Wellness & Massage Therapy
Achieving optimum wellness is as important to your daily routine as your practice of yoga.
Registered Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Reiki, Energy Healing and the various types of coaching we offer can support your emotional, mental and physical wellness.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massages with our talented Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are a peaceful and practical blend of targeted and relaxing bodywork. All RMT treatments include an assessment and receipt for insurance purposes.
Massage that is done using long strokes with oil or lotion. Pressure and areas of focus are adjusted to your individual needs. Ideal for those who have specific concerns or injury, have high-stress levels and are looking to ease stress/tension and improve sleep. Each therapist also has a host of massage modalities in their skill set that they bring to the treatment.
Specialized body positioning techniques will ensure maximum comfort. Pregnancy massage is used to improve circulation, alleviate backaches, legs cramps, and swelling that often accompany pregnancy.
Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial Release Massage uses a variety of techniques such as lifting, torquing, spreading, twisting, even finger rolling, but without oil to encourage the release/relaxation of adhesions between affected muscles and their related fascia which can occur for a variety of reasons, like after injuries or periods of immobility.
Myofascial Release is helpful in dealing with repetitive strain injuries such as “tennis elbow”, “golf elbow”, tight back and shoulders complaints, adhesions in the muscles adjacent to the IT band, tight calf muscles contributing to plantar fasciitis and other conditions with reduced range of motion.
A technique where the therapist applies suction cups to the skin which draws up the underlying tissues, blood, and lymphatic fluid. It has been found to affect the body up to 4-inches into the tissues. This allows for freshly oxygenated blood to rush into the layers below, relieving adhesions and metabolic stagnation. It can have lasting effects on deep tissues, fascial restrictions, the movement of fluids, and increasing range of motion.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual lymphatic drainage massage consists of long, gentle, rhythmic strokes, and a pumping motion in the direction of the lymph nodes. This type of massage is helpful for concerns with water retention, lethargy, digestive issues, swelling in the body, in addition to aiding in the recovery from surgery.
Treatments with additional services
Hot Stone Massage
A deeply relaxing full-body massage treatment using heated basalt stones. The hot stones release muscle tension while a blend of oils melts away stress and relaxes the tightest of muscles.
A massage treatment incorporating Reiki, a form of healing that looks to replenish and rebalance the body, mind, and spirit. After a session, most individuals feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. Other benefits from Reiki range from an improved feeling of well-being, the lessening of pain or symptoms, and improved mood.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is a holistic full body therapeutic treatment that combines yogic stretching, acupressure and traditional massage. Thai Yoga Massage focuses on opening the body to release tension, to aid healing and promote relaxation. Using rhythmic pressure on meridian pressure points, and facilitated stretching and joint manipulation, tension can be released and the energy can be restored to its natural flow.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage can provide relief from stress symptoms, anxiety, disturbed sleep, eyestrain headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain. During this massage acupressure points are stimulated in the face, head, neck, shoulders and arms to help relieve tension and provide energy balancing.
This treatment focuses on the soft tissue and connective tissue of the body. Contemporary Acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of chronic or acute muscle and joint pain, sprains and strains, hypertonic muscles, headaches, sports injuries, and other dysfunctions of the joints, connective tissue and muscles. Some examples are hip pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis and golf elbow.
Contemporary Acupuncture uses acupuncture needles, the same needles and same acupoints as traditional acupuncture, and may include palpation, orthopedic assessment, massage therapy, Trigger Point release, cupping and/or guasha. The treatment plan is discussed with the client first and informed consent given. Receipts for Contemporary Acupuncture are issued as Massage Therapy receipts as this is under scope of practice for the RMT.
Well-Being Treatments and Consultations
A healing art based on the principle that there are reflex points on the hands and feet which correspond to every part, gland, and organ in the body. When pressure is put on these reflex points, it relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
A therapeutic treatment that involves the client lying face down and a specific series of essential oils are applied to the spine, ears, and feet. This therapeutic treatment is helpful for stress management, immune support, and reducing inflammation. It also helps to bring the body back to homeostasis.
A stress-reduction and relaxation technique that promotes well-being. It can also help reduce chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia. Its calming and meditative effects can be felt very quickly. A Reiki session can help facilitate physical, mental and emotional healing, while offering a relaxing experience that promotes wellness.
Energy Healing Session
Customized healing sessions that include a variety of modalities: Sessions may include reiki, chakra balancing, essential oils, crystals and a variety of energy integrating techniques tailored to the client needs.
