About ReHabilitative Massage Therapy
Rochelle Homsma, BA, RMT
Rochelle attended the University of Waterloo in 1998 and graduated with a BA in Sociology specializing with a focus in criminology. Always having a natural interest in human interactions and the health field simultaneously, she decided to pursue her passion to become a health care professional and attended Trillium College for their intensive massage therapy program where she graduated with honors. Having successfully passed the rigorous provincial exams through The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), she is currently working as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in the quaint town of Port Perry, On where she also resides. Rochelle is in good standing with both the CMTO and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
Passionate about helping people, Rochelle works with clients to assist them towards a healthier lifestyle by providing therapeutic, clinical and rehabilitative massage therapy treatments that are safe and effective. Her belief is that with regular and ongoing massage, people focus towards preventative care and overall body maintenance, which over time helps in alleviating everyday common discomforts, aches and pain.
Always looking for ways to learn more and expand her treatment skills, Rochelle participates in continuing education units (CEUs) to further improve the ways in which she provides her massage treatments. No two treatments will ever be the same because what bothers a client one day may not necessarily bother them in a week. Rochelle ensures that all treatment modalities being performed are within her scope of practice as an RMT.
The following are the treatment types that Rochelle provides:
General Swedish Massage:
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It helps in releasing muscle tension, removes pain and improves blood circulation. This technique style shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage reduces stress and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage helps to release muscle tension that is more distressed at a deeper level. It is effective manipulation of painful musculature to help bring about relief from the muscle tension and increases flexibility. This treatment can cause an increase in muscle strength and length quickly but effectively. The types of conditions and injuries that this style of treatment works well with are low back and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, headaches, knees and neck pain.
Trigger points refer to the areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are active trigger points which cause muscular pain and will often refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Then there are latent trigger points which exhibit pain when compressed but do not refer pain to other areas of the body. These are common in causing stiff joints and restricted range of motion. Trigger Point therapy involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. This is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. Muscle knots are an example of this phenomenon.
The prenatal period can be a very stressful physical and emotional time for a mother-to-be. Proper management of stress itself is of great consequence. A treatment strategy will effectively deal with the conditions you request relief from or help with. Your treatment plan will vary according to which trimester you are in. The positioning is often side-lying so that you are comfortable and there is the use of pillows to increase your relaxation and comfort. The goal is to customize your therapy to conditions you wish to alleviate or promote.
Sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote healing of specific complaints however, one does not need to have a serious physical complaint to greatly benefit from sports massage. By concentrating on the specific muscle groups most used in a given sport, this can help an athlete increase mobility, range of motion, oxygen supply, blood flow and help maintain higher performance.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
This technique physically stimulates the lymphatic system to move excessive fluids that are associated with the body’s lymphatic system. The movement of lymphatic fluid through lymphatic nodes purifies and detoxifies unhealthy fluid that surrounds our connective tissues. An important part of the body’s immune system, lymph fluid contains cells that remove harmful bacteria, viruses and other undesirable substances. This is effective for treatment of acute and chronic lymphedema, neuromuscular disorders, post-mastectomy pain, fibrosis and other conditions. It is also helpful with sports injuries, sprains, strains, post plastic surgery, sinus and congestion problems, scar tissue reduction and stress.
**NEW** – Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping:
This is a pain relief technique by improving sensory function, muscle function, lymphatic function, joint stability as well as addressing postural concerns/dysfunctions. Taping can be used daily as it helps with focusing on specific indications and pathologies, such as injuries, daily discomforts, trigger points, neurological conditions and promotes the rehabilitation of acute and sports injuries.
You can find Rochelle working from her home-based clinic, ReHabilitative Massage Therapy, located in the beautiful town of Port Perry, Ontario. She is passionate about helping clients work towards greater health and wellness so that they can get back to their activities of daily living without discomfort.
“You only have one body to live in so do your best and take care of it”