Louise Lyman, BA, R.M.T
Louise is a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and an Honours graduate of the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy.
Louise’s approach to massage combines rigor and precision with regards to assessing, treating and supporting body structures, as well as expansive deep listening to the body to treat the whole person and the root causes of pain. She approaches each person uniquely, adapting and co-creating treatment plans together using combinations of Myofascial Release, General Swedish Massage, Muscle Energy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Joint Mobilizations, and therapeutic homecare.
Constantly in awe of the complexity and magic of the human body, Louise loves sharing body-education with people related to anatomy, postural awareness and therapeutic movement/exercise.
She believes in the body’s innate healing capacity and is humbled to be working in support of each person’s healing – holding space for the fullness of each unique experience towards physical and emotional wellbeing.
When not massaging Louise spends her time in nature, in or beside bodies of water, sharing delicious food, pouring over a book or pondering the many curiosities of this world like a true Aquarian.
Louise is grateful to be living and working as a guest in this incredible place, on the unceded Territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
*Please note Initial appointments with Louise are 15mins longer.
Vicki Devoe, BA, R.M.T
Vicki graduated from Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2017. After pursuing a career in Art Therapy (Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, 2008) and Spa Therapy (Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage, 2011), becoming a Registered Massage Therapist made the most sense, by tying both professions into a truly holistic approach to help the clients she works with. Vicki has trained in modalities that include Deep Flow – Level 2 (deepflow.ca), Ashiatsu (using feet), Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Basic), Hot Stones, Shiatsu (using hands & knees), Reiki- Level 2 (Usui System), Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Joint Release and General Swedish Massage.
Vicki likes to approach each treatment as she would a blank canvas, and uses a gentle, client-centered approach that incorporates her clients’ goals, strengths and current limitations. Together, client and therapist create an experience where the individual is playing an active part in the treatment that allows for their highest potential for healing. Where dialogue and communication are central to creating the best treatment for the individual to receive, Vicki also understands the importance of silence and giving a client space to reflect and process the experience to fully integrate the mind-body connection.
Vicki attends yoga classes at HY for her own self-care needs. Yoga has always been her anchor for self-care and being able to incorporate a profession that builds on shared principles and values is a blessing. She enjoys working with people that are looking for ways to enhance their practice of self-care and is skilled in treating people that are experiencing stress, chronic postural strain, sports injuries, tension headaches, low back and hip tension, pregnancy, yogis and symptoms of arthritis.
Michele Chui, BA, R.M.T
Michele graduated with honors from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
Michele has had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients including those with arthritic pain and neurological conditions. She is happy to work with prenatal and postnatal clients. Michele takes a keen interest in addressing the postural imbalances which may be affecting your wellbeing in a collaborative and non judgemental way.
Michele believes in an integrative approach to wellness where body and spirit are both equally nourished in the pursuit of self care.
General Swedish massage, myofascial release, joint mobilizations as well as passive angular stretching will be the foundation of treatments offered. All sessions are custom tailored according to the needs and the comfort level of the client. Michele has also studied cupping therapy and would be happy to include this modality into any treatment if requested.
Michele is a long time resident of Spryfield and is very excited to have the opportunity to serve the members of her community while practicing yoga alongside them.
When not in the studio Michele can be found at home exercising creativity in either the kitchen or the sewing room.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy treats specific conditions as well as affecting the body as a whole, promoting a general sense of well-being.
The therapeutic effects of massage therapy benefit men and women of all ages – infants, children, pregnant women, athletes and the elderly.
Massage Therapy aids in restoring normal function of the soft tissues in the body (muscles and joints) and it can provide relief and often recovery from a wide variety of mild and acute conditions.
Massage therapy is an effective treatment for:
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Neck and shoulder tension/dysfunction
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Carpel Tunnel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Athletic injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- TMJD (jaw pain and dysfunction)
- Motor vehicle injuries (such as whiplash)
- Massage helps to improve and maintain your posture.
Massage has a direct and indirect effect on all the systems of the body.
Circulatory System (Blood and Lymph)
Massage Therapy increases circulation to all parts of the body thus improving the supply of nutrients to the body tissues and promoting elimination of waste products.
Massage Therapy reduces muscular tension which aids in healing from trauma and injury, helps in improving and maintaining proper body posture. Massage helps in maintaining muscle tone and flexibility thus preventing harmful repetitive strain injuries. .
Massage calms the nervous system and reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels.
Massage Therapy improves deep breathing and can help people with chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma, and Cystic Fibrosis to name a few.
Massage Therapy promotes relaxation and improves body awareness.
Healing Stone Massage is a Swedish relaxation style of massage that uses smooth, heated Basalt stones. The warm, smooth stones are used to soothe tired muscles, increase circulation and boost the immune system. The heat from the stones aid in relaxing muscles, which allows the therapist to use the stones to apply more pressure. This massage is quite gentle in comparison to therapeutic or deep tissue massage but it has many similar benefits.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a manual treatment consisting of specific, gentle, rhythmic techniques designed to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove waste and excessive fluid from tissues. It is beneficial in many conditions involving congestion or swelling, including recent injuries, sinusitis, chronic swelling and headaches. It promotes healing after injuries by reducing the inflammation amongst the damaged tissues. MLD induces calmness and relaxation by soothing the sympathetic nervous system.
Since we turn away other clients holding your reservation, we require a minimum of 12 hours notice to cancel or reschedule.
If you do not show to your appointment you will be charged the full value.
If your appointment is cancelled or missed with less than 12 hours notice, you will be charged a $40 fee and/or gift certificates will be void.
Please note missed appointment fees will not be billed to your insurance company.
To cancel appointment kindly call us at 902.406.9642 and follow up with an email to ensure we receive your message.
*Please note Initial appointments with Louise are 15mins longer.
Thank you in advance.