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Massage Therapy

Sydney Smith

Since graduating in 2019, Sydney’s focus as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has largely become based on myofascial release, including cupping and manual release, postural correction, and injury prevention and recovery. Treating fascia as well as muscles allows the body to recover in a more complete way, improving overall mobility of not just the affected area, but the body as a whole. 

As a former competitive gymnast, and now as a coach, Sydney has developed a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of mindful movement and treating the body as a whole system. As such, she believes treatment should encompass this idea and not just focus on the one affected area. Sydney’s treatment philosophy targets not just the muscles and soft tissue but the body’s nervous system as well. This allows the body to relax and decrease overall tension, leading to a more relaxed state while still treating deep layers of tissue. 

Sydney grew up on an acreage outside of Cochrane. She did competitive gymnastics for many years before retiring from competing and starting coaching while in High School. Sydney is now the Women’s Competitive Coordinator at Varsity Gymnastics Club in Calgary. Sydney uses her combined training to help her athletes prevent injury as well as to better help her patients in their recovery process.  

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Registered Massage Therapist

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

  • Cupping and Myofascial release

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Deep Tissue

  • Sports massage

  • Relaxation

PHILOSOPHY

When treating patients, I believe the best approach is to look at the body as a whole; not just the one affected area. When the body suffers a physical trauma or injury, the surrounding areas will brace to protect the injury that can result in multiple areas in pain. When people think of deep tissue massage, they usually picture elbows, gritting their teeth, and feeling like they just got beaten up.

 

My approach is gentler in comparison. I believe in working with the body, not against it. When working with the body, you work to the depth to which the muscle is ready to release. This also helps to calm the parasympathetic nervous system that is responsible for your Fight or Flight response and Rest and Digest. When we calm the nervous system, the whole body can relax, allowing for a prolonged sensation of pain release.

EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • 3000 hour Massage Therapy Diploma from Makami College

What can you expect in a massage session?
 

In your first session we will go through a history intake form to establish some background information and get a general idea of where your pain is. From there we establish a treatment plan to determine the techniques and styles that would be best suited for you.

 

After your initial treatment, the start of each session will be a quick conversation about how you felt after the last session and any side affects you may have felt in the following days.

 

After your treatment we will go through your home care and any stretches or exercises that may be helpful in your recovery process. In addition, we can also discuss adding other practitioners to our treatment plan.

What are the possible risks and side effects of Massage Therapy?

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness following treatment

  • Muscle soreness

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue or sleepiness

  • Nausea

  • Tenderness or sensitivity around treated areas

  • Bruising and tenderness if receiving cupping


What are the benefits of Massage?
 

  • Reduced stress

  • Decreased muscle tension

  • Reduced headaches

  • Postural correction

  • Improved immune functioning

  • Improved circulation

  • Reduced swelling and fluid retention
     

What can massage treatments help with?
 

  • Anxiety

  • Headaches

  • Stress

  • Low back pain

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Nerve pain

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Jaw pain

  • Upper back and neck pain

  • Post-surgical recovery
     

What are the massage styles and techniques that you offer?
 

Cupping and Myofascial release

Lymphatic drainage

Prenatal Massage

Deep Tissue

Sports massage

Relaxation

Acupressure

Positional release

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