Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spend too much time sitting?
Sports Massage is likely the answer!

It’s here! Spring has finally arrived. You can almost smell it in the air, see it in the melting snow banks, and sometimes even end up with a booter.

And if you have a desk job, which sees you sitting for eight hours or more a day, the coziness which you may have felt in your warm, comfortable office chair during the winter - may start to feel restrictive.

Of course we all know that getting up from our chairs on a regular basis - is encouraged. Some companies spring for standing desks. And a coffee break may now mean a sniff of outside air, as well as a quick walk or jog around the block.

These are all great initiatives to make, as the change in season motivates us to do more.

In addition to the new steps which you are taking as the weather improves, at Academy Massage Therapy we have just the massage to support you with the slumped posture, sore shoulders and stiff neck that come from too much work-related sitting in a single position for hours on end.

It’s the Sports Massage!

How is it possible that a Sports Massage would benefit someone who is sedentary and not sporty, you may ask?

While our Registered Massage Therapist (RMTs) work to relieve the stiff, sore and achy muscles of athletes, the same type of massage also benefits the stiff, sore and achy muscles which are experienced by people who spend many hours sitting at their desks.

Specifically Sports Massage can assist with:

increasing mobility - massage restores the movement of muscles, increasing their

reducing pain - by getting stiff muscles to move again and making them more pliable, the muscles regain their natural functioning, which reduces muscle pain

relieving stress - increased mobility and the reduction of pain results in the decrease of stress throughout your entire body

improving overall efficiency - with more mobility, less pain and a diminished level of stress, you will be able to focus at the tasks and the matters at hand - at work and at home.

“For people whose work environments see them at their desks on a daily and ongoing basis, it might be a good idea to schedule regular massages to combat the impact of that environment on their bodies,” notes Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage.

“Our front counter staff would be happy to help you develop a regular massage routine, which supports what you do on your own.”
“Massage,” says Debby, “Just do it for you.”

Love from
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Deep Tissue Massage
- when is it what you need?

As the popularity of massage treatment continues to grow in Canada, in addition to having heard about Swedish Massage, which stands as the most popular, you may also have heard of Deep Tissue Massage.

This massage therapy focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, and is particularly beneficial in response to tight and tense muscles resulting from sprains, strains and sports injuries, or over-worked areas of the body such as stiff necks, lower back tightness, sore shoulders or legs.

Before your massage begins, it is important to discuss the focus of your treatment with your massage therapist. Your Deep Tissue Massage can involve your entire body, or focus on just one problem area.

And during the course of this massage treatment it is also important to let your massage therapist know if the pressure which is being applied is too intense, or too light.

As the Healthline Newsletter explains, the techniques involved in a Deep Tissue Massage see the application of a sustained amount of pressure through the use of slow, deep strokes - targeting the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This massage technique assists with breaking up the scar tissue that forms following an injury, and also reduces the tension in the muscles and surrounding tissue.

While some of these same strokes are used in Swedish Massage Therapy, in Deep Tissue Massage the movement is somewhat slower, and the pressure which is applied is deeper, and always focuses on the areas of tension.

It is thought that this treatment may further promote faster healing because it increases blood flow to the affected area, while at the same time reducing inflammation.

People who have found themselves to have benefited from Deep Tissue Massage, according to the Healthline Newsletter include individuals with:

• sports injuries
• fibromyalgia
• plantar fasciitis
• high blood pressure
• sciatica
• tennis elbow

Want to find out just a bit more about Deep Tissue Massage? The perfect time for a consult massage therapy treatment is on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

It’s near spring!
- make hydration fun

Doing it for you - means that in addition to having regular massages - post massage hydration becomes as important as the massage itself.

We’ve all heard it before - but it’s still worth repeating - 60% of the human body is comprised of water.

According to the “Functions of Water: Health Benefits”, Everyday Health, “Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.”

So while hydration is important for the everyday proper functioning of our body, it’s very important after you’ve had a massage

Working and kneading the muscles during a massage, pumps fluid out of the soft tissue, into the circulatory system. Massage further relaxes the tension, also releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing nitrogenous metabolic waste into the system. Everything heads to the kidneys, and the bodily fluids need to be replenished.

