I graduated from CCMH Halifax in April 2019 and am a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). As a healthcare professional, I provide therapeutic massage services for maintenance and/or to re-establish health. During treatments, I share my knowledge and skills with my clients so they can improve their physical health to prevent future physical dysfunction and/or progression of pathologies.
I have trained and worked with clients in enhanced care and have treated clients living with neurological conditions, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, postural dysfunction, sprains, strains, pre and post-operative joint replacement, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer survivors, to name a few. I am excited to expand my education further in a direction that will benefit my clientele.
Since January 2022, I have reestablished my home based clinic from Dartmouth to Colchester County area. The new clinic building offers a warm welcoming environment with additional space to provide more healthcare services, events and fitness classes on-site. I am patient, courteous, empathetic and dedicated to supporting you with your physical goals. I am excited for the future to welcome new clients, meet our neighbours and explore our new community. I look forward to having the occasion of meeting you personally to discuss how we can improve the quality of your life together.
(Traumatic Brain Injury)
Massage therapy is available for clients confined to their home, room or bed due to injury, illness or incapacity. This could also include long term care facilities and hospital environments.
Massage treatments are similar to those provided at my home-based clinic which consist of clinic assessment, discussion of treatment plan, followed by massage therapy and recommended homecare or therapeutic exercises. Some hydrotherapy enhancements would not be available to offer at your residence. Service fees are based on time. There is a set (30 minutes) travel fee of $45 applied to each massage treatment. This covers the travel time necessary to get to and from your residence and may or may not be covered by your insurance provider. You will need to check with your insurance coverage plan. Residential Group visits could be arranged for multiple clients being treated; Travel fee would be divided amongst clients receiving treatment during a residential group visit. This service is being offered for Colchester County area. Travel consideration will be given to anyone who feels they may be outside of this parameter.
Some clients with fragile conditions could not tolerate a long treatment; 30–45 minutes would be the longest recommended per visit. Financial cost example: 45 minute massage treatment(67.50) + travel fee(45) = $112.50 – if you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition by your doctor than you would be eligible for a 10% discount ($105.75) and could still earn another 10% off your massage treatments! See Referral and Discount Rates for more details.
My goal is to have massage therapy available and affordable for clients who may be secluded and physically unable to obtain this service otherwise. Massage treatments are modified accordingly and specific to each client’s individual needs. Caregivers may be needed to assist client with providing/receiving information for clinical assessment, discussion of treatment plan and homecare. Individual circumstances could vary considerably in how treatment will be performed for you.
I have worked with and provided service for many clients who could potentially be in need of this service. Massage therapy can provide so many benefits for clients living with this situation and would improve their quality of life appreciably.
Please send me an email if you, or someone you care for, could use this service. I would be happy to discuss how I may accommodate your circumstances.
Information is gathered for a safe and effective therapeutic massage treatment. Your primary complaint, health history, postural exam, range of motion and other special tests, if needed, will be discussed during your session with your therapist.
Based on the clinical assessment results, a treatment plan will be developed specifically for your individual needs. The therapist will discuss and explain a recommendation for the best treatment results. Any questions or concerns will be addressed so you are informed to decide on what plan will work best for you.
With your consent, your therapeutic massage treatment will follow as per your treatment plan decision. Open communication between therapist and client is the key for a successful treatment. When necessary, the therapist will explain massage techniques and purpose, client's questions will be answered at any time and feed back of what you are feeling during your massage treatment is always helpful guidance for determining your needs.
At the end of your massage treatment you will receive verbal and written information to extend the benefits of your treatment at home. This could include hydrotherapy care for after massage treatment, stretches and/or strengthening exercises specifically for your individual need. These recommendations are provided to empower you with knowledge of how to manage your physical wellness to achieve your personal goal.
Cupping technique provides a similar effect as manual massage therapy without applying pressure. It works by using suction to manipulate the tissue being worked and bring toxins/debri to the skin surface for circulatory system removal. This technique would be beneficial for those who prefer not to have deep tissue manipulation. Bruising can be a side effect with the use of this technique. It's not painful, just may leave skin discoloration for a few days.
Cold/Cool compress may be used to decrease pain from inflammation and/or swelling.
Hot/Warm compress and moist heating pad are heat therapy methods which may reduce treatment time spent warming up muscles and soft tissue for massage therapy. May also be recommended for home care.
Hot/Cold stone treatment is designed to combine the benefit of using hydrotherapy at the same time as applying the massage techniques. Stones could be placed stationary on areas to be treated or applied with movement by the massage therapist.
Wax treatment is a dual treatment that provides moisture therapy for dry skin and heat hydrotherapy for massage treatment. It may be beneficial for arthritic pain relief especially in hands and feet.
