Massage therapy is effective in releasing pain and tightness in joints. At Mainland Massage, we use a variety of modalities, altering our treatment to the specific need of our clients. Learn more about some of the services we provide.

Deep Tissue Release

Deep tissue release is a massage technique that is primarily used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains and sports injuries. The technique involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes, to target the inner layers of muscle and connective tissue.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) is a safe and highly specialized stretching technique used to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems by applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Every MRT session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Our therapists use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a precise, thorough examination and treatment of underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems by using regionally oriented protocols to address trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

Swedish Technique

Swedish Technique is one of the most commonly offered massage techniques. It’s sometimes called a classic massage.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Massage helps flush the tissues of harmful deposits such as lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes – improving recovery time from muscular strain.

Swedish massage also stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable and stimulates the skin and soothes the nervous system at the same time.

Trigger Point Release

Trigger points (TrPs) or muscle “knots” are sore spots in soft tissue that cause deep aching. TrPs, usually described as micro-cramps, are as common as pimples, often alarmingly fierce, and they seem to grow like weeds around injuries. They may be a major factor in back and neck pain, as a cause, a complication, or a bit of both.

Trigger point release is a technique physiotherapists use to relieve these pains. This treatment uses pressure applied either manually or through dry-needling, physiotherapy, massage, heat, or a combination. Often trigger point release addresses back, hip, shoulder, neck, knee, and other muscle pain. It can even reduce headaches and other tension related conditions.

Active Release Therapy

Active Release Therapy (ART) is a non-invasive manual therapy technique that works to correct soft tissue restrictions that cause pain and mobility issues. The goal is to break down scar tissue and adhesions in order to optimize function in the body.

The technique can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions involving the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia.

During treatment, a trained physiotherapist will position your tissue so it’s “active.” For example, to treat an injured muscle with ART, the therapist puts you in a position so that the muscle is shortened and then applies hands-on tension. Next, they’ll instruct you to lengthen while they hold the tension in place. They may apply this combination of tension and motion to several different areas before you feel the full release.


Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is a technique that enables therapists to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue dysfunction.

The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. However, Gua Sha was not used in treating Musculoskeletal conditions but was traditionally applied along meridians to move the bad chi out through the skin. IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive.