Massage Therapy

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act 1991)

Facial AcuZone Reflexology (FAZR)

Facial AcuZone Reflexology (FAZR) is a new form of reflexology therapy that is a combination of Chinese acupressure points, Indian Marma points, muscular massage and lymphatic drainage; all targeted on the face, head and neck and mapped using reflexology longitudinal zones and transverse landmark lines.
The primary indication of FAZR is like that of foot reflexology - RELAXATION. Benefits include stimulating circulation which will increase oxygen supply to the skin tissue, increase lymphatic flow and ease muscle tension. Organic Jojoba and Organic Rosehip oils are used to minimize friction and avoid irritating the tissue with the FAZR techniques. FAZR can be enjoyed as a standalone treatment or combined with Massage Therapy or Foot Reflexology.

Hot Stone Massage

At Rutherford Massage Therapy Clinic, we use hot stones as an adjunct to our massage therapy treatments. Your therapist may incorporate a number of basalt lava stones into your treatment. These heated stones are used as tools to massage the tissues and muscles. The heat relaxes muscles and helps to penetrate deeper down into the tissues increasing circulation and helping to improve tissue health.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release incorporates manual massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release bonds between fascia, muscles and bones. It is a direct or indirect manipulation of the body’s tissues that allows the connective tissue fibres of fascia to re-organize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascial restrictions and restore tissue health, often resulting in increased range of motion and the elimination of pain. This is typically performed with no lotion or oil. The techniques may be static or with movement.

Fascia is an uninterrupted 3 dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, front to back. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying muscles and bones and connects the muscles, organs and skeletal structures in our body. Fascia is a highly adaptable tissue due to its elastic properties.

Pilates based exercise education

Remedial exercise is a modality used in the practice of massage therapy. You can book Pilates sessions with Kim, as part of your massage therapy treatment plan, to learn core strengthening and stretching exercises and breathing and relaxation techniques. A home routine will be designed for you.

Swedish massage

Is the most common form of massage practiced in Canada. Swedish massage techniques involve the therapist using their hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Swedish massage techniques vary in depth, rate and rhythm. You and your therapist will work together to create a treatment that addresses your requirements and comfort level.


Is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones or reflexes on different parts of the feet which corresponds to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body. The theory is that as the reflexes are stimulated any imbalances in the corresponding zones are cleared. The main benefits of reflexology are relaxation, enhanced circulation and assisting the body to achieve to balance.

What is Contemporary Acupuncture?

Contemporary Acupuncture is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. Insertion of solid needles and use of electrical stimulation are the foundation of this approach. Acupuncture effects on humans include muscle relaxation, pain modulation, general relaxation, and a feeling of well being. Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing', it is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints) for therapeutic purposes. Many patients report a sensation of well-being or relaxation following an acupuncture treatment, especially if electrical stimulation has been used.

In North America, acupuncture is used frequently for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, headache, athletic injuries, traumatic injuries and post surgical pain.