A numerological analysis is a fun and inquisitive way to gain some perspective and frame of reference on yourself and your life’s journey.
A combination of modern science and time-tested wisdom based on the philosophy that each person has unique nutritional requirements. Through one-on-one consultations and focused questionnaires, the Registered Holistic Nutritionist provides individualized health plans and includes options for nutrient dense whole foods, lifestyle recommendations and/or natural source supplements in order to help bring the clients health back to a state of equilibrium.
Your appointment is not scheduled until you receive a confirmation via e-mail or telephone. We require 24 hours to confirm an online booking request. If you would like to book and confirm your appointment directly, please call us at 613-761-9642(YOGA).
Please arrive on time for your appointment. You will be greeted at the front door by your Therapist for additional COVID-19 screening.
A minimum 24-hour cancellation notice is required or the full appointment fee applies.
- $98.23 + HST / 60 minutes = $111.00
- $137.17 + HST/ 90 minutes = $155.00
- $190.27 + HST / 120 minutes = $215.00
- Hot Stone Massage, Contemporary Acupuncture: $110.62 + HST / 60 minutes = $125.00
- Hot Stone Massage, Contemporary Acupuncture: $150.44 + HST / 90 minutes = $170.00
- Reiki Massage, Indian Head Massage: $106.19 + HST / 60 minutes = $120.00
- Reiki Massage: $146.02 + HST / 90 minutes = $165.00
- Thai Yoga Massage: $110.62 + HST / 60 minutes = $125.00
- Shirodhara Massage: $125.00 + HST / 60 minutes = $141.25
Fees are effective 01 September 2021 and have increased due to the additional time for cleaning and supplies required as a result of COVID-19. For more information on Ontario’s RMT services and fees, click here.
Our wellness practitioners
As a Registered Massage Therapist, Andrea’s approach to massage therapy is to sincerely strive to individualize each treatment to each client, and to create a therapeutic space where each individual is free to be, free to rest, free to connect with oneself.
She is equally happy to offer any variation of light, moderate or deep pressure. Though, into 14 years of practicing massage therapy, she finds what seems to work best for the majority of people is to meet the tissues where they are and listen to the body for guidance. She believes what dancer Martha Graham said: “the body never lies”.
She looks to the postures the body adopts in weight-bearing and on the table, along with the symptoms shared by clients, to guide her work. She is well-versed in traditional orthopedic testing too. Techniques used include Swedish massage, myofascial release, gentle joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, golgi tendon organ release, and stretching.
Most importantly, she seeks to be totally present with care during each treatment.
Finally, she feels it is her duty to share, that according to current research, the side effects of massage therapy may include restful sleep, fewer headaches, less pain, improved posture, lower stress levels and a stronger immune system.
Carol has been a student of kundalini yoga for over 20 years and has completed her 500hr teacher training at PranaShanti and is a member of yoga alliance and has been a part of the PranaShanti community since 2008. Over the years she has taken additional training in Yoga Nidra as well has contributed to mantra and chanting when volunteering for teacher training or sadhana.
Carol is also a mindfulness facilitator having trained with the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic as well through Positive Psychology. She has been leading yoga & mindfulness in the workplace which she continued to offer to employees via zoom while remote working. Having been trained in mental health first aid, Carol is a strong advocate of workplace wellness and continues to work with her husband, Wayne in the development and delivery of wellness related webinars.
Carol is also a Reiki Master in the Usui system and has completed phase III of the Holographic Energy Training Program with Julie Desmarais. She is a certified Me First and Huna Practitioner and has been initiated as a Master Teacher in Magnified Healing working with the compassionate energy of Kwan Yin. She has been ordained as a spiritual minister with the Order of Melchizedek and has completed Spiritual Assistance Training. She is also a registered as a Facilitator with Access Consciousness.
Carol has additional certification as a Black Belt in Karate, she is a Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and is certified in Professional Mastery & Assessments (PMAC) and is currently completing her certification in Ho’olokai Numbers Lab (10 bodies) numerology.
She is offering private reiki sessions at PranaShanti. Reiki energy works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level and has been known to have many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.
Cat loves connecting with people and helping them to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. She has fused this knowledge with her own experience and has an interest in all health, healing and wellness modalities. A yoga teacher since 2011, Cat teaches classes, hosts retreats, leads teacher training and continues her own learning.
Cat is E-RYT 500 registered and has studied with many gifted teachers including Bernie Clark (Yin), Seane Corn (Vinyasa), Maria Garre (Ayurveda), Anodea Judith (Chakra) and Abrah Arneson (Reiki and Herbal Medicine). Her background is in science — she holds a BSc. in biology and psychology. Often anatomy and functional movement are incorporated into her classes. Cat offers clear, straightforward instructions with a dose of insight and playfulness.
