My Education, Experience and Philosophy of Care.
I have been in practice since 2002 and am a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic. Even prior to becoming an RMT, I found massage therapy to be almost magical in it’s effects and scope. As a former professional dancer, it was rare that I got to experience it but I vowed to unravel it’s mysteries one day.
I have since studied many forms of massage and bodywork in order to understand the science and practical applications behind the magic. My approach combines swedish massage, rhythmic and joint mobilizations, hydrotherapy, orthopaedic testing and self-care exercises to help my patients get the most out of our time together. I’ve also been doing hot yoga since massage school and I love it so you may hear me recommending specific poses from time to time.
I have worked in a variety of settings including gyms and multi-disciplinary clinics. I also spent several years as a teacher and clinical supervisor and try to educate as well as treat. I have also been a doula and infant massage instructor, having received special training in pre-natal and post-natal massage as well as infant massage.
I am a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario.
RMT, sole proprietor
In many ways, I feel that my approach is like that of a detective. I use observation, orthopaedic testing and detailed questions to try and get to the root of what brings my patients to my door rather than simply addressing what I see and feel on the massage table. I then tailor my treatments based on what I feel my patients need but also what they ask for.
My goal is to create a balance between the two and bring about outcomes that are not only effective but long-lasting. I endeavour to do this through an evidence-informed approach, targeted education and mutual collaboration. I think of it as a partnership where we work together to actively create the best result possible.
Philosophy of Care
I’m a detail-oriented person. I write everything down and I will do my best to remember all your preferences.
Everything from pillows to pressure, favoured techniques to essential oils – I’ve got you covered!
We will discuss your presentation and goals at every session and I encourage you to voice your needs and preferences throughout our time together.
I am there to guide and inform your choices, but YOU are in charge of your experience – always.
You will always know what comes next.
After a thorough intake and assessment, I will outline my treatment plan and obtain your informed consent before we proceed and you can change your mind about any aspect of that plan at any time.
Safety and Inclusivity
Every person is unique and every body is beautiful.
My clinic is a welcoming, body-positive, gender-inclusive and LGBTQIA2+ friendly space.
Your time is valuable, and I do my best to respect it with punctuality and economy.
I keep my assessments brief and my questions targeted to your needs of the day in order to maximize hands-on time. If I get carried away, I’ll check in so you’re not late to your next destination.
Quiet or Not!
You can choose whether I play curated music (mine or yours) or work in silence. You can zone out immediately or tell me about your day. It’s totally up to you.
Once you find your Zen, I will only ask treatment-related questions when necessary.
I meticulously disinfect my space between patients – every time. I’ve increased gaps between appointments, so you are unlikely to run into anyone and I diligently follow all the Ministry of Health safety protocols. See my Covid-19 page for details.
And, yes, I’m fully vaccinated.
I hold back a number of appointments each week for those with urgent needs and to ensure timely follow-up treatments for new patients.
If you’re in pain and need help but can’t find an opening, don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll find time for you.
Have you ever been given exercises after a session and promptly forgotten them?
Not to worry. Any self-care I prescribe will go home with you via email, text or a printout using a dedicated program so my recommendations will always be close at hand.
I ask lots of questions and yet it’s astonishing how much gets missed. If I’m asking, there’s a good reason – usually to do with legalities or safety concerns.
Just know that what you tell me is held in the strictest confidence and what I write down is always secure.
I make every effort to help you reach your goals and, if I’m doing my job, you won’t need me for long but there are times when I’m stumped.
If I’m unclear about what’s happening, I’ll tell you. We’ll work together to figure it out but if I don’t think I can help, I’ll point you in the direction of someone who can.