I have been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since November 2000, after graduating from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in June of 2000. I have been a member of the Registered Massage Therapist's Association of Ontario (RMTAO) since November 2000.
Since graduating and registering, I have worked in a chair massage business in mall setting, in a body building nutrition store as their onsite RMT, at Western University in their Student Sports facility, and at Westmount Chiropractic Office with Frank Hildebrandt, DC. I very much enjoy collaborating with other health care professionals in order to best relieve patients' pain.
RMTs are required to take Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on an ongoing basis, in order to keep their licences current. Since graduating, I have taken courses in and actively incorporates the following modalities into my practice: Indie Head massage, TMJ (jaw) massage, Kinesio Taping, Positional Release, Myofascial Release - Structural Integration, and Trigger Point Therapy. In the future, I would like to learn about and incorporate Trager Therapy, Feldenkrais - Awareness Through Movement, and Vodder's Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Because I am an inquisitive sort, and massage can be rough on my small joints (fingers and wrists), I've taken to using a Wahl Professional Vibration tool to assist me while doing treatments. With its various heads, I can access trigger points, fascial adhesions, sore, tired, achy muscles, applying heat and cold to tissues as they need it.
Prior to becoming an RMT, I was a professional Classical Musician working at Western University as a Collaborative Pianist, Composer, and Chamber Musician. Outside of the university, I have been a piano teacher for adult learners. I have played the piano for 38 years and am intimately aware of the lengths musicians go, in order to perform at the top level. I have also been a ski instructor, a sailing instructor, a canoeing instructor, an avid camper, and bicyclist - both mountain and recumbent biking.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak with me, please feel free to contact me.
Some companies have a mission statement; I have a philosophy:
I want you to get back to your regular life as soon as possible.
If massage therapy can help, I am most willing to try my best.
If massage therapy cannot help, I will be most willing to refer you to an appropriate therapist who can take care of you.
When we are in the treatment room together, you are the boss. This means, you are the one who is most comfortable and the one who is in control of everything that is happening in the room. If I do or say anything that makes you uncomfortable, please let me know.
I have been told that I can read bodies fairly well; I cannot read minds. So we need to communicate to make your healing most useful.