What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with every day occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients

The services of an RMT are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP); however, many extended health benefit plans will cover all or part of the services provided by an RMT. A referral or prescription is not required to visit an RMT, although some insurance companies may require this.

Health Benefits

  • Reducing or eliminating pain

  • Improving joint mobility

  • Improving circulation

  • Improving immune system functioning

  • Increasing lymphatic drainage

  • Reducing depression and anxiety

  • Reducing tension within muscles

  • Increasing body awareness

Types of Massage Offered

Candace creates a treatment plan specific to the needs and goals of her patient. Depending on a clients treatment goals Candace will use one of following types of massage.


Used to release tight muscles and deep seated aches and/or pain.  Techniques are designed to realign poor posture and restore proper range of motion.  It is common to feel a little sore after this kind of massage, however in the next day or two you will feel significant changes in your body with increased flexibility and reduced pain.


Designed to enhance your athletic performance and assist in post event fatigue and pain. I cater sport specific treatments to your individual needs based on your goals and/or weaknesses.  Techniques involve deep tissue massage, trigger point release, fascial stretching, and slow assisted stretching. Massage Therapy works extremely well alongside other therapies to help you recover from injuries.


Uses slow rhythmic techniques to gently guide your nervous system into a deeply restful state, allowing you to feel nourished, calm, and relaxed.  This massage is ideal for people experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, or fatigue, or who are having difficulty sleeping.

Your treatment time will include an intake, assessment and hands-on time.  We will discuss your reason for your visit and get your written consent if necessary before leaving the room to allow you to undress. You may remove as much of your clothing as you feel comfortable with, keeping in mind that the therapist will be using oil/cream for the massage treatment. Any part of the treatment can be stopped or modified if you do not feel comfortable, including techniques used, the pressure of the massage, lighting and music. Feel free to give feedback during the treatment as this will ensure that you receive the best care possible.

Spine Stretch Studio

136 Centre St. 

Aurora, ON L4G 1K1

Registered Massage Therapist
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Tel: 905-727-2963

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