Kirstin has always been interested in natural healing and always loved helping people. Therapeutic massage has always been an interest for her and in 2014 she applied to Algonquin College 3 year Massage therapy Program. In April 2017 she graduated with many hours of hands-on experience in a number of different clinical settings. Trained in General Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilization, with an understanding of muscle imbalances.
Registered with CMTO and RMTAO, she can’t wait to further her career with studying aromatherapy and hot stone massage to add to her knowledge of natural healing. In her spare time, she loves to cultivate indoor plants and practice yoga.
Kim is a mother of two teenagers and has a background in teaching high functioning high needs children. She became interested in massage therapy when searching for a new career and has a passion for learning all aspects of natural healing and homeopathic therapy. Kim is accredited through Elegance college. Her two year intensive training led her to find her focus in deep relaxation techniques, including Swedish massage alternating between press and release, kneading and circular motion. Treatments are administered in a quiet, calm and relaxing environment. Muscle spasms and trigger pints release are gentle but effective. Kim’s goal is to help you to leave daily stresses behind and reach a calm state of relaxation. Relieving stress is a vital component to emotional and physical wellbeing. Your journey to healing begins at Upward Dog Yoga Centre
Meet Nico: Nico Gravel has been practicing massage therapy for 3 years. He’s a graduate from Everest College here in Ottawa. After 3 years in the industry, Nico decided that massage therapy wasn’t enough to help his clients and that it was only scratching the surface as far as treating physical conditions.
In order to better treat his clients, Nico has decided to undertake his Master’s degree in Osteopathic Medicine in order to unlock the hidden natural healing potentials of the human body. It is his belief that the human body holds the inert ability to heal itself, the therapist is just there to serve as a catalyst or fulcrum in order to help the human body find its way.
Like all massage therapists in Ontario, Nico has been trained in lymphatic drainage, general Swedish techniques, dynamic and static stretching as well has rehabilitation techniques. Nico specializes in athletic maintenance, sport rehabilitation, myofascial release, injury management as well as joint play and structural rehabilitation. As Nico explores and evolves in the osteopathic field, you can expect that his treatment style will also evolve into a much more structure based treatment rather than a traditional massage based treatment. Structure governs function, by treating the structure first, one is able to re-integrate soft tissue to its normal function thus eliminating pain.
Nico will be working 2 days a week to begin. Feel free to book an appointment.
If you have any questions at all, Nico will be more than willing to talk with you and explore the right course of action with your best interest in mind.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your first appointment to fill in the health forms
If your circumstances changed remember to allow 24 hours before the appointment.
Late cancellation fees apply otherwise ($30).
If you forget to cancel your appointment in advance we will have to charge full amount of your appointment to compensate lost time and travel expence of the therapist.