Achieving Holistic Health: Unveil the Secrets of Massage Therapy Edmonton at Red Leaf Wellness2023-10-19T05:15:22+00:00

Achieving Holistic Health: Unveil the Secrets of Massage Therapy Edmonton at Red Leaf Wellness

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Introduction to Massage Therapy: A Blend of Old and New

Welcome, dear reader. In our fast-paced world, stress is common. This affects both your mental and physical health. But your search for complete well-being ends here. At Red Leaf Wellness, we offer more than just quick relief. We provide a full range of well-being tailored to your unique health needs. So, discover why we stand out for massage therapy in Edmonton, and how our special services can become a key part of your health journey.

The Science of Massage: Beyond Just Feeling Good

Massage therapy is not new. Its importance is as relevant today as it was in ancient times, especially with rising mental health challenges. Here, you’ll see how massage perfectly complements modern approaches like Functional Medicine. Indeed, according to recent studies by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage offers more than just stress relief. It’s also effective for various health conditions. Moreover, massage therapy aids in boosting the immune system, enhancing flexibility, and promoting better sleep.

The Art and Science Behind a Wonderful Massage

A phenomenal massage experience goes beyond mere touch; it’s an intricate blend of technique, timing, and tools. Many perceive massage as a simple kneading of muscles, but it’s much more than that. At Red Leaf Wellness, our highly trained therapists are skilled in a myriad of methods and techniques.

Technique Matters

The right technique can make the difference between a good massage and an exceptional one. Our therapists are proficient in various styles—be it Swedish, deep tissue, or hot stone massage—each with its unique benefits and methods. The application of these techniques is calibrated to your specific needs, whether it’s to relieve tension, alleviate pain, or simply to relax.

The Importance of Timing

Timing is another crucial aspect. Too short, and the massage may not be enough to provide lasting relief. Too long, and it could potentially lead to muscle soreness. Our therapists are adept at pacing the session to ensure maximum benefits, giving each muscle group the attention and time it deserves.

The Right Tools for the Right Results

The tools employed in the massage also play a vital role. From specialized massage oils that hydrate your skin to advanced equipment designed for deep tissue work, we utilize top-of-the-line tools to enhance your massage experience.

A Powerful Quote

As the renowned massage therapist, Tiffany Field, once said, “Touch is not just a luxury; it’s a basic human need.” At Red Leaf Wellness, we wholeheartedly agree. We believe that massage therapy is not merely a luxury but a pathway to better health and well-being.

Why Choose Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton

In a busy city like Edmonton, finding a place for well-being is essential. At our clinic, we focus on patient-centered care. Whether you face physical pain or emotional issues, our Pain Management Program and Emotional Health Program offer added benefits alongside our top-tier massage therapy. Additionally, Mayo Clinic’s guidelines further show its effectiveness for a range of chronic pain conditions. Our clinic’s ambiance also contributes to your overall wellness experience, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.

Picking Your Therapist: A Crucial Step

The success of your massage therapy relies on your therapist’s skills. At Red Leaf Wellness, our skilled and certified therapists aim to provide you not just relaxation but also long-term health benefits. Selecting the right therapist can make a world of difference in your therapy experience.

Getting Ready for Your Session: Quick Tips

Drinking water and wearing comfy clothes can enhance your massage experience. Our therapists are here to offer personalized tips, ensuring you get the most from your session. Also, consider arriving a bit early to unwind and get into the right mindset for your therapy.

During Your Massage: What to Expect

When you arrive, you’ll be warmly welcomed and consulted to tailor your session to your specific health needs and likes. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of specialized therapies. Our treatment rooms are designed for ultimate comfort, featuring top-of-the-line massage tables and soothing music to enhance your experience.

Specialized Therapies: More Than Just Massage

At Red Leaf Wellness, we offer specialized treatments like lymphatic drainage, hot stone massage, and reflexology. These therapies offer unique health benefits and can be combined with more traditional forms of massage for a comprehensive treatment plan.

