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Leslie Curnew is a licensed massage therapist, registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Leslie has always been interested in how the body heals, how it functions in the presence of various stressors, and how individuals subjectively view their own health. As a practitioner, Leslie likes to focus on a whole body approach, using a variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and general Swedish massage techniques. As well, Leslie encourages the empowerment of her patients through health education, essential to their proactive health care and wellness. She firmly believes that massage therapy, in compliment with other modalities, can help maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Is it any wonder why we feel stiff and sore? Between the endless hours of leaning over a computer and the demands of everyday life, the toll it takes on our body often shows up as pain and stress.
Massage therapy is an effective and natural choice in managing stress, injury and pain while moving the body towards wellness through relaxation. Massage therapy can:
- help to reduce tension, tightness and spasm in muscles
- reduce inflammation
- improve sports training and performance
- increase blood and lymph circulation
- provide a means of relaxation for the mind and the body.
All treatments are designed around the client’s needs because an individual approach produces the best results.
What is Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular holding patterns.
How Can Massage Therapy Help Me?
Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions. It is widely used to help obtain relief from many issues, including:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress and stress related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle tension and muscle related conditions such as spasms and strains
- Ligament sprains
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injury
- Circulatory and Respiratory problems
- Pregnancy discomfort
- Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
Is Massage Therapy a Regulated Profession?
The practice of massage therapy is a Regulated Health Profession governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a “Massage Therapist” or a “Registered Massage Therapist”. When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO.
What to expect at first visit
On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as the Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications as they will be factored into your Treatment Plan to ensure that it is safe and effective for you. The Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs and other factors (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.) that may be contributing to your condition. The Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.
Do I have to remove all my clothes?
No, your comfort is of the utmost importance to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All Registered Massage Therapists are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment and only the area being worked on will be uncovered at any given time. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment. Registered Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Be sure to ask questions if something is unclear or you would like more information. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are uncomfortable during the treatment, for any reason, let your therapist know immediately. You may request the treatment be modified or stop altogether at any time.
Is Massage Therapy covered under OHIP?
No, Massage therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP, regardless of whether the treatments provided by the Massage Therapist have been requested by a physician. Most extended health insurance plans cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist. Some insurance plans may require a physician’s referral prior to the start of massage therapy treatments while others allow treatment without referrals. Please consult your extended health benefit plan provider to confirm their requirements.
Why do Massage Therapists charge HST?
Under the federal Excise Tax Act, massage therapy is a service to which GST was applied. While massage therapists are considered health care practitioners under Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, massage therapy is not included in the definition of health services that are exempt from the application of the HST. The list of exemptions is controlled by the federal government and the federal Minister of Finance has made it clear that the current policies governing exemptions will remain in place. A health profession can be exempted if it is regulated in five provinces or territories or if it is paid for in the health plans of three provinces. Massage therapy does not currently meet either of these conditions.
BACK SHOULDER AND NECK TREATMENT
Acute or chronic back pain from long hours at the desk, driving, sleeping patterns, postures or a previous injury can be managed with massage techniques which will help alleviate discomfort and promote body awareness.
Leslie will concentrate the technique on the ares that cause back, shoulder and neck pain to relieve tension and promote deep relaxation in the tissues and muscles in the targeted area.
Fascia is a web like connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein and internal organ. It is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe. Myofascial release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the fascial connective tissue restriction to help eliminate pain and restore mobility. Treatments are performed directly on the skin without oil or lotion.
This type of massage treatment is strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort.
The massage consists of the therapist applying gentle to medium pressure of the hands to the body, gently manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation. It is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body, but just a gentle kneading of the outer layers of the body tissue. It will cover a wide range of areas on the body which can include the back, legs, feet, arms, hands, head and neck.
Many live their stressful lives day to day without taking any time off just for them. Everyone deserves a well needed moment of relaxation and this massage is just the right technique for that. It will relax your mind and body, giving you a break from stress of your life.
Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of movement, relieve minor muscle pain, and promote overall relaxation.
SPORTS RELATED INJURIES
Regular massage therapy can help athletes and weekend warriors improve their performance, prevent injury and provide treatments for conditions resulting from overuse or injury. When applied skilfully, massage is the best way of releasing muscle tension and helps to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. It will help to speed healing after injury, break down scar tissue, improve elasticity to muscles and tissue and help to improve body awareness.
Common sports related injuries include:
- muscle strains
- shin splints
- plantar fasciitis (painful inflammation of the sole of the foot)
- tracking disorders of the knee
- epicondylitis tennis or golfers elbow
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage can range from being very pleasant to uncomfortable in some cases however your Massage Therapist will always check in to ensure that you are comfortable. The temporary discomfort of a deep tissue massage is better managed by working the area very slowly followed by flushing the area. This type of treatment can be worth the discomfort for longer lasting relief when the injury and tissue have healed