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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).

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a hands-on holistic practice that involves manipulating the body's soft tissues to promote relaxation, reduce stress, alleviate muscle tension, and enhance overall well-being. Skilled massage therapists use various techniques to cater to individual needs, providing relief from conditions like chronic pain, headaches, and stress, while also serving as a valuable tool for preventive health and wellness.

Who do Registered Massage Therapists treat?

At Rooted Family Wellness Centre, we provide registered massage therapy for all family members. We support you and/or your child through various stages of life including pregnancy massage, postpartum massage and massage therapy for infants/children.

Why should I see an RMT?

There are many reasons you can and should visit a Registered Massage Therapist. Beyond the relaxation aspect of a massage, our therapists are trained to treat various conditions.

For Babies and Kids:

RMTs can be a valuable resource for infants and children, addressing a range of concerns including feeding issues, constipation/gas discomfort, torticollis, growing pains, stress, repetitive strain, postural issues, and enhancing sensory awareness. Whether it's helping with discomfort or supporting healthy development, RMTs can provide specialized care for our youngest family members.

For Pregnancy and Postpartum:

During the transformative phases of pregnancy and postpartum, RMTs play a crucial role in providing relief from common discomforts. They can utilise prenatal massage techniques to ease back and pelvic pain, alleviate sciatica and leg cramps, improve sleep quality, manage carpal tunnel symptoms, reduce swelling, address TMJ disorders, treat scar tissues, offer myofascial release, and provide vital stress management techniques. Additionally, expectant mothers can benefit from enhanced comfort during massage sessions with pregnancy pillows.

For Adults:

Adults of all ages can benefit from massage therapy. RMTs excel at pain relief, whether it's muscle tension, joint discomfort, or headaches. They are also adept at reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being through relaxation. Beyond this, they can improve circulation, facilitate injury rehabilitation, aid in postural improvement, and contribute to better sleep quality. RMTs offer targeted support for specific conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia while strengthening the immune system. Whether it's for preventive wellness maintenance or personalized treatment plans, RMTs are a valuable asset for adult health and vitality.

What else can you see an RMT for?

Kelly Watters-Gibbons offers 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.

Nicole Hepworth provides Indian Head Massage, a therapeutic technique that focuses on massaging the head, neck, and shoulders, promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and relieving muscle tension. It has its roots in Ayurvedic traditions and is known for its holistic approach to well-being. As well as Hot Stones Massage Therapy, a sophisticated and time-tested therapeutic technique that harmonises the soothing qualities of heated stones with the art of massage. This practice has evolved over the years to become a powerful means of promoting relaxation, relieving stress, and enriching overall well-being. 

Alanah Downey has focused her practice on treating common pregnant and postpartum conditions for several years now. She uses primarily Swedish and facial techniques to help relax tissues and reduce adhesions to help ease pain and discomfort. Lymphatic drainage and lighter pressure Swedish techniques can also be very helpful for pregnancy related swelling. Alanah has also completed additional training for working with infants, including specific work for babies with tongue and lip ties to help release adhesions and assist in proper healing post-frenectomy. 

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

Nicole Hepworth, RMT
Nicole is a dedicated Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and wellness advocate, committed to enhancing your well-being through holistic healing. With her comprehensive approach and mastery of complementary modalities like Gua Sha and Reiki, Nicole brings balance and harmony to your body and mind. With a background as a healthcare Personal Support Worker (PSW), Nicole's transition to an RMT allows her to provide expert care at all life stages and abilities. Specializing in empowering prenatal and postnatal journeys, her intuitive and knowledgeable therapy ensures a transformative experience. Nicole's top priority is your safety, comfort, and having you leave her treatment room feeling better than ever. When not treating clients, Nicole finds solace in her forested property, gardening and exploring culinary delights. She satisfies her adventurous spirit through hiking and travel, and enjoys unwinding with movies.
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. ** ON MATERNITY LEAVE **
Kelly Watters-Gibbons, RMT
Kelly Watters-Gibbons is a registered massage therapist, Contemporary Acupuncture provider and a Certified Babywearing Educator, 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.