CK Massage

 

My name is Charmen Kuzio, in 2003 I graduated from Grant McEwen College in the Massage Therapy program.  I have been practicing as a registered massage therapist ever since. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to work in both the Spa and Clinical environments, where I have been able to develop my skills in both relaxation and rehabilitation techniques.

At the Vegreville Holistic Centre, I practice mainly doing therapeutic/deep tissue massage but I also know how important it is to keep the mind/body connection with relaxation massage. In early 2010, I took a basic course on Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and have now started incorporating it into the services I provide.

 The services that I do provide are: 

 

  • Therapeutic massage- manipulating muscle and connective tissue utilizing Swedish massage techniques to relieve pain from chronic or acute illnesses. Some benefits are:
    1. help stimulate weak and inactive muscles
    2. help speed recovery and decrease muscle injury from occurring
    3. reduce stress and anxiety
    4. increase joint mobility
    5. improve blood circulation and posture.

 

  • Deep Tissue massage – focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas. The strokes are similar to a therapeutic massage but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated. Deep tissue work breaks down adhesions that are found in muscle, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions are bands of painful rigid tissue and can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. By using direct pressure or friction techniques, deep tissue massage aims to break down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

 

  • Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) – When stretching a muscle too long the muscle will inherently tighten up as a self protective mechanism. It’s a way of protecting itself from potential tearing and injury. In order to increase flexibility, one has to bypass this protective mechanism. AIS works on stretching fascia. Fascia is a specialized connective tissue system made up of very dense tissue that envelope every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and internal organ. Supporting the organs and joints from head to toe without interruption, it acts as a shock absorber to the body. So when there is tightening or restriction in one place one can feel pain or dysfunction in a completely unrelated location. AIS uses the principle of multiple repetitions and holding the stretch for a maximum of 2 seconds with assistance from ropes or bands to prevent the stretch reflex from occurring. It works muscle, joints, ligaments, and soft tissue. AIS is also based on the principle that by contracting one muscle the opposing muscle will relax so there is an opportunity for a more effective stretch of the relaxed muscle.

 

  •  Hot Stone massage - Placing heated stones on various areas of the body to relieve tension in muscles and improve the flow of energy in the body. Incorporating the heated stones can help relieve muscle tension and allow the body to relax. It also helps with inflammation, injury, pain, poor circulation, osteoarthritis, arthritic pain, stress, insomnia, and calms the nervous system.