After Your Massage: Keep Feeling Good

Staying hydrated and light stretching after your session can prolong the benefits of your therapy. Our therapists are always here to offer aftercare advice, including tailored exercises and nutrition tips to support your wellness journey.

Start Your Wellness Journey Now

So, are you ready for the best massage therapy Edmonton offers? At Red Leaf Wellness, we are not just a service; we are your partner in a complete wellness journey. Book your session today and begin your transformation.

What makes Red Leaf Wellness different from other massage clinics?2023-09-01T05:00:35+00:00

At Red Leaf Wellness, we go beyond the typical massage experience. Our holistic approach encompasses not just physical relief but also emotional and mental well-being. Our therapists are trained in a variety of specialized techniques, allowing us to tailor each session to your individual needs. We also focus on long-term wellness, offering advice and strategies to help you maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle beyond our clinic’s walls.

How do I know which massage is right for me?2023-09-01T05:00:50+00:00

Choosing the right massage therapy can be overwhelming, especially with so many options available. That’s where our expert therapists come in. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your specific needs, lifestyle, and any health conditions you may have. Based on this information, we’ll recommend the most suitable therapy for you, ensuring that you get the most out of each session.

Is cupping therapy painful? What should I expect?2023-09-01T05:01:10+00:00

Cupping therapy can be a new experience for many, and it’s natural to wonder about the comfort level. While some people may experience mild discomfort or a pulling sensation, most find the process to be surprisingly relaxing. The suction from the cups stimulates blood flow, which can result in a warm, soothing feeling. Any minor discomfort usually fades quickly, leaving you with a sense of deep relaxation and relief.

What should I expect from a RAPID NeuroFascial Reset session?2023-09-01T05:01:33+00:00

RAPID NeuroFascial Reset is a revolutionary therapy that targets the neurological aspects of muscle tension and pain. During the session, you may experience a range of sensations as the therapist works on specific trigger points. The technique may involve both passive and active movements from you. The end result is often immediate relief from tension and an improvement in your range of motion. It’s like giving your body a ‘reset,’ allowing you to move more freely and without discomfort.

Where can I learn more about the benefits of different massage therapies?2023-09-01T05:04:35+00:00
Are you supposed to tip a massage therapist?2023-10-19T05:07:29+00:00

Tipping culture can vary by location and establishment, but in many places, it is customary to tip a massage therapist. Generally, the standard tip is between 15% to 20% of the total service cost. However, tipping is usually at your discretion and should reflect your level of satisfaction with the service. Some spas and wellness centers might include the tip in the overall price or offer an envelope at the reception for this purpose.

It’s always a good idea to inquire ahead of time if tipping is appropriate at the facility where you’re receiving your massage. For example, in medical settings, tips may not be accepted. Moreover, you should also check if the tip is already included in your bill, especially in cases of prepaid or package deals.

It’s noteworthy that the American Massage Therapy Association provides guidelines about tipping, emphasizing that while it’s appreciated, it’s not always necessary depending on the setting and local customs. For specific details on the tipping culture related to massage therapy in Edmonton, the City of Edmonton’s website could offer localized information.

At Red Leaf Wellness, our focus is on holistic health and patient-centered care, and we are transparent about all costs involved, including tipping policies, to ensure a comfortable experience for our patients.

What happens during a massage treatment?2023-10-19T05:08:38+00:00

A massage treatment is more than just lying on a table and getting rubbed down. From the moment you walk into the facility, your experience is tailored to your individual needs. Initially, you’ll likely fill out some paperwork and discuss your medical history, pain points, and desired outcomes with your therapist. This is a crucial step to ensure that the massage treatment is aligned with your health goals.

