Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and simple, effective home care advice in Rossland, British Columbia.
Excellent pain relief/shoulders and lower back
I went to see Nicole as I have seen her before regarding pain issues. I also asked for a head massage. I found that she worked on my body so expertly and seemed to know how to address the areas causing pain. I really enjoyed the head massage and later it continued to relax my neck and head area.
Nicole has the magic touch. The space you walk into is cozy and warm, the music is always perfect and she is very careful to ask for any areas that you wish to have more focus on. I have yet to not relax so deeply that i don't drool just a wee bit.
I had a 60 min. massage with Nicole and felt that her hands were very responsive to my aching body.. As a visitor from Ontario I will be sure to come back!
Nicole's treatments are always very attentive and soothing. She seems to know what I need before I ask for it. I was always trying different RMTs, but once I found Nicole I stopped shopping around!
I'll be back...
Nicole is always very professional and I have benefited from her treatments very much. The office environment is clean and calming. I am happy to have her as one of my natural healing practitioners!
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NICOLE ROSE, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Nicole graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2003. She began her Vancouver based massage practice in 2004 and worked on Commercial Drive for 9 years before making the move to Rossland in October 2013. Until she opened Rossland Massage Therapy in July of 2106, Nicole worked at the well known massage therapy clinic, The Essential Body.
Nicole uses classic Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and heat as the main modalities in her massages, working with moderate to deep pressure, within your comfort zone of pain tolerance. Relaxation and comfort are always at the centre of your massage. Please leave any "no pain, no gain" ideas at home as they don't apply on Nicole's massage table! (This moderate approach to massage has been proven to be just as effective as "deep tissue massage" for alleviating soft tissue pain, but without the discomfort.)
Nicole believes massage to be a valid and beneficial component of self-care and rehabilitation and enjoys receiving regular massage as part of her own health care strategy.
In her ongoing attempt to provide her clients with a high standard of care, Nicole is currently educating herself on the latest science based findings on human anatomy, pain, and the prevalent myths and misinformation about massage therapy.
15 December 2016
Last night I came across this study about the effects of basic Swedish Massage vs specialized orthopaedic massage techniques.
Assuming you won't want to slog through the study, here's the gold nugget I wanted to share with you.
"No clinically meaningful difference between relaxation and structural massage was observed in terms of relieving disability or symptoms."
The truth is they are both equally as effective at (sometimes, with varying results) providing relief from muscular aches and pains. Massage therapy is funny that way. Of course I can't speak for all RMTs but I think it is safe to say that because the aim is to alleviate our client's symptoms, we RMTs don't like to admit that no matter how hard we work and despite our best intentions, the variables involved in the outcome of a massage treatment make it difficult (if not impossible) to guarantee a positive response to our work.
That being said, it is rare to not feel somewhat better in general after a massage. Even if there was some discomfort involved.
I'm sure you've all experienced this - sometimes a massage seems to work like magic and sometimes it barely scratches the surface.
RMTs, physiotherapists and chiropractors often go to the more intense and sometimes painful techniques for assistance. "Structural massage" does not always involve pain but in my opinion it can be fussy and over complicated and often makes promises of unrealistic and unproven results.
So, as I am often heard to repeat as I attempt to inform my clients and the world at large - when it comes to massage therapy or body work of any kind, Suffering Is Optional!
There are good studies that provide evidence that more intense and painful therapies can produce a *perceived* stronger effect than non painful techniques. This is due to a placebo effect only and does not show any beneficial difference in tissue response. In fact, "Deep Tissue" techniques can be damaging and actually make things worse by increasing inflammation, over stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and signalling the body to kick in a host of other reactions to handle this perceived threat to our well being.
* In no way am I condemning massage therapists or physiotherapists or chiropractors etc. who use very deep pressure or more aggressive techniques. Most people who take on these professions are extremely caring and genuinely want to help their clients heal, be free from pain and perform at their best in life. My message here is that it is not necessary to endure extreme discomfort in order to work through an injury or maintain your health. *
I was made aware of this study via another excellent article by Paul Ingraham on his website painscience.com.
He also has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/painscience/?fref=ts
Haywood NorAm Cross Country Ski Race Series / NTDC Thunder Bay
14 December 2016
Since my move to Rossland in 2013, I have had the opportunity to work with some young elite athletes, cross country skiers from the National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The team is back in Rossland again this year to compete in the Haywood NorAm race this weekend at the local Black Jack Ski Club. Now, I'm not a Sports RMT nor am I athletic in any way. The thought of working with these athletes, who have worked hard for so many years, competed internationally (and who are used to a high level of skill and knowledge from their coaches, RMT and strength trainer) was admittedly a little daunting!* This group of young men and women who range in age from 18 to mid 20's are not only dedicated to their sport of cross country skiing, most of them are also studying at University and excelling at that as well. This year was my third time working with the ski team. Other than a few familiar faces, each year has brought a different group of athletes and they are always a fantastic bunch of people to meet. I look forward to perhaps continuing to work with the team in the future.
* Coincidentally, last night I came across this study about the effects of basic Swedish Massage vs specialized orthopaedic massage techniques. I was pleased (and not surprised) to learn that "Massage therapy may be effective for treatment of chronic back pain, with benefits lasting at least 6 months. No clinically meaningful difference between relaxation and structural massage was observed in terms of relieving disability or symptoms." (emphasis in bold is my own). They are both equally as effective at (sometimes, with varying results) providing relief from muscular aches and pains. This made me feel much better about treating these athletes with my very basic approach to massage therapy. It confirms my own observation over my 12 years of practice that "keeping it simple" is very often the best way.