“I repeatedly suggest the use of Infrared Saunas to my patients for homecare.”

Alicia-Goldney-RMT-Sauna-Photo-270x198My name is Alicia Goldney and I am a Registered Massage Therapist.  I was trained at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, B.C.  I began my practice 4 years ago and now work in Parksville where I treat a number of common conditions such as: Fibromyalgia and other Chronic Pain Syndromes; repetitive use injuries such as Tennis/Golf Elbow and Carpal Tunnel; postural dysfunction; and athletic injuries.  The modalities that I typically use are Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, and Swedish massage.

I am continually interested in learning new developments related to health and wellness and have been involved in many different types of sports and fitness, as well as Yoga.  For a while now, I have used Infrared Heat (particularly saunas) to treat my own musculoskeletal aches and pains.  I also use infrared saunas to prevent illness and detoxify my body of harmful environmental toxins.

I repeatedly suggest the use of Infrared Saunas to my patients for homecare.   Using the sauna at least 20 minutes before a Massage Therapy treatment greatly enhances the outcome of the treatment.  For example, because the infrared heat penetrates to the deepest cellular level, all layers of connective tissue are warmed and loosened which makes it substantially easier for the therapist to release tight or injured tissues.  Having warmed tissues decreases the pain which the patient may experience during a treatment, as well as prevents bruising or post massage muscle soreness.

Massage Therapy and infrared heat have many similar effects on the body.  They both increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more nutrients and oxygen to the cells that need it for repairing damage or detoxification.  This is very important for people healing from acute or chronic injuries, chronic pain syndromes, and arthritic conditions.  Besides healing and detoxification, infrared saunas restore immune function by stimulating the thymus gland to produce important cells that combat bacteria and viruses.  Combining a sauna with massage will calm the sympathetic nervous system, decreasing the release of stress hormones.

The health benefits that result from regular use of an infrared sauna paired with massage therapy treatments are endless.  Start your healing process now and sweat it out!