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Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)

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Our Registered Massage Therapists are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Overall, massage therapy can help to reduce muscle tension, decrease stress, improve sleep and help with pain relief for any age starting from infancy. At Rooted Family, we provide registered massage therapy for all family members and can help support you and/or your child through various stages of life including pregnancy massage and massage therapy for infants/children.

For babies and children, common concerns our RMTs address are feeding issues, constipation/gas, torticollis, growing pains, stress, repetitive strain, postural, sensory awareness.

For adults, including those who are pregnant, postpartum or on their fertility journey, common concerns we address are back and pelvic pain, sciatica, leg cramps, sleep issues, carpal tunnel, swelling, TMJ disorders, scar tissues, myofascial release and stress management.

Our RMT Kelly Watter-Gibbons also provides contemporary acupuncture as well as craniosacral therapy which is a light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Babies/children with certain conditions can benefit such as: tongue and lip ties, colic/reflux, digestive disorders, feeding issues, seizures, torticollis & plagiocephaly, ADD & ADHD, autism, chronic ear infection, sensory processing and more. Adults benefit from craniosacral for the following conditions: migraines, headaches, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, PTSD and more.

Our RMTs work in collaboration with our other practitioners in order to help you and your family achieve your wellness goals.

If you have any questions about how massage therapy could help you feel free to reach out to us.

Meet Our

Registered Massage Therapists

Alanah Downey, RMT
Alanah graduated with honours from the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College in 2015. She has a background in science and has recently also completed her nursing degree to further expand her love for learning and understanding of the human body. For the past few years, Alanah has focused her massage practice on providing a safe and relaxing space to get away from the craziness of everyday life, while also treating a variety of injuries and impairments, and helping people stay pain free throughout and after their pregnancies. She also provides infant massage teaching to new parents. In her free time, Alanah enjoys reading, creating (especially making macrame) and spends as much time as she can on outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking and is known to be a bit of a professional floater in nearby lakes and rivers. Alanah has completed additional training in Thai Massage, Indian Head Massage, Prenatal Massage and TMJ treatments. She has appointments available on weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
Stella Li, RMT
Stella is a Registered Massage Therapist and graduated with honours from the International Academy of Massage in Ottawa. Stella has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and over 10 years of experience working as a registered nurse in Singapore, China and Macao, specializing in obstetrics. She has deep knowledge and strong experience in prenatal and postnatal care, newborn care and lactation care. She has special training in breast massage and breastfeeding and has extensive clinical experience in baby massage that helps the health of newborns. With a passion for providing safe and relaxing massage for clients, Stella is highly sought after by clients for her massage technique, particularly the head, neck and shoulders. She combines different massage techniques, including deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point release, cupping, stretch and joint mobilization to treat clients for both therapeutic and relaxation purposes. Stella provides her services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Kelly Watters-Gibbons, RMT
Kelly Watters-Gibbons is a registered massage therapist and Contemporary Acupuncture provider who was born and raised in the Ottawa area. Kelly graduated from Algonquin College in 2003 with her Massage Therapy Degree and has attended workshops and courses in CranioSacral therapy, somatoemotional release, temporomandibular joint, and manual lymphatic drainage. She obtained her diploma in Acupuncture in 2012. Kelly's experience includes the treatment of chronic pain, headaches, pre and postnatal discomfort or injury, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents or general discomfort. Kelly’s clients represent a varied demographic including day-old infants, active military, teenagers, weekend or professional athletes, grandparents, high-stress workers, etc. Kelly’s philosophy of practice is ongoing education, lifelong learning and prevention for herself and her clients to promote a healthy pain-free lifestyle.