Caring Touch Massage Therapy

North York massage

Caring Touch Massage Therapy clinic has been in business since 2007. It is located at the Bathurst Medical Centre, just south of Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue West.

Our services are provided to men, women and children of all ages, including infants. We also offer private massage lessons for parents of infants and young children, and for pregnant women and their partners.

From full body relaxation massage to deep tissue massage or any other specific treatment, we will work with you to make sure you receive exactly what you’re looking for and what your body needs. By selecting the services of a Registered Massage Therapist, you can expect the highest level of quality treatments from a qualified professional who has extensive knowledge of the human body, including: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.

Dganit Anteby, RMT has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist in North York since 2006. She has worked in both a clinic and spa setting which has given her the experience in different treatments as well as relaxation massage.

Dganit obtained her Massage Therapy Education at Elmcrest College of Applied Health Sciences, where she graduated with honours in June, 2006. She also earned a Certificate in Pregnancy Massage also known as Prenatal Massage, from Trimesters Massage Therapy Education. Dganit prides herself in being able to customize a treatment to each person, and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed. She loves seeing people feeling good at the end of each treatment and walking out with a smile.

Our Services:


Swedish Massage:

  • This form of massage uses long flowing strokes, generally directed towards the heart. Pressure can vary but to start, lighter strokes are normally used in order to warm up the muscles and other tissues of the body. After a few minutes of warming up the tissues, the therapist will gradually increase the pressure of the strokes, she will be asking the client for feedback to see if they want more or less pressure. Swedish Massage is great for starting a massage because it allows the therapist to find the problem areas and see where she needs to focus. Some people enjoy this type of a massage solely and don’t need anything more specific. In this case the entire massage can be long flowing strokes, which can be very helpful in relaxing the muscles and tissues. It is also great for ending a massage by decreasing the pressure, working on circulation and flushing out fluid and toxins from the body.


Deep Tissue:

  • This technique is normally used for a more focused treatment, where the therapist will use fingers, palms, knuckles forearms or elbows to increase the pressure slowly and get to the deeper layers of the muscle. It can work well for very sore and tense muscles and can also help release knots, especially when there are problems with the deeper muscle and tissues.


Stress & Relaxation Massage:

  • In today’s world, many people suffer from the stresses of everyday life which often leads to muscle pain, and tension. For many people this means stiffness and pain in the low back, upper back, neck and shoulders, which can be made worse by our jobs. People who sit at a computer all day, tend to keep their shoulders up instead of keeping them down and back. This can be made worse, by sitting for long periods of time without taking a break to move your joints and walk around. Those who have more physical type jobs where they have to stand, walk around, or lift things, often put a lot of stress on their bodies by lifting or moving the wrong way.
  • In any case, taking time to relax is something that can always be helpful for your muscles. Massage Therapy can be a very beneficial form of relaxation and it often starts as soon as the person lays down on the table and breathes in deeply. Having a massage strictly for relaxation doesn’t mean it has to be light pressure; it can be as deep as you would like and just like any other treatment, the therapist will be sure to ask if you require more or less pressure. For some people deeper strokes work best to soothe sore and tense muscles, while for others, a relaxing massage means light strokes which promote circulation and bring nutrients to the muscles to help them relax.
  • In either case when you leave a Massage Therapy session, you will most likely feel very relaxed and may even get a boost of energy after a short while, as some people do. Receiving Massage Therapy treatments for relaxation purposes on a regular basis, can help lower stress and keep your muscles from becoming tense and forming trigger points (knots).


Pregnancy/Pre Natal Massage:

  • When a woman is Pregnant, getting a massage is a good way to reduce stress and labour pain. Studies have shown that Pregnancy Massage can improve the woman’s mood, ease pain, decrease depression and anxiety and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Massage Therapists learn how to treat pregnant women as part of their program in school, but some proceed to take specific courses as well. The Massage Therapist at Caring Touch Massage Therapy (North York), Dganit Anteby, RMT, has taken an additional pregnancy course at Trimesters Massage Therapy Education in Toronto and is Certified in pregnancy massage. Part of her training was in Women’s College Hospital where she treated women who were in a high risk pregnancy and had to be in bed rest for the rest of their pregnancy. She also treated women going through labour, and those who had already given birth.
  • At the clinic we use the Body Cushion, which is a body support system and allows a pregnant woman to be able to lie on her stomach, sometimes well into her third trimester. We can also place the pregnant woman in a side-lying, semi-seated, or seated position, which are positions where her head, neck, shoulders as well as back can be treated comfortably.
  • Some women would love to have their partner be able to give them a massage while they are pregnant to soothe their ongoing aches and pain. Our Registered Massage Therapist can teach the pregnant woman and her partner some techniques that will be helpful for her throughout the pregnancy. The price will be the same as any massage therapy treatment and will depend on the length of time of the lesson.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an effective way of helping the body get rid of waste. It is a technique for which the therapist uses gentle and rhythmic massage strokes to move lymphatic fluid toward the lymph nodes. It can be used for different reasons
  • Some Healthcare Professionals also believe that getting regular MLD treatments can reduce a woman’s risk of having breast cancer.
  • The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system; it has vessels that carry lymphatic fluid, and works together with the cardiovascular circulatory system, which carries our blood. However, while blood is pumped by the heart and is carried by the arteries throughout the body, lymph is not pumped. Instead it moves within the vessels with the help of movement, breathing and the actions of our muscles. There are Lymph nodes located throughout the body, such as around the neck, armpits, groin area and around the organs. These act like filtering stations, and they remove fluid, debris and organisms from the body that are unwanted and unnecessary.
  • MLD strokes are usually done using no oils or lotions and they normally involve no pain since very little pressure is involved. In addition to the strokes, some Registered Massage therapists might perform nodal pumping, which is where the therapist presses rhythmically on an area where there is a large number of lymph nodes, in order to get them ready to receive the lymphatic fluid. Most people find lymphatic Drainage Massage very relaxing, like a Relaxation Massage and leave with an overall good feeling. There are also exercises that may be done at home, these can be useful for improving lymph flow between treatments.


Infant & Children Massage:

  • Although massaging babies and children is a practice that has been done in many countries for centuries, it seems to have become more popular and common in recent years. Although it may not seem like a baby or child would have a need for the benefits a massage treatment can offer, the opposite is true. A baby goes through many stressful events in their first couple of years, and they learn more than they ever will again is such a short amount of time. Similarly, as a child grows they have more and more stresses to deal with, including school and homework, which are both activities that have a child sitting for many hours at a time, which only adds to muscle and joint stress and tension.
  • For babies, Massage Therapy can help relieve pain that can be caused by colic, gas and constipation. It can also relax the muscles and therefore ease the muscle spasm that digestive problems can bring with them. For premature babies, it has been shown that massage can help speed up their weight gain dramatically. Massage Therapy stimulates blood flow, which is another benefit for babies, especially for those who have poor blood circulation and may have cold hands and feet. Of course massaging a baby can be a benefit to the massage provider as well. It can provide bonding time, and since babies tend to enjoy getting a massage quite a lot, they normally smile and look like they’re having fun, which is great for a parent to see. At Caring Touch Massage Therapy clinic in North York, we offer private Infant Massage Lessons. The price will be the same as any massage therapy treatment and will depend on the length of time of the lesson (see Prices).
  • Children these days spend a lot of time sitting, for school, video games and TV, and not a lot of time playing outdoors, running and moving around. Because kids are living a more sedentary lifestyle, they tend to have sore and tense muscles just like adults do. Since this is the case, regular massage therapy treatments can be very helpful.


Trigger Point Massage Treatment:

  • Trigger Points, which are usually referred to as knots by most people, are said to be a point in the muscle that is still contracted while the rest of the muscle may or may not be relaxed. Trigger points can radiate pain in a specific pattern, or may only be felt locally. Some may cause pain only when touched or compressed, these are called latent trigger points and they can remain in a muscle for years without causing pain until they become active. Sometimes, all it takes is just one fast move or a combination of a stressful day with bad posture, for a trigger point to become active and start causing pain. Most of the time, when one trigger point or knot is found, there can be others in the same muscle or other muscles nearby. This is because trigger points tend to weaken or shorten the muscle forcing other muscles to try and compensate, therefore developing more trigger points.
  • Trigger points in the muscles of the neck and shoulders can radiate into the arms and wrists and maybe confused with carpal tunnel and other conditions. These can also radiate into the head and cause headaches such as tension headaches, which are known to be caused by tense muscles. There is also a condition due to trigger points called Torticollis, which is a shortening or spasm of neck muscles on one side of the neck, resulting in stiffening of the neck in an abnormal position. This can be caused by latent trigger points becoming active, as a result of falling asleep in an awkward position, a cold breeze blowing on the neck or holding a telephone to one ear with the shoulder. Trigger points in the gluteals or buttocks muscles, such as the Piriformis, can cause pain radiating down the leg, or up into the low back.
  • At Caring Touch Massage Therapy Clinic, there are several treatments for Trigger Points which are used by our Registered Massage Therapist, depending on the location and the severity of the pain. One form of Trigger Point Treatment is with ischemic compression, where the therapist presses on the point itself causing it to release, followed by heat and stretch. Another treatment is using a Swedish Massage technique called stripping, to go over the same area over and over again until the pain eases. While these treatments can be very effective, it may take several consecutive treatments a few days to a few weeks apart, for best results.


