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Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy plays a valuable role in today’s interdisciplinary, team-based, patient-centred approach to health care. Registered Massage therapists (RMTs) are healthcare professionals educated and trained to accurately assess and treat an array of conditions involving the body’s soft tissues and joints.

The integrative nature of Acacia Health allows our RMTs to work closely with other health providers to deliver the best results. They focus on treating both the symptoms and the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction.

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation, in addition to relieving stress to promote an overall feeling of relaxation. It can also improve circulation, assist with decreasing inflammation, and strengthen the immune system, which allows for a faster recovery from injuries.

For some clients, massage therapy is an integral part of their stress management regime. Others receive regular massage to treat chronic pain from past injuries or from repetitive strain in the workplace. Our Massage Therapists consider each client’s individual concerns and tailor treatments to suit their particular needs and therapeutic goals.

Massage Therapy can be effective in treating any of the following conditions:

For Mothers-to-be, our therapists frequently work with prenatal clients on a variety of pregnancy-related symptoms. At Acacia, we also have specially designed cushions to support the body throughout the different stages of pregnancy in order to maintain comfort and the ability to lay face down during the massage, so be sure to mention it when you book you massage therapy treatment.

What to Expect

Prior to your first visit please fill out the online intake and consent forms, you’ll be prompted to do this when you book online, or will receive a confirmation email if you booked at the clinic.

Your first visit with an RMT at Acacia Health will be approximately one hour in duration.  During this time your concerns will be identified, a physical assessment be made, and you will receive a massage therapy treatment.

Initially, your practitioner will take a health history from you, focusing on any area you feel needs the most attention.  Your RMT will then leave the treatment room while you undress – always to your comfort level – and position yourself on the massage table, usually face down and with the blankets up to your shoulders.  Your therapist will then re-enter the room and start the massage.  After your treatment, your Massage Therapist will provide after-care instructions (such as ice packs or Epsom salt baths), and stretching recommendations if needed.

During your massage you will have relaxing music playing, you also have the option of heat applied to a specific area of your body during your treatment.

Follow-up visits after the first visit can be anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes in length.  The standard follow-up visit is booked for one hour.  Frequency of visits are determined by you and your Massage Therapist to fit your therapeutic goals.

More Info

Registered Massage Therapy in Victoria BC

Craniosacral Therapy

Pregnancy Massage

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Our Practitioners

Chelsea Brisco

Registered Massage Therapist

Chelsea is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at OVCMT in Vernon, BC. As a Registered Massage Therapist, her...
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Graham Robertson

Registered Massage Therapist

Special interest in treatment of migraine/tension headaches, lower-back pain, sports injuries, and prenatal massage. Focuses on Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage. Avid cyclist, philanthropist, and outdoors enthusiast.
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Jessie Hunter

Registered Massage Therapist

Jessie combines a mix of relaxation style flow, with therapeutic modalities. Based on her training and personal experience with scoliosis,...
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Marléne Bouchard

New Grad Therapist - Massage Bodyworker

Marlene Bouchard studied at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, and became a Certified Rolfer in 2016....
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Nichola Slade

Registered Massage Therapist

I gratefully acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, upon whose lands...
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