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A therapist’s guide of Integrated Therapies

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Mariano

Have you ever asked yourself which therapist is most appropriate for your current needs? Here are brief descriptions of the qualities that we see in some of our team members that will help you choose the right therapist for each visit.

 

Marina Sokalski, Massage Therapy StudentMarina is our newest massage therapist. She is still a student who will finish her course in a few months. We decided to hire her prior to graduation because she is exceptional. She has the hands and presence of someone with many years of experience. She knows how to deliver a deep and healing treatment. Because she is still at school her fees are almost 30% less than the rest of the massage therapists.

“I saw Marina and I was in pain with a sprained muscle in my lower rib in my back. I loved it, I felt so relaxed and felt better in 2 days. She had just enough pressure and gentleness for the whole body. I will definitely be back :)” Lindz

Read about Marina

 

Frank Lai, Registered Massage TherapistFrank is one of our popular registered massage therapists. People love his sessions. He has an innocent gentleness in his personality. His sessions are strong and sensitive at the same time.

“I went for Massage Therapy with Frank Lai annoyed by my neck pain and he reduced it so much that next day I was already back at the climbing gym. I was amazed by how good he is and how professional. It is a gem you shouldn’t miss.” Anna Viladoms

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Peter Lee, AcupuncturistPeter is our newest member. He is a registered acupuncturist and excited to be working in our team. His knowledge and skills are outstanding. He will make a precise, detailed diagnosis of your concerns and deliver a treatment that will address your problem. He has no reviews because he just started with us. His fees are 25% less for a limited time.

Read about Peter

 

Anne Liebhart, RMT, Craniosacral TherapistAnne is our most experience registered massage therapist. Her 30 years of experience, her physiotherapy background combined with a wide variety of subtle energy work makes her a popular and uncommon massage therapist under Canadian standards. She loves what she does and it shows.

“I have had 2 sessions with Anne and both were equally unique and wonderful. Anne is extremely knowledgeable and intuitive. She has a genuine interest in working with you to improve all aspects of your health. Trust me, do yourself a favor and book an appointment with her, you will know what I am talking about!” Rhonda

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And here is one more review for your enjoyment… or mine:

“If you are looking to be treated well from beginning to end, I recommend you visit Integrated Therapies. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. I have had Acupuncture and massage with Mariano. He is a master of his art! During each of my many appointments over the past few years, I have felt that Mariano has heard my concerns and has put both his heart and great expertise into his treatments. I always feel much better after a visit to Mariano. I have also seen Frank for massage. I feel very comfortable asking for what I want with Frank – more or less pressure, for example, and I find Frank to be very responsive. As with Mariano, each time I have seen Frank I have left feeling well taken-care of and relaxed. And Kim at the front desk is absolutely lovely! She is so very friendly as well as efficient at what she does. It is always nice to come in and have Kim greet me! Going to Integrated Therapies is a gift I am grateful that I give to myself!”
Jill Koziey

 

Thank you for reading,
Mariano/director

The power of suction cup therapy with massage

Posted on: October 30th, 2015 by Mariano

by Frank Lai, RMT

I have been aware of suction cup therapy since I was a child in Taiwan. My father is a doctor of Chinese medicine and he uses this ancient technique every day in his practice. I am a great believer in its benefits, and use it where appropriate to enhance both relaxation and therapeutic massage treatments.

cupping therapyThe therapy has two stages: assessment and treatment. Once assessment of the patient’s condition has been completed through questioning and physical testing, the cups are applied to the areas requiring attention and left in place for five to ten minutes. The vacuum created by expelling air from the cups creates suction which mobilizes blood flow and promotes healing. It also resets the fascia if they are compressed or misaligned.

Cupping is often used on the broad areas of the back, and is a wonderful addition to any massage.

The treatment is sedating, and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. Larger cups may be used on the back for a stronger effect. The strong vacuum mimics the rolling action of deep tissue massage without the discomfort. The movement may be long and draining, or circular and stimulating, for stubborn knots and areas of rigid tissue.

 Cupping can also be used to treat:

  • blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  • rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • fertility and gynecological disorders
  • skin problems such as eczema and acne
  • high blood pressure (hypertension )
  • migraine
  • anxiety and depression
  • bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
  • varicose veins

 

It can have minor side effects, including:

  • mild discomfort
  • burns
  • bruises

 

Cupping should not be used on:

  • pregnant or menstruating women
  • people with metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread from one part of the body to another)
  • people with bone fractures or muscle spasms

 

and must not be applied to sites with:

  • a deep vein thrombosis
  • an ulcer
  • an artery
  • a pulse that can be felt

 

Read more about massage therapy with cupping.

 

Frank Lai - Registered Massage Therapist

Frank is a registered massage therapist at Integrated Therapies.

If you would like to experience the benefits of massage therapy with cupping,

book an appointment to see him. Call (780) 432-4803 or book online.