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Tui Na massage is a form of traditional Chinese massage that involves applying pressure to certain points on the body using the hands and fingers. This ancient healing technique can be used to treat physical and psychological ailments, such as muscle tension, post-injury, headaches, stress, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia. It also helps to improve circulation and lymphatic flow within the body.

Tui Na massage can be used to improve overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. By coming in for regular sessions, you can help to prevent future issues from arising or worsening.

Our female massage therapist is also a highly trained TCM acupuncturist using massage therapy as a modality to tailor a unique treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Book an appointment today and get on the path towards better health.


What to Expect on Your First Massage Therapy Visit


During your first visit with the therapist, you can expect a personalized and holistic approach to your well-being. Our highly skilled and professional therapist is committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses your unique needs. When you arrive, our friendly staff will warmly welcome you into our inviting space, creating a comfortable atmosphere for your session. Your massage therapist will begin by conducting a thorough assessment and engaging in an open conversation with you to understand your health history, concerns, and goals.

Based on this information, your therapist will tailor the massage treatment to your specific needs. They will explain the techniques they will use and answer any questions you may have, ensuring you feel informed and comfortable throughout the process.

During the massage session, your therapist will apply a combination of integrative, evidence-based techniques to promote relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and enhance overall well-being. She will utilize her expertise to target areas of discomfort or tension, providing relief and restoring balance to your body.

Throughout your session, our focus is on your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. We strive to create a nurturing environment where you can relax, rejuvenate, and experience the healing power of touch.

Conditions We can Help With (Not Limited To)

  • Pain and Soreness
  • Injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Lymphatic Flow Issue
Golf injuries can be treated at Pillars of Wellness

Connect With Our Licensed Therapist

Francine Dixon, Tui Na Massage Therapist & TCM Acupuncturist

Francine has extensive experience in Tui Na massage therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture. Francine has great success treating soreness, chronic pain, muscle tension, post-injury, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and migraines to name a few.

During your first visit to our Burlington clinic, you’ll receive a full assessment which involves an in-depth review of your current symptoms and personal history. Based on the assessment, Francine will determine the next step and develop the most effective and appropriate treatment plan.

Your treatment plan may include acupuncture if you are interested in combining the both. Francine will work with you to ensure that your body is able to function at its highest level of healing potential.

If you're looking for a safe haven to heal and promote balance for mind, body and soul - look no further than Pillars of Wellness. We look forward to helping you achieve your health goals!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Massage Therapy Safe?

Massage therapy is generally considered safe when performed by trained and licensed practitioners. However, like any form of therapy or treatment, there are certain factors to consider to ensure a safe experience. Here are some key points to know about the safety of massage therapy:

1. Risks: Massage therapy is generally low-risk, but there can be some potential side effects. Deep tissue massage, in particular, may cause temporary discomfort or soreness. It's important to communicate with your therapist regarding your comfort level and any concerns you may have.

2. Precautions: If you have specific health conditions, it's important to discuss them with your therapist. Certain conditions, such as contagious illnesses, heart or circulatory conditions, or recent injuries, may require special considerations or adjustments to the massage treatment.

3. Benefits for All Ages: Massage therapy is safe and beneficial for people of all ages, including children. It can promote relaxation, reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and contribute to overall well-being. However, it's essential to seek a qualified therapist experienced in working with specific age groups.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional or your primary care provider if you have any specific concerns or questions about the safety of massage therapy, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are undergoing medical treatment.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

Massage therapy works by using various techniques and manual manipulation of the body's soft tissues to promote relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and improve overall well-being. Here's a breakdown of how massage therapy works:

1. Manipulation of Soft Tissues: During a massage session, a trained therapist applies pressure, kneading, and rubbing techniques to manipulate the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues of the body. This helps to release tension, reduce muscle stiffness, and enhance flexibility.

2. Increased Blood Circulation: Massage therapy stimulates blood flow to the massaged areas, which can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues while removing waste products. Improved circulation can aid in healing, reduce inflammation, and promote overall health.

3. Relaxation Response: Massage therapy activates the relaxation response in the body, triggering the parasympathetic nervous system. This promotes a sense of calmness and reduces stress levels, leading to relaxation, improved mood, and better sleep.

4. Pain Reduction: By targeting specific areas of discomfort or pain, massage therapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with muscle tension, injuries, or chronic conditions. Techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release can target specific areas of pain or tension.

5. Release of Endorphins: Massage therapy can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain-relieving and mood-enhancing chemicals. This can contribute to a feeling of well-being and provide temporary relief from pain.

6. Holistic Approach: Massage therapy takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, recognizing the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. It aims to create balance and harmony within the body, supporting overall physical and emotional well-being.

Is Massage Therapy Covered By My Health Insurance?

Yes, it should be. It will be covered under Acupuncture. Our therapist is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, trained and experienced in Tui Na massage. This modality falls under her designation.

Most insurance cover for acupuncture as it will cover for RMT or physiotherapy. Feel free to double check with your insurance how much coverage you have.

To assist you better, we can submit your claim so you get reimbursed quicker.

Can I receive acupuncture when I am pregnant?

Yes, it is generally safe to receive massage therapy while pregnant. However, there are specific considerations and precautions that need to be taken into account to ensure the safety and comfort of both the mother and the baby.

Here are some important points to know about receiving massage therapy during pregnancy:

1. Consultation: It is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before scheduling a prenatal massage. They can provide personalized guidance based on your individual health and pregnancy circumstances.

2. Positioning: Prenatal massage typically involves positioning the mother-to-be in a comfortable and safe position. Supportive cushions or pillows may be used to ensure proper alignment and alleviate any strain on the abdomen or back.

3. Areas of Focus: Prenatal massage often focuses on relieving common discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as back pain, leg cramps, and swelling. The therapist will use gentle techniques to promote relaxation and reduce tension in these areas.

4. Safety Precautions: Certain areas and techniques may be avoided during prenatal massage to ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby. Pressure points or deep tissue work on the legs, ankles, and abdomen are usually avoided.

5. High-Risk Pregnancies: If you have a high-risk pregnancy or any complications, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider whether massage therapy is appropriate for you.

How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

Preparing for your massage therapy treatment can help enhance your overall experience and ensure that you make the most out of your session. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1. Hygiene: Take a shower before your appointment to ensure good personal hygiene. Make sure to remove any excessive oils or lotions from your skin, as it can interfere with the effectiveness of the massage techniques.

2. Communication: Communicate with your massage therapist in advance about any specific concerns, areas of focus, or any health conditions you may have. This will help them customize the session to meet your needs and address any specific areas of tension or discomfort.

3. Comfortable Attire: Wear loose and comfortable clothing to your appointment. You may be asked to undress partially or completely, depending on the type of massage you're receiving. The therapist will provide draping and ensure your privacy and comfort throughout the session.

4. Timing: Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment to allow time for check-in and any necessary paperwork. Being punctual helps ensure that you receive the full duration of your scheduled session.

5. Avoid Heavy Meals: It's best to avoid eating a heavy meal immediately before your massage. A light snack or meal a couple of hours before the session is generally recommended.

6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before and after your massage therapy session. Staying hydrated can help flush out toxins and support the body's natural healing processes.

7. Relaxation Techniques: Prior to your appointment, take some time to relax and clear your mind. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, or gentle stretching can help you enter a more relaxed state, allowing you to fully benefit from the massage.

8. Remove Jewelry: Take off any jewelry or accessories that might interfere with the massage. This includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings to ensure both your safety and comfort during the session.

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