In addition to yoga and wellness, Cat is enthusiastic about travelling — she’s been to over 35 countries, essential oils, reading, scuba diving and snowshoeing. She has two adorable ginger cats, Poppy and Wilfrid. Cat loves the magic of the yoga community and is looking forward to connecting with you!
Kim has over 25+ year experience as a Registered Massage Therapist. Her passion and knowledge for body work and different healing modalities is extensive. Also, a Yoga Teacher, Kim enjoys weaving the benefits of yoga and meditation into her treatments. Kim is skilled in massage treatments such as Deep Tissue Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Thai Yoga Massage & more. Kim’s joyful and grounded presence combined with her personal attention to each individual’s physical and emotional needs keeps her very busy at PranaShanti.
From an early age Maggie was exposed to the healing benefits of reflexology. Her mother would practice reflexology and other healing techniques often and emphasized how everything in the body, mind and spirit was interconnected. This lay the foundation for an appreciation of the healing capabilities of one’s own body and also the ability to prevent aliments through proper nutrition, physical activity and self-care. A foundation that was made even stronger when the family moved to Germany, where the emphasis of the medical health system is on the cause and prevention of symptoms rather than only treating acute symptoms.
In university Maggie concentrated on Psychology and Pharmacology gaining a better comprehension of how we can manipulate are bodies and minds in both positive and negative ways. It also helped to illuminate the need for continued cooperation between all disciplines of health care.
A few years ago Maggie choose to explore her ability to assist people in releasing tension and stress and found that reflexology was her niche. For her working on the foundation of one’s body is a beautiful place to start ones continued journey to well-being, irrespective of whether one believes the human body is depicted in pressure points on the feet or not taking some time to breath and release tension is extraordinarily valuable. Maggie is Registered Reflexologist (RR) with the Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO).
Do you have chronic pain that won’t go away? When a person has pain or lack of normal movement there is a problem along a chain of muscles. Fascial restructuring is a unique approach getting to the core of the problem. Usually where you are experiencing the pain is not the source of the problem. That is a symptom resulting from another part of the muscle chain that is “stuck”. By releasing the part that is “stuck” it allows the muscles that are over worked to relax and go back into place; increasing range of motion and relieving pain. Using the maps of fascial lines that outline how the body’s muscle systems function together gives a guide of where to look based on your symptoms. Using sustained pressure the body will naturally release and move back into place. Using this method you can make lasting changes, relieving chronic pain.
Matthew has been practising Registered Massage Therapy for 2.5 yrs. He graduated from the International School of Massage Therapy in Ottawa completing the accelerated program. For more than 15 years Matthew has been studying body mechanics and healing. He specializes in chronic pain; from old injuries or repetitive use.
My treatment goals are to eliminate clients’ pain and discomfort resulting from overworked or injured muscles, postural habits, stress and life in general. I work with each client to identify the best remedial exercises and routines for her or him to maintain optimal muscle health and wellbeing after treatment.
In addition to the core massage therapy program, I have additional training in Myofascial Fascial Release, Integrated Manual Therapy, Cupping Therapy and Massage, Tuina, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology among others. Also trained in Shiatsu, I frequently incorporate my knowledge of meridians, acupressure points and their functions into my treatment plans.
Prior to finding my passion for body work in the form of massage therapy, I completed my BA in psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and my MA at Carleton University; my Mind Body connection.
Tina is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) with a passion for using local organic food to nourish ourselves and thrive.
Growing up in Germany on a mini urban food farm, she experienced from an early age the advantages of eating local, foraging and preserving food. After getting her BA in Arts & Media, Tina moved to Canada to pursue her career in Animation. Tina was introduced to yoga through a prenatal yoga class and has been practicing ever since. She believes in the importance of nourishing the body and mind equally and sees yoga as a contributor to her well-being.
Tina graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in October 2021. She is trained to recognize food intolerances, allergies, blood sugar fluctuations, and the multiple causes of inflammation, which are the sources of many common health conditions. Tina is dedicated to helping others discover the nourishing effects good food can have on your health. She is passionately educating her community about the abundance of locally grown food in Ottawa.
Tina incorporates good food advocacy into everything she does, including her workshops where she teaches Animation to all age groups in schools and communities.
Tina is excited to be offering individualized nutritional counseling at Prana Shanti.