"The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health."
-Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia
Our Registered Massage Therapist offers a specific massage treatment focused on fascial recovery.
FASCIAL FOCUS: WHAT IS FASCIA?
We are mostly made of water. Fascia is now being recognized as an entire water delivery system. Fascia is connective tissue of many types that infuses liquid through every structure in our body (vessels, nerves, organs, muscles, joints, and even to and through bone). Fascia is a semifluid gel that suspends all healing agents needed for repair to be immediately available at any point of injury. Fluidity of fascia affects health. If fascia is not suspended in a way that supports a bodily function, fluids carrying nutrients cannot be readily exchanged between the different systems and tissues. Dysfunction in one area of the body can appear in other areas of the body, like a liquid 3-dimensional spiderweb.
WHAT IS CoAT FASCIAL TREATMENT?
CoAT is an acronym that stands for “Course of Applied Tensegrity”. CoAT recalibrates the body’s suspension system, working with the liquid state of fascia combined with the suspension components of the skeleton. CoAT is a form of soft tissue manipulation of the skin, hydrating the densest layer of fascia, allowing the delivery of nutrients between layers of tissue. The therapist will CoAT the body in a sequence in accordance to the body’s presentation.
"I didn't know what to think when I first tried Shawn's fascial treatment (CoAT), but after a few sessions, I realized it was helping my knee injury - and everything around it. It's a new treatment method that I wasn't used to, and it's really helped me. The technique showed me that everything in my body is connected. And it wasn't just a treatment focused on the physical - I learned how to focus on my breathing too. It's something I will definitely continue receiving. After a treatment, I have more energy and more awareness of my body."
- Lance Bouma, Ontario Reign (AHL)
"Shawn's approach (CoAT) is unique, and it works. I saw results immediately after my treatment. I went directly from my first session into the gym and I saw better performance instantly. My range of motion has improved. I can get deeper into a squat than I ever have before. I should also say that when you get a treatment and notice an improvement, that feeling of increased mobility doesn't just go away. The improvements are lasting."
- Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
WHY SHOULD I SEEK CoAT FASCIAL TREATMENT?
CoAT is a powerful yet gently applied soft tissue manipulation that can help reduce symptoms such as swelling, inflammation, restricted range of motion, aches and pains over the long term. CoAT decreases the frequency and intensity of symptoms people feel.
"CoAT is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. As an athlete, I have struggled for many years to find a therapist who could relieve any pain or previous injuries effectively for a long period of time. However, after experiencing CoAT, within one session I already felt a significant improvement within my whole body. I remember my first session with Shawn clearly: I was struggling with a shoulder injury and a day later after visiting her, I was already back to where I was before the injury. Not only has visiting Shawn improved my physique, but the overall treatment in regards to mindfulness, has truly transformed my well-being. During sessions, there have many discussions about various topics such as positive self-talk, how connected the body is with the mind, and the intelligence of our bodies. Getting to know our bodies is something Shawn has educated me about and I leave every treatment session with both my body and my mind at peace. Words cannot describe the environment Shawn builds during her treatments - it is truly unlike anything I have ever experienced throughout my entire journey of training as a hockey player. I can say with full confidence that so many aspects of both my game and personal life have been impacted in the best way possible because of Shawn’s technique and care." - Katie Chan, Delta Hockey Academy (CSSHL) & Colgate University Commit (NCAA)
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A FASCIAL TREATMENT?
After a treatment, patients may feel groggy, tired, light headed, nauseous and sore - all of which are indications the body is recalibrating itself. There may be discomfort as the body learns a new pattern of function, much like we may feel like when we change a long term habit in life! Please wait 24-48 hours for the healing reaction to subside. One can expect to come in for a minimum of 2-3 treatments in order to alleviate the original discomforts.
What to expect
AROM (active range of motion - patient moves parts of the body)
Wearing a loose T-shirt and shorts
What not to expect
Deep tissue massage
Laying prone (laying face down)
Laying under sheets (patients will be wearing loose attire instead)
What to bring to your treatment:
Loose t-shirt and shorts
Water bottle to stay hydrated following your treatment