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NEW IN CANADA: Flashwave Therapy

The New Generation of Shockwave 

Do you suffer from back pain?

Do you struggle with stiffness or age-related movement problems?


Or do you just want a tighter skin appearance?

Specialists and medical technology experts have found a way to spare you surgical interventions, many medications and unpleasant side effects.


Muscle, joint and tendon problems can severely restrict us in everyday life. Nevertheless, many people live with the pain because conventional treatments have brought little or no relief. The reason for this is the high medical demands and the variety of complaints that have made muscle, joint and tendon problems difficult to treat. Flashwave® therapy changes that.

  • Help for the musculoskeletal system
  • Low back pain (LBP)
  • Sarcopenia & Dynapenia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes (MSS)
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)
  • Complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS)
  • Post Stroke spasticity (PSDM)
  • Post Stroke Spasticity (PSS)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Tissue resilience & optimization

This is the second device in Alberta!

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Relaxation and Swedish Massage

Basic Massage techniques such as stroking, kneading, and rubbing stimulate physical and emotional healing by releasing tensions and by increasing the blood flow on the part of the body that is being massaged.


Relaxed muscles get their toxins removed and good nutriments like oxygen can come to feed them.


Swedish massage was developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling. The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.


Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and soothes the nerves at the same time. It reduces emotional and physical stress when used regularly.

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Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue or tendons.


The deep pressure is applied on the contracted areas to force the muscle fibers to relax using a reflex reaction.

It is done through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia.


Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.


When muscles are continually contracted, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly. Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body.

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Raindrop Massage Using Young Living Essential Oils

Inspired by The Raindrop Technique developed by D. Gary Young in the 1980s. It involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. The oils are actually dropped from about 6 inches above your spine, simulating rain drops! It is very relaxing and comforting.


The technique is using several modalities like Aromatherapy (2 blends and 7 single oils), Vita Flex Technique (an ancient Tibetan methodology meaning "vitality through the reflexes "). Feather Stroking termed by the Native American Lakota Indians - This is similar to a massage called effleurage.


The oils used are Valor, Oregano, Thyme, Cypress, Wintergreen, Basil, Peppermint, Marjoram and AromaSiez.


What are the Benefits of Raindrop Technique?

  • Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of the Body
  • Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety
  • Aid the Body's Natural Response to Irritation and Injury
  • Eases Muscle Discomfort after Exercise
  • Support Healthy Immune System
  • Emotional Well Being and Release
  • Help Detox the Body Systems
And many more as the treatment could be tailored to specific issues, using different oils.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones.


They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well.


It is a deeply soothing, the ultimate relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles to relax.


The stones are heated in 120-150 degree water.


Traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone are used.


As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.

The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, or on your chakra points,


or in the palms of your hand, or on the sole of your feet, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.

This is an old therapy dating back 5000 years from India and most certainly also used in the Mayan culture.


The hot stones have a tendency to relax the muscles and “draw out” muscle pain and discomfort.


A hot stone massage is more expensive than a basic massage because it requires more preparation.

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Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a Japanese word. It means ‘finger pressure’. Pressure is applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) on back, legs and arms, to promote good health by 'stimulating the body’s energy flow (Ki)'.

  • A Shiatsu session usually lasts 1 hour.
  • At Magic Fingers, the session takes place on a massage table, the patient fully clothed.

The purpose of the Shiatsu session offered at Magic Fingers Clinic is not therapeutic. It is a way of balancing the energy and is very recommended to get your energy back when anyone fills run down or exhausted.


Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.

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Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a series of techniques used to help enhance the athlete's performance, prevent overuse injuries and to help rehabilitate injuries.


Sports Massage may contribute to the athletes ability to train more often, at a higher intensity and with a lesser chance of injury and muscle soreness. The techniques used help to increase circulation, promote lymphatic circulation, increase flexibility and range of motion, relieve muscle soreness and pain.


Sports Massages can be used as Pre-event, Post-event or for maintenance as part of a regular training program

helping the athlete to keep muscles loose, increasing blood flow to the tissue, decreasing scar tissue and helping increased flexibility.


The goal of Sports Massage is to maximize athletic performance. The massage is focused on the type of activity performed by the athlete.

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Bowen Technique

This technique originated in Australia where it was developed by Tom Bowen, a Manipulative Therapist. From the 1950s into the 1980s he worked on thousands of patients. He even found the technique to be very beneficial at treating dogs, horses, and many other animals. In 1975, spurred by many skeptical concerns about the technique’s effectiveness, the Victorian government conducted an inquiry into Tom Bowen’s practice and discovered that he was successfully treating 13,000 patients per year with this technique. The investigation also found that a majority of these results were being obtained in only two to three sessions per client. Before he died in 1982 he trained Oswald Rentsch, an osteopath, in the technique. He asked Rentsch to go out and teach it to the rest of the world. He is currently doing this with his wife Elaine. Together they have taught Bowen in over 15 countries including Canada.


Bowen helps to balance and stimulate the flow of energy through the body. For many people Bowen therapy interrupts what is known as the “pain-spasm” cycle that occurs with an injury or disease. Once this cycle is broken both pain and muscle spasm begin to subside and patients experience substantial relief from many of their symptoms.


In Bowen, the routine of applying the moves and then leaving the room is unique and necessary. These short pauses between sets of moves allow the body to fully integrate the stimulus received. This stimulus triggers the parasympathetic nervous system and puts the body into a state of deep relaxation where it can heal and balance itself by finding homeostasis and achieving a total sense of health and well-being.


One of the wonderful principles of this modality is that “less is more.” The essence of Bowen is simple, yet highly effective. The moves are light, and it only takes a few precisely located moves to achieve profound results. Bowen is also holistic, working to heal the body not only on the physical plane, but on the mental and emotional levels as well.


Sessions are commonly spaced seven days apart and are safe for anyone from the newborn to the elderly since there are no vigorous manipulations and few contraindications to this modality.


Although Bowen may not be the miracle cure for everyone, without a doubt everyone who tries Bowen will benefit from it in some way as its primary aim is to put the body into a deeply relaxed state so that it may heal naturally, on its own.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

MLD involves light, rhythmical massage that aids the body in collecting and moving lymphatic fluid, carrying away toxins and bacteria bringing in white blood cells (lymph fluid) that act as our immune system. Consisting of lymph nodes and channels, the lymphatic system acts as a sanitation system filtering and transporting the dirty cells to the kidneys and liver for elimination. It takes approximately 24 hours for the body to process about three quarts of lymphatic fluid. When you add an injury, infection or surgery where lymph nodes are removed, the flow of fluid is hindered; hence you get edema (swelling).

With manual lymphatic massage (MLD), versus “mechanically” induced, the effectiveness of the lymphatic system can be enhanced by manually assisting the flow, pushing the toxins and waste products through.


The beauty of this technique is that it is slow, rhythmic and gentle, so relaxation is assured. As with any other massage technique, MLD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety brought on by stress, thereby improving sleep.

The technique, therefore, is gentle and specific to the flow pattern for a particular area, thus, in the field of massage therapy, you need to have advanced training.

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Cranio-sacral Therapy

Dr William Sutherland, ostheopath, dicovered over 100 years ago, that at a deep level of our physiological functioning all healthy, living tissues subtly "breathe" with the motion of life - a phenomenon that produces rhythmic impulses which can be palpated by sensitive hands. Contrary to popular belief Dr Sutherland realized that cranial sutures were, in fact, designed to express small degrees of motion. After many years of research he demonstrated the existence of this motion, which he referred to as the "Breath of Life." Furthermore, Dr Sutherland discovered that the motion of cranial bones is closely connected to subtle movements that involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body; including cerebrospinal fluid (the 'sap in the tree'), the central nervous system, the membranes that surround the central nervous system and the sacrum.


Dr Sutherland realized the important role played by the fluids in the body (particularly cerebrospinal fluid) in helping to disseminate the subtle rhythms produced by the Breath of Life throughout the body. Thus, the ability of cells and tissues to express their primary respiratory motion is a critical factor in determining our state of health.


During the course of our lives our bodies become conditioned according to how we’re able to deal with any stresses or traumas. If stresses or traumas are overwhelming, they become locked in the body as sites of inertia. These sites of inertia affect the natural rhythmical movements of the Breath of Life and so hinder the ability for health to manifest at a cellular level.

The practitioner by "listening through the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms will find patterns of inertia or congestion, places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing. This is done in a non-invasive way as the practitioner subtly and gently encourages the conditions that allow for the reemergence of primary respiratory motion.


The craniosacral therapy offers at Magic Fingers Clinic is usually combined with massage therapy to help with any neck condition, insomnia, stress, headaches and migraines.

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Niromathe

Everything happens at the level of the skin.

While a musculo-squeletal lesion is being formed, precise points at the level of the skin are being ‘deprogrammed’. A spasm appears blocking regular motion, affecting visceral functions and restricting blood and lymph flows. When accessing corresponding key points at the skin level, the spasm will let go of its grasp consequently releasing all the tensions.

The state of tension can last for years. The reorganization of the key points by a short, quick and polarized vibrations (the Niromathé® method) at the level of the skin leads to the disappearance of these osteopathic lesions. As a comparison, acupuncturists use needles on acupuncture points to achieve the same results.


The Niromathé method is the synthesis of few therapies. The release of these points is obtained by a cutaneous vibration, while positioning the skin of the patient in the uncomfortable position.


This technique is fast (20 min), if painful, it is only superficial (we work on the skin only); easy to receive (done sitting or standing, clothes on), immediate effects, no contraindications (we need to make sure the patient can be treated) and extremely powerful.


NIROMATHE® Method was born of the partnership between Dr Raymond Branly (MD) and Thierry Vandorme. They are both French osteopathy practitioners since 1978 who learned also chiropractic and other similar therapies.

The NIROMATHE® Method came in 1994 as a combination of the best of the previous therapies and many years of experience

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Kinesio Taping®

from kinesiotaping.com

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Latex-free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, for elite athletes or weekend warriors. It successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.


The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering the patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.


Kinesio Tape® is the original elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979.

  • 100% made from a gentle cotton fiber strip
  • 100% medical grade acrylic adhesive
  • 100% latex-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water-resistant
  • Does not limit range of motion
  • Multiple day wear time.

Tension on tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles.

Like the skin, Kinesio Tex tape is porous. The combination of the cotton latex free fabric and the wave pattern adhesive improves patient comfort by allowing the skin to breathe. The water resistant protectorate applied to the cotton fibers resists moisture penetration and allows for “quick drying”. This assures that the patient may shower and the tape will remain effective and in good position for three to five days.


The tape can’t be applied just after a massage, the oil would spoil the adhesion. The patient has to come after shower with no lotion on the skin.

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