Dry brush friction - This exfoliation technique is applied vigorously with a soft bristle brush to the back, legs and arms to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation
Salt Glow friction - This exfoliation technique is applied vigorously with a semi-abrasive salt brine to the back, legs and arms to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation
Wax treatment - This is a dual treatment that provides moisture therapy for dry skin and heat hydrotherapy for massage treatment. It may be beneficial for arthritic pain relief especially in hands and feet.
This treatment could be beneficial for those suffering from a respiratory condition or common cold. It would be added during your massage therapy session to improve respiration.
Whole-body thermotherapy can improve your massage therapy treatment by detoxing your system through excessive perspiration and thoroughly warming up your muscles in preparation for deeper tissue techniques. Infrared sauna use has the potential to provide many beneficial health effects, although further clinical study is needed to support evidence for improvement of specific conditions.
ONLY 1 SAUNA SESSION WILL BE BOOKED PER DAY TO ALLOW TIME FOR CLEANING
THINGS TO KNOW FOR SAUNA PROCEDURE
· It is important to shower before using the sauna to remove the oily film from your skin. This helps you to sweat faster. It's also important to dry yourself thoroughly so that moisture on your skin does not slow down your sweating process.
· Do not bring your cell phone in the sauna with you, it may damage the phone.
· Use the time to meditate or silence your mind from your life’s agenda, breathe and relax.
· You will need to hydrate with plenty of water before, during and after your sauna session. I will check on you halfway through your session to supply you with more water and a cool compress for your neck.
· Open the sauna door when you need to recover or are finished. Take a minute to stop sweating naturally before exiting for your shower.
· Sweating is one of your body's main natural detoxification processes. It is important to wash away all that stuff you sweated out, so your skin doesn't re-absorb it.
· In the shower, aim the water jet first at your feet then gradually up to your trunk, making sure your head is not the first part of your body to be hit by the water, in order to avoid dangerous disturbances to your circulation.
· You will need to bring and wear footwear (slippers, sandals, socks) for your safety when traveling from room to room. Everything else you need is on site for you unless you wish to bring your own from home.
Optional supplies from home would include: water bottle, robe, towel (shower or sauna wrap), body wash and wash cloth preferences.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR SAUNA USAGE
Please read this information and review the document. This form will be discussed and signature required before your first massage treatment begins.
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) recently introduced new requirements for Massage Therapists (MTs or RMTs) in response to Ontario’s Protecting Patients Act, 2017, which aims to eradicate sexual abuse by health professionals. In NS, RMTs who are registered through an association (ie: MTANS) are regulated to follow CMTO’s standards.
The new requirements outlined in the Standards for Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse, include the requirement to strengthen the client’s engagement in the consent process when treating sensitive areas (breasts, gluteus muscles/buttocks, upper inner thigh and anterior chest wall) by requiring written consent prior to treatment. The form is designed to improve the safety of the clients and maintain the ability to protect the public interest.
Depending on your individual therapeutic treatment plan some of these areas may be treated by the massage therapist during assessment and/or massage therapy. For example, gluteus muscles and pectoralis major and minor muscles (above the breast tissue) are common areas which often need treatment. The purpose of providing this information is to ensure that you are informed before giving consent voluntarily to any treatment. The massage therapist will still ask for your verbal consent before assessing and/or treating any sensitive areas on a regular basis. Signing this document does not mean that you can’t change your mind at any time during any of your sessions.
You are always in control of your treatment and may ask for it to be stopped or modified at any time regardless of what paperwork you have signed.
The gluteus muscles/buttocks, upper inner thigh, anterior (above breast) and side of chest wall are included when doing a full body assessment/massage treatment and may or may not require palpation (gentle finger pressure) by the therapist. The clinical reason for assessing any muscle of the body is to address the source causing the discomfort/pain. Palpation is a method of clinical examination used by the massage therapist to surrounding muscles and attachments to get a better understanding of what may be happening underneath the skin surface. The expected benefit is to feel for any abnormalities and to locate the original point of concern causing pain/discomfort. During the assessment there is a risk that your pain/discomfort could be recreated in the process and you may experience some soreness afterwards; homecare recommendations will be discussed to help relieve any symptoms.
Again, you always have the right to ask for the treatment to be stopped or modified at any time.
Specific draping will be discussed before your massage treatment and all sensitive private areas (genitals, gluteal cleft and breast tissue) will never be in contact or exposed during any treatment. Breast treatments could be requested specifically by the client and would require a Special Written Consent form to be signed along with further discussion with the massage therapist but would not be areas treated in a regular treatment otherwise.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the information given, please do not hesitate to bring it up for discussion at your first treatment session. This is just a general consent regarding “sensitive areas” as individual treatment plans will be discussed in detail during your appointment specific to each client’s needs.