Healing Tree Massage and Wellness Studio is a collective of Healthcare Professionals working as a team to help you attain your goals of health and wellness with:
Registered Massage Therapy
We believe that community is the cornerstone of healthcare and we strive to give every client exceptional quality of care.
Most extended health plans cover our services. We will provide receipts for your treatments and in most cases can direct bill to Pacific Blue Cross for Registered Massage Therapy and direct bill to most providers for Registered Acupuncture.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the body’s muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints in order to cause a therapeutic response.
Massage Therapy is an effective treatment for:
- Back and neck pain
- Fibromyalgia/chronic stress
- Insomnia/poor sleep habits
- Sluggish circulation
- Constipation/menstrual disorders
- Muscle strains/sprains/spasms
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Pre-natal & post-natal aches and pains
- Respiratory conditions
- Sports injuries/dislocations
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Scar tissue remodelling
- Repetitive strain injuries
Your Massage Therapy Treatment:
Each massage will begin with an assessment of your current concerns to decide what the best approach will be for your treatment. Your Registered Massage Therapist will then discuss a treatment plan with you and get your consent to treat. Your comfort is our utmost priority and we will check in with you during your massage in regards to things like pressure and temperature to make sure you are doing well. We also welcome your feedback and requests for changes at any time during your treatment for additional things like lighting, music and positioning.
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is originated from China. It’s unique theoretical, diagnostic and treatment systems have been built on over 2,500 years of experience of understanding life, maintaining health, preventing diseases, treating root causes of illnesses and strengthening the relationship between nature and human life.
Acupuncture is the most often practiced component of Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting filiform, sterile disposable needles into the skin at certain acupuncture points along the meridians. It is believed that acupuncture can activate our body’s self-healing mechanism and is able to guide the body’s energy system to heal itself in the most holistic natural way. Here is a list of commonly treated health conditions by acupuncture:
- Back pain (neck, upper, middle and lower)
- Carpel tunnel
- Chronic fatigue
- Facial paralysis
- Golf elbow
- High/low blood pressure
- Improving effects of chemotherapy
- Indigestion (bloating, constipation, hiccups, burping, acid reflex, diarrhea)
- Labor induction
- Lactation difficulties
- Menstrual problems
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Nerve disorders
- Postpartum recovery
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow
Some commonly adapted healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine in modern practices include various herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, gua-sha (skin scraping) technique, qi-gong exercise and food cure therapy.
Your Acupuncture Treatment:
At the beginning of each treatment, your Registered Acupuncturist will observe your tongue (coating, colour, shape) and take your pules on both wrists. By doing so, they are able to gain a good understanding of your general health as well as the energetic health of each vital organ (heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs). You will also be asked questions about your medical history, digestion, sleep pattern, emotional quality: stress/anxiety level, urination, bowel movement, menstrual pattern, etc. Your current health concerns will also be discussed and you are welcome to ask any questions you may have. During a treatment, you may feel a small prick upon needle insertions but the sensation should subside within seconds. Most people say that they feel peaceful, relaxed or calm during and after each treatment. This is a good indication that healing has occurred within the body.
Your Registered Acupuncturist may add any of the following services to your acupuncture appointment if they deem it helpful. They will always confirm the treatment plan with you prior to the start of your treatment.
Cupping is an ancient form of therapy that creates suction on the skin with either glass, bamboo or plastic cups. It stimulates Qi (energy) and blood flow in the body to reduce pain, relax muscles and tissues and promote healing of traumatic injuries. It is also known to detox the body by drawing up the old, non-circulating, stagnated blood to the surface. Otherwise, the stagnation will create pain, stiffness and tension in the body. Many people describe cupping therapy like a deep tissue massage and feel more relaxed afterwards.
Ear Acupuncture has proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, such as headache/migraine, allergies, pain disorders, addictions (smoking, drug & alcohol), fever, digestive disorders, hypertension/hypotension, anxiety, weight loss, back pain, men and women’s health, etc; When you look closely, you will see the map on the ear is in the form of an inverted fetus. It includes all the details of the anatomical, physiological, and emotional body represented.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine therapy. It warms the body and promotes smooth flow of Qi/energy and blood in the body. Moxa cones and sticks are made from mugwort, an ancient herb known for its stimulating and warm properties. Some commonly treated problems are weak immunity, poor digestion, chronic and acute pain condition, cold hands & feet, obstructed blood circulation, cold sensations in the body and breech presentation of fetus.
