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Andrea Sternburg

She/Her

RMT

(Tree Hugger)

In her heart, Andrea hopes that her treatments offer a space where each client can feel increasingly at home in their body. She brings a caring and compassionate approach to the table and is equally happy to offer any variation of light, moderate or deep pressure. She listens to her clients’ goals for treatment as well as their explanations of symptoms to guide her. She will perform a short assessment, where relevant, to clarify the tissues involved in pain. She has successfully helped to manage or resolve postural concerns, tension headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve entrapment symptoms, hip pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger point pain, stress tension, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Techniques used vary with each treatment and may include Swedish massage, myofascial release, gentle joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, Golgi tendon organ release, PNF stretching, passive stretching, and pin and stretch. She is always happy to offer homecare and remedial exercises to enhance well-being and encourage the resolution of symptoms. On a personal note, she loves walking and being in the woods, dogs and all animals, and learning about wellness and healing. She strives to stay current with evidence-based massage therapy practices. She feels it is her duty to share, according to current research, the “side effects” of massage therapy may include restful sleep, fewer headaches, less pain, improved posture, lower stress levels and a stronger immune system.

Angie Dale

She/Her

RMT

(Adventure Seeker)

Graduated in 2005, from Kine-Concept Ottawa School of Massage Therapy. In Good standing with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario) current member of the RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario). Earlier in my career, I worked as a massage therapist at clinics that also provided physiotherapy, chiropractic care and kinesiology services. My immersion in these multidisciplinary environments exposed me to a diverse range of clients, conditions, research and treatments. Through the years, I have integrated my background in Swedish massage with my progressive experience with Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), adapting and combining these treatments for a variety of therapeutic and relaxation needs. I have treated numerous conditions including headache and neck pain, tendonitis, lower back injuries, chronic body aches and pains, repetitive stress & strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), shin splints, and plantar fasciitis. I have also helped manage chronic pain and maintained muscle and tissue health in clients with Fibromyalgia and M.S. I have a growing interest working with caregivers (of a loved one who has a life-threatening or life-altering illness) who can benefit from massage therapy to ease stress in their time of self-care. I really enjoy and thrive on making people feel better, whether it is directly injury/pain related or just to help ease the stress/anxiety of life and circumstance as I am seeing more and more as the Pandemic has steadily woven itself into our lives over this past year. Other Experience includes LPGA golf tournament, Ottawa Renegades football team, BluesFest, National Capital Marathon, Lung Run. Continuing Education: Cupping Therapy, TuiNa, Introduction to Asian body work, Functional Analysis and Rehabilitation – shoulder, Pilates, cervical spine assessment, Therapeutic Taping, Active Release Technique (ART) upper limb, Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 , Indian Head massage.

Bao Phan

He/Him

RMT

(Incognito Sports Fan)

Treatment of muscular and neurological dysfunction. Dealing with issues from the top of your head (migraines,head aches) to the tip of your hands (tendonitis, carpal tunnel) all the way to the bottom of your feet (plantar fasciitis) and everything in between. Available Monday-Friday

Brianna Verhey

She/Her

RMT

(Sports Warrier)

Brianna has been working as an RMT with Absolute Massage Thearpy for the past year. Brianna graduated from the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College in 2016. She also has four years of experience as a physiotherapy assistant and appreciates every opportunity to help clients overcome many different types of injuries and obstacles. Her goal as an RMT is to apply the knowledge that she has acquired to help people feel better. She has always been a very active person enjoying extreme sports such as dirt-biking, kickboxing, water skiing, wake boarding and snowboarding. Unfortunately, these types of activities inevitably lead to injuries, but is in her own experiences as a client where she gained more of an understanding of a client’s needs and understands the everyday emotional upsets that come from injuries. She has been helped significantly through the hands of an RMT and is extremely passionate and thankful to have the opportunity to give back. Brianna offers: deep tissue massage, taping, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) work, Swedish massage, therapeutic exercises, joint mobilizations, and sports massage. She has treated and embraced clients of all ages with different needs and challenges. She is dedicated to providing a safe, confidential environment with a client-centered approach. Brianna works days, evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule.

Kristin Clarkson

She/Her

RMT

(Globetrotter)

I graduated with honours from Georgian College in my home town of Barrie Ontario in 2007 and worked alongside Physiotherapists for 5 years treating clients with varied issues, such as back pain, injuries due to whiplash, post-op scar tissue, stroke recovery just to name a few. I have also had some fulfilling experience treating the elderly. I cherished spending quality time maintaining or improving mobility and circulation and providing comfort measures for these lovely people during their golden years. My goal as a massage therapist is to ensure treatment goals are met by actively listening and maintaining open lines of communication to ensure effective and appropriate modalities are used. Simply put, my clients leave feeling better. I’m also trained in Indie Head massage, which is a blissful 30-45min treatment using a variety of techniques to just the head, face, neck and shoulders. Give it a try! I’m available evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule. I look forward to meeting you! *Kristin does not offer deep tissue massage.

