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Massage Therapy or Manual Osteopathy?

Deciding Which Treatment Is Right For You

It’s a common occurrence at our clinic: a customer calls asking whether they should make an appointment to see a massage therapist or an osteopath. The truth is, both registered massage therapy and manual osteopathy are highly effective treatments. Still, it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you.

You may want to ask yourself a few questions before calling to make your appointment. For example, do you have any injuries in your past? Is your pain located in one specific area, or does it radiate to other parts of the body? Does it hurt to apply pressure? Do you have a history of arthritis, inflammation, or any other chronic pain conditions? 

If you think your pain is more than muscular, you may want to see one of our osteopaths.  An osteopath ensures that the body’s joints are properly aligned, restoring the range of motion in the area of concern. Osteopaths check to see that the skeletal system is not exerting any strain on nerves or muscle tissue by being out of alignment.

Massage therapy session

On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain in one specific area, then you will want to consider seeing a massage therapist. Like manual osteopaths, massage therapists are trained to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. R.M.T.s are also trained to do health intakes to help determine the root cause of your discomfort.

Can I Do Massage Therapy and Manual Osteopathy Together?

Yes! The advantage of alternative therapies is that they work best holistically, in combination with one another. In most cases, patients who pursue both massage therapy and manual osteopathy are the patients who have the best chance of healing themselves!

To recap, here’s how to tell the difference between massage therapy and manual osteopathy: 

1) Massage therapists primarily help with occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

2) Manual osteopaths primarily address structural alignment using gentle manipulations which rebalance the body. This includes muscles, bones, joints, fascia and the soft tissues.

We advise you to visit the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario websites for more information. If you would like to learn more about the individual therapists we have on staff at NEWS, click here.

We are open 7 days a week for your convenience. As always, we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions via phone or email!



Free FORMA With Any Facial!

We’re giving away a free session of FORMA!

NEWS is happy to offer this exciting promotion during the month of April! Forma laser treatments improve the skin’s overall texture and restore its youthful appearance. It works by tightening and firming the deeper layers of collagen tissue underneath. In just one session, Forma boosts collagen production by up to 20%. It’s a mini face lift without the surgery!

Ideally, Forma therapy requires 4-6 sessions for optimal results, but even after 1 single treatment, your skin will look noticeably smoother with a beautiful radiant glow. When laser is combined with any medical-grade facial, the results are truly remarkable. We want all our clients to experience this wonderful new service!

To qualify for this promotion, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Be one of the first ten people to book before the end of April.
      2. Mention this blog post to reception when making your appointment.

That’s it! We can’t wait to help you achieve beautiful skin. To learn more about how this procedure works, check out this video with celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. In this video, Joanna explains how Forma uses radio frequency and heat wave technology to tighten and firm the skin.

Here are some pictures of real clients who have done Forma therapy and achieved fabulous results:

Call the office today and book your free consultation with our skin therapist Andrea. Be sure to check out some of our other laser promotions on offer this month!

#SpaSpotlight: Everything You Need to Know About Shellac Manicures (Part II)

In this two-part blog series, our aestheticians give their expert advice on all things shellac. Today, they share their best tips on how to properly remove your shellac without damaging your natural nail. 

What’s the best way for a client to remove shellac on her nails?

Aga: It’s always best to come in and have it removed by an experienced professional. There are many reasons for this, the most important being that it prevents the client from picking or peeling off the shellac themselves. You’re guaranteed to wreak havoc on the nail if you do this!

Why is picking or peeling so bad for the natural nail?

Kaitlin: Think about it, you have to use a special LED machine to cure and harden the polish. This causes the gel elements in the shellac to fuse to the nail plate, which is why it lasts so much longer than regular nail polish! Because the shellac is fused to the nail, peeling it off without breaking it down first means that you will also take off the top layers of your nail as well.

Kate: Aestheticians are trained in safe removal methods that can make a big difference in maintaining the health of your nail. First, we use high-quality, professional grade acetone. Second, we buff off the top layer of the shellac top coat. This increases the absorption of the acetone. Finally, we use the e-file or drill only to thin down the shellac, not to remove it completely. All these steps are essential for proper removal. Having your manicure removed by a trained professional minimizes the chances of experiencing any unnecessary damage to the natural nail.

What should clients do if their shellac starts lifting on its own after the two week period? 

Alex: Let it do its thing! A lot of our clients think that spontaneous lifting or chipping is bad, but if your manicure has been on for two weeks or more, this is perfectly normal. The shellac eventually loosens from the nail naturally, causing very minimal damage. It’s tempting to pick at it, and this is where you can run into problems. Even though some sections of the shellac have started to lift or peel, it still adheres to other parts of the nail.

Ali: If you’re prone to picking, call us right away and book a removal appointment! We also like to tell our clients to make regular, scheduled manicure appointments. We’ll either remove your existing manicure or give you a fresh one. It’s best to do this because you won’t tempt yourself to pick if you know you’ll be coming in soon to have your polish taken off.

Aga: Regular shellac appointments that follow a predictable schedule means that you come in every two or three weeks. This a good idea because by the two week mark, there is usually little to no chipping. As Ali mentioned, you’ll be less tempted to pick at shellac that’s perfectly in tact.

Do you think clients should remove their own shellac?

Kaitlin: I wouldn’t recommend it. It will take you much longer to remove shellac at home than it would if you came to see us as the spa. That said, home removal is totally acceptable and definitely preferable to picking. We always educate clients on proper home removal if they tell us they’d like to learn how to remove their shellac in the comfort of their own home.

Alex: I completely agree. I strongly recommend the foil wrap method used in spas and not the acetone-in-a-bowl method, as having your hand sit in acetone for long periods of time can seriously dry out the skin. The foil wrap is also quicker because when the wrap is tight and there’s pressure put on the nail, the acetone can break down the shellac quicker.

What other tips do you have to make sure the natural nail stays healthy? 

Katie: Make sure you get a full manicure with each removal. This allows us to nourish and hydrate the natural nail with soothing lotions and fortifying nail strengtheners. A paraffin dip treatment is also an excellent thing to add on to your removal service, as the oils in the wax act as a barrier that protects the nail bed and cuticles.

Ali: You should also continue your moisturizing routine at home and continue to use cuticle oil and nail strengtheners to keep your natural nail protected and healthy looking.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this series on the dos and don’ts of shellac application and removal.