Who We Are
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 must successfully pass board-wide practical and written examinations. Once registered, therapists must complete approximately 20 hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain their status and to keep their skills current.
We often work in conjunction with other health care providers, such as physiotherapists, physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, orthopedic surgeons in order to ensure you receive exceptional care.
All of our therapists are registered with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario). Scroll down to see more information on our therapists.
Kanata Massage Therapists
Featuring the following therapists in our Kanata location:
Brigit Laberge RMT
My experience as an elite athlete as well as continuing massage therapy education enhances my responsiveness as a therapist. I believe in educating my clients about body awareness and prevention from injury. Specializing in therapeutic, deep tissue, myofascial release, sports related injuries, and pre and post natal massage.
As individual as the clients needs, I like to work towards prevention to prolong the effects of a healthy body and mind.
Marissa Bouleau RMT
I have been practising massage therapy since 2009 and enjoy working with sports injuries and injury prevention after my experience working with the Ottawa Senators training camp for two seasons.
I also have experience with deep tissue, pregnancy and relaxation massage. My clientele ranges from children to palliative care patients. I look forward to working with you to to help acheive your therapeutic goals.
Victoria Campbell RMT
I have been practicing massage therapy for 12 years and specialize in deep tissue massage, relaxation, neck & back pain and I am also certified in foot reflexology. I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2005.
Jasmine Poaps RMT
My grandmother had angina that used to flare up around Christmas. It was the stress of having to prepare a big meal and the house for all the visitors. One year in particular she was sitting across the table from me and her face was clenched with pain. She was usually funny, talkative and full of energy. I felt bad that she didn’t feel well and offered to rub her back. She took some pills and sat patiently as I started squeezing her stiff shoulders. Within minutes her body relaxed and she started to laugh and engage with her company around the table. She turned to me, took both of my hands in hers and told me that I had a special gift. She had never experienced such quick relief. It was from then, at age 5, that I knew massage was something I had to do in my life.
My goal is to determine your needs and get you feeling results. I have extensive training in deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy and hot stone therapy. I have flexible hours throughout the weekdays, evenings and weekends. Whether you need a therapeutic approach to your treatment or just want to relax, I am always here to help. I am available Monday to Saturday.
Marsha Masseau RMT
I studied and graduated from Massage Therapy at Algonquin College in 2000. After sixteen years of practice I still love coming to work!
My approach is to treat the whole person while honouring the mind, body, spirit connection. We work together to determine the best technique and pressure for your greater wellness and pain free living.
I have extensive experience with treatment for head, neck & jaw issues. I provide treatment to help runners prepare for events or recover from training, for releasing lower back muscles, releasing trigger points, wellness & relaxation, as well as Aromatherapy for those wanting to de-stress or treat themselves.
In my spare time I like to walk, run, camp and hike, I like to meet local artists and see their art and make some of my own. Je suis bilingue!
Stephanie Toxopeus BACs, RMT
Stephanie knows first hand the benefit of massage. As a former Varsity Athlete for Cape Breton University Women’s Basketball Team, she has experienced all types of muscle and joint pains. When she finished her degree, she wanted to apply her biology knowledge to a practical method that would be able to help people. She found that massage therapy was the means by which she could help people recover to their full potential. Helping people getting to their 100% is Stephanie’s passion and figuring out what causes a pain and distress to a person is a puzzle that Stephanie enjoys solving. Being with the Massage Shoppe over a year and a half she has aquired extra modalites that include; gait analysis, athletic taping, postional release and bamboo fusion.
Gwen Rowbottom RMT CLT
I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage Therapy in 1994. I’m also a member of the Ontario Massage Therapy Association.
Over the last 20+ years, my focuses, healing philosophies and touch have evolved and been influenced by a variety of different health professionals I have been honoured to work with. I am trained in therapies from light to deep pressure depending on what is indicated and your preference.
I specialize in computer-related injuries; head, neck, face and jaw pain; conditions caused by inflammation and edema.
I have post graduate training in: lymphatic drainage, shouder treatment and rehabilitation, athletic therapy, craniosacral therapy, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ treatment and rehabilitation), facial bone mobilizations, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, chair massage and fibromyalgia.
I will work with what your goals and expectations are for your treatments and together we can work towards your better health.
