*Important Notice*
I am not accepting new patients right now as I am winding down to start a maternity leave in April. Thank you for your interest!


COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Policies

Procedures

  • Blankets will no longer be used unless specifically requested. You will still be covered/draped with a sheet, just not also a blanket unless you want one.
  • A table warmer will be used with a secure fitted vinyl cover over top. If you prefer it to be turned off for your appointment please let me know.
  • Hot stone treatments are temporarily unavailable.
  • All horizontal surfaces in the treatment room will be cleaned and disinfected between each patient as well as anything else that may have been touched.
  • The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Paper towels will be available to dry your hands.
  • All fabric surfaces have been removed from the treatment room (other than what will be laundered after a single use).
  • Please have socks or slippers that you can wear up to the treatment room as I cannot properly sanitize the carpet on the stairs. Please leave your shoes by the door.


COVID-19 Screening Questions

(If the answer is YES to any of these, please delay booking)

  • If you have not received your final (or second) vaccination dose more than 14 days ago:
    • a. Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
    • b. Have you had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate PPE?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: Fever and/or chills, new onset of cough or worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, If adult over 18 years of age: unexplained fatigue/lethargy/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias), If child less than 18 years of age: nausea/vomiting, diarrhea?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
  • Are you waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19, or is anyone in your household?
  • Have you been told that you should be self-isolating?


About Me and My Services


Myself

I am a graduate of Fanshawe College with an advanced diploma in Massage Therapy and have been registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) since 2016. I have a special interest in perinatal massage therapy which includes pregnancy, postpartum, and infant massage. On top of the perinatal extra education I have also completed training to perform cupping and hot stone massage. I am known for my excellent pressure and ability to pinpoint trouble spots. I will always work within your pain tolerance and comfort level.

My husband and I moved to St Thomas in May 2016 from London. Our newest adventure has been learning the ropes of parenthood as we welcomed our first baby in January 2019. We enjoy going for walks at the park, being creative, and watching Netflix with our cat.



Massage Therapy

“The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” (Massage Therapy Act, 1991)

“Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy. Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the Massage Therapy treatment. The Massage Therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can be stopped at any time should the treatment become uncomfortable.” (www.cmto.com)



Treatment Space

  • There is a cat in the home but he is never allowed in the treatment room.
  • Mobile appointments (treatments at a location of your choice) are available in St Thomas. Please see the Services Available section for details.
  • Fresh linens and proper sanitation methods are used between each client.
  • A pregnancy side lying pillowing system is available for use.
  • Washrooms are available.
  • Essential oils may be used in the room leaving lingering scents; however they are all 100% natural and unlikely to cause allergens. Please advise me if you are sensitive to particular aromas when booking.


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What I Offer


Policies


  • Please allow 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment or a $20 late cancellation fee may apply.
  • If you give no notice that you cannot make your appointment and you do not show up you will be charged the full treatment amount. This amount cannot be billed to your insurance.
  • If you are going to be late for your appointment please call. Your treatment length may have to be shortened depending on scheduling. You will still be required to pay the full amount for the time you originally scheduled for. Only the actual length of your treatment can be billed however if going through insurance; the remainder must be out-of-pocket.
  • Any client under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their first visit.
  • Inappropriate behaviour will result in termination of the therapeutic relationship without refund.
  • Initial assessment and consultations are free but proceeding they are included in your treatment time.
  • A health history must be filled out and a consent form signed at your initial appointment. An accurate health history is important for making an effective treatment plan and for identifying any risks or precautions. Please let me know of any changes to your health history.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.


Fees


  • Home Office: $50 for 30min, $65 for 45min, $80 for 60min, $95 for 75min, $115 for 90min (all prices include HST)
  • Hot Stone Massage (not currently available): add $15
  • Cupping: add $5
  • Mobile (in St Thomas): add $50
  • Direct billing is available through most insurance providers.
  • Cash, debit, and credit are accepted.





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Services Available


Treatments never have to be restricted to one massage type or technique. Depending on your wants and assessment findings a large variety may be incorporated.

Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Infant Massage
Breast Massage
Cupping
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Friction and Trigger Point Therapy
Sports Massage
Fascial Work
Hot Stone Massage (not currently available)



Mobile Massage

Minimum of 1 hour in duration at the desired location (can be split between multiple people). A private area big enough for my massage table, a chair/stool, and access to a sink are required. Please contact me personally by email for this service.



Certifications




AromaTouch Technique

The AromaTouch technique is an essential oil application applied to the back and the feet to create a feeling of overall wellness. It promotes homeostasis, a healthy immune system, and decreases stress. The technique lasts approximately 40 minutes. To learn more you can visit https://www.aromatouch.com.



Pregnancy Massage Therapy Foundations: Prenatal, Postpartum, and Breast Massage

As the body shifts during pregnancy and symptoms change it is extremely beneficial to receive massage therapy. Massage while you are pregnant helps reduce stress, improve posture, prevent or reduce diastasis recti (separation of the abdominals), prepare your body for birth and prepare your body for after birth. It is encouraged during a pregnancy massage for the client to ask questions on pregnancy and how their body may change while they are carrying and postpartum. A special pillowing system is used to help make the client as comfortable as possible especially in the later weeks of the pregnancy. Breast massage is indicated when there is breast tissue sensitivity, engorgement, mastitis pain, pain/restriction related to breast reduction or implants, and to help stimulate milk production and release.



Infant Massage Therapy

Infant massage is beneficial for helping with sleep, muscle imbalances, nervous system development, digestion and gas release, and creating a sense of body awareness for your baby. During your baby's appointment you will be taught how to do the massage techniques with them at home and when to use them.





Cupping Theory and Techniques

Cupping is a great tool for fascial release. Instead of pushing down and using spreading techniques for fascia like you would without cups, you are pulling the fascia up to stretch and smooth it out. The cups are made of silicone and may be placed stationarily or run along a section of the body. Cupping is also great to use over joints when there is joint pain, increase circulation, and release stagnant blood/toxins from the tissue which may appear as a coloured suction mark on the skin. I often use cupping for conditions such as carpal tunnel and iliotibial (IT) band restriction.





Contact Me


Questions?



Please call, text or email to set up an appointment or ask any questions. I look forward to meeting you!

Contact info

21 Weldon Ave, St. Thomas

Call or text: 519-859-7095

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vhrmt1@gmail.com


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