But what if you don’t like water? In fact there are many ways to enjoy it. Check out this week’s hydration recipe which focuses on spring and summertime ingredients.

Minty Watermelon Wave


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


Place all of the ingredients into a blender.
Blend until smooth.

Here’s to more fun hydration recipes in the coming months. Meantime drink lots of water everyday and particularly on massage day - to stay healthy!

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Friday, March 1, 2019

Do it for you ...
Academy Massage Therapy
we’ve got your back!

So let’s say that you’ve decided - this year, you’re going to do it FOR YOU, and that includes having regular massage treatments.

Or, maybe regular massages are already an intrinsic aspect of your routine.

And then there’s the in-between-er, you know, the person who goes for a massage - sometimes.

No matter which of these three categories you’re in - as we continue our wellness commitments to ourselves in 2019 - it’s always good to review the important steps which will make your massage be the best that it can be FOR YOU.

Please consider the following:

Scheduling your massage
schedule your massage treatment for a time when you’ ll not feel rushed - either arriving at your appointment, or leaving.
coming to your massage in a relaxed frame of mind will help you to fully embrace the benefits of the treatment.
giving yourself down time after your appointment will allow you time to drink plenty of water, and for your body to absorb the oils used during the treatment.

Pick your massage treatment
if you aren’t certain about the type of massage treatment that will help you the most, explain your situation to our experienced front desk staff.
Academy Massage Therapy offers many types of treatments, which address different parts of the body, and a multitude situations.

The day of your massage

avoid eating a large meal 2 to 3 hours prior to your massage treatment. You don’t want to arrive for your appointment feeling uncomfortably full or bloated.
wear loose, comfortable clothing without a lot of buttons or zippers. Be certain to wear comfortable shoes as well.
if you’re planning a workout, on the day of your massage, complete that prior to your appointment. That’s the best way for your tired muscles to get the most out of your treatment.
remember there is actually some risk to working out after your massage, because strenuous post-massage activity will strain the muscles you’ve just relaxed, and there is a chance that you’ll injure yourself.
should time permit, have a warm shower just prior to your treatment. This will assist in loosening your muscles, and make your feel more relaxed.
don’t wear perfume or aftershave on the day of your massage treatment. Strong scents can be overwhelming. Additionally, part of your massage treatment may include essential oils, perfume or aftershave could compete with their soothing, healing effects.

After your massage treatment
plan ahead, and bring a refillable water bottle with you.
drink lots of water.
post massage hydration will help flush out the toxins released during your massage treatment. It will also help rehydrate your muscles.
it is best not to drink caffeine after your massage, as it has the tendency to tense the muscles.
herbal tea is a great choice if you prefer something warm.

Have any additional questions? We’d love to hear from you, and have the opportunity to provide you with additional information. Call us for more info, or to book a massage treatment appointment at 204-489-5050.

See you soon!

Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

It all begins
with Swedish Massage

The year is still young. It’s only February. And with all of the snow on the ground, now is a good time to strengthen your commitment to yourself, and the ones you care about - by enhancing your indoor activities. Consider making regular massage part of your wellness program this year. In fact, this determination is where many Canadians are heading!

Massage use by Canadians (is) on the rise, report finds,” according to information published by Benefits Canada, in 2017. This article noted that in 2016, 44% of adult Canadians had tried massage - a significant increase from 2006 when 35% had reported utilizing the treatment, and in 1997, when that number was only 23%.

Central to massage treatment today is Swedish Massage - a popular general purpose massage technique, which was developed in Sweden in the 1830s, by Per Henrik Ling, a fencing instructor, who had injured his elbow. The treatment he developed cured his problem, the good word literally spread around the world, and now it is generally agreed that all massage therapy treatments have derived from Mr. Ling’s efforts.

The specific techniques used in this full body treatment centre upon long gliding strokes, friction, as well as kneading and tapping movements on the soft tissues of the body. Manipulation of the superficial layers of muscles improve one’s physical and mental wellbeing.

