We’re a professional, centrally located clinic in Ottawa ON and our new location in Kemptville ON, with a personable relaxed atmosphere. We specialize in massage therapy and offer a wide range of treatments including, Myofascial Release, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Infant and Pregnancy Massage. For further information on our practitioners and our services, please use the links in the navigation bar on the top of this page.
Swedish massage is probably the best known type of massage. It involves a variety of techniques designed to improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve muscle and joint mobility and create relaxation. In Sweden, this type of massage is known as ‘classic massage’, which is actually an excellent description of it in a Canadian context, as it is what most people think of when they think of massage. It is also a type of massage that all Massage Therapists in Ontario are trained in.
Hydrotherapy involves the application of heat or cold to produce a therapeutic effect. Heat is generally used to help loosen tight muscles and for relaxation. Cold is generally used on an injury for pain relief and to reduce swelling.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system, removing congestion and stagnation from within the body. The therapist works with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Myofascial release is a manual technique, used to manipulate the fascia. The fascia surrounds all of the organs, muscles, and bones in the body and can influence the positioning of the skeleton. The therapist uses their hands to apply various pressures to the fascia and follow its path in the body. In response to the pressure, the body releases the pull that the fascia has on surrounding structures. This release helps to relieve pain and improve postural alignment.
Structural myofascial therapy aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened, it allows the body to move more efficiently. The therapist applies pressure to the body, working the entire fascial network in a systematic way. When the tension in restricted fascia is released, the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
Massage therapy can play a key role in the life of any active individual. Both professional and amateur athletes can benefit from having regular massages to help keep their body in good shape. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to receive massage therapy treatments! All active individuals, whether they are marathon runners or simply enjoy a round of golf with friends, can benefit from massage therapy.
You’re Expecting… this is an exciting time for you! Your body is going through a lot of changes and you may be feeling some pain and discomfort, massage therapy can help alleviate this and prepare you for what’s to come.
Therapists are professionally trained to work with you to develop an effective and safe massage therapy treatment plan during your pregnancy that will complement the care you are receiving from your doctor and other health care providers. Specially-designed cushions and supports are used to ensure your safety and comfort during your massage therapy treatment.
Infant massage is a bonding experience between you and your infant. There are many great benefits to massage:
Infant Massage instruction is a workshop that teaches you how to give a full body massage to your infant (0-6 months is recommended). The instructor will demonstrate the massage routine and techniques on a doll as you follow along with your child. You will receive a booklet to take home for future reference and may call anytime with questions.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a technique that was developed in Japan in the early 1900s. The name comes from two Japanese words, ‘Rei’ which means spiritual wisdom, and ‘Ki’ which means life energy.
Reiki is an energy-based therapy, used for stress reduction and relaxation. The basic technique is quite different from massage in that it does not involve kneading muscles or moving along the skin. Instead, a series of holding positions are used on various parts of the body. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ‘Ki’ (life force energy) throughout the system.
During a treatment, you may feel cold, a pulsating heat, or a tingling sensation, and you will probably enter a calm, relaxed state. However, a treatment is experienced differently by each person.
New to Hands on Health is our paraffin wax bath. This is a special type of heat therapy that we offer with any massage treatment.
Paraffin wax in this case is actually mixed with oil, to provide a smooth and pliable texture when heated in a paraffin wax bath. It provides penetrating heat that soothes pain and stiffness. Effective on: Arthritis, Inflammation, Joint Stiffness, Muscle Spasms, Sports Injuries, and Dry, Cracked Skin. Most commonly it is used on the hands or feet.
Hot Stone/Reiki Therapy is an energy treatment that uses both the energies of the hot stones and the universal Life Force Energy of Reiki for healing and relaxing purposes.
Hot Stone Therapy combined with Reiki is fast becoming a very popular technique. The healing energy available from the universe doubles when both hot stones and Reiki are used together and increases the beneficial effects of your treatment. The channeled energy from Reiki enters the body though the hot stones and accentuates the healing properties of both modalities. The treatment works on the Chakra points. Stones are placed on the major Chakra centers to allow the positive energy to enter and the negative energy to withdraw.
We’re a professional, centrally located clinic in Ottawa ON, with a personable relaxed atmosphere. We specialize in massage therapy and offer a wide range of treatments including, Myofascial Release, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Infant and Pregnancy Massage.
Diana is a graduate from Sault College’s three year intensive Massage Therapy program. She has been an upstanding member of the College of Massage Therapists since completing her provincial examinations after graduation in 1999. Diana’s foundation of massage therapy is set in her Swedish massage techniques, but she has taken post graduate courses to expand her knowledge to include myofascial release & Structural Myofascial Therapy, Hot Stone massage, infant massage instruction, Reiki and ethics and client relations. After enjoying eight fulfilling years of work at Greenbank Massage Therapy she felt it was time to expand her wings and start her own clinic. Finding the perfect location and setting up the clinic with her own personnel touch renewed her passion for massage therapy. She conducts her practice with professionalism and compassion for her clients and it shows in her high client retention rate.
Lindsay offers Registered Massage Therapy for all clients. She has specialized training in Hot Stone Massage, Structural Myofascial Release, Pre/post Natal Massage, and Thai Massage. As well, Lindsay is interested in pursuing her post diploma training in Deep Tissue Techniques, Remedial Exercise and Personal Training. From her past work experience, she feels she can relate to her clients and be more compassionate with all her treatments. She has been active in sports and exercise for many years, therefore giving her a full understanding of how certain activities can cause musculoskeletal and joint problems.
Lindsay brings professionalism as well as honesty and care to her work as a Massage Therapist. She trained for 3 years at Algonquin College and graduated with Honours. Since graduating, she has been working full-time as a Registered Massage Therapist. She also holds a degree in Psychology and Health from Queen’s University.
Lindsay loves to see how much of a difference Massage Therapy can make and to see her clients leave with less stress and less pain.
Having graduated and been registered following an intense 2200 hour Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy program in Cambridge, Ontario, I have settled in Ottawa to begin my practice.
My passion for massage therapy is to help moms-to-be and new moms with their ever changing bodies. After completing an intensive prenatal program and training at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, I have developed many skills which help me understand the complexities and challenges of massage and pregnancies.
Through my training, I am well practiced in Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue Work, PNF Stretching, Fascial Release, Joint Mobilization, Pre- and Postnatal Massage, and Infant Massage.
Lucie Larue has been a Registered Massage Therapist (R.M.T.) practitioner for over 10 years. She graduated with honours in June of 2002 and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, where she has served as an examiner.
She has complemented her practice by taking additional training in Pre-natal / Post –natal Pregnancy Massage, Infant Massage, Myofascial Release and Hot Stone Massage. She uses a variety of different massage techniques to accommodate each clients needs. These techniques vary from the most popular Swedish massage techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, remedial exercises, and deep tissue work.
As a massage therapist, her focus is on general well-being while treating clients for stress, tension, muscle pain, headaches, migraines, motor vehicle and sports injuries, problems related to pregnancy, and women’s health. Her interest is in treating the whole person from a mind-body-spirit perspective.
You’re expecting… this is an exciting time for you! Your body is going through a lot of changes and you may be feelin...
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system, removing congestion an...
Myofascial release is a manual technique, used to manipulate the fascia. The fascia surrounds all of the organs, musc...
Paraffin wax in this case is actually mixed with oil, to provide a smooth and pliable texture when heated in a paraff...