Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a manual therapy rich in physical and psychological benefits.

Massage therapy is proven to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of well-being and relaxation.

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What is massage therapy? 

Massage therapy is a manual manipulation of soft tissues, such as muscles, connective tissue/fascia and tendons. This type of therapy not only affects the muscular system, but also affects the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. This helps  to promote healing and recovery, muscle relaxation/release, and increases mobility. Massage therapy helps break down muscular adhesions and scar tissue. It is a therapy that does not only work on improving physical well-being, but also mental well-being. 

Rich in physical as well as mental benefits, massage therapy has been proven to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety levels while providing a sense of well-being and relaxation that soothes the mind.

 

What happens during an appointment? 

A massage therapy session lasts 30, 60 or 90 minutes in a calm and relaxing environment. During the first appointment, the therapist will assess your overall health. Depending on your goals, the massage therapist will focus on a specific area of the body or on a complete body treatment. 

Treatments vary, as there are many methods of treatments, such as therapeutic massage for injuries, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage massage, relaxation massage, sports massage, Swedish massage, etc. Treatments can be relaxing, but sometimes they may be more uncomfortable due to deep tissue techniques to help relieve muscular tensions and adhesions.

After any massage therapy session, the body releases toxins from its tissues, which need to be flushed out of the body’s system. To do that, try to drink lots of water after a massage therapy treatment.

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  • How often should I get a massage?

    Frequency of treatments can vary depending on your goal. In general it should be between 4-6 weeks. Some treatments however can be done weekly, for example, a lymphatic drainage massage to improve bloating and reduce excess swelling, or a professional athlete who’s training intensely and needs further muscle recovery to improve training. Talk to your massage therapist to see how often you should be getting massaged! 
  • How should I dress?

    You can undress the part of the body you wish to work on during your massage while keeping your underwear on. For a more athletic massage, you can wear loose, comfortable clothing and a sports bra if necessary.

Some techniques used by our massage therapists

  1. Swedish massage

    Swedish massage is a basic technique that aims to relieve muscle tension, activate circulation and calm the nervous system. It is the basis of various massage approaches.

  2. Therapeutic massage

    Therapeutic massage uses techniques specific to the injured or painful area of the body. The massage therapist works on the tension and the muscle chains in order to relieve pain and discomfort caused by various problems and to prevent other muscular or articular problems.

  3. Lymphatic drainage 

    Lymphatic drainage is a movement directed in the direction of lymphatic circulation. This technique is used for acute or chronic swelling and the massage of the abdomen promotes better digestion and reduces bloating. Lymphatic drainage also promotes healing following surgery and can be used for aesthetic reasons (stretch marks and cellulite). 

  4. Deep tissue massage

    Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. More than a question about pressure, this method is frequently used for chronic musculoarticular pain and stiffness related to postural problems, muscle tension, injuries and repetitive movements.

  5. Sports massage

    Sports massage is naturally intended for athletes, but not only for professional athletes. Anyone who practices a physical activity on a regular basis can benefit from it to prevent the risk of injury, prepare the muscles for exercise, relieve musculo-articular pain or accelerate muscle recovery.

  6. Myofascial release

    Did you know that your body is made up of soft tissues called “fascia”? These are membranes that cover our muscles (myo = muscle) and can be moved in relation to each other.

    Myofascial release consists of various manual massage and stretching techniques to relax and release these tensions. Combined with specialized massage therapy or physiotherapy, this therapeutic tool offers optimal results!

  7. Suction cupping

    Thanks to the mechanisms of negative pressure (with suction cups), vasodilatation and activation of blood and lymphatic circulation, cupping is an excellent complementary technique to massage therapy and physiotherapy. The suction effect, impossible to reproduce with the hands, lifts and mobilizes the tissue in relation to the fascia and the fascia in relation to the muscle. 

Our professionnals

  • Alexandre Medina
    Alexandre Medina
    Masso-kinesitherapist
  • Kelsey Coulter
    Kelsey Coulter
    Athletic Therapist and Massage Therapist
  • Véronique Bertrand
    Véronique Bertrand
    Osteopath and Massage Therapist
  • Danny Guignard-Laurencelle
    Danny Guignard-Laurencelle
    Massage Therapist
  • Delphine Costagliola
    Delphine Costagliola
    Massage Therapist
  • Myriam Méthot
    Myriam Méthot
    Massage Therapist
Alexandre Medina

Alexandre Medina

Masso-kinesitherapist
Expertises : Massage Therapy
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Alexandre graduated from l'Académie de Massage Scientifique as a sports masso-kinesitherapist. He was immersed in sports his whole life, playing Inter-Provincial soccer from a young age. His passion for sports eventually led to a fascination with the human body. Alexandre knew then that he wanted to help people reach their health goals.

