Q&A with Kaitlyn Wengler, Registered Massage Therapist Q1: Kaitlyn, what exactly is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and who can it help? Manual Lymph Drainage (also known as MLD) is a very gentle manual technique that is used to help drain the excess fluid from the body and improve the overall function of the lymphatic system. As the lymphatic system is our “cleaning system” of the body, it is very important to maintain a healthy lymphatic and immune system. When MLD is applied to a patient whose lymphatic system may be sluggish or compromised, it can have a great effect on the body. […]
Interview with Leigh-Anne Best, Registered Massage Therapist Leigh-Anne is one of the talented team of RMTs at Innate Wellness. Both as an RMT and as a mother, she has tackled many women’s health issues including pelvic floor health, pregnancy, labour and postpartum health. She is a wealth of information on how massage can be used for women specific concerns. We asked her to help us understand a little more about how this wonderful modality can be used for health & healing in women. Q1: How can massage therapy help to address women’s health? Massage Therapy is well known for its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress and muscle tension, as well as for its role in rehabilitation and injury prevention. However, there is less of an understanding of the benefits of massage as a holistic approach to women’s health issues. What most people don’t know is that Massage Therapy is an effective modality for treating women’s health issues, including irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual disorders like PMS and PMDD, but also for aiding with fertility issues. Additionally, massage is an excellent means in which to support the ever-changing needs in women’s bodies during pregnancy, in preparation for birth and during labour, and, most importantly, as part of the postpartum picture for healing. […]
At Innate Wellness we have 4 different massage therapists with 4 different styles. We decided to sit down and ask our therapists about their top techniques in practice. Still not sure which RMT is the right fit for you? Visit their bios or call our front desk staff to inquire (416-760-9424). Emily Carr-Locke, RMT Q: You take an intuitive and gentle approach to massage. Is there a patient population that you think your massage style works with best? A: I have been told that I have a very intuitive touch. I have had many different patients with different health presentations tell me that I really ‘found the right spots’ and helped to relieve an ongoing issue or trigger point that no one else had been able to find. I am able to provide a deep, focused, and relieving treatment which can help patients with frozen shoulder, decreased range of motion, injuries, as well as general aches and pains caused by posture, stress, or physical restrictions. I also have many patients with chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia or chronic stress/anxiety who need a varied treatment with different goals, techniques, focus, and awareness. […]
with Giuliana Di Paola, RMT & Certified Shiatsu Therapist Shiatsu is a form of Japanese body work based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM looks for the true root cause of an illness by understanding the patient physically, emotionally,psychologically and spiritually. This requires a scope of knowledge that goes beyond anatomy and physiology and delves into the concept of energetic flow, or Qi, throughout the body. Shiatsu is a holistic approach to healing that also takes the energy concept of Qi into account. Qi is our life force that flows through us via channels in our body know as meridians. When Qi is blocked problems both mental and physical arise. Shiatsu massage works to remove the blockages by realigning the acupressure points along the meridians to help restore the smooth flow of Qi. Shiatsu is a non invasive form of therapy that uses deep penetrating pressure with the use of thumbs,fingers,palms and elbows to open up these channels of energy and promote blood circulation to nourish internal organs, glands, muscles and nerves. Shiatsu promotes the bodies own ability to heal by providing a gentle, relaxing and restorative form of massage. Shiatsu is just as effective as acupuncture but adds another element, a healing touch. By merging both western and eastern views, Shiatsu can treat a variety of conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and depression, headaches, digestive disturbances, menstrual dysfunction, low resistance to infection as well as muscular tension. If the flow of Qi through the body is smooth, balance is restored and the individual is on the path of healing.
with Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Why might a naturopathic doctor recommend massage therapy? Most people think of massage for musculoskeletal pain or stress as it has long been known that massage can lower perceived stress, blood pressure and cortisol while regulating vagal tone. But did you know that massage has a hug impact on the immune system? From pre-term infants to immune-compromised adults, research shows that a weekly massage helps to enhance immune function via natural killer cells and lymphocytes. […]
with Patti MacGregor, RMT The postpartum period is a time of many physical and emotional readjustments. After childbirth, a woman’s body undergoes many structural and physiological changes in order to heal from the rigors of labour. Adapting to life with a new baby that demands 24 hour care can be extremely difficult, for a new mom often this means little to no time to look after herself. Though it may seem impossible this is the time that massage therapy can be most beneficial. A mom who takes regular care of herself through massage is also better able to care for her baby. When the mother feels good herself, it is easier to meet the needs of her newborn. […]
At Innate Wellness, our Registered Massage Therapists are skilled and unique. From general relaxation to complicated medical conditions, our therapists are trained in a range of techniques to help you achieve wellness. Xiu Hong “Nicole” Peng, RMT Nicole is amazing at getting into painful areas and releasing tension. You will walk out with increased mobility and decreased pain after her treatment sessions! Nicole has experience in the treatment of neck pain, frozen shoulder, muscle tension and pain caused by stress, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome and occupational-related strains. Her other specialties include: Swedish Relaxation Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Trigger Point Release Tui na Shiatsu Technique Lymphatic Massage Giuliana Paola, RMT Giuliana provides an elegant blend of eastern and western techniques. She has a Shiatsu styled practice inspired by the healing principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Guiliana is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist who strives to help her clients find balance, mind, body and spirit. Swedish Relaxation Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Shiatsu Tui na Chinese Cupping Acupressure Patti MacGregor, RMT Patti has been in practice 8 years. Her technique is confident and deeply relaxing. Her knowledge in women’s specific massage techniques is extensive. Patti is also trained as a Doula and Lactation Consultant. Her passion for all things ‘women’s wellness’ is evident. Swedish Relaxation Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Fascial Stretching & Release Breast Massage Lotus Palm Thai Massage (Levels 1 &2) Mercier Therapy (gynovisceral manipulation) About Our Different Massage Techniques Massage therapy is as ancient as any form of medicine. There is archeological evidence of massage in cultures as diverse as China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia. This explains why there are so many different [...]
with Matthew Richardson, RAc. Tuina is good for anyone! It stimulates the bodies energies and blood to benefit the skin, muscles, tendons, joints and organs. 'Tuina' translates to “push – grasp” and is a traditional form of hands on body work with its roots in Chinese medicine. But, it is much more than just a simple massage for relaxation. Tuina is based on the same points and lines as acupuncture, with the same diagnostic methods. This means we use our hands to stimulate the appropriate acupuncture points and areas that will benefit each individual the most. No two treatments are the same as everyone comes into the clinic with their own unique life experiences. These experiences are stored in the body. We walk around with all that we have done during our lives inside of us. We define ourselves from our experience, and this experience in turn defines our body and how it functions. Tuina therapy considers the whole body, the whole individual and forms a treatment that captures your needs in the moment. Tuina is performed by a trained acupuncturist. If you are coming for acupuncture, don’t worry you won’t miss out! Acupuncture and Tuina are often done together to give a complete internal/external, yin/yang treatment of the body. This is a great treatment, and you leave feeling well grounded with renewed energy. One of the unique aspects of Tuina is the practice of Self-Tuina. This can be a complete set of techniques to treat yourself or just a few simple tips to get you through the day. There is nothing better than being able to treat yourself at the exact moment you feel your symptoms coming on! Frequently Asked Questions: Is Tuina for [...]
Patti MacGregor, Registered Massage Therapist, is new to Innate. She is pleased to offer Mercier Technique. This is a form of pelvic massage that can loosen adhesions and decrease tension in the pelvis. This non-invasive technique is an excellent addition to your fertility package. Patti is available on Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Book in advance as her spots are limited! […]
Innate is growing! We are pleased to welcome a new massage therapist, Nicole. She will be joining us on Tuesdays from 10am-7pm. Her unique style of practice includes Swedish relaxation, Tui na, deep tissue, Shiatsu, therapeutic massage and detoxifying lymphatic massage. Please read below to find out more about Nicole's unique style of practice. Xiu Hong “Nicole” Peng, RMT Xiu Hong “Nicole” Peng, RMT, graduated with honours from the ICT Kikkawa College Massage Therapy Diploma Program as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She became interested in massage while studying Swedish massage for an Esthetician diploma. After she practiced massage for a couple years as an esthetician, she had a strong desire to become a professorial massage therapist. Her treatments now include a mix of Swedish relaxation, Tui na, deep tissue, Shiatsu, and therapeutic massage. She has experience in the treatment of neck pain, frozen shoulder, muscle tension and pain caused by stress, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome and pregnancy-related discomfort. She can also offer specialized massage for different regions of the body such as head, hand, foot or the lymphatic system, for the benefit of various life-style or occupation related problems. She believes that massage is an art form, an inspired event, an application of skill, knowledge and instinct. She hope her massage gives every client a relaxation of mind, body and spirit.