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TherapEutic Massage Therapy

About Massage Therapy

The power of touch delivered with intent

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of therapeutic massage can be traced back nearly 4,000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada 1 and the American Massage Therapy Association 2 show that millions of North Americans use it today.

Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.

Our Integrated Therapeutic Massage Therapy sessions are tailored to the individual needs of each client at each session. Our licensed massage therapists have their own unique set of tools to help you achieve your wellness goals. All our therapists add muscle specific techniques to swedish massage to ensure that all muscle groups are addressed in a detailed and complete way.

Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements medical treatment. The"Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage" shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.


1 Health Canada (2003)Health Policy Research Bulletin. Retrieved May 10, 2005, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iacb-dgiac/arad-draa/english/rmdd/bulletin/mainstream.html#page6
2 American Massage Therapy Association. (2001). Massage Therapy Consumer Fact Sheet



Many people benefit from Massage Therapy. Whether you are in search of help in injury recovery and rehabilitation, looking for a healthful way to deal with day-to-day stress or simply interested in maintaining good health, Therapeutic Massage is a safe and effective form of health care.

Provide Relief

Back pain

Massage Therapy has been shown to provide relief from the following disorders:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Limited Joint Mobility
  • Chronic Muscle Fatigue


Treatment Choice


Therapeutic Massage may also be considered an important treatment choice for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tension
  • Mental Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Asthma


Improve Recovery Rate

sports pain

In addition, Massage is frequently recommended to improve the rate of recovery from injury.

  • Minor Sports Injuries
  • Recurring Stress or Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorders
Note: More and more Therapeutic Massage is being prescribed by physicians to complement traditional medical treatments for illness, injury and pain relief . Always seek the advice of your physician before starting any new treatments.




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Through the Life Span

The Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, has completed many research studies on massage therapy. These researchers have found evidence that massage has significant benefit for babies, children, adults, and elderly persons. Massage therapy has been shown to enhance growth in premature babies in the hospital, calm aggressive adolescents and help kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. Elderly persons in nursing homes have responded to massage with decreased agitated behaviour.


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Stress, Depression, and Immunity

Massage therapy studies have shown positive results in boosting the body's own natural cellular immune response, decreasing pain by pumping up the body's levels of endorphins and decreasing the blood levels of cortisol which is a hormone related to stress. These beneficial results are proving helpful for people with critical illnesses like cancer and HIV infection and for those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.


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On the Job

Corporations and other institutions are discovering that massage therapy programs for employees pay off. Job stress has been identified as a serious health care issue that relates to decreased productivity, decrease job satisfaction, increased work related injury, errors and absenteeism. Research reported in the Financial Times 1, and in Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice 2 show that massage is a good tool for reducing work stress.

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Athletes, coaches, and professional trainers use massage. Massage therapy is used at sporting event to help athletes performance and to help prevent injury. Massage may improve muscle recovery and decrease muscle soreness after exertion. Athletes also benefit from the therapy's positive effects on heart rate and blood pressure, and the general relaxation response that reduces anxiety and improves mood.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth

Receiving Massage therapy is safe and beneficial during pregnancy. Many women enjoy the skilled care of a massage therapist to help to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain associated with changes in the body during pregnancy. The general benefits of increased circulation and enhanced well-being are valuable therapeutic effects. Specially trained massage therapists can even participate during childbirth to help decrease pain and anxiety.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are new to massage therapy, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about massage therapy treatment. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.

How will massage therapy benefit me?

With professional massage therapy you can experience relief from muscular tension and pain, receive increased range of motion and a reduction of mental stress levels. Massage is a natural healing process that can deliver both physical and emotional benefits. Treatments are specifically tailored to meet your needs.

How often will I need treatments?

Your body can let you know. Some people require only a few sessions to treat a specific problem, while others become regular users of massage therapy as both proactive and preventative healthcare. Massage can help maintain good muscle tone, flexibility, and help correct muscular injuries.

How old does a person need to be to receive massage therapy?

Any age. Massage therapy treatments are effective from birth until palliative care stages.

Which regions of my body get massaged?

