Massage Therapy Calgary SW
Ashley Dufour - Registered Massage Therapist
Ashley has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since she completed her training in the 3000 hour program at WCCMT, in New Westminster BC in 2012. She has treated a variety of treatments from head to toe; ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to sciatica, and plantar fasciitis to headaches. Ashley has always enjoyed the challenges thrown her way when it comes to manual therapy and bringing balance back to the human body.
During her education she completed a number of outreaches around the city, including the high risk pregnancy ward at the BC Women's Hospital, the burns and trauma unit at VGH, and the Canuck Place Children's Hospice. She worked in the multiple sclerosis, pre/post natal clinics at school, and has worked with a variety of athletes in all stages of healing and training.
Ashley recently made the move back to Calgary to be closer to family and friends. She is very excited to be joining the team at Prairie Therapy, and looks forward to meeting all of your treatment needs.
Cindy Gonzalez - Registered Massage Therapist
Cindy Gonzalez was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has always had a strong interest in body health. After graduating high school in “99”, she took some time to discover her true passions.
She graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, June 2012. Cindy completed the 2200-hour program of intense anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessments, passive and active stretching and various massage techniques. She also completed all of the A.R.T (Active Release Technique) courses, and was fully certified in January 2015.
Her approach and technique depends highly on a client’s lifestyle and health. She believes the body should be balanced and we should always be aware of our asymmetries.
Massage Therapy Calgary SW
All of our massage therapists are highly qualified therapists. The techniques and treatments which they offer include:
Prenatal Massage (Pregnancy Massage)
Prenatal Massage can be extremely beneficial to help decrease stress, as well as the aches and pains of being pregnant. Our therapists are experienced in massage techniques that are safe to be used during pregnancy, as well as which techniques are appropriate for which stages of pregnancy. We also have pregnancy bolsters and pillows that will allow you to lay face down without putting pressure on your belly, but still providing support to keep you comfortable. In general, massage can be used anytime from 3 months of pregnancy, right up to delivery. Contact the clinic for more details.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
As it's name suggests, deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper muscles and tissues in the human body. It is used to treat chronic pain as well as tight areas through out the body. Compared to a regular massage, the pressure is more intense. This type of work can help break down adhesions which can cause pain and restrict movement. This type of massage therapy can be beneficial for sports injuries, repetitive injuries, pain as a result of postural issues and general muscle tension.
Active Release Techniques
Active release therapy is a massage technique that focuses on an individuals soft tissue system and how it impacts their movement. It's terrific at treating over use injuries such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splits, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, tennis elbow and shoulder pain.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Myofascial release treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. It is usually a precursor to deep tissue massage that includes superficial techniques to release the tissue and prepare the muscle for relaxation.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Swedish massage is your basic massage techniques used during most treatments. Techniques vary from light to vigorous and include the five basic strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness, improving mobility and providing relaxation.