In case you happened to miss it, I have decided to return back to work part-time. And after exploring some options available in the workforce, my intuition led me to a familiar field, Massage Therapy.
I was a Registered Massage Therapist for over a decade before I went on an extended maternity leave after having my first daughter. Upon the comfort of knowing our family is now complete with two precious little girls, I am now looking to pursue more.
It was just over a month ago when I dreamt up a vision. It included a flexible, part-time schedule and in a treatment room that instantly welcomed complete serenity. I am in love with how everything has unfolded and I cannot wait for this new chapter in my life.
This blog post is intended to cover all the information about my new practice. Should you have absolutely any questions at all, please feel free to contact me. Also check out my FAQ section down below.
I start March 1st, 2019 and am currently booking appointments!
297 St. Mary’s Rd. on the second floor.
*A few blocks South of the RED TOP Diner.
I will be working Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The times I am available on these days are more or less flexible so I am leaving that open for now. I will do my best to work with your schedules so just let me know what works for you and we can go from there.
My prices are as follows and they already include GST:
30 MINUTES - $50.00
60 MINUTES - $80.00
90 MINUTES - $115.00
*Payment options include all major credit cards, debit (tap only), cash, or cheque.
I am currently set up to direct bill with Blue Cross.
There are a few other select providers I can also direct bill, providing the insurance plan allows for it.
Should you prefer to claim our sessions on your own or in the case that I do not direct bill with your provider, an official receipt will always be issued. I can email you an invoice or provide you a paper copy if desired.
You can email, text, or call me at any time to book an appointment.
Eventually I will be looking into the option of online booking. My hours may change slightly depending on the schedule of my child care providers but I will always keep you in the loop in regards to my availability.
Where exactly is your location? Is there parking?
I am located at 297 St. Mary’s Rd. The first floor of the building is dedicated to The Academy of Learning. I am practicing on the second floor. To access this floor, you will be entering through the back of the building.
There is a lot of residential parking available in the area. I recommend trying to find something on Caton St. off of St. Mary’s Rd. This street is closest to my entrance. There is a parking lot to the left of my building entrance. Do not park there as it is designated for another business and you may be towed.
Do you work evenings?
Fridays are your best bet to snag an evening appointment with me but please always ask me for a date and time that best suits you. I will see what I can do to accommodate your availability. I also work Saturdays.
Do you do Deep Tissue Massage?
There are a lot of opinions on what a deep tissue massage is so it depends on what your individual opinion of it is. Some consider this treatment type quite similar to a traditional swedish massage-same techniques but just using more of a firm pressure. This pressure will provide a different set of results than a generic relaxation massage as we work through some difficult areas.
Deep Tissue Massages can also be done in a manner where there is little to no lubrication involved. These techniques still utilize the therapists surfaces such as hands, fingers, knuckles, and elbows but are done very slowly and can involve some discomfort as we work through trouble areas.
My personal style naturally combines all techniques. I simply just alter my pressure according to your preference. I do use oils for the majority of my treatments. Should my maximum effort of pressure not suit your needs, please let me know and I would happy to refer you to somebody who can provide you with the care you need.
Speaking of oil, what kind do you use?
I will be using a professional grade oil called Holly Oil. It’s a hypoallergenic oil made up of the oils from the branches and leaves on the holly tree. It is combined with vitamin E and jojoba oil to create the highest quality therapeutic moisturizer. It is nut and scent-free and does not stain clothing or fabrics.
Should you prefer a specific type of oil, please bring it and I’ll be happy to use it instead. Just please nothing nut based as a precautionary measure to other clients that may have severe allergies.
Do you do Pregnancy Massages?
I do! I do not have the specialized massage table for pregnancy (with the removable piece for the bump) but I do use pillows and everything else necessary to position you as comfortably as possible. Having gone through two pregnancies myself, I must admit I have a greater interest in treating prenatal women. I can relate to and understand the aches and pains having experienced them all myself.
Do you use Essential Oils in your practice?
I do not diffuse any oils in my treatment room due to sensitivities and allergies. I also do not burn scented candles or incense. I have a few essential oils I occasionally like to incorporate into my massage treatments but of course, I will always get your consent on this. I will never apply something without discussing it with you first. Again, if you have a specific oil that you’d like me to use, please bring it and I’d be happy to use it on you.
Can I get a massage if I’m on my period?
Of course! A massage can be very beneficial during the menstrual cycle. We can address any aches and pains or we can avoid any tender areas should you prefer that. Just keep in mind that a massage can increase your menstrual flow the day of and after your treatment (this increase can have positive effects so there is no need for concern).
I’d like to come and see you but I know you personally. Is that awkward?
I love this question because I can totally understand the confusion of boundary. I would like to take this opportunity to express that I am your Registered Massage Therapist first and foremost during our sessions. Professionalism isn’t optional. I understand that when people seek hands on therapy, they are hoping for complete mental and physical restoration. Some clients love to chat and that’s ok. However, many don’t. This should always be respected no matter who you see (and for any service).
Becoming a mother has truly given me a greater appreciation for self-care. I respect that individuals need time for themselves for many different reasons. I respect your needs and I want to provide you with the greatest treatment I can. Should this mean serene silence, I am happy to comply. I am here to provide you with a therapeutic service, we aren’t on a coffee date. We can catch up later, just relax.
But how do I express that I want to enjoy my treatment in silence? I don’t want it to be awkward or come off as being rude.
As soon as our treatment begins, I won’t say a word unless it’s to ask you about my pressure or other treatment related questions. The rule of thumb is, if you talk, I talk. If you are silent, I am silent.
Unfortunately, I have heard of this issue in regards to many client/therapist relationships. Many have really enjoyed the atmosphere and techniques of a therapist but they found they could never fully relax with constant chatter. If you come across this again or know someone who is experiencing this, try using this approach. Start off with a two minute conversation at the beginning of the session and follow up with “Okay, I’m just going to relax now.” That line is forward yet gentle and leaves no room for misunderstanding on the therapist’s part. As professionals in this field, we cannot and will not be offended should you want to relax, shut off your mind, and drift in and out of sleep.
If you have any other questions, please leave me a comment or feel free to contact me directly via email or phone.