About Us

Yaletown Massage Therapy is an established clinic in the heart of the Yaletown neighborhood, providing registered massage therapy since 1999.
We are a group of eight RMTs who believe in a holistic approach and the importance of effective, responsible healthcare. We all share similarities in our approach to assessment, treatment and homecare exercises, but we each also bring a unique point of view and experiences to the massage therapy table.
Generally, we all use techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point release, passive stretching, and unwinding to encourage recovery. These techniques are commonly used amongst RMT’s to get positive and long lasting results. Other, more specific techniques that we provide are craniosacral and visceral manipulation to also aid in body recovery. There are many instances where by the RMT may use either of these techniques to further encourage natural healing at a deeper level without the application of deep pressure.

Myofascial release is a form of massage therapy described as a deeper, effective treatment. This is recommended for symptoms such as chronic pain or stiffness, to areas with reduced movement due to injury or trauma or due to repetitive motion. It is also a treatment applied to athletic training, motor vehicle accidents causing injury, sports injury and overall general maintenance to keep us active in our daily lives. This form of release provides a loosening to superficial and deeper layers of tissue surrounding almost every muscle, tendon, organs, nervous system and circulatory vessels and then helps to improve movement to areas of tension.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, manual therapy which addresses restriction patterns in the craniosacral system. These restrictions are created directly or indirectly by physical, chemical/ disease, or emotional trauma to the body. Within layers of the dura, cerebrospinal fluid levels are carefully regulated by the body with a rhythmical rise and fall in pressure every 6 to 12 seconds. Hands on techniques are used to detect tension within the dura primarily by means of its effect upon this tiny rhythmic motion of the bones of the skull and tailbone to which the dura is attached. This rhythmical movement can be palpated anywhere on the body and can be used to locate and release areas of abnormal tension.
Often the principal areas of restriction may not be the area in which the patient feels the pain or dysfunction. People are often surprised when, for example, their headache pain eases as their tailbone is released.

Visceral manipulation is a treatment technique that was developed by a world renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral. Many studies have found this technique to be beneficial for a variety of disorders such as whiplash, digestive disorders such as nausea and Acid Reflux, women’s and men’s health issues, chronic spinal dysfunction, headaches and migraines, as well as anxiety and depression to name a few.

“Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system throughout the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.”

This technique “is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs and the systems those organs function within…” .
Taken from www.barralinstitute.com.