When you need Medical Massage? by Medical Massage Boutique on Danforth at Coxwell Ave. Toronto

When you need Medical Massage?

Medical massage therapy is distinguished not as one technique, or form of massage, but by using a large variety of proven techniques e.g neuromuscular therapy, orthopedics, post-surgery, stress reduction focused and a lot more with known results for a specific soft tissue injury, dysfunction or pain cycle. The practitioner uses techniques according to what has proven to work for the specific need.
In Medical Massage Boutique our Award Winning Medical Massage Boutique Specialists on Danforth at Coxwell Ave. Toronto are all Registered Massage Therapists that are highly skilled and trained to perform outcome based measures massage therapy techniques. Medical massage is science-based and gets results. It is massage with a specific goal in mind for a specific condition e.g arthritis, spinal stenosis, chronic low back pain, post surgery, medical problem or rehabilitative therapy.If someone needing medical massage therapy doesn’t have a doctor’s prescription, the medical massage therapist can work from the patient’s complaints (self referral), medical history and by palpating muscle tissues. (Disclaimer: massage therapists do not diagnose.). Sources: Medical Massage Articles

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Medical Massage Boutique-Danforth at Coxwell Ave. Vitality Health Membership

VITALITY – The state of Being Stronger, Active more Energy

Stronger, Active, more Energy. Sounds great doesn’t it?  Medical Massage Boutique on the Danforth at Coxwell Ave Toronto our new Vitality Program will assist you with becoming Stronger, Active and have more Energy. Massage Therapy has been proven to be very beneficial in increasing blood flow, relaxing and re-energizing muscles while giving you a new found range or movement and flow. The Vitality Program will assure you that you will be taking care of your muscles and be able to relieve tension for the entire year and help you with becoming or maintaining your Vitality.

The Vitality Program is a 12 month Package (which can be split into two 6 Month pkgs) that consists of Monthly 1 Hour Massage Treatments of your choosing. You can choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre/Post Natal or Sports Massages and can vary every month depending on your needs and your Therapists recommendations.  The Program also includes home exercises to help you with posture awareness and easy stretches you can do any place, anytime. A Registered Massage Therapy Receipt will be issued after every visit.

Quote “I saw a few chiropractors and acupuncturists. But despite some initial short relief, their work seemed to lose effectiveness after a few visits. I went to a massage therapist, whose treatment actually was the opposite of my experiences with neurologists: It was enjoyable. This was the beginning of what I called a foray into “recreational medicine.” By Paula Karen.

                 Your Health Your Wealth – www.MedicalMassageBoutique.ca

For more information, please contact our office at 647-713-1000 for more information and pricing.


Does Massage Reduce Stress?

Unfortunately, stress is a major part of life and how we deal with it is crucial to handling and over-coming those stressful times. There is also postural stress. Office workers – BEWARE.  More and more advance complaints such as pain and weakness in the low back and gluteal exacerbated by sustained posturing or prolonged sitting. Luckily at Medical Massage Boutique on Danforth in Toronto, our Highly Skilled, Registered Massage Therapists with a background in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy use Research Based Evidence techniques to help manipulate muscles and tendons to release the constriction that causes the discomfort. As long as you schedule a regular massage it can counteract the imbalance and help maintain overall wellness plus you can keep your desk job.

massage reduce stressSo Why Massage?


Science have proven massage overall helps increase blood flow which improves stamina and assists in letting the blood flow to the brain and gives you the clear head to handle the stress of the day. The best services Medical Massage Boutique can offer you for Stress Reduction Massage are….

  1. Swedish massage -Swedish massage goes beyond relaxation. It increases the oxygen level, decreasing muscle toxins improving circulation and flexibility while easing muscle tension.

The most common strokes of Swedish are:

  • Effleurage – a smooth gliding strokes used to relax soft tissue
  • Petri sage- the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage.
  • Friction- deep circular movement that causes layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
  • Tapotement- a short alternative tap done with cupped hands, fingers or edge of the hand.
  1. Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of muscular pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of Massage addresses trigger points, circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by a repetitive movement.

3. Deep Tissue Massage

  • Deep Tissue Massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The Massage Therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, Deep Tissue Massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.

4. Sports Massage

  • Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, Sports Massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training — before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.

Reference: WebMD

How Psychotherapy Treatment Works With Massage Therapy

When the body heals so does the mind. While receiving a massage many psychological issues often emerge. Psychotherapy is the place to help process these issues. It provides holistic healing of both body, mind, and spirit. Massage and psychotherapy combined provide lasting and integrative healing.

Psychotherapy provides a safe structured environment to talk about, and process the emotions that emerge when receiving deep massage work. Psychotherapy helps understand the root reason why these emotions are there, and a safe environment to allow the feelings to naturally heal and transform.