According to the physical and mental benefits of Swedish Massage are:

Physical benefits -

  • loosens tight muscles and stretches connective tissues
  • relieves cramps and muscle spasms and decreases muscle fatigue
  • loosens joints and improves range of motion
  • increases muscle strength
  • calms the nervous system
  • stimulates blood circulation
  • firms muscle and skin tone
  • relieves symptoms of disorders such as asthma, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries
  • speeds up healing from injury and illness
  • improves lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes

Mental and emotional benefits -

  • encourages mental relaxation
  • improves the length and quality of sleep
  • relieves stress, depression, anxiety and irritation
  • increases the ability to concentrate
  • fosters a sense of well being

At Academy Massage, we offer a wide range of massage treatments,” explains owner Debby MacKenzie. “If you are unsure about which massage treatment would work best for you, explain your situation to our front desk staff. They will be certain to guide you.”

We look forward to comforting your body and soul soon!

Lots of love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, February 14, 2019

-         what Shakespeare could have written had he been soothed with regular massage!

It’s Valentine’s Day, right in the middle of Valentine’s Month - a time to say and show love to a partner, special friend, or group of exceptional people in your life. There are many ways celebrate this relationship. At Academy Massage Therapy a gift card says mindful caring like nothing else.

And let’s saying your making or buying a card to go with that gift card. Here are a few lovely lines which might work nicely - written or spoken!

William Shakespeare

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
                 - Romeo and Juliet

Hear my soul speak:
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service
                 - The Tempest

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

As I write this letter, send my love to you,
remember that I’ll always be in love with you.
Treasure these few words till we’re together
Keep all my love forever.
PS I love you, you, you, you.
                 - PS I love you

But of all these friends and lovers,
there is no one compared with you,
and these mem’ries lose their meaning
when I think of love as something new.
                 - In my life

Leonard Cohen

I loved you for a long, long time
I know this love is real
It don’t matter how it all went wrong
That don’t change the way I feel
                 - Ain’t no cure for love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
                 - Dance me to the end of love

During this month in which we recognize significant people in our lives, we look forward to assisting you in your celebration. Call us.

Wishing comfort for the mind, body and soul to you and yours!

Much love,

Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ten Winnipeg ways
- to please your love
this Valentine’s month

Who do you honor with your love? It varies from person to person. It may be your partner, your wife, your husband, your girlfriend, your boyfriend. And then it may be that neighbor from just down the street - the one who turns her porch light on for you every evening. It could be your friend, who saves coupons for you and invites you to the theater. Or it could be your favorite aunt, who you garden with during gritty summer days.

Who ever your love, Academy Massage is here to help you in that celebration. Here are a few specific suggestions:

Read pages from Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray - together! He says the most common relationship problems between men and women are because of fundamental psychological differences between the sexes. His examples are hilarious, and thought provoking!

Surprise your love with a Couples Massage at Academy Massage Therapy. It’s really important to book this massage well in advance of your preferred date and time, to ensure that one of our Couples Rooms has your names on it. This shared experience is a lovely way to strengthen your bond.

Experience our city’s Guinness World Record-holding longest naturally frozen skating trail The Red River Mutual Trail - for a skate, walk , run or sled along the frozen Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Check out the 5 new one-of-a-kind warming huts along the way, part of the Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice 2019.

Thank your love for marching side-by-side through life with you - with the gift of reflexology from Academy Massage Therapy. Reflexology applies pressure, stretching and movement to the feet and hands affecting the corresponding parts of the body through the nervous system.

Warm up at The Forks Market, a converted brick railway building filled with shops and food kiosks. Located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, this spot has been an Indigenous meeting place for over 6,000 years. Try the hot coffee at Fools and Horses, or munch on a hot cinnamon bun from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company.

Arrange a special surprise for your love with an Academy Massage Therapy Swedish Massage! By far one of the most popular forms of massage, this treatment is also known as the “relaxing massage” because of the long flowing strokes, often in the direction of the heart, along with kneading and circular movements.

Toques, scarves and holding mittened hands is the way to make your way through Assiniboine Park’s Journey to Churchill with your love. A towering Inuksuk welcomes visitors at the start. Word has it that if you’re lucky you’ll see polar bears hard at play sliding down the hills. The Arctic Tundra Grill is great for coffee and grub afterwards.

Is your love like many others - searching for a more natural, holistic approach to self care? Academy Massage Therapy has just introduced Classical Homeopathy, with homeopath Nancy Graham, DHom. This is an individual holistic approach to health and wellness which considers a person in their entirety.