Once in the treatment room, you’ll be given privacy to disrobe to your comfort level and position yourself on the massage table. Your therapist will then use the techniques best suited for you, which could range from Swedish and deep tissue to specialized treatments like hot stone or lymphatic drainage. The pace, pressure, and techniques used are adjusted based on your comfort and needs.

Throughout the session, communication with your therapist is encouraged to make any adjustments for your comfort. After the massage, you may feel relaxed or experience relief from pain. You’ll be given aftercare advice, which could include hydration and stretching exercises.

The Mayo Clinic offers an excellent overview of what to expect during a massage treatment. For those specifically looking for massage therapy in Edmonton, the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta provides guidelines and expectations for treatments in the region.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive treatment, our Pain Management Program at Red Leaf Wellness integrates massage therapy as a core component of a holistic approach to managing pain.

Specialists on our Team:

Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Michelle Winton 🇬🇧

Position: Acupuncture, Massage
Categories: Acupuncture, Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Gender Reassignment, Gua Sha, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Pregnancy, PTSD, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 5-8Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.

Education:

  • Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
    • Honors standings
  • Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Michelle Winton 🇬🇧

Acupuncture, Massage

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled...

Kristel Campbell, Registered Massage Therapist and Osteopath

Kristel Campbell 🇬🇧

Position: Massage, Manual Osteopath
Categories: Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Concusssion, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Gender Reassignment, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage Therapy, Musculoskeletal, Osteopathic Massage, Pain Management, Pregnancy, Rapid Neurofascial Reset (RMT), Relaxation Massage, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Therapeutic Massage, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visceral Manipulation, Whiplash

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 5-7Kristel loves helping people on their wellness journey and, through massage therapy, she has witnessed the impact healing touch plays within holistic care. Kristel studied massage therapy at Mount Royal University in 2003 and has been practicing in different clinical settings for the past 15 years. Over the course of her career she has experienced just how connected the body really is. Wanting to expand her knowledge and skill sets she returned back to university studies. In 2016 she attended the National Manual Osteopathic College in Red Deer, Alberta where her studies focused on utilizing all available modern manual medicine techniques to assess injury and diseases of muscles, bones, joints, organs and nerves.

Kristel uses her massage therapy skills, focusing on fascial release, visceral manipulation, cupping and craniosacral therapy to help her clients return back to being able to accomplish the things they love doing and to live in as pain free a manner as possible.

Kristel likes to treat a wide variety of neurovascular, musculoskeletal, and obstetrical syndromes such as low back/pelvic pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, whiplash, pregnancy, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, structural and posture improvements. Her focus is on chronic care and rehabilitation.

Kristel loves to learn from and experience other regions. She has travelled around the world for work, studies, and personal growth. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and has lived in Calgary, Halifax and Edmonton. Kristel also enjoys spending time with her great dane Odin.

Kristel Campbell, Registered Massage Therapist and Osteopath

Kristel Campbell 🇬🇧

Massage, Manual Osteopath

Kristel loves helping people on their wellness journey and, through...

Shannon Camarta, Administrative Assistant and Nutritional Consultant

Shannon Camarta 🇬🇧 🇩🇪

Position: Massage, Nutrition, Reiki
Categories: Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Gender Reassignment, Hormone Health, Inclusive Health, Massage Therapy, Neurological Health, Reiki, Stress

With a foundation in Psychology and a certification in Holistic Nutrition, Shannon is also a level III Reiki practitioner and an aspiring Registered Massage Therapist. Her diverse skill set allows her to adopt an integrative approach to promote holistic well-being for her clients.

Currently, in the final year of her massage therapy studies, Shannon is committed to creating an environment where clients feel safe and free from judgment as they embark on their healing journey. She customizes each session to meet individual needs, drawing upon a wide array of techniques she has acquired through her educational journey. Whether you’re seeking therapeutic relief or relaxation, Shannon employs a variety of massage methods, with a special affinity for fascial and non-Swedish modalities. She eagerly anticipates the mutual learning experience that each session brings.

