General treatment information and fees
If you are a first time intuitive bodywork client with a specific issue that you would like to address, please allocate 75 minutes for your first treatment so we can discuss your concerns.
For ART®-only clients, please allocate 30-45 minutes for your first treatment. Please wear comfortable, stretchy clothing (comfy shorts for lower body treatments; tank tops for upper body treatments).
Please also arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete health history forms.
FEES (prices including HST)
- 60 minute session $100
- 75 minute session/initial visit $120
- 15-20 minute treatment $65
- 30-45 minute treatment/initial visit $110
Please contact us to book your appointment.
What is Active Release Techniques(®)?
ART® is a manual, hands-on therapy designed specifically to find scars in damaged tissue and release the adhesions that result. Adhesions are produced in acute injuries, repetitive injuries or simply when a muscle is under chronic tension and does not get enough oxygen (hypoxia). These adhesions act like tiny dabs of glue sticking to muscle fibers and between connective tissues, preventing the normal sliding movements that normally occur between healthy tissue. Adhesions limit muscle or joint movement and can create abnormal or painful motion.
How does ART® work?
During an ART® treatment, the injured tissue is assessed for four major areas of concern: tissue texture, tension, movement, and function. The practitioner applies a manual force along the scar tissue or adhesion with a thumb or finger while guiding the patient’s limb or body part through a specific movement. This process separates and creates tension between the tissues while the contact releases the scar tissue.
Each treatment session typically lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions “break-up”. This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. Patients typically report that “It hurts in a good way”. Symptoms are often duplicated during treatment and are usually relieved during the first or second treatment (a good indication that the problem has been identified).
After an ART® treatment, most people feel increased range of motion or mobility and/or less pain after the treatment. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness in the area that is treated. The soreness should not be more that that you would experience after a workout and should only last 1-2 days at most. Strength, mobility, and function are expected to improve within the first few treatments. In most cases the problem is fixed, or significant improvement is seen, in four to five treatments.
ART® is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing very good results. When a soft tissue problem has resolved, the symptoms will not return unless the injury happens again. To avoid future injuries you will be given specific exercises and postural recommendations.
This technique can help with numerous conditions that result in pain, numbness, weakness and/or loss of mobility, including tennis and golfers elbow, back and shoulder pain, whiplash, knee and leg pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, sciatica, TMJ, headaches, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis and hip pain.
Intuitive bodywork is an excellent complement to fully address the soft tissue and emotional components.
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