Bundle up your love and your pooch for a stroll in the neighborhood. Academy Road is teaming with wide range of wonderful, vibrant businesses. And if Spot needs a break along the way, pop into It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. The all natural pet food store has a water bowl and a chew for furry passers-by.

And then there’s real - that as much as you love your love - you’re a last minute person. Planning just doesn’t work for you. Did you know that Academy Massage Therapy welcomes walk-ins? Yes. You and your love can be just walking by, when you realize that a massage would be such a nice Valentine’s gift. Stop. Come in. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please let us know how we can make your Valentine’s gift extra special for your love.

As always, much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, January 31, 2019

This month
celebrate your Valentine
with a massage!

In 200 AD Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade soldiers from marrying, but a priest named Valentine secretly performed marriage ceremonies in spite of the ban, and in 496 AD St. Valentine’s Day was declared. It has been recognized ever since.

Today Valentine’s Day is a lovely way to celebrate your love throughout the entire month of February, particularly given Winnipeg’s frigid winter weather.

And Academy Massage Therapy is here to help you with your Valentine’s celebration. We have many options for you:

Consider a Couples Massage - there are two massage tables and two therapists. The massage allows each of the two people to receive individualized treatment simultaneously. This shared time can be both a foundational and enjoyable bonding experience. It is important to book your Couples Massage well in advance, to ensure your couples room is available for you on your preferred day and time.

Give a Massage Gift Card - like nothing else, it says that you are mindful of that person. Giving a massage tells them you care about their wellness, and their “me” time. You are essentially giving them motivation to take the time - to take care of themselves. A massage is a gift of well-being. Gift cards are available in any denomination, covering a single session, a series of treatments, or even regular massages throughout the course of the year.

Make a Massage Gift Basket - check out our must have products that are available in our clinic. Select from a choice of essential oils, massage lotions, bath tea, massagers and more. Our friendly and knowledge staff can provide you with additional information, and assist you in making your choices.

Wishing you a lovely Valentine’s Month!

Much love,
From Academy Massage Therapy

Thursday, January 24, 2019

My first massage
- I’m booking an appointment for a second

I don’t like to be touched.

But through circumstance, I had the opportunity to have a massage.

I hesitated. Or actually I hesitated, made excuses, said I would make an appointment, never did, and then came up with other reasons why this week, or next week wouldn’t work.

I’ve always been very self conscious about my body image, so the opportunity to have a massage caused me great anxiety.

I found it hard to breath - just thinking about entering a massage clinic.

During the Holiday Season, as the fates would have it, I received an Academy Massage Therapy gift card from my work.

I told my family about the gift card, and tried to give it to one of them, who I thought would happily go, in my place. Families being families - they teased and even laughed at me - because they knew this is something which I had been avoiding for many years.

My fate was sealed.

However, even when that realization hit me, I wasn’t going to make an appointment right away. I delayed it, and delayed it.

But during this period, I thought about the whole notion of having a massage, and even checked out online massage videos on the Academy Massage website.

One evening during a conversation with a close family member who gets massages regularly at Academy Massage, she told me about how great if feels after a massage, and that I should, “Go for it!” This conversation gave me a boost!

With a lot of courage and a lot of anxiety, I called Academy Massage and made an appointment for a massage for the coming week.

The day of my massage, I thought about my upcoming massage all day at work.

And soon, there I was at the door of Academy Massage. I wasn’t sure if I should go in, or turn around and go back home.

I went inside, and walked up to the reception desk. A nice lady greeted me with a smile. She asked me if I had an appointment, and then directed me to have a seat, while she arranged for my massage therapist to meet me.

After a couple minutes, I was greeted by a peaceful, calm person - my massage therapist. I was guided to a room where the music was pleasant, lights were soothing. The atmosphere was peaceful.

After a brief consultation with the therapist, I was given time to change, and settle myself on the massage table. In a few minutes, I was ready.

The entire massage experience was healing. I felt my stress dissipating. I felt my body thanking me.

As I walked home after my massage. I was so relieved and so happy that I had experienced my first massage. Of course, my family chuckled when I told them all about it.

And, you know what - I’m going to start getting massages on a regular basis, because my first massage made my body feel so good.

This is a true personal experience. The name of the writer is being withheld by request.

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.