Education:

  • CERT – Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant

Licensure:

  • C.H.N.C, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
Shannon Camarta, Administrative Assistant and Nutritional Consultant

Shannon Camarta 🇬🇧 🇩🇪

Massage, Nutrition, Reiki

With a foundation in Psychology and a certification in Holistic...

Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

Manuela Hofer 🇬🇧 🇩🇪

Position: Massage, Craniosacral, Qigong
Categories: Anxiety, Back Pain, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Concusssion, Depression, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Headaches & Migraines, Hormonal Health, Hormone Health, Massage Therapy, Movement and Energy, Musculoskeletal, Neurological Health, Pregnancy, PTSD, Qigong Somatic Movement, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Seniors Health, Somatic Movement Education, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash, Women's Health

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 3-5

Manuela provides a sanctuary for her clients, a place where they can relax and rejuvenate. As a dedicated somatic practitioner, she believes in the body’s inherent wisdom and intelligence. Her compassionate approach and healing touch set the stage for relaxation, vitality, and energy flow. She is committed to optimizing your health in the most effective ways possible.

The therapeutic techniques Manuela specializes in—Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Qigong—emphasize the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, and emotional states. Through her gentle Craniosacral touch, she helps to release long-standing tensions and restrictions. She places a special focus on balancing the central nervous system, enabling your body to achieve a state of rest, recovery, and optimal functioning.

Having recently graduated from the 2200-hour Massage Therapy Program at Reflexacademy in Sherwood Park, Manuela has broadened her range of services. She now offers Massage Therapy as a standalone treatment or in combination with Craniosacral Therapy. Her nurturing touch and massage skills work to dissolve muscle tightness and tension, restoring your energy and vitality to a harmonious state.

Beyond her hands-on treatments, Manuela offers additional resources to support your well-being. She consistently provides body meditations, exercises, and practical tips to help you maintain your health between sessions. Her extensive background in somatic techniques, which focus on the internal experience of movement and bodily awareness, equips her with invaluable tools to help you manage day-to-day stress and self-regulate both body and mind.

Schedule an appointment with Manuela to experience a range of benefits: from stress and anxiety reduction, pain and muscle stiffness alleviation, to enhanced relaxation and improvements in digestive, respiratory, and joint health, as well as circulation, energy flow, and immune system function. Her treatments aim to deepen your connection with your body, leaving you feeling peaceful and revitalized.

 

Education: 

  • Somatic Movement Therapist (SMT), Moving On Center, Oakland, USA
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), BodyIntelligence, Canada
  • Qigong Instructor Certification (ASS Institute, Germany)
  • Training in Continuum Movement (USA)
  • Massage Therapy at Reflexacademy Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 2200hrs

Licensure: 

  • RBCST, Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT)
  • Natural Health Practitioner Canada / NHPC (RMT)

Fluency: 🇬🇧 – English | 🇩🇪 – German

Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

Manuela Hofer 🇬🇧 🇩🇪

Massage, Craniosacral, Qigong

Manuela provides a sanctuary for her clients, a place where...

Royston Frederick, RMT

Royston Frederick 🇬🇧

Position: Massage, Energy
Categories: Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Auto-Immune Health, Back Pain, Bio-Dynamic Energetic Therapy, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Diabetes, Emotional Health, Fibromyalgia, Headaches & Migraines, Massage Therapy, Movement and Energy, Musculoskeletal, Neurological Health, Pain Management, Post-Covid Syndrome, Rapid Neurofascial Reset (RMT), Reiki, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash

Royston Frederick Massage Therapy Pressure ScaleRoyston is a registered massage therapist with a two-year advanced clinical massage therapy diploma from MaKami College. This program is the highest comprehensive massage therapy program of its kind in the province of Alberta, providing 3,000 hours of classroom and practical work experience.

