"Stress and seeking a balanced life" - by Shelly MacGregor

Shelly MacGregor: These days we’re bombarded with so many messages about what life should and shouldn’t be. We need to start saying “don’t should on me” more. A balanced life never existed and the driving force to achieve this foreign act of balance may have been created by some over achiever that thinks there is no need to fear or be ready to flee at any given moment.

The fight or flight response in our bodies is a natural flood of hormones that prepares us to stay and fight or turn and run. Once our mind triggers this onset of hormones, our heart rate and breathing typically increase, our muscles get tighter and the blood vessels constrict while preparing to either engage or flee. It is an important automatic reaction to a perceived threat; key word is perceived. Your body’s response can be triggered by either a real or imaginary threat. Typically this perceived stress and the flood of hormones will clear and you will feel better, more relaxed and in control after 60 – 90 minutes.


"Boost your immune system with massage!" Our Junior Therapist Tanya Thomlinson presents a list of scientific facts.

Tanya: You know it is fall: air is crisp, leaves are changing colour, students are back in school … and all around you, people are sniffling, coughing, and sneezing! Time to boost your Vitamin C intake, stay well-hydrated, wash your hands frequently, and … get a massage! It’s true: studies have shown that regular massage can strengthen the immune system, helping people stay healthy and free of illness.

The immune system is a fascinating component of the human body. It is able to differentiate between your own cells and foreign “invader” cells. Like sentries along the watchtower of a castle watching for invaders, your white blood cells (WBCs) roam your body seeking foreign cells. When a threat is identified, certain WBCs are dispatched to combat the issue.

The immune system must not only work; it must be balanced, producing just enough of a response to handle the problem. An overactive immune system that produces an excessive response is an entirely different type of problem, where the i…

"What is the purpose of a hot stone massage?" Our RMT Danny Flores answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.

Danny: Hot stone massage promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, heated stones at key points on the body. It melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation. 
I strongly recommend scheduling a longer appointment (90 min) when booking a hot stone massage. It is a nice blend of relaxation and therapeutic massage to help release stress and muscle tension. 

Danny has been part of the Apex team since May 2015. He first started his journey at Apex as a practicum student and is now working as a fully registered massage therapist. Danny graduated from a 2 year, 3000 hours massage therapy program at Makami college in April 2016. Danny has been building a loyal clientele while offering his clients several types of treatment that address their concerns; focusing on relaxation or deep tissue and also offers hot stone therapy.
When he is not massaging, Danny likes to socialize with friends, or visit the mountains to hike or snowboard. Danny enj…

" How much should treatment hurt? " Our RMT Haylee Lynch answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.

Haylee: This all depends on the client, their pain tolerance and the type of treatment they want to receive. A relaxation massage should not be painful for the client at all. 
During a therapeutic or deep tissue massage, pain and discomfort are more common. Pain occurs when the therapist is trying to target deeper muscles and release adhesions or trigger points.
I advise all my clients that pain should never go over a 5-7 on a pain scale of 0-10, 10 being the highest. The discomfort should be enough that a client is still able to breathe through the pain.
It is very important that the client and therapist communicate throughout the treatment to make sure the proper amount of pressure is being used to get the needed results. It is very common to feel some soreness 1-3 days after a deep/therapeutic massage.
Haylee graduated with a 3000 hour diploma in massage therapy. She has experience with techniques such as Deep tissue, Cyriax frictions, Myofascial release, and Trigger po…

"What can I do to prolong the benefits of my massage treatment?" Meeghan Mackenzie, RMT answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.

Here at Apex we get this question a lot. Clients ask us "how can I prolong the benefits of this massage?". We can all relate. We all have that brief moment after the therapist has lifted their hands of your body and ended the session. For a long second we think, "Couldn't that have lasted a little longer"; "How can I make this feeling last?". Well, here are some ways you can prolong the benefits of massage after your treatment is over:
Drink plenty of water. It will help you to eliminate soreness and eliminate cellular waste.Make sure you rest, relax, and get enough sleep after you've had a massage. Taking time to decompress is always a good thing. Believe it or not even in the car after your massage. Did you like your therapist's playlist? Ask them for it, put it on in the car and be aware of where your body is at and allow it to be still, quite and calm.Indulge in Epsom Salt baths. Epsom salts are made up of two elements - Magnesium and Sulfa…

"What is a knot?" and "Why are you working an area that is not in the area I feel the pain?" Our RMT Jerri-Lyn Chisholm answers questions submitted by our clients.

Jerri-Lyn: A knot is multiple muscle fibers and fascia that have started to adhere together. They cause tenderness and tension in a certain area of the body. Certain postures, repetitive movements, lifestyle choices can cause these adhesions to form. Stretching, drinking more water, massage and focusing on proper body movements can help get rid of these adhesions and prevent them from forming in the future.
Why are you working an area that is not in the area I feel the pain?Jerri-Lyn: The body is a whole working unit. When one thing is unbalanced/tight the whole unit is affected. So if you come in with lower back pain there are many areas that can affect it such as the hamstrings being tight which is pulling your hips back causing tension in the low back which could also be affecting your shoulders. That is just one example there are many other possible scenarios which is why we have you fill out a health history form and ask questions/assess before treatment.   

Jerri-Lyn has b…

"What is fascia and myofascial release?" Our RMT Lucie Bali answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.

Lucie: Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together, the connective tissue network. It is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that binds them all together in their proper placement.   
It can be described as band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.

When injury, inflammation, or physical trauma occurs, the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/ or restricted range of motion.

Myofascial Release (MFR) aims to release the fascia and return it to a state of normalcy by applying gentle pressure to the restricted areas. 
MFR treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. 

Lucie: When I graduated high school I did not know what I wanted “to be”. What I did know was that I wanted to help people.
In June of 2014, I gra…