Chelsea Lloyd RMT
My growing practice includes relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofacial release, remedial exercise and sports massage. I’ve have experience working with the Ottawa Senators and many other types of clients. I focus my treatments to the specific needs of every client.
J. Shiroya Balongo RMT
Having been fortunate enough to have lived in two other countries, I finally settled in Canada with my husband in 2003 and now have two beautiful girls.
I completed my massage therapy training in 2005 and have been practicing ever since. My post graduate training has been in deep tissue massage (G. Schweitzer). I continue to expand my knowledge, experience and expertise in massage therapy by attending workshops and classes as often as possible to enhance my skills to better serve my clients.
My aim is to help you to achieve your goals as far as your health care is concerned. Whether you are seeking massage for preventative care, injury care, maintenance or relaxation, we are all unique so I always tailor each treatment of meet the needs of my clients. The care and sensitivity I bring to each treatment comes from my passion for massage and also having had an opportunity to live and work with people from different cultures and walks of life over the years.
Kristin Clarkson RMT
I graduated with honours from Georgian College in my home town of Barrie Ontario in 2007 and worked alongside Physiotherapists for 5 years treating clients with varied issues, such as back pain, injuries due to whiplash, post-op scar tissue, stroke recovery just to name a few. I have also had some fulfilling experience treating the elderly. I cherished spending quality time maintaining or improving mobility and circulation and providing comfort measures for these lovely people during their golden years.
My goal as a massage therapist is to ensure treatment goals are met by actively listening and maintaining open lines of communication to ensure effective and appropriate modalities are used. Simply put, my clients leave feeling better.
I’m also trained in Indie Head massage, which is a blissful 30-45min treatment using a variety of techniques to just the head, face, neck and shoulders. Give it a try!
I’m available evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule. I look forward to meeting yo
Janna Danielsen BA RMT
Janna has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since 2005. Trained in British Columbia at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy she completed a 3000 hour program and graduated at the top of her class.
A recognized and highly accomplished practitioner, Janna proudly served Rugby Canada and the BC Rugby Union as their RMT for the Senior Men’s and for the U16-18 Boy’s and Girl’s teams. Appreciating the need to give back and to promote health and wellness, Janna has volunteered her time for events such as the World Champion Martial Arts tournament, Royal Victoria Marathon (now the Goodlife Victoria Marathon) and the New Balance Victoria Triathlon series.
Janna promotes a holistic and whole body approach to her practice. Equipped with a wide variety of skills and modalities in massage therapy she works in collaboration with her patients to ensure a deliberate approach is taken to promote their health and wellness. Janna has helped patients resolve issues ranging from significant and acute bio-mechanical traumas to stress relief. Her nurturing and professional care has helped children, seniors, and professional athletes alike.
Outside of Janna’s professional practice she is married and has two children. She loves being a mother, watching her daughters learn and grow each day. Janna loves and continues to be involved in sports including: hockey, ringette, rugby and fast pitch softball.
“I am proud to be part of Absolute Massage Therapy. My goal is to enable people to live to their fullest physical potential”
Brianna Verhey RMT
I am a recent graduate from the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College of 2016. I also have four years of experience as a physiotherapy assistant. I have worked part time at South Carleton Physiotherapy and Pro-Physiotherapy. I appreciate every opportunity to help clients overcome many different types of injuries and obstacles. My goal as an RMT is to apply the knowledge that I have acquired and accommodate clients.
I have always been a very active person enjoying extreme sports such as dirt-biking, kickboxing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and snowboarding. Unfortunately, these types of activities inevitably lead to injuries, but is in my own experiences as a client where I have gained more of an understanding of my client’s needs. I understand the everyday emotional upsets that come from injuries. I have been helped significantly through the hands of an RMT, which I now can offer to my clients as well. I am extremely passionate and thankful, I now have the opportunity to give back. I enjoy seeing all my clients progress even if it is in the smallest way.
I enjoy helping a variety of clients. I love understanding all clients and their individual needs and challenges. It was through my placements opportunities where I realized I have a broad ranges of interests in RMT work. I have enjoyed working with athletes, people with mental and physical illnesses, children and adult with disabilities, and the elderly population.
I can offer: deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) work, Swedish massage, therapeutic exercises, joint mobilizations, sports massage.
I have treated and embraced clients of all ages with different needs and challenges. I will continue to provide a safe, confidential environment with a client-centered approach.
