Have you noticed our new look? If you have visited our Instagram or facebook pages recently you may have noticed some flashes of our new logo, new name and some pretty new images.
Aside from the vanity of a facelift, you may also be wondering why we are messing with a good thing? Why am I going out of my way to confuse our clients with all of these changes? The short answer is because we are committed to you and are making short term changes to meet the long term needs of our clients.
In the next week, RPM Physiotherapy will become Body Co. When I started the business as a sole practitioner it made sense to co-brand with RPM Total Fitness, our dear friends and home for the last 4 years. However, since that time we have grown. We have listened to our clients and incorporated services that collectively address your whole health and your whole family. While we continue to work, thrive and collaborate with RPM Total Fitness, our old name no longer represents all the amazing ways we can support your health. We wanted a name and vision that was more inclusive of all of the practitioners and services you have come to trust. As such, Body Co. was born.
So why Body Co?
The scope of our practitioners may be broad but we are all ultimately students of the human body.
Our vision is to empower strength, celebrate diversity and nurture potential in the human body.
Just like the systems of the body, we don’t operate as independent entities. We work collectively, supporting whole systems, whole minds and whole bodies.
We believe in specialized and individualized care that is specific to the needs, strengths and challenges of every body.
We are excited for things to come. We are honoured every day by what you have helped us build and welcome this new phase of our business with open arms. Mostly, we are thankful for your continued loyalty, support and community and can’t wait for you to join us on this journey.
We will be releasing our new website in the next week and I hope that you will love the new look as much as we do.
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The beauty of working with talented practitioners on the cutting edge of their fields is that I get to learn something everyday. Most recently, our RMT Heather Heaney, introduced me to abdominal massage, something I had never thought about before when considering massage therapy. As Heather explained, this powerful form of massage can have a significant impact on fertility, digestion and surgical recovery.
The abdomen is a critical part of the body. It houses many of vital organs including our reproductive and digestive systems. Abdominal massage helps stimulate blood flow to the vital organs in the abdominal cavity and improves their function. It can also help with scar tissue as well toning and strengthening the muscles in the abdomen.
Abdominal scar tissue can be found on the skin’s surface as well as in the deep tissue. It can be the result of surgery, injury or repetitive strain. Scar tissue adheres to the muscle fibres and can bind multiple layers of muscle and connective tissue. This prevents the muscle fibres from sliding back forth causing varying degrees of limited movement and pain. Adhesions can interfere with peristalsis (the movement of food through the digestive system), the ovaries, uterine tubes and other structures.
Research has proven that scar tissue can be weaker, have less elastic properties and be prone to future re-injury. It is also 1000 times more pain sensitive than normal tissue. Unresolved scar tissue can also lead to problems with fertility or chronic pelvic pain.
Abdominal massage can help alleviate some of these symptoms.
What should you expect from a treatment:
Initial assessments are 90 minutes in length. This allows Heather to take a full history as well as do a thorough examination of your abdominal tissue. It also leaves plenty of time for an effective massage. To properly treat the abdomen, follow up treatments have been set at 60 minutes.
Who is not appropriate for abdominal massage?
Unfortunately not every treatment is for everyone. You should avoid abdominal massage if you:
Wear an IUD
Have had recent abdominal or pelvic surgery and have not yet been cleared
Have an abdominal infection including a bladder infection
When do we offer abdominal massage?
Abdominal massage is a specialized technique offered only by Heather Heaney. Heather sees clients on Monday afternoon and evenings.