Another post from our recent normal past.
Orléans is home to an incredible massage clinic that provides the ultimate in short-term relief but also in the long-term strategies and treatments to create positive and sustainable health outcomes for clients. Owner Mélanie Cyr is a recipient of the Faces Magazine Award for Best Massage Therapist in Ottawa!
However, this was not always the path she thought she would take. When Mélanie completed high school, she considered a career as a nurse. She took a year off after high school to explore her options. Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist seemed like an excellent combination of the things she liked best about nursing and it also had the added benefit of working directly with clients to improve their health.
She attended the three year program in Sudbury at Collège Boréal, the only place in Ontario where she could study massage therapy in French. She loved her program and, even before she completed her schooling, an Orléans-based chiropractic clinic headhunted her to work with them. Starting there right after graduation in 2003, she worked with them for seven years.
In 2010, she opened her clinic, MyBodyRMT, and her practice has expanded to include four Registered Massage Therapists working across a broad spectrum of modalities.
She has always enjoyed her profession but it was not until three years into her career that she discovered what ultimately became her passion: deep tissue work. She studied with a practitioner in British Columbia and it was life-changing.
As a result, her work expanded immensely and she is qualified in Schweitzer Basic and Advanced Deep Tissue Therapy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Massage Therapy for cancer patients, and Cupping.
“Most people think it’s extremely painful to get deep tissue work but, in all honesty, it’s all about the technique. Here at MyBody, we use a specific deep tissue technique that diminishes the pain when trying to work out injuries that lie deep in muscle tissue.” She adds, “Cupping, which is a relatively new service offering, is actually an ancient form of therapy. The massage therapist applies special cups on your skin which helps reduce inflammation and increase your blood flow. It also gives you an overall sense of well-being. I love it and more and more of our clients are requesting this service as it’s proved very helpful to them.”