Exciting News! I'm thrilled to be starting a home based practice in the Coates Neighbourhood in Milton (Yates and Louis St-Laurent). I'll be taking Registered Massage Therapy appointments, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy, Reiki (level 2) and private/semi private yoga and meditation. My next available appointments are October 20, 2021 - please contact… Continue reading Massage Therapy and MLD in Milton
So that's my first suggestion. Don't try to DIY your post-partum journey. It isn't the same as a regular muscle, joint or even disk injury. Your pelvis may not have stabilized, your abdominals haven't recovered from pregnancy, and your posture hasn't recovered. Instead of a quick 2-4 week recovery, I spent 8 months frequently in too much pain to turn over, wincing when I lift 20 pounds of baby, and with a stabbing pain when I hopped down out of our car.
I very strongly suggest working with your pre-and post natal medical team postpartum. Shoulder, back, neck, hip, glute and arm injuries are common, and most new parents don't have the energy to work on themselves. Even your regular RMT, physio or acupuncturist may want to take extra training to strengthen their knowledge of how your body knits itself back together post-partum - it's just as incredible as the journey of pregnancy itself.
The lymphatic system helps to filter excess fluid and return it to your circulatory system. Manual lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage technique (taught in Canada by Dr. Vodder School International) which systematically stimulates your lymphatic system to reduce congestion and swelling. Even before we had research demonstrating the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)… Continue reading Should You Try Manual Lymphatic Drainage After Surgery
Let's take the brighter weather as a sign to tune into our bodies and take care of our health.
Finding a conscious and responsible balance between caring for my health, caring for my patients, and most importantly, never putting my patients at risk is a delicate balance. Like many of my patients, I have a chronic disease. In my case, it's neurological and not contagious, and 95% of the time is so well under… Continue reading When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available
My patients are used to having "homework" as an important piece of their treatment plan. Hands-on massage therapy time is important, but to make progress, I ask my patients to be active participants. I assign different exercises and hydrotherapy depending upon the patient's condition, lifestyle, and stage of healing. A common first step is range… Continue reading Massage Therapy Homecare – Range of Motion Exercises
My first ever Castor Oil experience was a castor oil pack assigned by my naturopath. I was still a student, and the instructions to soak a flannel, store it between treatments and layer myself with plastic wrap and towels confused me. Luckily I've since perfected an easier way. Now castor oil packs are an important… Continue reading Massage Therapy Homecare – Amazing Castor Oil Packs