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As a Registered Massage Therapist I am trained to the standards of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Furthermore, I have a few specialties which enhance my practice. Listed below are the main modalities I find the most effective in treating my patients.
NeuroKinetic Therapy - Level 3 Certified
NeuroKinetic Therapy is a recalibration of how the nervous system communicates. When your body undergoes a surgery, injury or repetitive movement (such as golf, curling, pitching/throwing a ball) the optimal path in which your brain and body communicates in disrupted. Your brain and nervous system will then create a compensation pattern to redirct the original signal down a different path to try and tip the scales back into balance. This is one of the most common reasons why when patients come in complaining of pain in one area but is not actually originating from that area. I use NKT in most treatments to re-balance how the brain and the body speak to each other to bring everything back into harmony.
CranioSacral Therapy - Level 2
The late Dr. John Upledger D.O. was a pioneer of his time. He discovered the CranioSacral System while assisting a Neurologist during surgery during the 1970's. The CrainioSacral system itself only moves about 2 millimetres every 6-12 seconds. My patients like to call this my "Voodoo Magic" technique because it is so gentle, yet effective, you can barely feel what I'm doing while I'm doing it. I have been using CST since 2008 and absolutely love the results it brings to my patients! CST is fantastic for anyone who has suffered a concussion, fall to the tailbone, has had braces, an epidural, has had spinal surgery, facial surgery or any other major impact to their body such as a car accident, bungee jumping or high impact sports.
Visceral Manipulation Level 1
Osteopathic Doctor Jean-Pierre Barral developed a manual therapy that targets the internal abdominal organs and how they connect and relate to the rest of the body. Each organ has a role to play in digestion and if they or the other structures associated (ex. ligaments and sphincters) are not operating optimally (due to a variety of reasons) it will affect digestion but also the structures they are tethered to. Ex, your Liver has 7 different ligaments anchoring it inside, one of them attaching to your right shoulder. So if I have a patient who has right shoulder pain I will definitely look into the Liver to see if it is playing a role in the shoulder dysfunction.
Visceral Manipulation also has a great effect on the overall nervous system function and can greatly impact your overall stress level for the better!
Schweitzers Deep Tissue Therapy
Gary Schweitzer created his own Deep Tissue Therapy technique for Therapists to be ergonomically safe and to help prolong our careers as RMT's. Using my body weight, opposed to my strength, I am able to sink deep into your tissues bypassing the surface muscles without causing you harm. I was so relieved to have found this work only a year after I began my practice in 2007 and have been using it ever since!