Just For You Massage Therapy is your escape from stress and muscle soreness!
Have you travelled far to Basin Head? Are you waiting to get on the ferry to the Magdalen Island? Are your muscles sore and tight from travel or from touring on your bicycle on the Confederation Highway? Do you live and work in the area and suffer from overwork, tired muscles or stress? Check yourself in for some total relaxation with me.
Cash, MasterCard and Visa are acceptable payment. I submit on your behalf to Blue Cross and GreenShield Insurance companies. Senior and Student Rates Available. Gift Certificates are Available.
Elise Taplay Ryan, has been a Registered Massage Therapist since November 2006; first in Ontario and now in Prince Edward Island.
Her main work location is in Kingsboro (Souris) PE, at the base of Basin Head tide pool on East Point Road. Here she provides deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, hot stone massage and thai herbal stem massage therapy. She will provide mobile massage therapy for those unable to access the clinic in the winter months during snow season. She will also go to your cottage or motel in the summer for 2 or more massages during the same visit.
Elise has an interest in massage therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clients and is furthering her studies in this area. She also works 1 day a week at Serene View Ranch in Alexandria , PE, near Charlottetown. Here she provides massage therapy for pain and stress relief, including those suffering PTSD whether they be first responders or veterans.
Elise grew up in Ontario where she was a Police Constable with the Canadian Pacific Railway working of Toronto and Vaughan Detachments. After serving for 13 years with the railway, she went back to school and studied massage therapy at the now defunct Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington. She became an RMT with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in 2006. She owned and operated The Natural Health Clinic in Stoney Creek Ontario since 2004 and has worked as an RMT at The Natural Health Clinic since 2006. She moved to the island with her husband on June 6, 2014 and opened her practice at her current location at the end of June.
She has continued her education over her massage career, taking courses in nerve mobilization for the upper and lower extremities; Acupressure; CranioSacral Therapy; Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Thai Herbal Stem Massage and Thai Herbal Stem Facials, Kinesio-Taping for sports injuries, Ultrasound and Inferential Current/TENNS Therapy and Cupping Massage Therapy. She has incorporated these techniques in her practice.
She also is studying Myoskeletal Techniques with Eric Dalton’s program.
Contact Me By Text or Phone @ 902 208-1105
I am located @ 2615 East Point Road, Kingsboro, PE C0A 2B0
Just For You Massage Therapy offers a variety of alternative treatments. All therapy takes place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence.
Services Provided Include:
- Registered Massage Therapy
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Inferential Current Therapy (IFC)
- Hot Stone Massage Therapy
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
- Cupping Massage Therapy
Payment is the responsibility of the client. Cash, MasterCard or Visa is Accepted. With a doctors prescription Elise will direct bill Blue Cross (including RCMP, Veterans and Armed Forces) and GreenShield insurance. For all other insurance companies you must submit your receipt.
Most insurance companies require a physician's referral.
You can use your receipts as part of your medical expenses on you annual personal income taxes.
Gift Certificates are available in $10 increments or by the treatment. Certificates are valid for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes: muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and membranes.
Massage Therapy offers an alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with every day and occupational stresses, injuries, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also be used as part of a general fitness program to maintain a positive feeling of well being.
Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in China. Acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Acupressure is often described as acupuncture without the needles.
Acupressure has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupressure points that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance.
Elise uses a special device with a toureline crystal inside the pointer to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians. During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. She presses on acupressure points on your body using the hand held device. You can either have a half hour or an hour session or use can have acupressure as an add on service, which is incorporated into your massage therapy session.
The goal is to restore health and balance to your body's channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some say acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person. Not all Western practitioners believe that this is possible or even that these meridians exist. Instead, they attribute any results to other factors, such as reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, or stimulation of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
Research into the health benefits of acupressure is in its infancy. Acupressure helps in relieving nausea after chemotherapy. Some believe it helps reduce stress, improve energy levels, relieve pain and lessen other symptoms of cancer.
Acupressure may help with low back pain, post-operative pain and headache. Some studies suggest that acupressure releases endorphins and promotes anti-inflammatory effects, helping with arthritis. Several studies suggest that fatigue and may improve from the use of acupressure. Better designed trials are needed to be sure.
In general, acupressure is very safe. If you have cancer, arthritis or heart disease have a discussion with your doctor before trying any therapy that involves moving joints and muscles, such as acupressure. And, make sure your acupressure practitioner is trained in the modality.
If you are pregnant, advise your practitioner as certain points can induce contractions. Also advise your practitioner if you are having a rheumatoid arthritis flair up.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a method of stimulating your lymph and body fluids. It is a very gentle; hands on procedure that will help you eliminate fluid retention, cleanse your body and eliminate toxins and trapped proteins in your tissues. It will stimulate your immune system, help you to relax and release stress and emotional trauma. It has many other effects on your body as well.
