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Whether you're pregnant, feeling achy from having a toddler use you as a pillow all night, or just need an hour for yourself to decompress, a good massage can yield a diaper bag full of benefits for your body and mind. However, finding the right massage therapist is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. If you're going to go through the trouble of arranging for a baby sitter and possibly pumping in preparation for your time away, the experience had better be worth it, right?

Firstly, there is the question of style. Keep in mind that what fits one person perfectly may not suit another. Then there is the question of quality. Qualified massage therapists are highly skilled and trained professionals. With so many places offering massages, the selection can be a little overwhelming. So, what exactly should you be looking for?

Rachel Bouthillier, our resident infant massage instructor, Certified Massage Therapist, and owner of Quanta Wellness Center in Pointe-Claire has some insider information to share.

 
 
 
The inspiration for this blog came about after I decided to venture out to see what kind of massage services were out there. I went for two massages at two different locations; both were disappointing.

In Quebec, massage therapy is not officially recognized by the provincial government, so theoretically anyone can call themselves a massage therapist, whatever their experience and training. However, those that are serious about the profession will seek their training from the best schools.

My hope is for more standardized training and certification, which will help bring the profession closer to government recognition and accreditation. This would promote awareness in the massage therapy field and maintain that it can offer a host of benefits for clients with many different problems and situations.  

When looking for a massage therapist, do your research! Donít be afraid to ask what type of training and certification the therapist has. If the therapist is well qualified, they will be more than happy to talk to you about it. They will be able to clearly state the amount of hours they have trained within their field of study, where they have trained, and who they have trained with, as well as any specific certifications or specialty courses.

Hint, hint, hint! In Montreal, the KineConcept Institute is the leader in teaching and research of massage therapy. They continuously improve and update their programs and courses, providing the best quality training for therapists to integrate themselves and be successful in the massage therapy profession.

Word of mouth! The best way to find someone who is amazing at their job, knowledgeable, and with great intuition, is to get a referral, either from a family member, friends, co-workers, and even other health professionals.

Professional environment! Make sure the work space is in a professional, clean, and comfortable environment. Also make sure that you feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. Trust and respect is necessary, because you may share a lot of personal information as well as need professional advice.

 

Most importantly, look for someone who practices what they preach. A massage therapist should know how to maintain their own physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness. This will allow them to care for and support their clients with their full potential. Before your first massage with a new therapist, please make sure that a health status report is completed WITH THE THERAPIST!! Here is a list of a few things that should be covered: reason for consultation, injuries past and present, surgeries, medical conditions, medication taken, allergies.

To wear or not to wear underwear? Every professional massage therapist has been taught how to drape the sheets, whether the client is wearing underwear or not, to ensure that only the part of your body being worked on is exposed. Therefore, it is up to the clientís comfort level.

Good luck and have fun in your search!

 
 

 
Massage is the study of anatomy in Braille.

 

  - Jack Meagher

 

Rachel has always visualized an active lifestyle with a career to match. She graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Exercise Science in 2004, which became the starting point to a passion she was soon to discover.

Rachel attended the Kiné-Concept Institute in Montreal, where she graduated in Kinetic Swedish massage in 2005. She quickly became excited about her new education of natural healing and health, and felt she needed more. She continued studying, and graduated in Masso-Kinésitherapy in 2007. With over 1000-hours of training in Massage Therapy, she continued to enhance her education with courses in Craniosacral Therapy, Fasciatherapy, and Massage adapted for pregnant women.

For three years, Rachel was the head Massage Therapist for a pre and post natal center in the West Island. She gained a lot of experience working with moms-to-be, new moms, and babies. She also enjoys teaching various baby massage courses, which provide new mothers with techniques to help their babies with constipation, colic, sinus congestion and much more.

Rachel is certified with the Association des Massothérapeutes Professionnels du Québec (AMPQ) and the Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ).

Her objective is to help rebalance the body (proper postural alignment), and help regain fluidity and flexibility of the tissues with a therapeutic touch. The ultimate goal being long-term pain relief and/or injury prevention/rehabilitation, so her clients can maximize their enjoyment of an active and healthy lifestyle.

 
 

To contact Quanta Wellness Center:

45 Donegani, Pointe-Claire, Qc. | 514.966.7463

www.quantatherapy.com | www.facebook.com/QuantaWellnessCenter

 
Images by © Gnarly Tree Photography 2013

 

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