Arden Kozak RMT and Certificate in Medical Acupuncture
Registered Massage Therapy ~ Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Monday to Friday by appointment
225 Burleigh Road North, Ridgeway, Ontario, L0S 1N0 905 980-4628 Call or Text
Professional care in a serene, comforting atmosphere ~ Student and senior rates
Free parking ~ Monday to Friday 9:30AM to 5:30PM, by appointment only.
What is Registered Massage Therapy?
Therapeutic Masage is a relaxing full-body massage that soothes and relaxes tense and contracted muscles, increases circulation, tones muscular and nervous systems, and triggers the release of beneficial chemicals called neuro-peptides that alleviate pain and induce more rapid healing. Massage Therapy also encourages structural re-alignment to restore joint function, regulates the digestive tract to improve disgestion and stimulate the immune system, and helps expel metabolic toxins that pose significant health risks and can leave you feeling foggy with no energy, vitality or stamina.
What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
Reduces or eliminates pain from accident or injury, surgery, headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, scoliosis, and terminal illness
improves joint mobility
improves circulation and blood flow
reduces edema (swelling) and increases lymph drainage
relaxes tension and alleviates feelings of stress or anxiety making you feel happy and relaxed
feels comforting and caring
stimulates the immune system
reduces depression and anxiety
improves breathing and respiratory efficiency by loosening mucus, increasing chest expansion, and reducing stress levels
increases body awareness
If treatment is begun early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscle patterning
What conditions can be helped by Massage Therapy?
stress and stress-related conditions
muscle and joint pain
back, leg or neck pain
post surgical rehabilitiation
post surgical scarring
strains and sprains
discomfort from pregnancy
repetitive strain injuries
carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries
fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
fractures and dislocations
Irritable bowel syndrome
Arden Kozak RMT has experience in treating all of the above disorders and has performed massage therapy on people from all walks of life ranging in ages from 2 weeks to 92 years old. Special rates are available for seniors and students
Fees (incl HST) : 30 min. $55 1 hr $85 90 min. $140
Special rates for seniors and students: 1/2 hr $50 1 hr $80
*Missed appointments will be billed in full unless 24 hour's notice is given
Does extended health care insurance cover Registered Massage Therapy?
Yes. Massage Therapy IS covered under most extended health care plans. Please check the terms of your plan to be certain of the amount of coverage and if massage therapy is included. You will be issued a receipt after each massage to submit to your insurance company. Save the receipts for your taxes if you do not have insurance coverage so you may claim them as an additional health care expense
Can you leave on clothing during your massage?
It is up to you to decide this. Massage Therapists are trained to give effective massage though clothing and sheets.
Massage Therapist are sensitive to your personal privacy. During your massage you are covered with a sheet. Only the section being massaged at that moment is temporarily exposed
Children, Teens and Massage
Therapeutic Massage helps your child or teen prevent or recover from a dance, gymnastics or sport-related injury, while it impresses upon their young minds the value and importance of prevention, self-care, and respect for their bodies. Arden has experience treating children involved in a wide range of sports and activities including gymnastics and basketball.
To ensure your child is at ease, you will be requested to come into the treatment room with the child and remain with them throughout the massage treatment
What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?
Classical Acupuncture originated in Asia as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used successfully for thousands of years without western scientific explanation. However, in recent years the scientific communities of North America and Europe have begun to study acupuncture to better understand and explain its amazing effectiveness. This has resulted in a growing body of high quality, evidence-based research proving the astounding effectiveness of acupuncture
"Medical" acupuncture refers to acupuncture taught to regulated Health Care Professionals (such as Registered Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Dentists, and Medical Doctors). Training is based on the existing familiarity these health professionals already have with anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
A highly precise therapy, Acupuncture promotes natural healing, reduces or relieves pain, activates your immune system, and prompts the self-regulating systems of your body. It does this by applying very precise stimulation to any of more than 1000 points on your body where neural pathways pass close to the skin. .
Very fine sterile needles are inserted through your skin surface to connect with your neural pathways. Energy impulses are instantly transmitted along the neural pathway, triggering the release of important chemicals called neuro-peptides, including pain-dampening neuro-peptides called "endorphins."
Endorphins are natural opiates that help to block pain messages from your body to your brain. They make you feel euphoric. This results in the relief of pain, general relaxation and restoration of the body's own regulation systems. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the healing abilities of the body to reduce inflammation, while it heightens physical and emotional well-being.
What can Medical Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is highly effective for chronic and hard-to-diagnose illnesses, immune deficiency, an over-taxed nervous system, and addictions. It has proven beneficial for
neck,shoulder,and back pain
joint pain and stiffness
tennis and golfers elbow
carpal tunnel syndrome
In treating any Illness or pain, a clinical evaluation is important before any treatment decisions are made. You will be asked to fill out a thorough health history. This will be reviewed with you in order to determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your specific needs
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are so fine that 2-3 Acupuncture needles would fit inside the hollow barrel of a regular needle. Some people feel slight discomfort as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place there may be feelings of tingling, or heaviness. This is called "Da-Chi". Which indicates that the energy impulses or''Chi" ( life-force) in that area is flowing once again. Sometimes there is no sensation. This does not mean that the treatment is not having the desired effect.
Are there risks or adverse effects with Acupuncture?
NO. There is almost a complete absence of adverse effects or complications from the use of Acupuncture. We use sterile, one-use, disposable, stainless steel needles to prevent risk of infection.
Clients with pacemakers are not given electroacupuncture.
Pregant women, people with haemophilia, or those who take blood thinners are treated with caution.
How many Acupuncture treatments will be required?
The number of sessions will vary depending on the health issue. Only a few treatments may be required for acute problems. For long-standing conditions, 1 or 2 treatments per week for several weeks may be advised, with less frequent treatments as the condition improves.
Treatment sessions are usually 30 minutes in total. The relief of pain and stiffness may be felt in a few days, hours, or immediately
Fees: 30 min. $55 1 hr $85
Fees include GST. Missed appointments will be billed in full unless 24 hour's notice is given. Special rates for seniors and students
DO save your receipts for income tax purposes. Acupuncture may qualify as an additional health care cost
Arden Kozak's Training and Qualifications
Arden has been an advocate and student of natural health and Alternative Therapies for more than 15 years. She has always known it was her life's mission.
Arden quips, "As a child I loved Biology class. I used to get in trouble at the dinner table for pointing to and naming the structure and function of the bone, muscle and spinal cord of whatever meat we were eating for dinner. I thought is was fascinating...but my family did not share my love of life-sciences ...at least not while they were eating."
Arden finds her work deeply rewarding and satisfying on a soul level. Her journey as a healer began with Therapeutic Touch, where she attained Practitioner level. She then travelled to Colorado for a 3-week intensive on the 'Seven Physical and Seven Spiritual Causes of Disease" taught by Hanna Kroeger. Arden went on to become a Reiki Master after experiencing its healing benefits in her own life. She explains "I needed to explore other healing modalities in order to know that massage therapy is my passion."
Arden's dedication to becoming a healer was so strong she sold her house to raise the funds to go to college to become a Registered MassageTherapist. She is a graduate of Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington, where she graduated with honours and was Valedictorian of her class. Arden was also presented with the "Outstanding Student Participation" award. Arden has been registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since May 2007.
Arden is also a recent graduate of McMaster University's accelerated program in Medical Acupuncture. Certificed in Medical Acupuncture, she is a Member of the Canadian Academy of Medical Acupuncture (CAMA).