Heather Philliben BSc Kin RMT
Heather is a graduate of Kine-Concept’s Massage Therapy program and upon successful completion of her provincial theoretical and practical examinations in July 2008, she is proud to hold a membership with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2005, Heather also completed a Bachelor of Science degree with honours, specializing in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. With her vast interest in health and wellness, Heather has made it her goal to keep active in the health care field and share all the knowledge she can to her patients. She continues to broaden her knowledge by taking post-graduate training on a regular basis.
Heather has had over 20 years experience working in a rehabilitative setting, allowing her to learn a variety of demographics from elite athletes with acute and chronic sports related injuries, post orthopaedic surgeries, mobility and gait training, to working with severe dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke rehabilitation.
Heather offers a calming space with her patients, allowing them to de-stress, maintain & repair healthy muscle tissue and most importantly regain total balance in the body. Her main focuses as a massage therapist are both therapeutic and rehabilitative massage using Swedish techniques, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure, scar tissue work and remedial exercise.
Julia Beck, BA in Psychology, RMT
Julia successfully completed the massage therapy program at Algonquin College and after passing both provincial exams, is a proud member of the College of Massage Therapists. Julia is also a graduate from Carleton University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, Julia has 10 years experience in the health care field working as physiotherapist assistant. She was able to gain a broad understanding of patient care and was able to work with a multitude of different cases from everyday over use injuries to post surgery rehabilitation programs. Through this experience, she learned that working in health care is challenging, yet highly rewarding and what lead her to pursue a career in massage therapy.
During her time at Algonquin, Julia gained hands-on knowledge by massaging in a variety of different environments including the Living room, which is a community based centre for people living with HIV and AIDS in Ottawa. She also worked with high-level athletes at Carleton University and with post surgical patients at the Riverside hospitals out patient rehab centre. Julia is a volunteer massage therapist for the Ottawa Senators training camps where she works one on one with the players in between practice. These opportunities have left her with a variety of valuable skills that make Julia a well-rounded massage therapist.
Julia’s approach is client centred and she has the knowledge and skills to meet both therapeutic and rehabilitative goals. Her past experience ensures she is comfortable working with any population of people and in any environment. She is trained to use a variety of techniques, which include traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue, superficial fluid, trigger point release, myofascial release, as well as home care programs. Julia is passionate about helping others regain or maintain a healthy body and mind. She has seen first hand how massage can have a positive impact on a person’s life.
Mary Drapeau, RMT
Mary is a recent graduate from the 3-year Algonquin College Massage Therapy program. She enjoyed the variety of classes and loved the hands-on experience the program provided her with. Mary worked in community placements involving children with disabilities, seniors in long- term care homes, and individuals experiencing chronic pain. One of her favourite experiences was her 4 semesters in the student-run massage clinic since it allowed her to work with a wide variety of clients and gain experience in the clinical setting.
Mary focuses on providing a calm, comfortable setting for all clients in a judgement-free atmosphere. Her main goal is to help clients to relax, ease pain, decrease stress/anxiety, and increase body awareness and function. Mary uses a variety of techniques to achieve these outcomes and is looking to gain experience in all natures of treatment. Whether looking to de- stress, heal from an injury, or relieve daily aches and pains, Mary is eager to help you. She is a strong believer in homecare and will provide and demonstrate exercises, stretches, or remedies that can be done at home in between visits when necessary.
Mary is very excited to be joining the team and is looking forward to expanding her experience and gaining new clients at the clinic. In her downtime Mary enjoys camping, watching sports, spending time with family/friends, and being adventurous locally all while focusing on the balance between physical and mental health.
What is Massage Therapy?
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. Physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Registered massage therapy is regulated under the “Regulated Health Professions Act” (RHPA), which means that in Ontario you must complete a minimum number of hours of training at an accredited school, then you must pass board-wide practical and written examinations. Once registered, therapists must keep in good standings with our College and completing continuing education courses to maintain their status and keep their skills current.
All of our therapists are registered with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario).
Why choose Massage Therapy:
- Alleviate tension
- Reduce stress
- Improve posture
- Promote muscle relaxation
- Reduce inflammation and Swelling
- Reduce and eliminate pain
- Improve joint mobilization
- Improve circulation