The therapist will ask you what you want to get out of the session. You will also be asked to describe any chronic problems that you are experiencing. This will determine the appropriate regions of your body that need attention. A typical full-body massage involves your back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet, and hands.

Will I experience muscle soreness following a massage therapy treatment?

Most people report feel very relaxed, and often experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a massage session. However some people, especially those who require deep-tissue massage, experience mild muscle soreness which may last a day or two. Once the soreness is gone, they often notice heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with a stranger touching me.

It is not uncommon for first-time clients to be apprehensive with the personal nature of massage therapy. Most clients lose this apprehension within the first few minutes of treatment. Massage therapists are trained professionals who respect your feelings and go out of their way to allow you to feel comfortable.

Do I have to take off all of my clothes?

One of the keys to the success of a your massage therapy session is your ability to relax and feel comfortable. Therefore, the decision is yours; remove only the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. Traditional full-body massage treatments work best administered directly, without the barrier of clothing on the areas massaged. During a session you will be fully covered with a table sheet/blanket, only the area of your body that is being worked on is uncovered.  Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.

Do you offer massage gift certificates?

Yes we do! A therapeutic massage is a great way to show someone how much you care. ONLINE gift certificates are available!! For details please visit my gift certificate page.


Integrated Massage Therapy

Integrated Massage therapy at Balance on Buffalo is a progressive massage and bodywork practice offering customized treatments designed with your special needs and preferences in mind. Whether you are seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, pain management, or improved feelings of balance and well-being, together, we will create the experience you have been searching for.

Integrative Massage is the application of specific treatment protocols targeting the specific problem(s) each client presents with. It is the practical application of numerous hands on techniques to treat a clients specific areas of dysfunction during a massage session.  All our licensed therapists use a combination of techniques to get the best therapeutic results during your session. From stress reduction relaxation massage to prescribed medical massage therapy our clinic is here to help.

Length of Appointments
Please note that all Massage Therapy appointments are scheduled for the booked session plus 15 minutes to ensure that each client receives a full bodywork session. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will be deducted from scheduled time.
No Show & Cancellation Policy
When you book an appointment, that time is set aside for you, and missed appointments prevent us from accommodating other clients. Please understand that therapists when they deliver a service. If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the treatment as booked. If an emergency situation arises, please let us know so that we can treat your specific situation with personal attention. We recognize that there are circumstances that are out of your control (sudden illness, family emergencies, etc.) and your therapist may make an exception to the above policies on those rare occasions.


Please fill out the intake form prior to your first appointment.

Massage Therapy Intake Form



Integrated Massage Therapy Single Session

30 Minute
45 Minute
60 Minute
90 Minute 
120 Minute 

Hot Stone or Cupping Single Sessions

90 Minute
120 Minute
Package of 3 (90 Minute Sessions)

*must use within 4 months



Package of  5 (60 Minute Sessions)

*must use within 6 months



Package of 3 (120 Minute Sessions)

*must use within 4 months



Package Rates

5 Sixty Minute Massage Therapy Sessions

*must use within 6 months



3 Ninety Minute Massage Therapy Sessions

*must use within 4 months



3 Sixty Minute Therapy Sessions

*must use within 6 months



3 Thirty Minute Massage Therapy Sessions

*must use within 4 months



3 One Hundred Twenty Minute Therapy Sessions

*must use within 6 months




Reiki Sessions with Gina, Heather, Wendi

Reiki is a beneficial healing modality that is very popular and utilized for health and wellness. It is based on energetic principles and is practiced in many hospitals, medical settings, and in private practice all around the world.Reiki is a wonderful complement in a health or wellness plan. It supports your work with your primary care providers. All our massage therapists are attuned to Reiki I or higher. Reiki can be infused within a regular massage therapy session by simply asking. For more info on Reiki click here. For more information on classes on Reiki click here.

