Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) is a clinically-oriented treatment option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain conditions. Registered Massage Therapists treat the body’s soft tissues, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints, using their hands, arms, and specific tools. RMT is a regulated health profession within the province of Ontario.

Massage Therapy Can Help With:

  • Reduce Stress & Increase Relaxation

  • Back, Neck, & Shoulder Pain

  • Muscle Soreness & Tension

  • Improve Circulation

  • Lower Heart Rate & Blood Pressure

  • Improve Immune Function

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Digestive Issues

  • Nerve Pain

Kathleen’s Treatment Specialties:

  • Muscle Aches

  • Headaches

  • Joint Pain & Restrictions

  • Limited Range of Motion

  • Digestive Discomfort

  • Pre & Postnatal Discomfort

  • Lymphatic Drainage

Sophia’s Treatment Specialties:

  • Relaxation

  • Headaches

  • Tension Release

  • Low Back & Neck Pain

  • Joint Pain

  • Digestive Discomfort

  • Sinus Clearing

Katie’s Treatment Specialties:

  • Lymphatic Drainage

  • Aromatherapy

  • BACH Flower Therapy

  • Reflexology

What type of treatments do Registered Massage Therapists provide?

Our massage therapists, Kathleen Burns and Sophia Bolos, provide the following treatments. These can be provided individually as stand-alone therapy or in any combination. You can book with them here.

Swedish Massage

This style of massage is the most common among RMT practitioners. Its design is to increase circulation in the body and target soft tissue while promoting relaxation and releasing muscle tension. In addition, this style of massage intends to assist the body in loosening the stress from day-to-day activities. The main target points of Swedish massage are the neck, shoulder, and lower back. However, traditional Swedish massage is performed on the entire body. While performing this style of massage, the practitioner will utilize motions such as kneading, long strokes, tapping/drumming, or gentle circular movements.

Lymphatic Drainage

A modality that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, carrying waste products away from the tissues toward the heart. The use of very light pressure and rhythmic circular movements stimulate lymph flow. This treatment has a lighter pressure than deep tissue massage and focuses only on your lymphatic map, including your legs, back, face, feet, arms, upper chest, and abdomen. Therapists utilize this type of massage to maintain proper immune system function and reduce inflammation in the body. Our Massage Therapist, Kathleen Burns, and our Complementary Health Care Practitioner, Katie Keyte, provide this service.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

This therapy is a pain-free, practitioner-assisted, table-based stretching technique. It focuses on the fascia and joint capsules within the body. The fascia is the part of the body that exists between and around our muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Fascial Stretch Therapy is used to restore normal body function and range of motion when your fascia becomes stiff and loses its elasticity. This can occur from injury, repetitive and overworking movement, or limited physical activity. This style of massage therapy can reduce chronic pain, improve circulation, and eliminate tight muscles and stiff joints.

Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

The design of this style of massage is to assist the body in adjusting to the new anatomical changes you experience during and after pregnancy. A prenatal massage aims to relax your body, release muscle tension, and improve blood and lymph circulation (which is extremely important when pregnant). It can be performed after the first trimester. As your body changes to accommodate the pregnancy, prenatal massage can reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, reduce swelling, and improve sleep.

Postnatal massage is similar to traditional massage. It aims to relieve the stress that giving birth can have on the body. Since the body is under such strain, it’s important not to overstimulate or place too much pressure on your muscles and joints. A postnatal massage can boost the lymphatic system to assist the body with clearing the excess fluids that build up in the body. It can also improve sleep and reduce the pain you may experience in your back, legs, and feet.

It is of the utmost importance that when looking to book a pre or postnatal massage, you book with someone who has specialized training. Our RMT Kathleen has completed such training, and you can book with her here.

Deep Tissue Therapy

A standard style of massage among registered RMTs, the use of deep tissue massage is to treat musculoskeletal issues. Use slow deep strokes with sustained pressure to target your inner muscle layers and connective tissue (fascia). This therapy is intended to release deep tension in the muscles, aid in the recovery of muscle strains, and promote correct muscle function.

Trigger Point Therapy

Though trigger points can be addressed in other massage styles, trigger point therapy is a specific type of massage. Trigger points, or knots, are tight areas of muscle that create pain. They can even create pain in other parts of the body, like having a headache but the pain coming from the knot in your neck or shoulders. Releasing these knots comes from applying various pressure levels to soften the muscle and stretch it through a range of motion to achieve muscle correctness. While your massage therapist works on your knots, this style of massage may lead to some discomfort. However, it should never be painful. Our massage therapists are trained to work with you, listen to your concerns and aim to ensure your comfort at every step of the treatment process.

