monday: 11:00 – 18:15
tuesday: 11:00 – 18:15
wednesday: 13:00 – 20:30
thursday: 11:00 – 18:15
sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
I am a Canadian trained RMT specializing in Swedish, Deep-Tissue and Pre-Natal massage.
I’ve loved body work for as long as I can remember. Between the session on the table and the client relationships I’ve formed over the years, it’s kept me both personally and professionally fulfilled since I began my career 8 years ago. I believe massage can be an essential part of keeping you both physically and emotionally at peace.
Whether for stress reduction, or for specific physical ailments- massage has always been an important part of my life and I can say I truly love my work.
Regardless of whether a client seeks help for a specific physical injury, or for something non-visible and more emotionally draining- I value each and every treatment and work hard to understand each client’s unique wants and needs. Making clients feel totally comfortable and welcomed has always been a main priority for me.
I look forward to working together.
SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY
what is it?
Our most common, and most well-known version of massage. Swedish Massage can be administered as a full body treatment or on certain areas to address specific physical problems. Clients seeking relaxation from their treatment would fall into this category. All treatments are tailor-made based on your specific needs and complaints. You will have a short discussion when you arrive to decide what you are looking for, and what type of treatment might benefit you.
what to expect:
Long sliding strokes and different pressure based on what your body needs. Can be incredibly relaxing and physically therapeutic. The addition of hot stones can be used in areas of higher tension and to help promote further relaxation. Swedish Massages are available in sessions of 30, 60, 90 + 120 minutes.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE THERAPY
what is it?
A deeper version of Swedish Massage. Strokes are generally administered with more pressure and work into the deeper muscle layers, fascia and connective tissue. Deep Tissue is a favourite of athletes and also enjoyed by others who are less sensitive to pressure and looking to feel “worked” after the treatment.
what to expect:
It is Swedish massage, but heavier. Deep Tissue can be associated with some muscle sensitivity on the day of treatment or the following day, depending on the client. This is normal inflammatory reaction, and will subside in the coming days. Being honest with your therapist about how the massage feels will help to prevent unnecessary soreness. This type of treatment can be uncomfortable at times, but it shouldn’t be painful. Communicate with your therapist if you feel like the pressure is too much- feedback is always appreciated. Deep Tissue is available in sessions of 30, 60, 90 + 120 minutes.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE THERAPY
what is it?
For expectant mothers, with the hardest working bodies.
While your body changes during pregnancy, you can experience new aches and pains. Pelvic movement, difficulty sleeping and extra edema and swelling are just a few of the causes. Massage during pregnancy is a safe and non-invasive way to take care of your body during one of it’s most important work roles ever. Whether its for a chance to give your body a break, or to calm your mind from the stress and anxiety related to a new pregnancy- this is the one for you.
what to expect:
Absolute bliss and feeling fully supported. We use a pregnancy table with a supportive leather sling to hold the belly – this allows you to lay your face down and relax completely. With breast support and adjustable belly support, the sling can be adjusted to pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy. Many expectant mothers enjoy the treatment from the moment they arrive at the table and can enjoy lying face down again. Typically pregnancy treatments are administered to all of the pregnancy ‘pain zones’ such as the hips, around the pelvis, upper back and shoulders with a flush to the legs to improve circulation. Long, nurturing strokes will help ease you into deep relaxation, to take some of the stress off your body- as it deserves for one of it’s most challenging roles ever. Always consult with your physician or midwife prior to treatment, and keep up with all of your regular checkups. Pregnancy sessions are available in 30 + 60 minutes.
**Home massage treatments and corporate chair massage treatments available upon special request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.**
SOLSTICE body work + wellness is a safe and comfortable environment to relax and shut off from the outside world. All SOLSTICE treatments are on a heated massage table with natural oils. Discuss with your therapist about your concerns and preferences, and you’ll always be welcomed and supported. Turn your phone off, slow down the mind and give yourself the downtime you deserve.
NOTE: We are located inside group practice “Praktijk Riverflow” (so that is the signage you’ll see when you arrive). Ring the bell and your therapist will be there to greet you shortly. We suggest not arriving any more than 10-15 minutes in advance, as we can’t guarantee we will be available to open up for you before that time. Please read the FAQ page to answer other questions you may have. We work by appointment only, so please book online prior, or by email email@example.com to secure your session time.
Who should go for a massage treatment?
Massage is beneficial for all ages, genders and walks of life. Whether you’re experiencing a physical issue in need of a deep tissue remedial massage, are busy at home with your children and are in need of a break, or feel like you need a break from the pressures of work- massages can be tailored for your specific needs.
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes! We have gift cards in all session time amounts. They can be arranged and picked up at the studio, or sent in a digital version by email for printing. Email for more information.
Can I exercise after a massage?
Massages are usually best after a workout. Massage helps remove accumulated lactic acid from the muscles, so the perfect time is after physical activity. If you are a very active person and used to training, your body may respond fine afterwards- but bear in mind that softened muscle tissue and aggressive training are the perfect time to strain a muscle. At the very least stick to exercise that your body is used to, and make sure that you do not push extra weight or perform exercises that are new for your body directly after.
What should I avoid after a massage?
I suggest that customers avoid excessive alcohol consumption (if you are going to consume alcohol, you should definitely drink as much water as possible). Alcohol dries out the body, which in turn will contribute to pain after the massage. I suggest that clients relax, avoid strenuous physical activity and try to hold on to the sense of zen that you get from your treatment. Some customers feel extremely tired after a session, and some can go back to work without problems- it’s different for everyone. Perhaps schedule a first session without many obligations after so that you can see how you respond.
How often do I have to come for a massage?
Some clients come for maintenance on a monthly basis, some weekly. It depends on your specific situation. Prevention and maintenance- rather than waiting for the problem to be unbearable, is the best way to keep your body in a functioning state. When tension builds up and builds up during a certain period, pain starts. If you notice the pain and respond to it before it becomes debilitating, it is much easier to work on and get back into functional condition.
Is it normal to feel pain after a treatment?
You may feel slight pain, bruised or “worked” after a treatment. These are normal body reactions because massage evokes inflammation in the body. If you come to the studio with a long-term problem, it is more likely that you will feel it later. Pain usually disappears after a day or two. You can speed up this process by staying as hydrated as possible. A lot of water. Avoid excessive alcohol day-of (to minimize dehydration) and try to get a good sleep. If you come for successive appointments, you will probably notice that the discomfort diminishes after as your muscles soften and your body gets used to the treatment.
What type of payments are accepted?
We accept cash, Maestro, all types of major credit cards and Apple Pay at the studio.
Can I combine massage with other treatments (Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture)?
Absolutely. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments work very well in combination with massage. In my experience, if you can combine a massage before you see your Chiropractor, this may help with the ability to adjust properly because of the softened muscle tissue. Massage is non-invasive, so the chance of an injury getting worse is rare. Always listen to your other health care providers and let them know that you are going for massage treatments.
What do I wear for a massage?
Undressing into underwear (bra-off for women) is ideal. You will be covered with sheets during the massage for comfort and warmth. Everything will be explained to you when you arrive, and you can always ask questions if anything is unclear.
Until which time can I cancel or change an appointment?
Cancellations are allowed up until 24 hours before treatments. Cancellations or changes within this period may incur a 50% fee. Please respect freelancers, and know that their income and time are valuable, and not cancelling in time prevents others from booking at the studio. If you have an emergency or illness- just email as soon as possible about your situation and we will be completely understanding.