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Massage Therapy

Patient getting back massageWhile many people think of massage as a luxurious spa treatment, massage has many powerful therapeutic benefits. These include the following: increases blood flow, decreases muscle and joint pain, promotes relaxation, improves posture, rebalances your body and mind and improves flexibility.

Our Services

We provide the following:

  • Active release
  • Cupping
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Trigger point therapy

We recommend massage in combination with your chiropractic care. While chiropractic concentrates on the relationship between the spine and its impact on the nervous system, massage focuses on the 650 muscles of the body. Both disciplines work together to help keep the body in proper alignment, balance and function.

In the area of prenatal care, Tara, our RMT, and Dr. Cathy have been working quite a bit together, Tara treating the soft tissues and Dr. Cathy addressing the neurological system.

Where will my massage take place?


Your massage will take place in a quiet, warm and comfortable room. Soft lighting may be used to create a relaxing atmosphere. You’ll lie on a soft, comfortable table. Music may be played softly in the background to aid in the relaxation process of your mind and nervous system.
What should I wear to my massage appointment?

Comfortable clothing is recommended; for the assessment and health history portion of the appointment. Clients are asked to undress to their comfort level, and are appropriately draped at all times during the treatment. You decide what level of comfort is right for you. Your privacy is respected at all times.
What will the massage feel like?

It depends on the techniques used. Your massage session may start with broad, flowing strokes to begin the relaxation process. Pressure will be gradually increased to relax specific areas and release tight muscle bands. It’s important that the pressure always be within your comfort level. Should you wish to receive less or more pressure at any time, tell Tara.
Will I be sore as a result of the massage?

Occasionally, some people may be sore/tender in places the next day, depending on the type of massage and degree of pressure they received. It’s important to communicate with Tara if the pressure is uncomfortable at any time. Drinking additional fluids following your massage may reduce these symptoms, which will usually subside by the following day.
Is there any way I need to prepare for my appointment?

Our RMT will email you a health history form to complete. You also will need to provide consent.
How long will my first session be?

Tara will ask that this initial session be an hour so she can properly review your health history and perform any assessments that are required to treat what’s going on. After the first session, you can have a 30-, 45- or 60-minute session.
How do you determine how long my subsequent sessions will be?

It depends on what you’re coming in for. For example, if you just want your neck worked on, then 30 minutes is all that’s needed. However, if you have multiple areas that need treated, you’ll likely need an hour-long session.
How is MT different at Family Chiropractic and Wellness?

Dr. Cathy and Tara can collaborate to provide clients with the well-rounded care they need.
I have extended health care coverage; how can my massage be covered?

Because Tara is a regulated healthcare professional, she issues a receipt and can submit that to your extended healthcare provider.
Is a referral needed for massage?

No, you don’t need a referral from a doctor unless your insurance company requires it.
How safe is prenatal massage?

It’s very safe. Tara has completed advanced studies in prenatal massage. Tara’s approach is gentle, educational and expansive. She treats her pregnant clients sidelying, semi-seated and pillowed for comfort. Prenatal massage provides relief from, hip/pelvic discomforts, back, neck and shoulder strain, swelling and leg cramps.

Book a Session Today

Contact Family Chiropractic and Wellness today to schedule a session for massage therapy Waterloo!

Or you can book directly with Tara here.
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Massage Therapy Kitchener–Waterloo ON | (519) 579-2430