Before the session, you are encouraged to tell your therapist if you have any medical conditions including thyroid problems, a high fever or infection, acute heart or kidney conditions, a fresh scar or burn or it you are menstruating or pregnant. You should also mention if you are wearing contact lenses. For optimal results and to prepare the system for the cleansing, please drink a lot of water or fresh natural juice for the 24 hours preceding a session.
At a minimum, eat lightly the day of your initial drainage in order to avoid possible toxic reactions. Raw fruits and raw or steamed vegetables are preferred.
During a session it is not necessary for you to disrobe. Share with your therapist if your back or neck is uncomfortable or if you feel cold. Prepare yourself to relax and be completely cared for. The therapist will need to concentrate in order to achieve the best results; therefore, silence is appreciated during the slow, rhythmic movement of the lymph drainage. During the session, your practitioner may ask you to breathe deeply and slowly at various times in order to activate the lymphatic system.
After the session, you will be encouraged to give any feedback or share any feelings or emotions you may have felt during the session. You may or may not have post treatment reactions. You may want to sleep a lot or you may experience sluggishness or muscle aches. This simply means toxins are being eliminated from your body. Be sure you are steady before driving.
It is very important for you to drink as much as possible to help flush out the toxins.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the CranioSacral System. It is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and the spinal cord.
“CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of bio mechanics.”
CST is used as a preventive health measure by complementing the body's natural healing processes. The practitioner releases restrictions in the CranioSacral System to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
“Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.”
How Does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
“Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. The CNS system is heavily influenced by the CranioSacral System – the membranes and fluid that surround it protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.”
“Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the CranioSacral System. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system and potentially every other system it interacts with. Some restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the CranioSacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the CranioSacral System. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.”
Conditions addressed by Craniosacral therapy include: chronic neck and back pain, autism, stress and tension related disorders; PTSD, Motor-Co-ordination impairments, Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries; Chronic Fatigue; Infant and Childhood Disorders and Fibromyalgia; TMJ Syndrome; Scoliosis, Central Nervous System Disorders, Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Orthopaedic problems to name a few.
According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Often, migraines are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine, researchers found that participants who CranioSacral Therapy had better quality sleep and fewer migraines than participants who didn't. Effects even lasted up to three weeks after therapy ended.
(Information in Parenthesis taken from the UpLedger Website.)
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is an alternative treatment. Elise uses smooth, flat heated stones as an extension of her own hands or she applies them at key locations on your body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing. It helps warm up tight muscles so she can work more deeply.
The basalt stones are placed into an electric slow cooker which is filled with the water. The water temperature is approximately 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the stones have been heated, some are placed onto specific points on your body, and others are held by Elise and used to to work deeply into the muscles.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
- Poor Circulation
- Stress, anxiety and tension
- Back Pain and Sore Muscles
What Can I Expect During My Hot Stone Massage?
Elise begins by applying oil to your body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down first so Elise can apply the hot stones to your back, neck and shoulders. She then moves on to your legs feet, arms and hands. She may put down the stones and use her hands to directly massage your skin. She may use the stones as extensions of her hands.
When the stones are placed on your body they are left for a short period of time.
She may place small stones between your fingers and toes or in the palm of your hand.
A typical treatment is 60 or 90 minutes.
Hot stone massage is not recommended for people some people:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash, neuropathy or open wounds,
- People who are prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
- Immediately after surgery.
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation unless recommended by your doctor.
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting an hot stone massage. A full body or hot stone massage or placement of hot stones over the abdomen is not recommended during pregnancy.
- People with rheumatoid arthritis should avoid hot stone massage as the heat of the stones may trigger a flare up.
Hot stone massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealeaed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia or areas of recent fracture.
Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
Cupping Massage Therapy
Cupping Therapy is a form of alternative therapy. The cups mobilize blood flow to promote healing. Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical text books in the world, the Ebers Papyrus describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy as early as 1550 B.C.
In cupping therapy cups from a cupping set to create a suction (or a partial vacuum) on the skin. This helps to activate the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing can take place much easier.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
In 2012, a study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions, such as: Herpes zoster, facial paralysis and cervical spondylosis.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, helping to activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe.
The Primary Energizing Treatment
The Primary Energizing Treatment consists of creating a suction for approximately 6-8 cups (or as many as fit) across the top of your back. It is best to first have your back massaged with a carrier in order to make it easier to move the cups while keeping the suction in tact. These cups are in a line and are kept in place for approximately 1-3 minutes.
Types of Cupping Therapy
Thee are various types of cupping therapy, including: dry cupping (suction only) and wet cupping, which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
There are several; ways of creating the vacuum. Elise uses a small hand pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. The vacuum causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cups are generally left in place for 1-10 minutes.