Common issues worked with in psychotherapy are: family/romantic difficulties. Overwhelming feelings of sadness and a loss, or anger and resentment can emerge. Psychotherapy helps let go of the pain these relationships can cause. Other people suffer from anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy helps understand the root cause of these issues, providing a place to heal and let go of the psychological pain. Many other people struggle to find their life’s purpose. Many feel hopeless and meaningless. Psychotherapy is the place to let go of past traumas and also to find one’s true self.

Massage therapy helps relieve the body stress caused by psychological issues. Psychotherapy helps understand and fully process the root cause. Psychotherapy and massage create a holistic transformation of body, mind, spirit.


To celebrate Medical Massage Boutique’s TWO new locations, we are having a very special Promotion for the month of April. Medical Massage Boutique is offering your first 60 Minute Massage by Abigail, Eric or Ryan for $65.00. Any follow up 60 Minute Massage with Eric or Ryan for the month of April will also be $65.00.

Our new location is 1751 Danforth Ave. South side of Danforth. East of Coxwell, next to the McDonalds. We are open Wednesday thru Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday’s 10am – 7pm. A beautiful serene atmosphere with Herbal Tea and Refreshments available from our Café area.

Our other new location is 211 Danforth Ave. South side of Danforth, East of Broadview, next to the Bulk Barn. We are open at this location Friday’s from 10am – 7pm. Located on the 3rd floor of a newly renovated, quiet building.


Abigail Castronuevo is the FOUNDER of Medical Massage Boutique and is a highly skilled RMT-Registered Massage Therapist with a Physiotherapy Degree.

Eric Chan is an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a talented RMT and our staff Acupuncturist.

Ryan Davis is a Specialized Sports Medicine Massage Therapist with a Kinesiology degree from York University.

Ken Walton I am a Registered Psychotherapist who has many years helping people work through all types of psychological issues. I would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation, and talk about creating a holistic healing plan for both body, mind, and spirit.


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Why Massage Therapy Is As Important To Your Health As Exercise
by Samuel on October 16, 2015 Why Massage Therapy Is As Important To Your Health As Exercise2015-10-16T08:07:39+00:00 under Exercises & Fitness

Massage therapy has always been used to treat and improve overall health. More and more studies have shown that different types of bodily manipulations can actually be as good as exercise for the body in order to maintain the best possible level of fitness. There are so many styles of massage therapy, but all of them seek to improve the health of the individuals that are receiving treatment. The type of massage that you will most benefit from also depends on the reason that you are seeking help from this type of therapy.

The most common type of massage is Swedish massage, and this specific therapy is as beneficial for your health as exercise. The technique that is used is great for relieving muscle tension, improves joint movement, increases blood flow in muscles and skin, and can even improve scar tissue. It is the types of hand movements that are used that make this type of treatment so effective, and why so many patients request that it be used. Doctors recommend massage therapy for both general use and to treat common ailments and physical pain. Rolling, kneading, tapotement, and deep tissue friction movements are some of the signature movements that make it popular across all clinics.

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Individuals that are dealing with chronic pain will benefit the most from neuromuscular therapy massage, which can ultimately improve your health and increase your exercise level. Not being able to move and exercise in the way in which our bodies are meant to can be detrimental to our health, preventing us from being able to maintain a healthy weight. Just a decrease in mobility is detrimental to your life and mental health, which is why massage therapy is so important. For more information about getting the treatment you need, visit the Medical Massage Boutique. Medical Massage Boutique will be able to customize your massage therapy to meet your health needs. This type of therapy is great for injuries and conditions that stem from repetitive motions and injuries to the nervous system that are otherwise not able to be treated medically.

The health problems that are associated with muscle pain and damage are numerous, and there are many different types of massage that can be used to improve these issues. So many benefits of this type of massage are felt immediately, but many of the health benefits might not even be apparent to patients right away. The improvement is able to decrease anxiety and the effects that anxiety has on the body. Depression from anxiety is also a huge benefit because as your anxiety decreases it also reduces the risk of falling into states of depression by reducing the amount of neurotransmitters that are released into the body.

Massage therapy will always be beneficial to those patients that are able to enjoy it, and as more studies are done, its use might even expand.

Advance Medical Massage: Research Base Evidence Practice

Medical Massage Boutique Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. By World Health Organization,1948

Medical Massage Boutique in Toronto, an Award Winning Clinic of Open Care Patience Choice 2015 offers a personalized one on one Advance Medical Massage Treatment, boutique style setting in the heart of Toronto’s Greek Town. We have three Registered Massage Therapists and a Registered Acupuncturist on staff that specialize in Medical and Sports Treatments.


