Regular massages are good therapy for all

Lise Cloutier-Steele

If I had a dollar for every person who told me they’d never had a massage, I’d be rich. Well, maybe not rich, but close to it.

I find it hard to believe that so many people have never taken advantage of the numerous benefits achieved through therapeutic massage, particularly those who have medical coverage for a minimum of three treatments per year.

Unlike a lot of folks, I have taken full advantage of my coverage for nearly 30 years. Usually, I aim for bi-monthly one-hour sessions to manage pain with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis in one elbow and rotator cuff issues in my right shoulder. Regular massages do wonders for my lower back pain, and any other muscle tension and spasms I may experience between sessions.

By making massage therapy an essential part of my preventative care program over the years, none of my conditions have worsened. I much rather keep up with this plan, as opposed to having to manage pain with prescribed medications that come with serious risks and side effects I prefer to avoid.

According to published RMT peer review journals, massage therapy can become an important health maintenance plan for all because it can reduce and even eliminate pain and muscular tension. Regardless of your age or health conditions, it can improve joint mobility, circulation and lymphatic drainage. And, when provided by a registered massage therapist, numerous benefits can be achieved for a variety of conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, bursitis, multiple sclerosis, sprains, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, fractures, dislocations as well as back, leg and neck pain. It can improve stress related conditions which include anxiety, depression, insomnia and headaches, and it can also prove especially helpful to post-surgical rehabilitation. Why would anyone pass up on the opportunity for relief from any one of these conditions?

There are several benefits of therapeutic massage specific to seniors. For example, massage can help increase strength and muscle coordination which could lead to improved posture. By decreasing muscle tension, another added benefit is that it can improve the quality of rest.

Other benefits of massage therapy for seniors include an increase in natural energy levels and mental awareness. It can provide an effective and natural solution to many minor or serious ailments, and it can become an additional form of physical and social interaction. Finally, therapeutic massage for patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can facilitate relaxation and communication, and it can help lower the level of anxiety often associated with these conditions.

Over the years, I have enjoyed and benefited from the services of several registered massage therapists, but more recently I began regular sessions with Sarah Ansell, RMT, of Ottawa Mobile Massage. Sarah provides all the professionalism of a clinic in the comforts of my own home, and I am happy to recommend her to anyone. I love the idea of her coming to me; it’s the ultimate relaxation treat. I don’t have to drive in traffic or bad weather conditions, and I can take a long hot bath immediately after my session, which I believe maximizes the benefits of any form of therapeutic massage.

Sarah started working as a registered therapist in 2010 following her graduation from Algonquin College with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy. She has worked with clients to help heal and reduce scars caused by various injuries or surgery, and part of her practice has been focused on therapy for women who have undergone surgery on breast tissue. She provides a variety of treatments specific to her clients’ needs and keeps accurate records. Sarah’s ability is undeniable, and in my opinion, she’s a keeper!

For more information about Sarah, visit her web site at or contact her by phone at (613) 795-6056 or by e-mail at [email protected].