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Andrew King

He/Him

RMT

(Baker Boss)

Andrew has spent his working life specializing in customer service and successfully taking on a succession of management roles. Before deciding to become a massage therapist, Andrew worked in a wide range of jobs that allowed him to focus on providing an exceptional customer experience. He was consistently able to place himself in his customers’ shoes and discover their individual needs. From coffee shops to food service to working at a marina out west, Andrew was able to adapt to each new environment and to hone his communication and management skills. With his natural ability to build rapport with individuals, Andrew knew that he wanted a long-term career that revolved around helping people. Once enrolled in the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College, Andrew instantly knew that massage was his calling: a career with a hands-on and client-focused approach, that has an impact on people’s well-being, functional living, and general health, was an ideal fit. Andrew brings with him 10 years of experience as a Massage Therapist. He incorporates Swedish massage, deep tissue manipulation, myofascial release, relaxation techniques, and trigger point therapy to treat a variety of conditions including acute and chronic injuries, repetitive strain injuries, and scar tissue. His treatments can help pinpoint elusive sources of pain and can help the body to function more efficiently and with greater comfort, which can improve performance and recovery time for chronic conditions and for athletes in training. Since graduating with honours from Algonquin College and becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Andrew has had experience working in physiotherapy, spa, and multi-practitioner environments, providing him with well-rounded assessment and treatment skills. When not massaging, Andrew enjoys cooking and baking, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.

IIona Jones

She/Her

RMT

(Rocker Chick)

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.

Julia York

She/Her

RMT

(Master Chef)

Julia has spent years working in restaurants and understands how the stress of daily life can negatively impact our bodies and minds. She decided to make a change and pursue massage as a way to alleviate some of that strain and give her clients the moment of relaxation they deserve. She graduated from Algonquin College with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2019 and registered with the CMTO in 2021. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Karen Munro-Caple

She/Her

RMT

(Cartoonist)

Karen Munro-Caple, a graduate of Algonquin College, has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001. She has had a diverse practice which included seniors in the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre, adults in group homes with Cerebral Palsy to volunteering massage treatments with the AID’s Committee of Ottawa. Her practice ranges from treating pregnant women, seriously ill patients to athletes and weekend warriors. As well as regular massage treatments she has studied Ortho-Bionomy. She also supervises third year Algonquin College Massage Therapy students at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre since 2003. During the time before practicing massage therapy, Karen spent twenty years working in the film Animation business. She experienced many aspects of the field from animating to animation directing on such projects as “Scooby Doo”, “Inspector Gadget” and “The Raccoons”.

Marcus Kelly

He/Him

RMT

(Strength Seeker)

Marcus is a proud east coaster who had the pleasure of growing up in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario. He is an identical twin and has extensive background in athletics including hockey, rugby, soccer and badminton. Marcus graduated from Algonquin College where he received an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy and is also registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Marcus uses a variety of orthopedic assessments combined with a strong knowledge of the anatomical structures of the body to create an individualized clinical impression for his clients. His treatments incorporate Swedish massage, relaxation techniques, deep tissue manipulation, myofascial release and trigger point therapy to help clients with acute/chronic injuries and repetitive strain injuries. Outside of the treatment room, you’ll find Marcus weightlifting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

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.

Mark Andrawis

He/Him

RMT

(Chef)

Robyn Bissonette

She/Her

RMT

(Happy Camper)

As a new parent I have greater insight into the aches and pains specifically associated with holding postures while caring for a baby. My husband and I have dealt with tremendous low back, neck, shoulder, chest and now arm muscle tension. Im here to help, parents! Robyn’s lifelong passion for health and well-being has driven her to a commitment to excellence in her field, from obtaining a diploma as a holistic health practitioner to graduating with valedictorian honours from the International Academy of Massage Ottawa in March 2019. Robyn is motivated to help clients recover in a timely manner within the clients capabilities and empowers clients to be active participants in the therapeutic process. She believes that what is fundamental to assisting clients in the recovery process is developing a strong professional client-practitioner relationship, and to collaborate with the client to create a plan of care which suits their needs. Robyn and all other Registered Massage Therapists participate in Quality Assurance program which encourages continuing competence, receive education about maintaining professional boundaries and abuse prevention, have passed entry examinations, meet specific registration criteria and are held accountable for the care we provide through the process’ of Professional Conduct. Some of her hobbies include seeking out the best spooky horror entertainment, making people laugh, hiking, biking and camping. Robyn is excited to meet and work with you to find your peace of mind and body!

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