Cupping is considered to be relatively safe, when performed by a trained health professional. Potential side effects include: Mild discomfort, and bruising. Cupping should be avoided by pregnant or menstruating women, and people with metastatic cancer, deep vein thrombosis, ulcer.
Thai Herbal Stem Massage Therapy
Thai Herbal stem massage therapy is a wonderful, totally natural body treatment. The herbal stems are traditional massage tools used in Thailand. The use of stems helps release toxins from the body, increases circulation, relaxes muscles and helps to work out painful knots in muscles.
The stem is a blend of 20 herbs including: Plai, Ginger, Lemon, Turmeric and Cumin. The herbs are wrapped in an unbleached cotton material which is tied by hand into a stem and then vacuum packed to preserve freshness and purity.
The herbal steams are moistened slightly by a brief immersion in a bowl of water and then placed in an electric steamer. One stem is rolled over the targeted area while the other is being reheated in the steamer. As the stem cools it is applied directly onto the body. For sanitary and health reasons, the client buys a set which they take home with them or have stored on site to be used only by the person they were originally used on. Each stem can be used for three sessions. The Thai Stem “Luk Pra Knob” has been used for many centuries in Thailand as a medicinal hot compress to relieve aches and pains in the body.
The treatment incorporates elements of Swedish relaxation massage, Lomi Lomi stretching techniques and Thai Massage movements. The treatment combines smoothing moist heat with therapeutic natural herbs and essential oils. The heated oils and resins are absorbed into the blood stream through the epidermis and react with the body’s chemistry in a sympathetic and gentle way to detoxify it.
The client should not take a hot bath or shower for 3-4 hours after the treatment to allow body temperatures to adjust back naturally. Rinsing could wash off the healing properties.
WARNING: This treatment is contraindicated for pregnant women. It is also contraindicated within 48 hours of waxing and at least 12 hours after shaving.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is one of the most widely used passive modalities for the treatment of soft tissue injury, joint dysfunction and pain.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is the use of sound waves to penetrate the body eliciting therapeutic benefit in specific target tissues. These waves are produced in the transducer head of the ultrasound machine where electrical energy is transmitted to a special quartz or synthetic crystal. When stimulated by the electricity, the crystal vibrates at an extremely high frequency, which is called "ultrasonic vibrations". These ultrasonic vibrations emit ultrasound waves from the transducer head that are transmitted into the body via coupling media.
Ultrasound machines typically produce sound waves at frequencies of 3MHz or 1 MHz. The range at which the human ear can detect sound is between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. Ultrasound is a form of mechanical energy, not electrical energy.
What can be Treated With Ultrasound?
An incredibly wide variety of ailments are treated using ultrasound. Essentially, anywhere there is a desire to promote blood circulation and reduce swelling and oedema, ultrasound will help.
Tendon Injuries, Muscle Injuries and Ligament Injuries
Injuries to the tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage are treated primarily with ultrasound. Ultrasound helps to reduce swelling and oedema which in turn greatly reduces the pain from the injury. The stimulated tissue and increased blood flow speed the healing process. Typically, these types of injuries are very slow to heal and because people continue to try to use the injured body part, the injury is repeatedly stressed. Regular applications of ultrasound over the duration of the healing period will significantly reduce pain and the time to heal.
Treat Your Chronic Pain!
People who suffer from chronic ailments associated with swelling and pain also gain great benefit from ultrasound. Those who suffer from Arthritis, Bursitis, Carpal and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, and swollen disks use ultrasound to reduce the swelling and pain associated with their ailment. Ailments which are not chronic such as Bursitis and Tunnel Syndromes can be treated and eliminated with ultrasound. For conditions such as arthritis, ultrasound cannot cure the disease but it WILL reduce the pain and swelling significantly and increase flexibility in atrophied (unused and frozen) joints.
Muscle Strains, Muscle Tension and Trigger Points (Sensitive Spots in the Muscle with Poor Circulation and Atrophy)
As a therapeutic massage device, ultrasound is very effective at reducing muscle tension. People who suffer muscle tension headaches and migraines use ultrasound on the back of the neck and across upper back (trapezius muscle). This is a very common procedure used by massage therapists and chiropractors for tension headache sufferers.
People receiving treatments often describe the sensation as 'the machine seems to suck the tension and pain right out of my head through my neck'. In reality what is happening is the ultrasound is releasing the trigger points which are VERY often the source of the pain. Trigger Point Release drains the build up of lactic acid and other toxins in the area, increasing blood flow and bringing much needed nutrients to the muscle tissue.
Take an hour – to refresh yourself, recover, and rejuvenate, in a clean,safe friendly environment. Drive up the lane-way and enter via the front door of the house on the first floor.