Roxanne Snowdon RMT
Roxanne is a graduate of the Algonquin College massage therapy program of 2000. She has a university background in law and justice but realized that her calling in life was to help people in a different way. She chose massage therapy as the means to do this. Always learning more about the wonders of the human body and its potential to heal is keeping her fascinated with the profession.
Whether it’s helping you regain a sense of balance, stress relief, or working with you through an injury healing process, she does it with consideration, honesty and the knowledge that she has gained. With her, you are one step ahead on the path to wellness.
- TMJ, neck and shoulder
- Deep tissue
- Cranial Sacral therapy
- Reiki 1
- Scapular stretching (Shoulder treatment)
- Indi Head massage (great against headaches)
- Bilingual (French/English)
- Blue Cross Vet Affairs registered
Melissa Webb RMT
I graduated from the Algonquin College massage therapy program in 2000 and set up shop shortly after that at the Kanata Leisure Centre. By May 2004 I had outgrown the little space I had next to the aerobics room (noisy!) and expanded to a 2 treatment room clinic in Beaverbrook where I continued to build my practice and made lasting friendships with the great therapists I worked with there. Due to ever-increasing demand, we expanded once again in 2008 to our present location in Kanata North. I now have the privilege to work with the best of the best whose dedication and skill are second to none.
After sixteen years I still feel very passionate about my work, and love watching people walk out of my treatment room smiling and moving body parts around that couldn’t be moved before walking in. Seeing shoulders sitting lower, heads being held higher and the debilitating effects of pain dissipating makes me feel so lucky to have such a rewarding career!
I live in the friendly town of Almonte. To keep fit, I go to the gym and I play badminton, squash and ball hockey. I also love running, swimming and waterskiing. My happy place is Christie Lake, where I have a cottage that I share with my two beautiful daughters.
Bao Phan RMT
Treatment of muscular and neurological dysfunction. Dealing with issues from the top of your head (migraines,head aches) to the tip of your hands (tendonitis, carpal tunnel) all the way to the bottom of your feet (plantar fasciitis) and everything in between.
Kim Howitt RMT
Alanah Downey RMT
Alanah graduated with honours from the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College. Originally from a small town outside of Ottawa, Alanah moved here to pursue studies in Biology; once she had decided for a career path change she settled on massage therapy and immediately fell in love with it. With her background being rooted in science Alanah has a very strong passion for understanding the human body, and that is reflected in her practice. She has experience with a variety of populations including the elderly, children, athletes, pre and postnatal. Alanah truly believes that overall physical and especially mental health is very important and loves to help her clients achieve that as much as possible in their everyday lives. In her free time Alanah maintains a daily yoga practice, enjoys doing just about anything outdoors, especially during the winter and travels as much as she can!
Almonte Massage Therapists
And in our Almonte location we have the following team:
Kirsten Wood RMT
Kirsten Wood is a graduate of massage therapy from Algonquin College and registered with the CMTO. She also has a strong background in dance, fitness training, powerlifting, kickboxing, and MMA. Kirsten has a passion for achieving the maximum potential of the body and guiding its process to optimal health and wellness.
Jessica Murray RMT
I graduated in 2010 from the Massage Therapy program at Everest College and I have been practising ever since.
I am experienced with relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, pregnancy massage and acupuncture. I will work with my clients’ goals and needs to determine the appropriate treatment for them.
I also took the Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University in 2011. I learned 100 acupuncture points for pain related to the soft tissue, nerves and joints of the body. I have treated clients with sciatica, headaches, muscle tension, pain, and arthritis.
I like to incorporate acupuncture into my massage therapy treatments to increase the parasympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation in the body. In turn this decreases muscle tension and pain allowing me to work deeper into the muscle tissue with more ease and less discomfort for my clients.
Whether you are looking for a therapeutic massage or to relax and get some TLC, I am here to help! I am available Tuesdays through Saturdays.
In my spare time I love to run, practice yoga and spend lots of time with friends and family.
Tracey Stead RMT
Tracey graduated in 2010 from the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College. Through her time working as a Registered Massage Therapist she has treated clients with sports-related injuries, chronic headaches and migraines, sciatica, muscle tension, pain, as well as chronic desk worker related discomfort. Tracey has also treated clients at all stages of pregnancy. Her primary goal is to always help her clients achieve their goals.