Over a decade Royston has practiced various forms of meditations as well as energetic and vibrational modalities. These modalities include Jin Shin Jyutsu, Acupoint Therapy, Qi Gong, Reconnective Healing and a modality similar to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy which he coined “Bio-Dynamic Energetic Therapy”. Royston specializes in chronic pain management through the balancing of the body’s energy fields and various energy systems.

These modalities help:
People who are sensitive to touch therapies and needling, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, relieve acute and chronic pain, increase the body’s energy and body awareness, and promote better circulation and improve mental focus.

Royston is also a certified NMT (Neuromuscular Therapist) and holds level III certificates in both Usui Reiki and Reconnective Healing. With both knowledge and experience, Royston uses energy and vibrational therapies to invoke the body’s natural ability to heal, bringing back balance to your mind, body, and soul.

Education: 

  • RMT, Registered Massage Therapist Diploma, Makami College
  • NMT, Neuromuscular Therapist Certificate, International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapies
  • Traditional Japanese Reiki (Third Degree) Certificate – Usui System of Natural Healing
  • Reconnective Healing (Level III) Certificate
  • Craniosacral Techniques

Licensure: 

  • RMT, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA)
Royston Frederick, RMT

Royston Frederick 🇬🇧

Massage, Energy

Royston is a registered massage therapist with a two-year advanced...

Professional headshot of a RMT and Manual Osteopath with short blonde hair, right nostril piercing, in a black V-neck top, displaying a calm and neutral expression, set against a light grey backdrop.

Kristie Harrison 🇬🇧

Position: Massage, Manual Osteopath
Categories: Anxiety, Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Concusssion, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Headaches & Migraines, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Musculoskeletal, Osteopathic Massage, Pain Management, PTSD, Sciatica, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Release, Whiplash, Women's Health

Kristie is a dedicated massage therapist and osteopathic manual therapist, committed to enhancing the well-being of her clients. Graduating from Advanced Massage Therapy at CDI College in 2012 laid the foundation for her career, but her journey took a significant step forward when she recently completed her studies at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in October 2022. With this additional qualification, Kristie now practices as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist, expanding her repertoire of healing techniques.

Her treatments are versatile, ranging from soft relaxation to moderately deeper therapeutic massage. Kristie’s expertise extends beyond traditional massage therapy; she is certified in dynamic cupping, hot stone therapy, and target muscle release techniques. This diverse skill set allows her to tailor treatments to the unique needs of each individual, ensuring effective and personalized care.

Kristie’s experience spans various areas, including motor vehicle accidents, post-operative recovery, sports injuries, stress management, facial restrictions, postural issues, and mental health concerns such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She is also proficient in prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as pediatric massage for children over the age of six.

Her dedication to giving back to the community is evident through her involvement in various charitable initiatives. Kristie has volunteered her services at events like Bust a Move for Cancer and Road Hockey to Cure Cancer, demonstrating her commitment to supporting those in need.

In addition to her massage therapy qualifications, Kristie holds a diploma in Addictions and Community Service Work, reflecting her holistic approach to health and well-being. She enjoys delving into the root causes of pain and discomfort, working tirelessly to provide long-lasting relief for her clients.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Kristie finds joy in spending time with her child, embarking on road trips, and visiting her family dogs. Her passion for healing, coupled with her compassionate nature and diverse skill set, make her a trusted ally in the journey to optimal health and wellness.

Education

  • Manual Osteopath, Manual Osteopathic College of Canada
  • Advanced Massage Therapy, CDI College
  • Diploma – Addictions and Community Service Worker, CDI College

Certifications/Licensure

  • Manual Osteopath, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
  • RMT, Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
Professional headshot of a RMT and Manual Osteopath with short blonde hair, right nostril piercing, in a black V-neck top, displaying a calm and neutral expression, set against a light grey backdrop.

Kristie Harrison 🇬🇧

Massage, Manual Osteopath

Kristie is a dedicated massage therapist and osteopathic manual therapist,...

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