‘Barefoot’ running is saving my soles — Almonte Massage Therapy by Body Poets

By Ellen Symons, RMT Ellen used to be a recalcitrant runner who felt as if she were carrying a refrigerator on her back, but in her minimalist shoes she feels lithe as a gazelle. She doesn’t know if minimalist running is for everyone, but she’s sure enjoying her runs much more these days. Initially […]

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End-of-year openings

Once again, we’ve spent a year growing in leaps and bounds. We’ve welcomed new therapists, new clients, and a new office manager to the clinic, and opened a new location in Almonte, Ontario, and the result has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve had record increases in bookings for the past two months, and as usual, December promises to be our busiest month of the past twelve.

Additionally, we are one of three Ottawa massage therapy clinics nominated for a Top Choice Award as Top Massage Therapist 2016 in Ottawa. This is just thrilling! To vote for us before February 1, 2016, click here!

Some therapists are fully booked now until the end of 2015; others still have some availability. Please check our online booking tool for specific schedules at both our Ottawa and Almonte locations, or call the office at 613-222-0465 to inquire.

Holiday closing dates:

  • December 25 – closed
  • December 26 – 9-4 (two RMTs) at our downtown Ottawa location
  • January 1 – closed

Thank you for helping us make this our best year yet. We are happy to be part of your approach to health care, and we look forward to working with you in the months ahead. See you soon, and may you enjoy a restorative end of the year and start 2016 with a sense of excitement and optimism!

Why I love your body

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By: Emilie McKay, RMT

Emilie is an advocate for positive self-esteem and body image. Using her bright and sunny disposition along with her caring hands, she loves to help clients feel good about their bodies.

Squishing bodies every day gives you a new appreciation for them. Like many of my colleagues and massage therapists everywhere, I love anatomy. And by love, I mean ADORE. Muscles, nerves, blood vessels, you name it, love them all! How your body interacts with the world and the little nuances it does to adapt to changing environments is so fascinating to me, which is exactly why I love your body.

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Online Booking 101: Logging on and Booking in

First time on our booking site? Need a refresher on how to use it? Read on to find out how to book the right appointment at the perfect time with your favourite therapist!

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Making an account: 

To make an account if you haven’t opened one before, make your way to the online booking site from www.bodypoets.com – you’ll see the “Book Online” circle on the right side of the page.

register - ottawa massage blogOnce you’ve made it to the online booking site, click “Register as New User,” found on the lower left hand side of the page.




Make account - ottawa massage blogYou will then be prompted to fill out all necessary information. This includes your full name, your email address, and your phone number. Please use a phone number where we can most easily reach you, in case we need to call about your appointment. Then click “Sign Up”.

Once you’ve completed this step, you will receive an email with your login information and password. Check your Spam box, as your email server may not recognize us yet! Email account info - ottawa massage blogThese are computer-generated usernames and passwords, and you can change them once you’ve logged in.

Booking Your Appointment: 

When you login each time, your first screen will be the current calendar.

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Find the date you would like to book, and either select the name of the therapist you wish to see, or click “View All” to see all appointments for the day.

Day view - Ottawa Massage BlogOnce you have chosen a day and a therapist you’d like to see, you can book a session. You will see the therapist’s name in the upper left hand corner. You will also see their contact information if you wish to get in touch with them directly, before the appointment. We also include the therapist’s common pressure range. All therapists can accommodate your specific needs, but some have more affinity for the pressure ranges specified.

Appt select - Ottawa massage blogTo select an appointment, click one of the categories on the left (“New Client”, “Massage”, etc.) to view a drop-down menu. In the drop-down menu, click the small box next to the appointment option you wish to book. This will then show you which time slots (on the right) are available. Note: Time slots will be grey if they are not available for that length of appointment. In the example on the left, 3:45 and 4:00 are not available times.

Details - Ottawa Massage BlogOnce you have selected the time slot you wish to book, you will be prompted to fill out details of the appointment. Your personal account information will be automatically generated in the appropriate fields. Note: If you are booking an appointment for a friend, please make a new account for them rather than using your account, to save confusion.

The other text boxes let us know if you are paying through one of our direct billing entities, if you are using a gift certificate, or if there is anything your therapist should know before treatment (i.e. disabilities, areas of concern, etc.)

When you have filled everything out, click “Book”.

Appt Confirmation - ottawa massage blogThe next screen will confirm the appointment you just booked. Be sure to review it to make sure you’ve booked the appointment you wanted.

If you notice something isn’t right, click “Cancel Booking” and rebook the appointment you were hoping for.

You will also receive an email that confirms the appointment.

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If you are experiencing any issues with booking, don’t hesitate to call us at 613-222-0465 or email info@bodypoets.com. We are very happy to help.

Forgot your Password

If you have already been to the clinic, then you have an online account, regardless of whether you made it or we booked for you. If you can’t remember your user name and password, find your way to the login page on the online booking site. Click “Forgot Password” located in the lower left corner. Forgot password - Ottawa massage blog

email forgot password- ottawa massage blogYou will then be prompted to provide you email address.  This will email you the usernames and passwords linked to that email.

Don’t remember your email on the account? Send us an email to info@bodypoets.com, or call 613-222-0465, and we can remind you, or change it for you.

And don’t worry if you are not a tech-savy individual, we are always happy to book your appointment by phone or email.

Be sure to check our blog again for more online booking guidance. Leave a comment below if you have specific questions!

Summer time Epsom salts

Ah, summer is upon us. Weekends by the lake, lunches on the patio, night time strolls under the stars. Summer is meant for fun!

Ottawa massage blog Epsom salt bag

But alas, summer can also bring us some not-so-fun things. Bug bites, sun burns, and sore muscles cause us woes during the hot months. So, Body Poets wants to help keep your body comfortable and healthy!

Book a massage on a Saturday or Sunday in July or August, and receive a free 3-cup bag of Epsom salts.

Epsom salts are, in fact, magnesium salts, that help hundreds of the body’s daily functions. Many of you already know about their usefulness for achy, sore muscles, but did you know they can be used for much more?

Bee stings: Epsom salts can help bring the stinger closer to the surface for removal, and help reduce the inflammatory process. Soak in a bath, or create a paste with a small bit of water and apply it locally.

Mosquito bites: Similar to the effect it has for bee stings, Epsom salts can decrease the swelling and inflammation caused by a mosquito bite. Create a paste and apply it straight to the bite.

Grimy skin: Remove grime from your skin and face with an Epsom salt exfoliating paste. Mix Epsom salt with baby oil, almond, or olive oil, and rub over the skin to remove dirt, grease, and grime built up during a hot summer day.

Poison Ivy: To soothe the pain, itchiness, and swelling that result from touching poison ivy, take a soak in an Epsom salt bath.

Sunburns: Cool down your sunburn and reduce redness by applying an Epsom salt paste to the burned area, or soak in a cool Epsom salt bath for larger areas.

Garden Epsom - Ottawa massage blogHelp out your garden: Epsom salts aren’t just good for the body; your plants love them too! Feed tomatoes, peppers, roses, and more with a few tablespoons of Epsom salts. Read all about it here: http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/garden/.

Get your free bag of Epsom salts on your next weekend visit to Body Poets! Book a massage on any weekend this summer and receive 3 cups free. Visit http://www.bodypoets.com to book online.