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Top 5 Trauma-Informed Resources for Massage Therapists

Top 5 Trauma-Informed Resources for Massage Therapists

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Summary: Massage Therapists are increasingly recognizing the importance of providing trauma-informed care, however it’s not taught in most massage programs. This article lists our top 5 recommendations for learning about trauma-informed care and how to apply it in your practice. There is no regulation for using the phrase “trauma-informed”

Intent's website now has accessibility features

Intent's website now has accessibility features

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We value accessability and inclusivity in our clinic space, our massage therapy treatments and on our website. That's why we partnered with AccessiBe. Their mission is to make the internet accessible, inclusive & equitable. Website visitors can now click the icon on the bottom left corner of the website to select

The Scientific Benefits of Massage Therapy

The Scientific Benefits of Massage Therapy

2 min read

Massage therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, pain and improve quality and duration of sleep. Improvements in sleep, mood and pain levels can create windows of opportunity where you feel better and can move and socialize more.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

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Summary: Knowledge about how massage therapy works has changed from tissue-based explanations to more evidence-based ones.  A variety of interesting things happen in the body, brain and nervous system to create the benefits of massage. Massage therapy is an ancient practice that is built into human behaviour. As infants, we

Massage techniques: Which are best for you?

Massage techniques: Which are best for you?

10 min read

Summary: While massage techniques vary, they all work in the same way; they interact with the body, mind and nervous system in layers of context. What works best for you is really about personal preference. In this article we present current research findings on common massage techniques: Swedish massage, myofascial

Pregnancy and massage

Pregnancy and massage

3 min read

Summary: Massage can greatly alleviate symptoms that arise from pregnancy. Massage is safe for low-risk pregnancies and for high-risk pregnancies certain adaptations can be made to ensure safety and comfort. At Intent Health, our RMTs are up to date on current research regarding prenatal, pregnancy and postpartum massages. Book Now

Can massage therapy help with insomnia?

Can massage therapy help with insomnia?

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Summary: One in three Canadian adults are not getting enough sleep. In fact, 50% are experiencing insomnia. Luckily, massage therapy can help. Research shows that massage therapy can improve quality and duration of sleep, and decrease pain levels associated with a variety of health conditions. Getting a good night’s

What is trauma-informed massage therapy?

What is trauma-informed massage therapy?

7 min read

Summary: Trauma-informed massage therapy is an approach to practice and not a massage technique. It provides context and enhances a practitioner’s ability to work collaboratively to provide a more comfortable massage therapy experience. It’s built upon four principles: trauma awareness, safety and trust, collaborative choice and connection, and

Massage therapy: Can it reduce anxiety and depression?

Massage therapy: Can it reduce anxiety and depression?

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Summary: Since the onset of COVID, levels of anxiety and depression have increased worldwide. Thankfully, research demonstrates that a series of massage therapy treatments can help reduce levels of anxiety and depression. Did you know that by age 40, about 50% of the Canadian population will have or will have

Can massage therapy help with pain?

Can massage therapy help with pain?

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Summary: Exciting new discoveries in neuroscience are changing the way we view the pain experience. Pain serves to protect and heal, but can persist if and when the body’s alarm system remains on high alert. Massage therapy and movement can boost safety signals, helping to reduce pain. What makes

Persistent pain, an overview

Persistent pain, an overview

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Summary: Pain can affect all aspects of life. The good news is we can retrain the brain and nervous system to experience less of it. A video from the Joint Pain Education project provides an overview of strategies to decrease pain in the body, including changes to diet, lifestyle, thoughts,

The brain and pain

The brain and pain

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Summary: When deciding to create pain or not, our brain analyzes information from our body and environment, along with past pain experiences, memories and beliefs. A video by Generation Care looks at ways we can better understand the complexity of pain. When deciding whether to create pain or not, the

Coping with pain and anxiety during COVID-19

Coping with pain and anxiety during COVID-19

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Summary: Pain BC hosted a webinar, Coping with pain and anxiety during COVID-19. A great resource for anyone who’s experiencing stress. In this webinar, Dr. Angie Ji explains how anxiety and pain interact with each other. She reviews thinking traps that we may fall into when under stress, and

San Diego Pain Summit

San Diego Pain Summit

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Summary: Fifteen RMTs from British Columbia attended the San Diego Pain Summit. This year’s summit focused on the patient experience and included presentations from patients and leading researchers and practitioners (topics included below). The annual event brings together leading researchers and practitioners to share the latest developments in pain

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Top 5 Trauma-Informed Resources for Massage Therapists

Top 5 Trauma-Informed Resources for Massage Therapists

2 min read

Summary: Massage Therapists are increasingly recognizing the importance of providing trauma-informed care, however it’s not taught in most massage programs. This article lists our top 5 recommendations for learning about trauma-informed care and how to apply it in your practice. There is no regulation for using the phrase “trauma-informed”

Intent's website now has accessibility features

Intent's website now has accessibility features

2 min read

We value accessability and inclusivity in our clinic space, our massage therapy treatments and on our website. That's why we partnered with AccessiBe. Their mission is to make the internet accessible, inclusive & equitable. Website visitors can now click the icon on the bottom left corner of the website to select

The Scientific Benefits of Massage Therapy

The Scientific Benefits of Massage Therapy

2 min read

Massage therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, pain and improve quality and duration of sleep. Improvements in sleep, mood and pain levels can create windows of opportunity where you feel better and can move and socialize more.

With great respect and gratitude, we practice massage therapy on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples –Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) And Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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