Leg muscles are some of the most used muscles in the human body. They carry our body weight day in and day out while keeping us moving from place to place. Medical Massage Boutique has a Sports Massage Program – FASCIAL THERAPY TECHNIQUE/ NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY /AND SWEDISH MASSAGE FASCIAL THERAPY.

“The goal of any therapist’s facial work is to reduce the restrictions,”. “Once they do, the tissues and joints are able to move better and there are fewer structural dysfunctions and imbalances.”

How it Works:

The goal is to reduce tissue restrictions so that tissues and joints are able to move better, resulting in fewer structural dysfunctions and imbalances.
In simple terms, Fascial Therapy stretches the fascia and can be used anywhere there are fascial restrictions.

A great analogy is to ask the client if they have ever put on a T-shirt fresh out of the dryer. The T-shirt is usually a bit tight from the cleaning process, so it feels a bit uncomfortable. Fascia is like the tight shirt and the techniques are designed to stretch it out and allow them to feel better.

Understanding the difference:

Part of Medical Massage Boutique educating clients and potential clients about Fascial Therapy is going to involve helping clients understand how this modality is different from what might traditionally think as massage.

The experience certainly doesn’t have to be uncomfortable though for athletes or clients looking to recover quickly some discomfort might be involved. So for a client who is okay with a slower pace, more sessions might be needed to deal with the tissue.

Who’s the Demographic?

  • Postural inefficiencies – Neck, Shoulders, Hand, Wrist, Upper/Lower Back, Hip, Pelvis, Knee, Leg, Ankle joint, Toes
  • Bio-mechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding
  • Movement Dysfunction
  • Scar Tissue
  • Athletes
  • Hip/Leg/Foot Imbalances

Research Based Evidence Practice suggested following outcome after Fascial Therapy treatment:

  • Improved Body Position
  • Reduce pressure on painful structures
  • Improved Mobility

Information Provided by: American Massage Therapy Association


Neuromuscular Therapy: Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of soft tissue manual therapy. It is distinguished from other types of massage in that a quasi-static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.
– NMT- very specialized form of manual therapy

Swedish Massage: Study Examines the Effects of Swedish Massage Therapy on Hormones, Immune Function

– Massage is used for many health purposes, but little is known about how it works on a biological level. A recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of one session of Swedish massage therapy—a form of massage using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping—on the body’s hormonal response and immune function.

Funded in part by NCCAM, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, randomly assigned 53 healthy adults to receive one session of either Swedish massage or light touch (in which the therapist used only a light touch with the back of the hand). Both interventions lasted 45 minutes and were performed by a licensed massage therapist. Blood samples taken before and after the sessions were used to determine blood levels of certain hormones and circulating lymphocytes (white blood cells). The researchers found that participants who received Swedish massage had a significant decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin (which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention) compared with those who were treated with light touch. No significant differences between the two groups were found for the stress hormone cortisol or in circulating lymphocytes. Significant decreases in proteins called cytokines (interleukin 4 and interleukin 10), but not others (interleukin 1 beta, interleukin 2, interleukin 5, and tumor necrosis factor alpha), were found for the massage group compared with the light touch group.

These preliminary data led the researchers to conclude that a single session of Swedish massage produces measurable biological effects and may have an effect on the immune system. However, more research is needed to determine the specific mechanisms and pathways behind these changes.


Rapaport MH, Schettler P, Bresee C. A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of Swedish massage on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
; 16(10):1–10.

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Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage.

Swedish Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.

Hormone Regulation

Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).

These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Reduction of Swelling

Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.

Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep

Massage and Pregnancy: Precautions for Prenatal Massage?

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

Body Position during Prenatal Massage

Many professionals consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position they place their clients in during the massage.

New Home For The Medical Massage Boutique!

We’ve moved into our new location, and are happy to announce that we have settled into our new and updated home! Not only have we moved into a more luxurious space, we have spent ample time ensuring that the ambiance truly reflects our goals. Offer state of the art massages in a boutique, pampered environment that you will love to visit time and time again.

Our new location is in the heart of Greektown, close to the major intersection of Pape and Danforth. Not only are we close to some of the best restaurants in Toronto, but also many health and nutrition stores like the Healthy Planet and the Big Carrot. After your treatment you can relax with friends, indulge in the best Greek food in the city or re-stock your supplies of organic food and nutritional supplements.

Besides updating our facilities, our therapists have been hard at work updating their skill sets so we can continue to offer consistent treatments from highly trained massage therapists. Our medical massages are much more than just relaxation based treatments (though we do offer that as well), instead focusing on measurable physiological improvements to your health, always working with you to help improve your physical conditions so that when you leave, you feel much better than when you came in.

Whether you are suffering from a new injury or prolonged medical condition, our medical massages can help eliminate pain, improve movement and overall help you feel years younger. For more information please contact us anytime to speak with our expert medical staff. Get active, take control of your health and enjoy the summer!