With over 20 years of experience in the industry, relax massage group is proud to be one of the top massage therapy clinics in Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. With 5 clinical locations, 2 luxury locations, and a learning facility, relax massage group focuses on supporting and developing our talented group of RMTS. By taking care of our team, we are confident our RMTs can provide you with professional and effective massage therapy.
Melissa began her career as an RMT in 2000. Starting out in a small space at a local community centre (where she was also a lifeguard and fitness instructor), Melissa quickly had to expand to accommodate the demand. Melissa opened her first 2-room clinic in 2004. Now after two decades in the industry, Melissa has made a name for herself as a successful business owner and champion for RMTs.
It was the skills she learned through motherhood, such as resilience, creative problem-solving, resourcefulness and multi-tasking that inspired Melissa to take the plunge into entrepreneurship and is credited to her longevity in a competitive field.
With the leadership of Melissa, relax. Massage Group began with the flagship Kanata North location which expanded and grew through the years. In 2011, the Almonte location opened, which too has expanded since.
In 2017, Melissa took the bold move to retire her RMT licence so she could devote her full time and energy to what is her passion: advancing the massage therapy industry and supporting her exceptional team's growth in their careers. This change brought tremendous opportunity. In September 2018, relax. Greenbank (at Hunt Club) opened. In October that same year, Melissa purchased her 4th location, relax. Ottawa (Kent st.).
Her biggest curveball was, of course, the pandemic. But using her resourcefulness and resilience, Melissa found new iterations and ideas, creating a lifeboat to weather the storm. Since then, the relax. massage group team has come out the other end stronger. In 2022, Melissa added the 5th clinic location in historic Perth, Ontario. Additionally, the relax. luxe branner was created to be home to locations at the Westin Ottawa and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Lastly, to continue to support her RMTs, Melissa opened relax. University, a place for RMTs to learn, teach and collaborate.
When not at one of the relax. clinics, Melissa can be found waterskiing, playing ball hockey, doing Crossfit, listening to podcasts, or attending networking events. She also loves to sneak down closer to the equator to go scuba diving.
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