Stouffville Massage Therapy


My New Celebrity Patient! July 13, 2013

My New Celebrity Patient!

I am proud and honored to announce that I have recently become a member of the Harold Hamilton UFE Pro team! I will be helping Harold in his journey to peak performance and keeping him injury free!

Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter for all of his upcoming competitions and future endeavors!


The Importance of Healthy Fascia June 26, 2013

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a web of connective tissue found around your muscle fibres, muscle groups, organs, blood vessels and nerves.  It is what keeps everything in a tightly compact position within the body and allows for smooth movement within these structures.  It is extremely flexible and is able to withstand great force and multidirectional pull.  Its composition is mainly that of collagen, similar to tendons and ligaments.

Unhealthy Fascia

There is a multitude of reasons why your fascia can become “unhealthy”.  Here are the main ones:

1.  Dehydration:  When the body is dehydrated the fascia becomes less flexible and pliable, therefore restricting movement between structures.  Think of a thirsty plant – when the soil is dried out, the leaves become brittle and lose their vibrancy.  Same concept applies to your fascia!

2.  Neglected Injury:  Whether your injury has been severe, a case of overuse, whether the injury is new or old, your body reacts to try to heal that area the same way.  The brain triggers a response to send collagen to the area of injury.  Fascia is made up of collagen, so when there is an overabundance of it in a certain area, this can also contribute to a limited range of motion.  Remember!  Even an injury from your childhood that you would otherwise consider unimportant can attribute to your fascia becoming constricted over time.

3.  Emotional Trauma:  We have all read about it – “stress causes disease!”.  Whether you believe it or not, it has been scientifically proven that our bodies can suffer from emotional trauma – that means STRESS.  One of the structures that suffers first is your fascia.  This is where it all begins.  Restriction within the fascia inhibits mobility within the structures of the body – muscles, organs (including your liver!), nerves (including your brain!) the circulatory system (including your heart!) and everything in between, become severely compromised in their function.

What to do?

1.  Manual Therapy:  Everything from massage, acupuncture and myofascial release can help release any restrictions in the fascia.  The key is to catch the problems early.  If however, you’ve waited a little too long, it’s not too late!  Your therapist can still work his/her magic; the process may take a little longer.  Working with fascia usually requires a more aggressive approach.  Be patient and keep moving!

2. Do Yoga:  Your first thought is, “I’m not flexible, I can’t do yoga!”.  I give all of my student of yoga and my massage and acupuncture patients the same response, “Flexibility is NOT a prerequisite for doing yoga.”.  We all have to start somewhere!  Yoga increases blood and lymphatic flow which speeds up the healing process.  With gentle fluid movements along with controlled breathing, your fascia will be able to lengthen more efficiently.  When you feel tight it’s not your muscles that are tight; it’s your FASCIA!

3.  Drink plenty of water:  Just remember the thirsty plant, and just like that thirsty plant:  when you begin to take in more water, it will go right through you at the beginning.  Until your fascia becomes well saturated with water your body will quickly extract it.  Once all of the structures are well hydrated you won’t have to take as many visits to the bathroom!

4.  Keep moving:  Wonder why you feel tight first thing in the morning?  You haven’t been moving all night!  Your fascia has become restricted in your sleep!  As soon as you plant those feet on the floor, get moving – stretch and soften the body with gentle movements.  Your fascia will thank you for it!


Runner’s Stretches August 4, 2009

We’re well into the summer season, so guaranteed some of you are over-doing it.  Here are some stretches for you runners out there to prevent injury so you can enjoy the rest of the season.

Shin Stretch:  This one is really important to prevent shin splints.  Take a step forward, and with your back toes, drag them on the ground until you feel a stretch.  It is best done in either stocking feet or bare feet.


Iliotibial Band Stretch (ITB stretch):  Another important stretch.  Often you will start to feel pain on the outside of your knee when your ITB becomes tight.  Hold this stretch and all stretches for at least 30 seconds.


Calf Stretch:  Absolutely important in keeping your calves nice and loose.  This one can be done while your taking a little brake on one of your runs!


Glute Stretch:  Your glutes work hard during those long runs.  Make sure you do this stretch and all stretches after each and every run to prevent injury.


Hamstring Stretch:  Another group that works hard while running.  This group becomes tight very easily.

ham stretch

Quad Stretch:  This stretch will help your knees stay healthy.  This can also be done during a small break on your runs.

quad stretch

These are just a few basic stretches to keep you loose and performing at your peak.  Stretching after EVERY single run is crucial to keep you functioning at your best and doing great at that race you’re working towards.

Good luck!


CONTACT INFO March 26, 2009

For those of you that would like to come to my home for treatment:

Isidora Romantini RMT, Provider Acupuncture McMaster University


203 Manitoba Street

Stouffville, Ontario