Collaborative Care

Our registered massage therapists work collaboratively with the other healthcare practitioners in the clinic including physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropodists, and other specialists in order to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.

Practitioners Offering Massage Therapy Services

Sophia Bolos

Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist

Tapping into her years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist, Sophia supports her clients with a holistic approach when working with them toward their health and wellness goals. She tailors her treatments to the individual’s needs and preferences using a variety of techniques such as deep tissue massage, cupping, Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, and acupressure. Whether you seek treatment for a specific issue or a more general, relaxing massage, Sophia can match therapeutic techniques to meet you where you are on your health journey and promote your body’s ability to heal.

Sophia graduated from the D’Arcy Lane Institute of Massage Therapy and has been practising as a registered massage therapist since 2006. She earned her diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture in 2017 from the Shiatsu School of Canada, where she expanded her knowledge of the human body and options for treating acute or chronic pain, digestive disorders, sleep disturbances, stress and more. 

Not sure where to start or what to book? Sophia is here to answer any questions regarding your treatment options and looks forward to meeting you!

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” – Thich Hat Hanh

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Katie Keyte

Complementary Health Care Practitioner (Aromatherapy, Advanced Reflexology, & BACH Flower Therapy)
Katie Keyte is a Complementary Health Care Practitioner (CHCP) with certifications and diplomas in multiple modalities. Completing her CHCP program in 2006 with high honours, her designations are Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Bach Flower Registered Practitioner and Certified Advanced Reflexologist. Katie has specialized certification in many types of massage including lymphatic drainage and completion of many additional complementary courses such as women’s health, therapeutic touch, differential diagnosis and more. 
 
Katie’s practice priority and philosophy are based on exemplary client care and meeting the specific needs of each individual person. Katie believes that everyone is important and deserves the highest quality, safest and most professional treatment possible. Making people happy and helping her clients to heal, relax, balance and restore is her lifelong passion! With Katie as your practitioner, it’s all about you!
 
Katie is a professional member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists and the Bach Centre in England and is committed to continuing education and life-long learning as she knows there is always more to share and ways to improve treatment and care with the best and latest proven research developments. 
 
Katie considers treating you a privilege and honour and is truly thrilled to help you with your health goals. She believes that no matter what, anything is possible for you!
 
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
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Ola Poplawski

Registered Massage Therapist
Ola recently graduated with Honours from Oxford College’s Registered Massage Therapy program. Ola believes in the importance of a holistic approach to healthcare, not only for physical wellbeing but for mental health as well. One of her main passions during her education was learning about the many different ways Massage Therapy can be used not just for generalized relaxation, but for relief of a multitude of pathologies, from cancer to individuals suffering with depression and anxiety.
 
Ola strongly believes that massage therapy sessions are not a “one size fits all”; she believes in tailoring each treatment to the specific needs and goals of each individual patient. Ola affirms that there is an array of massage techniques that can benefit anyone, from trigger point therapy to decrease radiating pain, deep tissue techniques to help increase relaxation and mobility, to stretching techniques such as PNF (muscle energy) which can be used on clients with acute pain where direct compressions cannot be yet applied. She strongly believes on educating patients on remedial exercises, recommending hydrotherapy solutions or demonstrating self-care techniques for home.
 
“A good week starts with a positive attitude and a great massage.” — Unknown
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Kathleen Burns

Registered Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy has been present in Kathleen’s life in numerous forms and in varying degrees of influence. It was first introduced to her when used in conjunction with Physiotherapy treatment as a young teenager. This in-depth and holistic approach to medicine sparked Kathleen’s interest in a career within the realm of Health Sciences.
While studying Kinesiology at Western University, Kathleen became familiarized with the various career paths available for a Kinesiologist. Her interest in working with clients in a hands-on environment has led to her becoming a Registered Massage Therapist.

Having graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in 2014, Kathleen has thoroughly enjoyed being directly involved in the therapeutic effect of alternative medicine.

In June of 2020, Kathleen completed coursework to become a Certified Aromatherapist and enjoys incorporating aromatherapy into her massages when requested.

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