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Massage Therapy – Part 2

Massage Therapy & Mental Health

Massage therapy offers numerous benefits for mental health, providing a holistic approach to relaxation, stress reduction, and emotional well-being. Through the gentle manipulation of soft tissues and muscles, massage therapists can induce a state of deep relaxation, activating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system and promoting the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins. These “feel-good” chemicals help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, promoting a sense of calmness and emotional balance.

Jessica Villeneuve, RMT, CPMT discusses how massage therapy can benefits our mental health.

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Note: We recommend you turn on the Closed Captioning for this and all our videos. The transcripts provided will not be perfect – they will get some words wrong, and they may cover some of the content on the slides, but it can be helpful.

Massage Therapy – Topic Timings:

  • 00:00:00 Introduction and Overview 
  • 00:04:00 How Massage Therapy can help with…
  • 00:13:13 Validation of your concerns
  • 00:13:43 Pricing, Benefits Coverage, AISH
  • 00:14:47 Where to find a Massage Therapist

About Jessica Villeneuve, RMT:

Woman (Jessica - the guest speaker) providing massage therapy to a person's shoulder.

Jessica Villeneuve has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for over ten years, having completed her post-degree program in Massage Therapy and successfully completing board certification exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario before moving to Alberta to begin her practice.

Jessica was a member of the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta for 3 years, holding the position Vice-Chair and spearheading the MTAA School Approval Program to raise the standards of education for Massage Therapists in our province. She has also represented the MTAA as the Vice-Chair of the Transitional Council for the future College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) and currently sits of the Working Group for the Regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta. Jessica is passionate about the regulation of the profession in this province to ensure safe and effective care for Albertans.

Jessica has been both an Instructor and Program Coordinator for massage therapy schools in Alberta and is the creator of her own continuing education courses for health care providers. She has presented to a variety of patient populations, healthcare providers and government officials.

Jessica founded her company, Same Stars Wellness, in 2013 to provide ethical treatments to both pediatric and adult patients with complex conditions such as neuropathy disorders, cerebral palsy, mixed abilities, palliative care, oncology, migraine disease and chronic pain

Jessica is a patient advocate, a chronic pain sufferer herself and believes that care comes not only in the form of treatment, but from listening, validating and supporting.

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More About Massage Therapy & Mental Health:

Massage therapy can help individuals develop greater body awareness and mindfulness, allowing them to connect more deeply with their physical sensations and emotions. By fostering a sense of presence and mindfulness during the massage session, individuals can learn to recognize and release tension and emotional blockages held within the body, promoting a sense of inner peace and emotional release.

The therapeutic touch provided during massage therapy can convey feelings of care, compassion, and support, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation. By providing a safe and nurturing environment for emotional expression and relaxation, massage therapy can help individuals develop greater resilience, coping skills, and self-awareness, ultimately enhancing their overall mental health and well-being.

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