Gua Sha is an ancient detoxification technique in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. It is believed that this technique releases toxic, unhealthy substances that stagnated underneath the skin and between muscles causing pain, tension, tightness and discomforts. The words “Gua” means scrapings and “Sha” means the stagnated blood blocking proper flow of meridians. Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that “Whenever there is a blockage, there is pain”. Through scraping, we can effectively remove the “Sha” to achieve detoxifying effects. Patients usually feel lighter, more flexible and definitely less pain after the treatment.
Provided by a Registered Acupuncturist and is billable under acupuncture with most extended health care plans.
Preservative-Free Vitamin B12 Injection Therapy:
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a very common nutrient deficiency in today’s society, especially among busy career-driving professionals, vegan/vegetarians and seniors. This injection therapy can help you reduce the following symptoms:
- Low energy
- Chronic fatigue
- Mental fog
- Cognitive decline
- Poor sleep patterns
- Poor memories
- Mood swings
Preservative-Free MIC Injection Therapy for Weight Control and Detoxification:
A MIC injection includes methionine, inositol, choline, Vit B12 and folic acid. This therapy is given weekly for approximately 3 months to assist the body to break down fat cells in the liver naturally so that the body’s ability to metabolize fat will increase.
Methionine: It is an essential amino acid in humans. It helps the body to break down fat and detoxifies the liver.
Inositol: It is a carbohydrate and is naturally found in plants and animals. It assists the body to break down fat and lift up mood.
Choline: It is a water-soluble nutrient that is important for liver, brain and nerve function. Because of its lipotropic effect, it is an important supplement for weight loss.Book Now
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Do I need a referral from my doctor for Massage Therapy?
It’s always encouraged to check with your doctor before trying new therapies, especially if you have an illness or are on medications.
*Some extended health providers require that you first get a referral from a doctor before you can be reimbursed for your first massage therapy treatment. This is mostly a formality and you would only need to get a referral from your doctor once a year.
Do you accept Medical Service Plan (MSP)?
We do accept MSP, but we are what’s considered “opted out.” This means you will be charged the full amount for your massage upon your visit and we will fill out the necessary paperwork for you to receive a reimbursement of $23 per massage. Those who qualify with MSP receive reimbursement of $23 per massage up to 10 massages per year from the BC government.
*Please note that only those who qualify for MSP assistance receive this benefit. You must check with MSP to see if you qualify.
What clothing will I need to remove for my massage?
Clients undress to their level of comfort and will have the privacy to do so. You will always be covered with a sheet during your treatment and only the areas that your therapist is working on directly will be undraped. If your preference is to keep your clothing on, your therapist will work over them without using oil or lotion. Please feel open to talk with your therapist about any concerns you have.
Do you offer Prenatal and Postnatal Massage Therapy?
All of our Registered Massage Therapists are qualified to provide prenatal and postnatal massage therapy treatments. Massage Therapy is safe to receive throughout your entire pregnancy provided your primary healthcare provider hasn’t advised against it. A lot of the physiological changes that happen during pregnancy and after can create discomfort in the body and massage therapy is a great way to alleviate these symptoms as you carry and care for your child.
Our studio is equipped with specialized prenatal cushions to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your massage treatment.
Why do you need to know what medications I am taking?
In order to ensure a safe and effective treatment your massage therapist needs to know your health history, including any medications or supplements you may be taking. Some medications may present contraindications to massage therapy and may require your therapist to alter their approach to your treatment. We want to ensure you have the best experience possible at Healing Tree Massage & Wellness Studio.
Can I have my Massage Therapy treatment covered under my employer’s extended medical plan? Do you Direct Bill?
Massage Therapy by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is covered under most employer’s extended medical plans in BC but it is advised that you contact your provider to confirm your coverage prior to your first massage. All of our therapists are RMT’s and can direct bill to Pacific Blue Cross. If you have a different provider we will give you a RMT receipt after your treatment that you can remit to your provider to be reimbursed.
Do you accept Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims?
We unfortunately do not accept WCB claims but we will provide you with a RMT receipt after payment for your treatment that you can provide to WCB to receive the reimbursement they have arranged with you.
Can I tell my Massage Therapist if I’m feeling uncomfortable during my massage?
Absolutely. Your comfort is our top priority. We always ask for your feedback during your massage and welcome any requests you may have regarding change in pressure, temperature, lighting, music or positioning. Please do not hesitate to ask us how we can increase your comfort.
Can my children receive Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is safe at all ages and can be highly beneficial for children. They face similar mental and physical stressors as adults. Whether it be from school or from physical activities, Massage Therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, muscular tension and injury from sport. We always welcome the parent into the treatment room to help make their children feel comfortable. If you have extended health coverage for Massage Therapy and would like to book a massage for your child, enquire with your provider as your child is most likely covered under your plan as well.