Wellness & Massage Therapy

Achieving optimum wellness is as important to your daily routine as your practice of yoga.

Registered Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Energy Healing and the various types of consultations 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.

Therapeutic Massage

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.

Pregnancy Massage

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.

Manual Lymphatic drainage

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.

Reiki Massage

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.

Shirodhara
Shirodhara is a traditional ayurvedic treatment that has been in use since ancient times to bring the mind, body and soul to a harmonious level.
 
The term ‘Shirodhara’ comes from two Sanskrit words, where ‘Shiro’ means ‘head’ and ‘dhara’ to ‘pour or apply with oils’, together it involves the pouring of herbal ayurvedic oils (vetiver, sandalwood and camphor) on the forehead (3rd eye and crown chakra, pituitary and pineal gland) from a continuous stream allowing the oil to run through the scalp and down into the hair. Perhaps the best known Ayurvedic treatment, Shirodhara is purifying and rejuvenating and considered a nerve tonic to support relaxation, improved sleep, depression, anxiousness and nervousness. Additionally, the herbal oils nourish the scalp and hair.
 
If requested, hand, foot, scalp massage and Reiki can also incorporated into the treatment but needs to be discussed with the therapist at the start of the session.

Well-Being Treatments and Consultations

Reflexology

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.

AromaTouch Technique®

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.

Reiki

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.

Numerology

A numerological analysis is a fun and inquisitive way to gain some perspective and frame of reference on yourself and your life’s journey.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is an experiential process that interweaves a variety of powerful yogic tools to cultivate wellness at all levels of being. Based on your unique needs, Yoga Therapists serve as guides along a journey of self-discovery and healing.

You can expect:

  • Compassionate listening presence and confidential support free of judgment.
  • Personal attention within the scope of your current abilities and interests.
  • Appropriate resources to maintain a home practice and ongoing guidance to assist you in making positive changes.

booking

Booking Appointments
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).

Arriving
Please arrive on time for your appointment. You will be greeted by your Therapist for COVID-19 screening.

Cancellation Policy
A minimum 24-hour cancellation notice is required or the full appointment fee applies.

Fees (RMT)

  • $98.23 + HST / 60 minutes = $111.00
  • $137.17 + HST/ 90 minutes = $155.00
  • $190.27 + HST / 120 minutes = $215.00
  • Hot Stone Massage: $110.62 + HST / 60 minutes = $125.00
  • Hot Stone Massage: $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: $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

Carol
Cassie
Cat
Emily, RMT

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.

Cassie Connor is a trauma-informed yoga therapist (qualifying) and teacher with a passion for meeting students where they're at. She has been practicing yoga since she was 13 years old as a way of healing and tending to her mental health. She has been teaching yoga in a variety of environments such as recovery programs, social service agencies, gyms and studios since 2018.

Her classes focus on creating a comfortable, playful space in which students can explore movement, rest and breath practices which genuinely serve their personal wellbeing from moment to moment. Common themes in her classes will include mindfulness, compassion, self reflection and personal choice. Often, the teachings of yoga philosophy will be woven throughout practice so that students are empowered to take their yoga practice with them beyond the studio and into daily life.

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion – and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
— Ram Dass

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!

After 18 years of dance and growing up in a house hold filled with energy healing and yoga I fell in love with the capabilities of the human body.
 
Helping me to understand the way the human body works and how to fix the aches and pains of everyday life or the challenges we place upon it, I have studied Health Science, Athletic Therapy, Reiki and Massage Therapy.
 
I love to integrate all that I have learned through the years into my Massage Treatments and help you to understand your body by demonstrating different techniques to heal your physical body and spirit.
 
A variety of Swedish Massage Techniques, Trigger point release, fascial, sports massage and Reiki will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Massage and Yoga are an amazing combination to help you reconnect to your being and stay grounded through your daily life.
Kim, RMT
Maggie, RR
Matthew, RMT
Monique

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.

Monique values her yoga practice as an ongoing journey of becoming more self-aware and lighthearted. Over 25 years of practice, she has come to deeply appreciate the choices she has to live with integrity, to be of service in society, and to live as part of, and not separate from, Nature.

As a yoga teacher, Monique offers a space to pause, digest, and integrate. Feeling our body experience is prioritised over thinking about our body experience. Monique’s classes are breath-filled, grounding, and calming. She offers a space where students feel safe to be themselves and enjoy their practice.

Monique is passionate about finding ways to bring her Buddhism and yoga studies and practice into her engagement with conflict transformation work in all its many forms. She enjoys giving workshops where practitioners can explore their self-awareness and other skills to strengthen their services and teachings.

Monique is an RYT 500, E-RYT200, YACEP registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has assisted and co-taught in four 200-hour yoga teacher trainings programs. Monique has studied with many teachers over the past 10 years, focusing on Trauma-Sensitive and Trauma-Informed approaches as well as Yin, Restorative, Hatha, and Meditation. Monique is has completed her Yoga Therapy studies and is currently completing her practicum for her C-IAYT.

Monique’s somatic teaching practice has evolved out of yoga therapy somatic and embodied anatomy training, as well as through her studies in somatic experiencing. Monique is currently studying with teachers in Canada and Europe toward certification to work with people one-one as a somatic coach.