At Studio Pressurat

get a massage that will meet your needs and desires

  • Feeling constantly stressed with your pace of life?
  • Your heavy work-load drains your energy?
  • Your nights seam too short to restore your energy?
  • Sore muscles keep you from doing your favourite activities?
  • You're on vacation, but you just cannot relax?

If these sad realities of modern living sound all too familiar, perhaps you should take a moment to think it through... Don’t you deserve to give yourself the ultimate gift? A gift that will bring you well-being and pleasure? One that will allow you to unwind, and help you to manage your overwhelming stress?

At Studio Pressurat, “letting yourself go under the magic touch of an expert in massage therapy is not only an act of pleasure, but also a sensible, intelligent and contemporary act... You literally disconnect -- you reset your clock, you shift gears. (...) Depending on the type of massage, you can benefit from total relaxation or an energy booster, whatever the moment calls for”.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid another metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.

Swedish Massage is very popular in Quebec. It is an approach that aims to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation. This leads to improve irrigation of the body’s cells, with beneficial effects for their nutrition and waste disposal.

For the sports enthusiast, Swedish Massage has the advantage of accelerating recovery after training. Stimulating the blood flow helps tissues to rid themselves of toxins that accumulate during strenuous exercise. Swedish Massage also works directly on the joints, ligaments and tendons to help them stay supple.

Swedish Massage is also beneficial for less active people, because it helps tone the muscles and prevents stagnation of the blood flow. For the nervous or stressed individual, Swedish Massage gives a sense of deep relaxation and also promises a better night’s sleep.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu, meaning «finger pressure» is a complementary (or alternative) therapy and is known for its particular technique of massage. Originating in Japan, many centuries ago, it is form of acupressure, and uses varying rhythms and degrees of pressure to balance the life-energy that flows through specific pathways (meridians) in the body.

For most of us, Shiatsu is just another massage technique that uses finger pressure instead of the traditional methods -- friction, percussion and stroking. Now this simplistic view may be true concerning the form of the massage, but it ignores the important preventive and even curative capabilities of this approach.

Shiatsu is actually a Japanese massage technique that is closely related to Chinese acupuncture. In Chinese philosophy, the body is thought to be composed of a network of meridians, which link the various vital organs. The energy that drives us circulates through this network.

In the first stage of a consultation at Studio Pressurat, the massage therapist will try to identify any energy imbalances in the patient’s body. The therapist will then work to restore a proper balance by concentrating on specific areas of the body, following the damaged meridians.

Each of these areas represents a specific point where nerve endings that regulate an organ or a body function converge. When energic chaos occurs, these points become more or less sensitive to the touch. The therapist’s role is to apply different forms of pressure to the appropriate points, in order to interrupt these chaotic nervous spasms and to restore harmony to the patient’s network of vital energy.

Traditional Thaï Massage

Thai massage is a type of massage that is practiced with energetic and fluid stretching methods, as well as pressures applied in strategic places to help with the posture and the flexibility of the joints.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way or performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

Across all disciplines, here in Quebec, we can always make out two broad categories of enthusiasts. The first contains professional and amateur athletes, who regularly make massage a part of their daily routine.

The second group, by far the larger of the two, is composed of weekend enthusiasts and casual athletes, who occasionally push themselves beyond their limits. Many of these part-time heroes eventually become victims of serious muscular pain. Sadly, they remain isolated witnesses to the body’s capacity to feel like a bowl of mashed potatoes.

Many weekend athletes still believe that “no pain” is “no gain” -- that painful exercise is the only way to improve one¹s athletic performance. And yet, high-level sports trainers often teach that massage can replace warm-up activities before an exercise session, or repair the damage done after strenuous activity.

