There are a million reasons why one chooses a career path; I had only one, to help people live a more fulfilled active life through therapeutic touch. Having dealt with numerous sport related injuries myself, and experiencing how I was impacted by these isolated incidences, I was inspired to pursue massage therapy not only as a career, but to make it part of a lifestyle in an effort to enhance the overall wellness of the lives of my clients and my own.
Having practiced for over fifteen years, I have focused on such areas as craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, pregnancy massage, sports injury treatment and several other pathologies. Whether it's treating clients who suffer from every day symptoms as a result of postural strains or high level professional athletes competing in the NHL or training daily for Olympic competition, I apply the same principles but tailor the treatment to meet each client's individual needs. As part of my goal to enhance the overall wellness of the people I work with, I have also helped improve the quality of life for individuals coping with chronic diseases like MS, Parkinson's, and arthritis.
By incorporating massage therapy into my own active lifestyle that includes regular exercise, team sports, spending time in nature, being a Mom, feeding us a balanced diet, and working on maintaining a positive attitude, I lead a healthy lifestyle that keeps me energized and eager to take on each day.
Massage therapists assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions and contribute to maintaining the optimal health and wellness of their clients, by combining orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish and other massage techniques), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise and client education programs.
To use the designation RMT or MT, within ON, one must first complete a 2200 hour diploma course, from an accredited school, followed by the licensing government exam.
RMT's are a regulated health practitioner, whom follow the guidelines stipulated within the RHPA.
Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive approach, towards a remapping of our internal environment. Cerebral spinal fluid flows within the central nervous system, (surrounding our brain and spinal column), the rhythm of the fluid is in relation to our breath. When there is a disturbance present, this disrupts the rhythm. With the use of gentle hands, the therapist can detect areas of dysfunction, and then provide a gapping or space to occur within the area, which allows the body to adjust or regain its natural rhythm on its own, without an external force applied to it. There is a subtle movement of the whole body in response to fluid pressure changes around the central nervous system. It is effective for loss of mobility anywhere within the body. I received education in an Advanced Caniosacral Therapy course as well as Visceral techniques from the Cranial Therapy Clinic in Toronto.
Think of your body in a wet suit, a wet suit of fascia. Fascia underlies the skin, surrounds each muscle, muscle groups, and organs. Fascia is composed mainly of water. As injuries occur; postural changes present; and stresses arise, the fascia becomes dehydrated causing restrictions. By addressing the fascia first, it is easier to then release other adhesions, scar tissue, and trigger points that reside within the muscles. I have taken a full body myofascial release course and I use these techniques in my treatments..
Massage therapy, Myofascial Release, and Craniosacral Therapy are extremely beneficial throughout your four trimesters of pregnancy, (that's right, four trimesters! Postpartum is considered a trimester too). Prenatal treatments offer a safe and effective way to treat a variety of concerns related to pregnancy.
I am a level 2 Sport Massage Therapist. I took a continuing education course through the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association, which focused on treatment for athletes, both pre and post events, and I have worked with many professional and non-professional athletes over the years.
I use the general Swedish massage techniques acquired in school, as well as the advanced techniques mentioned above, which has turned into a great recipe for a massage .