PRACTICE

Wendy graduated from Sutherlan-Chan School of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Toronto in 1985. She has a B.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Toronto and education in the arts and interior design. Wendy McVicar is a member of the College of Massage Therapists’ of B.C. and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of B.C. Wendy’s clients are of all ages and activity levels. Her style of massage is firmly grounded in Swedish massage and acupressure.

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Her post-graduate education encompasses both light and deep techniques including:

SWEDISH MASSAGE


Swedish Massage was developed in the 1820’s by a Swedish physiologist and fencing master. It is the most popular massage in the Western world. It uses gliding (effleurage) and kneading strokes (petrissage) to increase circulation and flexibility and reduce inflammation and pain. Pressure can be light or deep and the rhythm fast or slow depending on the desired effect. It may also include rocking, shaking, vibrating or tapping movements. It is the foundation of other types of massage including sports massage and deep tissue massage. It can be combined with deeper work including pressure point and deep tissue techniques.

ACUPRESSURE


Acupressure comes from ancient Eastern medical traditions. It is the application of hand pressure on specific points of hyper-irritability in muscle and fascia known as pressure points, trigger points or acupuncture points. The intent is to release the muscular tension to improve the flow of circulation of blood, lymph and energy or chi, thereby reducing pain and promoting relaxation and well-being. It is used in the Eastern traditions of Shiatsu and Thai massage along meridians or energy pathways of the body. But it is also used in trigger point therapy in Western styles of massage.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE


Myofascial Release (as taught by John Barnes, PT) uses sustained light pressure to restore fascial mobility. The therapist uses approximately four pounds of pressure and holds various hand positions for two to five minutes each. It requires no oil. The intent is to change the viscosity of the ground substance of fascia which is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue which surrounds every organ, muscle, bone, nerve and blood vessel of our body.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE


Deep Tissue Massage is a term for a broad range of techniques using deep pressure of the thumbs, knuckles or forearms. The intent is to break down scar tissue and chronic holding patterns to decrease pain and improve flexibility and posture. The emphasis is on working with tissue not just on it to alter structure and restrictions that impair good bio-mechanics, therefore optimizing over-all health.

KINESIO TAPING


Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic taping method which offers light support without impairing movement. It reduces pain and inflammation in muscles and joints and is worn for 3 – 5 days for continued benefit between office visits. Developed in Japan in the 1980’s, it is now used worldwide as an adjunct to massage for acute and chronic conditions and to enhance athletic performance. 85% of kinesio tape applications are for non-athletes although many high profile athletes have raised awareness of it in media coverage of their competitions. It is made of cotton and elastic and contains no latex or medicine.