Rahim RMT

getting to the root cause

Integrated Treatment Modalities

I work from the premise that your body innately understands what it needs to do to restore healthy movement, and my core intent is to listen to your body's wisdom to guide the therapeutic process.  While the body is effective at responding to and recovering from illness / injury / trauma, sometimes patterns of restriction may remain at various levels of the body's tissues, causing unnecessary pain, discomfort, or reduced movement.  The aim of therapeutic intervention through massage therapy is to seek out and support the release of such patterns - in a neutral and non-directive manner - and to encourage the body's natural return to a state of equilibrium.

Core Principles

The body is a unit
Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are inter-related

The body is self-healing and self-regulating

Movement is health

Massage Therapy


According to the RMT Association of BC, "it is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy can provide relief for many common conditions.  Current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and our mental or emotional state, which can be positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management and rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventive care program."


Myofascial Release / Fascial Release / Fascial Therapy


Fascia or ‘connective tissue’ surrounds and interweaves all layers and types of tissues throughout the body from head to feet.  Current research is recognizing the degree to which fascia impacts the health of the whole body. Restrictions at one part of the body can affect and cause symptoms in tissues at seemingly distant parts of the body.  Believe it or not, a restriction at your toe may affect your shoulder!  Myofascial Release aims to release restrictions at the felt level of fascia in order to improve tissue function both ‘locally’ and systemically.

Trigger Point Therapy


Trigger Point Therapy involves treating muscles and surrounding soft tissues to release trigger points – areas of pain and tenderness that show referral patterns and cause a ‘shortening’ (restriction in range of motion) of affected muscles.  Stretching and/or contraction of the affected muscle usually produces pain, and there is likely also a decrease in circulation and muscle weakness.

CranioSacral Therapy


CranioSacral Therapy involves using a gentle touch to evaluate the craniosacral system and treat restrictions within it.  The craniosacral system is comprised of the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord, and it has a profound impact on your central nervous system.  Tension around these tissues can compromise the function of the central nervous system, which in turn can affect the performance of nearly every other system in your body.  CranioSacral Therapy releases these tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)


MET can be used to improve musculoskeletal and joint function affected by various conditions.  MET involves contracting various muscles against resistance and stretching during the course of treatment to help regain proper muscle function and joint range of motion, to stretch and/or strengthen muscles, and to relax muscles.

Joint Mobilization


Joint Mobilization focuses on treating joints – where a bone articulates with another bone – and surrounding tissues such as ligaments, tendons, capsules, cartilage, fascia, etc.  Chiropractors, Naturopaths and some Osteopaths may use Grade 5 mobilizations, commonly referred to as adjustments, however most other manual therapy practitioners including RMT’s are only trained to use Grades 1-4 mobilizations that do not produce an audible ‘pop’.  *sometimes tendons may ‘snap’ over/around a joint or bone or another tendon, resulting in a similar sound and/or sensation – this is normal and not considered an ‘adjustment’

SomatoEmotional Release (SER)*

 *note SER is a possible outcome of treatment, NOT an actual treatment modality

The body’s cells and tissues – muscle, fascia, bone, teeth, organs – have the ability to retain memories of previous illness, injury, trauma; this is referred to as tissue memory.  It is possible that unpleasant memories and feelings associated with previous trauma may be (re)experienced and released during treatment, or within a few days following treatment.  This is a good sign that treatment has released at least a part, if not all, of the pattern of restriction.  This aspect of treatment is called “SomatoEmotional Release” (SER), and is based on body/mind integration that acknowledges tissue memory.  The intention of SER is not to ‘stir up’ or force memories or emotions, but to support the body’s process of confronting and integrating any unpleasant aspects of previous trauma if and when they arise during treatment.  Physical and emotional releases associated with patterns of restriction are not always pleasant to experience, yet well worth the effort required to work through the process.