Put your best feet forward! Foot health and massage therapy

By: Jessica Zatylny-Koch, RPN, RMT

Jessica is a registered practical nurse and registered massage therapist with advanced training in foot and leg care. In her mobile foot-care practice and as a massage therapist, Jessica has witnessed how improved foot health contributes to better health for the whole body.


Feet are one area of the body that often gets neglected!

This could be because they are the furthest things from our brains or possibly because they are hidden throughout the day. They are, however, extremely important not only for ambulation and bringing us everywhere we need to go, but for the overall health of our body. Continue reading

Hot or cold?

As we get into the summer outdoor season here in Ontario, it’s time for a reminder from your friendly neighbourhood RMTs about when to use HOT or COLD to treat muscle strains and sprains!

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One of the most common questions people ask their massage therapist about any injury is, “Should I use hot or cold on that?”

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The effects of stress – and how massage can help

By: Katherine Pugliese, RYT, RMT

Katherine is passionate about relieving stress through massage and through self-care, which for her includes writing and drawing


Anxiety and depression represent two of the leading health concerns in our society today (Kreitzer, M.J. (2016), “Anxiety and Depression”). Many of us face daily demands and what at times can seem to be overwhelming challenges that cause uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, fear and sadness.

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Holding your head high

As we saw last time, strengthening the deep neck flexors helps to keep the head on straight. But along with attention to the front of the neck, it’s important to improve the health of the suboccipitals at the base of the back of the skull. When taut or irritated, these muscles can cause headaches as well as tension through the jaw, head, and shoulders.

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Muscle of the Month: Suboccipitals

There are eight tiny muscles that have the huge job of keeping your head up, but they can cause a huge headache too! These are your suboccipital muscles. Resting in the nook at the base of the skull, these muscles are essential to fine head movements and in relaying proprioception of your head (where your head is in space and time) to your brain. When out of balance or strained, these muscles can cause temporal headaches and pain with neck movements.

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Rectus Capitis Posterior Major

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Rectus Capitis Posterior Major: Rock and tilt head back into extension, rotate head to same side

Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor: Rock and tilt head back into extension

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Oblique Capitis Superios

Suboccipital - ottawa massage blog Oblique Capitis Inferior

Oblique Capitis Superior: Rock and tilt head back into extension

Oblique Capitis Inferior: Rotate head to same side

Common pain culprit – Eye…

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How-to: Chin tucks

Let’s balance our talk of the trapezius muscles on the back of the body with some attention to the deep neck flexors in the front. Here’s a simple daily exercise to improve posture and reduce muscle strain in the neck and shoulders.

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Head forward posture - Ottawa massage blog

How often do we see people walking around like this? How often do you catch yourself in this position!? This is forward head posture. If you have forward head posture, worry no more – we are here to teach you a very simple correcting exercise called chin tucks. Chin tucks are a simple way of strengthening your deep neck flexors, realigning your cervical (neck) spine and reducing forward head posture.

For those who don’t know, forward head posture is an increase in the curve of the cervical spine. This increase in curve can cause many symptoms like neck pain, tension headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and internally rotated shoulders, to name a few.

Then what is correct head posture?  To achieve correct head posture and for your neck to be in neutral, your earlobe should line up with the mid-point of your shoulder. (Mastoid process in line with acromion.) See below.

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The Properly Positioned Pelvis

By: Sarah Million
Sarah Million is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who believes that correcting postural imbalances is key in providing long term pain relief.


Some people may be surprised to realize that the pelvic region is composed of several bones and many muscles.

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Running Pains: Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

Genevieve Ward 2015By: Genevieve Ward
Genevieve is a registered massage therapist at Body Poets who mixes other activities with running to keep her IT band happy.


If you run, cycle, or walk for exercise, you know about the iliotibial band, or ITB, on the outside of the thigh, and during exercise you might have suffered from pain at the knee that is known as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome or ITBS.

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