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Ashiatsu is here! Only few RMTs are trained in Ashiatsu in the GTA. Tara is the only RMT in Don Mills/ Parkwoods-Donalda offering Ashiatsu. Registered Massage Therapy like you've never experienced before. This technique is especially great for individuals seeking deep tissue massage.
Tara offers massage therapy and acupuncture treatments from her home practice in a newly renovated and relaxing environment. This offers the convenience of proximity in the Don Mills/Parkwoods-Donalda Neighbourhood.
Most extended health plans cover massage therapy provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Check with your insurance provider for details. A receipt will be provided.
Massage therapy reduces stress and promotes circulation to improve function and alleviate pain. Swedish massage techniques (i.e. deep tissue massage, Trigger point therapy, Myofascial release, joint mobilization) are used to manipulate target areas such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints, and skin.
The gliding strokes of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Therapy offers the experience of incredibly consistent pressure and an incomparable sensation of flow. The broad, rounded surfaces of bare, lubricated feet are used to engage the tissue and give greater pressure to create structural change.
Ultrasound waves are a vibrational energy that softens hard fibrous tissue. It is used on bone, ligament, tendon, fascia, muscle, lymph, and skin. The sound waves promote tissue healing and repair, thereby improving joint range of motion and decreasing scar tissue, swelling, muscle spasm and pain.
Acupuncture & Cupping Therapy
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, which uses needles to stimulate energy and blood flow. Acupuncture is applied to specific points on the body and uses one’s energy to achieve balance and alleviate pain. Experiencing pain at night is usually an indication of reduced circulation and energy flow.
Cupping therapy is the use of suction cups to lift and manipulate adhered tissue. The cups are applied to tight and restricted areas to break up stagnant blood in order to relieve pain. The application of the cups may be static, dynamic and/or magnetic.
The lymphatic system removes toxins, waste, and 'garbage' out of the tissues. Sometimes the flow of the lymph is blocked or inhibited by inflammation from toxins, injury, and stagnant blood, and therefore needs assistance. The application of cups will assist in movement of the lymph to be recirculated through the system. Can be applied regionally, as a full body treatment, and/or facially. Beneficial for swelling, injuries, detoxification, and overall well being.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM creates a local inflammatory response in dysfunctional myofascial tissue. Tight fascia and congested tissue can hold onto nerve branches which will limit muscle movement and create pain. The goal is to achieve functional mobile tissue which will reduce adhesions, scar tissue and pain.
Thereby promoting energy, circulation, and healing.
Barefoot Training Specialist
The plantar fascia (bottom of the foot) is the only part of the body that touches the ground, therefore proper foot mechanics are important for posture, balance, and strength. Dysfunction in the feet can lead to many musculoskeletal issues, i.e. plantar fasciitis; low back, hip, knee, shoulder pain; and neck and jaw tension. From assessing foot posture and function, a treatment plan can be created to achieve optimal posture, balance, and strength. Request a gait assessment at your next session.
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FST is pain free! FST takes the body through a series of assisted stretching that could significantly improve joint range of motion and decrease muscular pain. With diaphragmatic breathing FST works with the myofascial and nervous systems to calm the mind and body.
Inquire for rates. All rates include HST. A receipt will be provided for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Payment accepted: cash, cheque or interac e-transfer.
Gift Certificates are available.
Tara is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and also a member of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
The Fascial and Functional Connections from the Foot to the Pelvis Dissection &
The Complete Core Dissection Webinars - Anatomy Trains 2023
TMJ and Pelvic Floor - ConEd Institute 2022
Hand Reflexology - Udemy 2021
Ashiatsu (Barefoot Walking Massage Foundations 1 & 2) - CIAMT 2019
Barefoot Training Specialist Level 2 - EBFA 2019
TriggerPoint Myofascial Compression Techniques, 2018
Barefoot Training Specialist Level 1 - EBFA, 2018
Fascial Stretch Therapy Level 1- Stretch to Win Institute, 2018
Certificate in Advanced Modern Cupping Therapy - Asian Integrative Medicine, 2018
Certificate in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Level 1 - M2T Blade, 2017
Certificate in Therapeutic Ultrasound - National Wellness Institute of Education, 2017
Certificate in the Ashley Gilbert Method, 2017
Certificate in Acupuncture – Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2013
Certificate in Acupressure - National Wellness Institute of Education 2012
Diploma in Massage Therapy - Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, 2005
Bachelor of Physical Health and Education - University of Toronto, 2001
In her 19th year of practice Tara continues to be passionate about massage therapy. She continues to educate herself with current research and techniques for her clients' benefit. She communicates with the fascia and muscles to achieve tissue balance by using a wide range of modalities. These are Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, Myofascial release, Fascial Stretch Therapy, lymphatic drainage, therapeutic ultrasound, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), trigger point and acupressure techniques. Tara also incorporates traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, Gua Sha and cupping therapy. By assessing the soft tissue she is able to treat the body as a whole and achieve balance.
Health and wellness are both a professional and personal focus for Tara. Her journey as a Kinesiologist and Massage Therapist has given her a good understanding of what rehabilitation and pain management patients seek. Focusing on patients’ goals Tara creates effective treatment plans to achieve positive change.