?

When it comes to prenatal massage, you may feel better about scheduling an appointment once you have spoken to a professional. You’ll want to address any concerns you have so that you feel relaxed and comfortable during the massage. An important factor to consider for the massage is body positioning. Some massage therapists have women lay on their side.  At Academy Massage, we use special cushions that can be adjusted and positioned to fit each patient as comfortably as possible.

The goal is to feel comfortable with who you are working with and the massage process. If you are uncomfortable, then you will only tense up, and any massage work will not have the quality effect. If you can feel comfortable and relax, then you can reap the benefits you will feel during the massage therapy.

With pregnancy, a woman’s body is constantly changing, which can lead to an uncomfortable feeling and irritability. With massage, you have an option to feel better, with treatment assisting the body in feeling better, which can instantly improve your mood. At Academy Massage, therapy for pregnant women is available, ensuring patients can relieve pregnancy symptoms and feel more comfortable. Consider making an appointment to learn more and see just how massage can assist your pregnancy symptoms. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

3 Warning Signs You’re Holding Tension in Your Lower Back

3 Warning Signs You’re Holding Tension in Your Lower Back - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain experienced, and in many cases, the pain is due to tension. If you are holding tension in your back, you may experience stiffness or tightness in the muscles. It is important to be able to determine if you are holding tension so that your back receives effective treatment.


One sign of tension in the lower back is stiffness. If you have trouble bending and feel stiff in the lower area of your back, you are holding tension. You will need to complete stretches to help work out the tension and relieve the stiff feeling.


You may feel an aching sensation or pain when moving certain ways. Try using heat from a heating pad to relieve the pain you feel or over the counter pain relievers can help until you can schedule a massage or other form of treatment.


For many, tension in the lower back leads to stiffness which can lead to muscle spasms. It can be quite painful to feel your back lock up due to muscle spasms happening. When spasms occur, it is best to relax and try to breathe through the pulling so that the spasm can finish, and you can move once again.

At Academy Massage, special treatments are used based on the patient's condition to relieve back tension and avoid issues with the lower back in the future.  Two important muscles, the quadratus lumborum (QL) and the Gluteus Medius, can play a bigger role in causing pain. If you strain either of these muscles, the pain can be severe and debilitating.  If you have experienced this, please speak to your therapist at Academy Massage about stretches and other after care treatment that can be done.