Tracey grew up on her families farm in Lanark Highlands. She is still active in training and showing her families six horse hitch of Belgian horses at many of the local summer and fall fairs.
Tracy Felice RMT
I graduated with honours in 1999 from The College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Newmarket Ontario. In addition to my diploma for Massage Therapy I graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. I grew up in the west end of Ottawa. I have worked at various different jobs within Ottawa prior to becoming an RMT. As an RMT I have worked in a few different clinics and spa environments within the west end. I have lived in Almonte for 7 years now, and am very happy to be working in a great clinic that I can walk to! I enjoy biking, hiking, camping, walking my dog, spending time with family and friends over a good meal and traveling. I believe it is good to have a healthy balance between mind and body. So whether you are seeking a therapeutic treatment or just need to relax I am looking forward to helping you achieve your goals to feel better. I’m available Monday-Friday.
Jesse Cote RMT
I alter techniques and pressure to achieve my clients goals. I specialize in Scapular Stretch and Rotator Cuff Release, but also employ Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy, trager, Aromatherapy, Pre-natal and Hot Stone.
Amber Young RMT
I completed my training as a Registered Massage Therapist at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC in 2004. After a few years in practice in BC, and 5 years in Toronto, me and my family moved to Almonte in 2011, choosing a slower and more relaxed pace of life, and we are so excited to call this amazing town our home and for me to help support the community I live in to reach their health care goals.
Aside from my clinical practice, I also have experience providing massage with organizations such as the Victoria Hospice, the BC Cancer Agency, Sunrise Assisted Seniors Living, and the Wellspring Cancer Support Centre in Toronto. My experience working in palliative care and with chronic illness has allowed me to understand the deep impact and importance touch can have in the healing of an individual.
I have worked quite closely with many women providing prenatal massage, as well I have developed and facilitate women’s relaxation groups, combining different techniques to empower individuals to become more active in their own stress management and self care. I also work to educate women on breast health and breast massage, teaching workshops and providing one on one care to women with a preventative approach, and also through breast cancer treatment and beyond.
I am presently furthering my education by deepening my work in Cranialsacral Therapy, which I integrate into my treatments with myofascial release work as well. I take a holistic approach to your health combining the science and the art of massage, supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
When I’m not in clinic, I’m enjoying time with my family, doing yoga, spending time in the garden and focusing on maintaining my own work and home balance. I look so forward to being a part of your health care support team!
Kimberlee Lally-White RMT
Kimberlee’s focus is Swedish Massage including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Relaxation massage. Pre-Natal massage, Crainosacral Therapy II, SomatoEmotional Release I, Reiki and AromaTouch Technique to reduce pain, stress and boost the immune system. She incorporates 100% certified pure theraputic-grade essential oil’s to support and help with recovery during her treatments emotionally and physically.
Elizabeth Cerroni RMT
Elizabeth is a graduate of the 3 year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College. She is an avid horseback rider and first experienced Massage Therapy by taking a course to massage horses. Seeing the benefits it provided for the horses inspired her to take a course for people! In her time working as an RMT Lizzie has helped clients overcome sports injuries, pre & post-natal aches and pains, as well as common desk workers issues such as carpel tunnel, headaches, and low back pain. Her true passion involves helping people with the overwhelming every day stress that can impact many areas of your life. Elizabeth strives to help her clients meet their goals and provides a warm and caring environment to do so. She spends her spare time on her farm with her horses, dogs, cats and loves to go on hikes with her new German Shepherd puppy every chance she gets!
Amy Courtney RMT
Amy’s massage approach can best be described as flexible and diverse. Since her initial training in 2005 Amy has consistently sought out educational opportunities to expand her skill set.
She has training and experience in a wide range of modalities including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, CranioSacral and Reiki therapies. Amy graduated from Sutherland-Chan in Toronto and has studied with Upledger and Esalen Institutes in the States.
Her guiding philosophy is that the key to an effective and satisfying massage is clear communication anchored in listening. Amy enjoys providing Deep Tissue work. She is able to work at a pace that allows the body to make the necessary therapeutic adjustments. She believes that above all else your massage should be both effective and enjoyable.
Amy is an authorized provider for Veterans’ Affairs Canada and offers MVA and WSIB related treatments as well.