Headache Massage Treatment:

  • Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. These are normally caused by tense and sore muscles in the upper back, neck and shoulders. This type of headache often feels like pressure on both sides of the head which range from mild, moderate to severe. Some people can feel the tension in their neck and shoulders before the headache starts, while others have no idea just how sore and full and tension their muscles are until they get a massage to treat their condition.
  • Massage Therapy works well as a prevention method for headaches because it can relax the muscles and keep them from getting tense and developing trigger points (knots). People who are constantly under a lot of stress, those who sit for long periods of time at a computer and those who are just genetically prone to having tense upper bodies due to bad posture, can especially benefit from regular massage therapy treatments for their back neck and shoulders. However, Massage Therapy can also help get rid of a headache or at least lessen the pain once it’s already started, which may reduce or eliminate the need for taking pain medication.
  • When receiving a massage, you should let the therapist know if you have or are developing a headache during the treatment, since she may want to try different techniques to alleviate or the pain. For some people it could be helpful to have their scalp massaged when they have a headache, while others would rather have other areas treated. The Registered Massage Therapist could also try to find specific trigger points that might be causing the headache. If those are found and treated it may be very helpful in treating the headache as well.


Repetitive Strain Injury Massage:

  • Repetitive Strain Injury, also called occupational overuse syndrome, can refer to different conditions that result from actvities which require repetitive movment or from over using a tool such as a computer. These conditions include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Tendonitis and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. They involve the muscles, tendons and nerves of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders or upper back and can become worse when no treatment is given and if the person has to keep doing what causes the condition in the first place, like computer work.
  • Registered Massage Therapists have a specific treatment for each of these conditions which can be very helpful in relieving the pain and in some cases solving the problem. For some of these conditions, which involve the inflamation of a tendon, the therapist may use a technique called frictions, to try to separate and loosen the tendons from each other and from sticky fluid or debris that might be in the area. In some cases the therapist will use ice and for some heat at the end of the treatment, in combination with a stretch, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. At Caring Touch Massage Therapy Clinic, homework will also be given, which will likely include exercises, stretches and some tips for better posture to try to prevent the condition from returning. These treatments normally take a few sessions. They take a while to develop and will usually take a while to heal. So the therapist will likely recommend at least a few consecutive treatments.


Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome Massage Treatment:

  • Sciatica is a non specific term, which actually describes a symptom rather than a cause, and can be due to a number of different conditions. It refers to pain or discomfort affecting the low back, buttocks and legs, due to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, or its roots. Some of these conditions could include: Disc Herniation, Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction, Spinal Stenosis, Pregnancy or Pririformis Syndrome. The Registered Massage Therapist will have to do an assessment and several tests to understand what the cause is before deciding which treatment should be done. 
  • The piriformis muscle, a thigh rotator muscle, is situated under the gluteus maximus muscle, and runs from the sacrum to the top of the thigh bone called the femur. The sciatic nerve travels under the piriformis muscle, or in some people through the muscle. Therefore, if the muscle is tense for any reason, it can irritate or compress the sciatic nerve causing pain that can radiate down the leg all the way down to the foot. Piriformis Syndrome is the compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. There are several causes for this syndrome: Trauma to the muscle, such as a fall or a car accident, can lead to spasms and scar tissue; bad posture or muscle imbalances and overuse of the muscle such as with bending and lifting, can all lead to trigger points (knots) in the piriformis muscle.
  • Massage Therapy can be very effective in the treatment of piriformis syndrome, since relaxing the muscle and getting rid of trigger points, can return the muscle to its normal size, so it will not be pressing on the sciatic nerve. The therapist can also show the client some useful stretches for the piriformis muscle, which should help a lot in between treatments. Like other treatments it can take several consecutive treatments, every few days or once a week to start with. Although some people can feel relieve even after just one or two treatments.


TMJ Massage:

  • The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), also known as the jaw joint, is the connection of the mandible, which is the jaw bone and the temporal bone which is part of the scull. The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body and has many components such as: Bones, teeth, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles. TMJ dysfunction can affect any of the joint components, although most complaints from sufferers of the Dysfunction seem to involve the muscles.
  • The Massage Therapy treatment for TMJ dysfunction includes relaxing the muscles of the shoulders, neck and upper back, as well as more focused treatment of the muscles of mastication (chewing). It can also involve an intra-oral treatment, where the Registered Massage Therapist uses a glove and massages the muscles inside the month. This treatment will have the therapist and client in direct communication at all times and the therapist will stop often to make sure the client is feeling comfortable during the entire session.



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