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 system, lymphatic system and nervous system. 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 part 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. Massage for pregnant women

    Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body and massage therapy allows her to take care of herself and to have a special moment of relaxation. This type of massage reduces discomfort and promotes sleep and recovery. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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
  • Nataly Forand
    Nataly Forand
    Massage Therapist
  • Véronique Bertrand
    Véronique Bertrand
    Osteopath and Massage Therapist
  • Danny Guignard-Laurencelle
    Danny Guignard-Laurencelle
    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.
Nataly Forand

Nataly Forand

Massage Therapist
Expertises : Massage Therapy
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Already 22 years in massage therapy for Nataly! A graduate of the Kine-Concept institute in Montreal in 1999 in kinetic swedish massage, Nataly has taken additional training in deep tissue massage and trigger points massage to help her clients reduce and better manage their pain. She has also taken courses in massage for pregnant women, chair massage and even attended a seminar on arthritis to better understand her clients’ pain (and her own!)

She also worked in a hospital setting for 10 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She has always loved human contact.

In her spare time, Nataly produces firewood and maple syrup for her family on their woodlot. Everything to relax! However, to treat herself, she enjoys a small glass of wine in the evening!

P.S. Time goes by so fast, so take the time to take your time! Cheers!
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.