30 Minute Session $52 or within package  
60 Minute Session $78 or within package  

Hot Stone Massage with Heather

Our Integrated Hot Stone Massage Therapy sessions will combine all of the benefits of a Swedish massage with the benefits of thermo therapy, soothing and relieving tight sore muscles and encouraging our own natural healing processes. Smooth hot basalt stones will be used by your massage therapist as an extension of her hands while massaging the body. Deep tissue/trigger point techniques can be incorporated into this treatment as well as a therapeutic mix of both hot basalt stone and cold marble stone where appropriate for injured muscles helping to reduce inflammation encouraging faster healing.

Additional list of benefits of Swedish Stone Massage:

-Relaxation on a deeper level
-Relief of muscle tension, pain, swelling, and stiffness
-Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids more rapidly and on a deeper level than general Swedish massage
-Recovery from sports or other activities/faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
-Strengthens the immune system
-Helps to eliminate toxic build up
-Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
-Improves sleep
-Relief of migraines and headaches (cold stone)
-Ease stress and tension related problems

One Hour: $90
Ninety Minutes: $127
Two Hours: $168.00
Add to any Package: $15.00 (does not increase time)

Integrated Massage with Contemporary Cupping with Wendi

This massage will incorporate the use of silicon cups along with some massage. Instead of compressing the muscles the cups lift up the fibers with suction and negative pressure releasing rigid soft tissue, loosening adhesions, draining excess fluids and toxins, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscle.The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the body. Cupping is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history. Though most cultures can produce historical evidence to using some degree of cupping it is most known from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cupping is achieved by using different styles of cups to create a suction of negative pressure on the skin and underlying area. It pulls the stagnation out of the tissue and brings it to the skins surface where the lymphatic system can then remove it and allow healthy blood to come in and start the healing process. Cupping is beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sciatica, insomnia, colon disorders, poor circulation, edema, sports injuries, cellulite, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, neuralgia, menstrual problems. It is suitable for treatment of pain, diseases of the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems, facial paralysis, and the common cold. What are the discolorations that sometimes occur during treatment? They are not bruises. When an injury occurs deep in the muscle blood often gets stuck in that area along with other proteins. The presence of these elements usually result in stagnation in the circulation and cause pain, dysfunction, and even chronic conditions. The color, shape, and amount of what emerges to the surface vary according to the severity of the condition. Appearing from dark purple to a light pink, but usually are a shade of red. The discoloration will fade anywhere from hours up to 2 weeks. As treatments, accumulate marks will occur less and less.

One Hour: $90
Ninety Minutes: $127
Two Hours: $168.00
Add to any Package: $15.00 (does not increase time)

Balance Signature Massage with Tibetan Singing Bowls w/ Heather or Gina

Immerse yourself into seventy five minutes of tranquility. Balance's signature massage offers you a space where pure relaxation exists.

Combining a One Hour Therapeutic Massage & Sound/Vibration Therapy by weaving the flowing movements of Swedish Massage with the soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. The gentle vibrations and the quiet tones of the singing bowls, placed on the body by professionally trained Sound Practitioners will wash away all recollection of stress and chaos, allowing you to rest in the blissful space of tranquility.

75 minute session: $90

Peter Hess Sound Massage with Gina, Heather or Karen

Sound massage with singing bowls is a sound therapy where singing bowls are placed on the dressed body or into the health aura and tapped gently with a felt mallet. The calming harmonizing sounds as well as the gentle vibrations of the singing bowls induce a feeling of well-being and a very effective deep relaxation ("sound-based relaxation"). With people in good health sound massage will support the development of their inner harmony and provide them with energy and strength for their daily tasks. Creativity and productive energy will receive new impulses. With physical, mental and psychological issues, sound massage will help to bring relief from pain and problems that cause daily stress, worries, and anxiety.​
Please allow 75 minutes for session. This includes intake, session, integration.

Original Peter Hess Sound Massage Session $90  
Package of 5 Original Peter Hess Sound Massage Sessions $433  

Ayurvedic Dosha Therapeutic Massage

When at their natural state of balance, our Doshas provide the strength our bodies need to prevent the conditions that may allow disease. When out of balance, the body's loss of homeostasis permits health conditions and diseases to develop. Based upon a quick and easy survey you will then be soothed into balance, using oils specifically designed for your unique Dosha during your therapeutic massage.

Add to any massage: $10