Lillian Lam Tine Foo

She/Her

RMT

(Travelholic)

Lillian graduated with honors in March 2019 from International Academy of Massage in Ottawa. Lillian’s professional techniques include Swedish massage, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). Within a typical treatment she can combine these different techniques to help relieve tight muscles from everyday use or injuries from overuse. Lillian is also certified in Ashiatsu Therapy. This is when the therapist uses their feet to apply deep pressure. The gliding stroke of Ashiatsu is extremely effective for deep tissue work, and offers the experience of incredibly consistent pressure and an incomparable sensation of flow. She offers the Ashiatsu barefoot massage at Relax. Ottawa location on Kent Street Before deciding to become a massage therapist, she worked in an office for 15 years and developed poor postures and suffered office related muscular tissues. Receiving regular massage therapy has helped improve her posture and live pain free. She can relate to those suffering with pain and chose massage therapy to help others. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She also enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking and loves travelling.

Natasha Hutchinson

She/Her

RMT

(Queen of the Uke)

**Please contact clinic to book. Natasha Hutchinson has been a registered massage therapist since 2004. Natasha’s treatment style is personable, relaxed and therapeutic. While firm pressure is her strength, relaxation and comfort is still the ideal goal. Natasha will adjust each massage to the individual client and will provide a specific massage treatment for your needs.

Philip Kidd

He/Him

RMT

(Avid Adventurer)

Relying on a quiet and methodical approach, Phil treats pain, orthopaedic issues, and stress from head to toe. Working with you to develop treatment plans and homecare goals that are practical and manageable, Phil believes that movement is the ultimate medicine. In his free time, Phil spends his days backpacking, disc golfing, skiing, and practising martial arts. Phil holds an advanced diploma from Algonquin College in Massage Therapy, and a diploma in Developmental Services. He is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Chris Hall

He/Him

RMT

(Scream Queen)

I have always had a passion for helping people. When I enrolled in the program, I didn’t really know a lot about massage therapy. But when I graduated from Algonquin College and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) in 2010, my passion for this profession was ignited by how much therapeutic touch can help change peoples lives for the better! In my years of experience, I have experience in both a spa environment as well as a multidisciplinary clinic. My treatments generally use gentle yet firm Swedish massage techniques for a therapeutic benefit. Prior to your treatment, we will review your health history and perform an assessment. After which we will discuss your goals for treatment so we can come up with a treatment plan that will allow you to reach your goals safely and effectively. I use a blend of relaxation and therapeutic techniques to create a trusting environment that allows your muscles to relax, gaining access to the deeper structures that may be causing your pain. Each treatment is personalized to your specific goals, whether it be managing joint and muscle pain, improving range of motion, or simply to reduce the stress of daily life. I have experience treating sporting injuries, pregnancy, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, muscle/joint pain, and headaches caused by tension, tempromandibular joint dysfunction and whiplash. I am more than happy to help you!

Claudia Pelletier

She/Her

RMT

(Under the Ukulele Spell)

Claudia graduated from the International Academy of Massage and became a registered member of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario in 2019. Prior to Massage Therapy, she attended Seneca College in Toronto and completed the Esthetics and Spa Therapies program. It is while working in the field of esthetics that Claudia found her true passion for massage and her desire to pursue her education in Massage Therapy. Along with her holistic lifestyle approach of combining body, mind and soul, Claudia has also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program which has greatly contributed to her practice as a Massage Therapist. Her goal is to create a peaceful environment for her clients while listening to their goals and expectations in order to establish the most beneficial treatment plan for their specific needs. She also looks forward to continuing her training and education within the Massage Therapy Scope. Claudia is on maternity leave for 2023.

Keenan Viau

He/Him

RMT

(Penny - that's the dog - lover)

Keenan is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Oxford College, a member in good standing of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2017, and a member of the Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario. He also holds a diploma of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College (2011). His training in dance has given him a unique outlook on how the body moves and the essential muscles involved with balance and strength. He has experience working on goal oriented massage particularly in regards to concussions, whiplash, MVAs, pre and post natal, post-operation recovery, frozen shoulder, and discogenic pain.

Rachel Knowles

She/Her

RMT

(Muay Thai Enthusiast)

Rachel Knowles, licensed graduate of massage therapy at Algonquin College (2019), strives for balanced, healthy living and thrives on encouraging it in others. She loves working towards her clients’ treatment goals and using assessment to discover the root of the problem. She values education in remedial exercise to equip clients to become and remain pain free. Rachel especially enjoys working with athletes; though she truly appreciates her experiences working with children, elderly, and clients affected by scars and surgery, concussions, and chronic pain. She aims for objective and measurable results while respecting and pursuing the emotional benefits of therapeutic touch.

Tashane Skerritt

He/Him

RMT

(Workout Wizard)

Tashane is motivated by setting treatment goals with clients in order to see beneficial outcomes for their well-being. With his love for exercise, he enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and this has propelled him into becoming a RMT. Working together with his clients, he uses his knowledge and treatment skills to help reach a desired outcome.

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