About the Owner: Jennifer Bloch, RMT
Jennifer graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with a specialization in sports massage and hospital massage. She also received a certificate for pregnancy massage and oncology massage.
Jennifer was the recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Research and Interpretive Studies by the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools; a testament to her dedication to research and supporting the integrity of the massage therapy profession. Most recently, the Massage Therapy Canada magazine published her article “Research literacy vital for RMT practice, professional growth”. To read the article and learn more about Jennifer’s background and achievements, visit Jennifer’s professional website.
Prior to beginning her career as a Registered Massage Therapist, Jennifer was a Human Resources Manager. This experience provided her with a unique perspective on the toll hard work can have on one’s body and the struggle many people face trying to find time for themselves. As a Massage Therapist, her true passion for making a difference in peoples’ lives is applied by helping them make time to focus on what matters most, their health.
In addition to the corporate and individual workshops she provides, Jennifer uses her experience in human resources to further her commitment to the advancement of the healthcare profession by providing one-on-one coaching and training workshops to other healthcare professionals.
We provide on-site massage therapy, workshops, and other health related services to busy people and business. We fully understand how precious your time is. Our staff is committed to working within the confines of your busy schedule, to provide you with the health services you have been putting off.
Our mission is to make it easy for busy people to obtain our high quality services for short and long-term relief from stress, repetitive strain, and chronic conditions. We are committed to educating our clients on the evidence-based benefits of massage. We aim to support charitable initiatives within our community and we take pride in our involvement in research and development, as well as in our commitment to the advancement of the massage therapy profession.
Stress & Anxiety
Headaches & Migraines
Irritable bowel syndrome
Neck & shoulder tension
Low back pain
Sprains & Strains
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Types of massage
The primary goal of Swedish Massage is relaxation. This modality uses long gliding strokes, fluid circular kneading, vibrations, light tapping, and passive range of motion techniques. It may also incorporate lymphatic drainage. In addition to relaxation, Swedish Massage is beneficial for promoting circulation or blood and lymph flow thereby allowing toxins to move out of affected areas*. Following a treatment, clients may feel light-headed or dizzy after getting up from the table, it is important to move slowly and drink a lot of water following a Swedish Massage.
Common conditions treated: Stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines, and muscle tension.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are nodules within a muscle (knots) that elicit deep achy pain. Pain can be felt on the location where the knot exists, but in many cases, trigger points refer to other locations and in some cases, this referral pattern is less than obvious. It takes a trained massage therapist to be able to identify these patterns of referrals and treat these knots effectively to prevent aggravating them even more. Trigger Points can be treated by applying an ischemic compression. This can recreate the referral pain although a good therapist will work within your pain threshold (If you can comfortably breath through it, it is a good pain. If you have to tense up or hold your breath, you must ask your therapist to reduce the pressure). Self care prescribed by your therapist is important to follow through on following Trigger Point treatment because it will help avoid any potential kick-back pain following the deep treatment.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage uses techniques to access deeper muscles and fascia (connective tissue between muscle layers, organs and other soft tissue). Myofascial Release pulls apart fascial adhesions proving pain relief and increasing range of motion in the joints*. Frictionning techniques help to break apart adhered scar tissue also improving range of motion and decreasing pain*. Your massage therapist should work within your pain threshold. There is a difference between good pain and bad pain. Good pain is something you can comfortably breath through. If the technique is eliciting pain to the point where you are holding your breath and tensing your muscles, it is very important that you inform your therapist that they need to reduce the pressure.
During pregnancy your body goes through many changes. Your ligaments become lax allowing flexibility to make room for the growing fetus. The weight in your belly pulls your centre of gravity off and creates postural disturbances that affect your muscles in your low back, your neck and shoulders, and your legs. The water retention sometimes creates edema in your wrists and ankles, and carpal tunnel is common as well. The rapid weight gain puts pressure on your lower limbs causing your muscles to work overtime to support the weight. In addition to relaxation massage for all of these soft tissue disturbances, prenatal massage can include stretching and strengthening exercises that help your body adapt to the changes.
Rehabilitation & Sports Massage
Generally, sports massage addresses the specific needs of athletes however it can be beneficial for anyone who is active or who requires rehabilitation from an injury. This type of massage uses quick, stimulating strokes to warm up the muscles in preparation for the event. After the event is over, soothing, relaxing techniques are used to aid recovery from exertion. Restorative massage is used between events to optimize training periods. Rehabilitative massage is mainly used to reduce pain cause by injuries and massage techniques would vary depending on the injury. In addition to standard massage techniques, sports massage involves active or assisted stretching, strengthening, and joint range of motion.
Common conditions treated: Sprains, strains, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, bursitis, stiff neck.