His expertises include deep tissue massage, sports massage, myofascial release and cupping therapy.

His philosophy: every treatment should be customized and specialized to help people reach their health goal(s)!
Kelsey Coulter

Kelsey Coulter

Athletic Therapist and Massage Therapist
Expertises : Concussions, Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy
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Kelsey graduated from Concordia University in 2018. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy. She began her career working in Vaudreuil in the clinic and on the field with sports teams from Cité-des-Jeunes high school and the Sport-études program at Chêne-Bleu high school. She has also been a part of numerous events with the “Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec” (RSEQ) as an Athletic therapist and sports first responder.

As she continued to grow in her career, she developed a passion for massage therapy and soft tissue release techniques. During her treatments, she has always prioritized the muscular system. She therefore carried on to study massage therapy at A+ Performance School of Massotherapy and completed Swedish massage and deep tissue courses. In her massage therapy treatments, you will find her style very unique as she takes a therapeutic approach by combining her athletic therapy skills and massage therapy skills. She expands her knowledge by continuing education courses and will be taking a myofascial and lymphatic drainage course this summer 2021. She is always looking forward to developing new skills to provide the best treatments for her clients.

Kelsey enjoys being out in nature hiking, walking, biking, rollerblading and camping. Any outdoor activity brings Kelsey happiness and fun times! Being outside doing activities or simply out for a picnic helps take care of her physical and mental health. Kelsey has a passion for baking and finds it is a therapeutic and relaxing activity to do in her free time.
Véronique Bertrand

Véronique Bertrand

Osteopath and Massage Therapist
Expertises : Osteopathy, Massage Therapy
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Véronique has been a massage therapist since 2014 and an osteopath since 2018. Physical health as well as the well-being of people are priorities for her. She continues to deepen her knowledge by taking continuing education courses every year.

To maintain a healthy mind, Véronique practices a multitude of outdoor activities. Whether it is running, hiking, paddle boarding, wake-surfing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or camping, she finds her balance in the outdoors.jh!!
Danny Guignard-Laurencelle

Danny Guignard-Laurencelle

Massage Therapist
Expertises : Massage Therapy
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Certified in Swedish massage at the Kiné-Concept institute in 2021, Danny has discovered a new passion: to play a positive role in the well-being of an individual by offering the best of himself. Soon to be certified in sports massage and deep tissue, he wants to continue in the field of massage therapy to maximize his knowledge and improve himself. Yes, Danny is a person with a lot of ambition!

In his spare time, Danny likes to play chess or board games, which feeds his strategic mind. He has been practicing Yoseikan Budo, a combat sport, for over 15 years. He also enjoys individual sports such as climbing, biking and CrossFit.
Delphine Costagliola

Delphine Costagliola

Massage Therapist
Expertises : Massage Therapy
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After more than 12 years working as a nurse, Delphine returned to school to become a massage therapist. She graduated in December 2021 from the Académie de Massage et d'Orthothérapie in Gatineau.

Taking care of others is in her nature. She continues her training in deep tissue and cupping and will add other expertise during her career as a  massage therapist.

Delphine loves simplicity. Here motto: “Why make things complicated when you can make them simple?”.

She loves winter and nature. Everything that allows her to be outside in good company!
Myriam Méthot

Myriam Méthot

Massage Therapist
Expertises : Massage Therapy
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After more than 30 years as a laboratory technician, Myriam had the opportunity to reorient her career. Massage therapy has been calling her for several years and finally became a reality!

Although a recent graduate of the Académie de Massage Scientifique (February 2022), she has been massaging family, friends and colleagues for as long as she can remember, whether it be for physical discomfort, anxiety, etc. She finds great satisfaction in contributing to the well-being of all. The elders particularly appreciate her empathy, generosity and kindness.

She practices Swedish massage for relaxation and superficial muscle tension, musculo-respiratory release and continues her studies to broaden her skills.

To relax, Myriam likes to garden, kayak and walk by the water. To recharge her batteries, what could be better than the outdoors?