I bring an adaptable and systemic approach to Massage Therapy that emphasizes results over any one technique or modality.
My ultimate goal is to empower you to get back to doing things you enjoy. To get there, Mighty Oak has to have healthy roots.
I approach therapeutic massage care through a systemic, bio-psycho-social lens. This means considering the context of your life, your experiences, and your whole body to find the source of your problem. Read more...
I am capable of adapting to each client’s specific needs. Are you very sensitive to pressure? Do you like A LOT of pressure? Are you curious, determined, or perhaps doubtful? Whatever the case, I’m able to meet you where you’re at.
I welcome and work with people of any gender and all ages. I offer my same sincere interest and motivation to resolve the health complaints of every individual. You don’t have to fit a specific mould to fit in at Mighty Oak.
I use a combination of manual treatment and education during treatment. I want you to better understand what’s going on, and help to reduce your fear and anxiety around what you’re going through. Knowledge is power!
Below you can explore the various therapeutic massage techniques that I blend together during appointments.
Everybody is unique – and I see many different people – but over the years I’ve noticed some patterns. Can you relate to any of the personas below?
What is a ‘systemic approach’ to Massage Therapy?
I've mentioned that I take a systemic approach to therapeutic massage. But what does that actually mean?
Let’s start by defining the word systemic:
Systemic: relating to or involving a whole system
So put simply, in the context of Massage Therapy taking a systemic approach means that I look at your problem or concern within the context of your whole body being one complete system.
Here’s a basic example:
Let’s say you’re coming in with neck pain. If it’s pretty recent, maybe we can just check out your neck, shoulders, and mid-upper back.
But if this pain has been a problem for a long time? We’re going to want to look at your whole body, starting from the hips, up the spine, and out from there depending on the specifics of the case.
In other words, I’ll look closely at the relationships between groups of muscles throughout your body to “read” what’s going on and look to address the cause.
I feel it’s important (and more effective) to extend the systemic approach beyond the scope of your body.
Some issues are caused by outside influences, previous experiences or injuries, occupational hazards, and more.
When we take a step back to examine your specific complaint within this wider scope (through a detailed assessment phase, for example), we have an even greater chance of identifying and treating the problem at the source.
I am excited to announce the addition of a new RMT to Mighty Oak. Jocelyn Kirton has been an RMT since 2013, and like myself, has taken a special interest in serving persistent pain populations. Welcome to the team, Jocelyn!