By stimulating lymphatic and blood circulation, and promoting muscular mobility, sports massage offered at Studio Pressurat allows the patient greater amplitude and freedom in their movements, and therefore gives the athlete crucial strength and flexibility in order to train safely and effectively.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue is a deep work of the muscles to release tension and pain. This type of massage consists of making slow movements in length and depth in order to reach a deeper level of muscle. Deep Tissue helps to relieve stress and anxiety, reduces high blood pressure, reduces inflammation of the muscles and increases recovery after exercise or intense activity.

Esalen Massage

Esalen Massage offered at Studio Pressurat is a slow, flowing stroke-massage that opens the sense of ease in the client. Combined with deeper tissue strokes to release tension, it also employs passive joint movements to enable the sense of body space.

Lomi-lomi Massage

Lomi-Lomi massage is based on Huna, hawaiian teachings that encompass elements vital to life. This technique relies on broad, fluid motions executed with the arms, elbows amd hands to ease tensions from the mind and body.

Prenatal Massage

Back pain is one of the most common side effects of pregnancy. Fortunately massage can help relieve back pain associated with muscular tension. At Studio Pressurat, pregnant women are welcomed to enjoy a soothing prenatal massage to relax their tensed body and promote deep breathing. Here are just a few of the other benefits prenatal massage has to offer. Prenatal massage helps relieve edema (dropsy or fluid retention) or swelling by stimulating circulation throughout the body. Leg massage can help reduce cramps and swelling. Massage is very beneficial for relaxing anxiety during pregnancy.

Massage for children

The massage for children helps with sleep disorders, such as hyperactivity, while helping the child to relax and reducing some pain often related to growth or the various activities of daily life. The massage is a great time to offer your children as they will have an experience that will help their development and help them rejuvenate.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage massage has the effect of unblocking and eliminating toxins, which build up in our bodies from poor eating habits and also from pollution of the environment. The release and disposal of this waste helps to boost the immune system and to kick start our metabolism to function more efficiently. This helps to reduce water retention. From the very first treatment at Studio Pressurat, the patient will experience a feeling of well-being and relaxation.

Reflexology Treatment

Reflexology consists of stimulating, massaging and exerting pressure on specific points of the hands and feet, which correspond to various systems and organs. The goal of reflexology is to correct the three negative factors contained in the pathological process: congestion, inflammation and tension. The principal objective of this technique is the improvement of circulation and the acceleration of toxin elimination.


The Reiki massage is a type of massage native to Japan that aims essentially vital energy. It is a type of massage that helps to balance the energies and stimulates the self-healing process of the body. Reiki helps physically, psychologically and emotionally. It is a type of massage that uses less movement and touch, but a great transfer of energy between the therapist and the receiving person.

Other services

Enjoy the Studio Pressurat experience

With spa treatments at our massage therapy center you can also benefit of the different facilities of the Sheraton Montreal Hotel located across from the Studio Pressurat.

Open daily, our sixth floor SPA/health club features a superb indoor, atrium style lap pool, a dry sauna, a whirlpool, a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness centre and a beautifully landscaped terrace that is open in the summer. Bring your swimsuit and sandals to enjoy our services.

Piscine couverte et chauffée / Indoor heated pool

The origins of massage and massage therapy

The word massage has its roots from Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, meaning pressing lightly, kneading and more generally: TOUCHING.

Massage therapy were used as early as 3000 BC! For the physician Hypocrite (460-377 BC), a daily scented bath and a massage with essential oils were the secret to a good health.

During the Renaissance, while the medical profession was regaining prestige, massage therapy reached new heights. Ambroise Pare (1517-1590) and Mercurialis (1530-1606) were two famous doctors who added massage therapy to their medical approach. 

In the late nineteenth century, practitioners established that their selection criteria should include enjoying good health, being sane and being a good moral character.

During the twentieth century, conventional medicine cast in shadow these therapies practiced for centuries, as the results achieved by science and its new technologies lead to forget the therapeutic value of massage.

Today, massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular as people return to the therapeutic values of massage in response to stressful conditions of modern life. 

Message therapy is more than just a moment of relaxation, it helps reduce stress, relieves certain illnesses and improves the state of health.