Massage Therapy Calgary SW & Rocky Mountain House
Cindy Gonzalez - Registered Massage Therapist
Cindy Gonzalez was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has always had a strong interest in body health. After graduating high school in “99”, she took some time to discover her true passions.
She graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, June 2012. Cindy completed the 2200-hour program of intense anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessments, passive and active stretching and various massage techniques. She also completed all of the A.R.T (Active Release Technique) courses, and was fully certified in January 2015.
Her approach and technique depends highly on a client’s lifestyle and health. She believes the body should be balanced and we should always be aware of our asymmetries.
Ashley Dufour - Registered Massage Therapist
Ashley has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since she completed her training in the 3000 hour program at WCCMT, in New Westminster BC in 2012. She has treated a variety of treatments from head to toe; ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to sciatica, and plantar fasciitis to headaches. Ashley has always enjoyed the challenges thrown her way when it comes to manual therapy and bringing balance back to the human body.
During her education she completed a number of outreaches around the city, including the high risk pregnancy ward at the BC Women's Hospital, the burns and trauma unit at VGH, and the Canuck Place Children's Hospice. She worked in the multiple sclerosis, pre/post natal clinics at school, and has worked with a variety of athletes in all stages of healing and training.
Ashley recently made the move back to Calgary to be closer to family and friends. She is very excited to be joining the team at Prairie Therapy, and looks forward to meeting all of your treatment needs.
Thomas Usselman - Registered Massage Therapist
Thomas Usselman was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He picked up the skilled trade of tile installation in Calgary before falling in love and moving to Rocky Mountain House. Thomas and his girlfriend moved to Rocky Mountain House in 2005 when his family purchased the Subway there. After years of working at Subway and installing tile for Bauer Flooring, getting married and having three kids, Thomas hurt his back with a herniated disk. He then became very interested in Massage Therapy, as it had aided him in his recovery. Now, 3 years later, Thomas is graduating from MaKami College of Massage Therapy with a 3000hr Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy diploma.
Thomas is very excited to be working for Prairie Therapy in Rocky Mountain House as a Massage Therapist. MaKami College gave him numerous experiences with a variety of massage techniques such as Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, and Relaxation Massage, Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Myofascial release (cupping).
Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist
Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering was born and raised in the small town of Vauxhall, Alberta. She moved to Victoria, BC to complete the 3000 hour RMT program and came back ‘home’ to further her passion in helping others. She graduated from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary in 2013. She completed a 3 month internship in Mian Yang, Sichuan, China where she observed and trained with some of the most respected Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. The internship included teachings in pediatrics, gynaecology, dermatology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and cosmetology.
Dr. Pickering’s first experience with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine was during her years as a competitive dancer. First used for pain relief and then for chronic health concerns, it was soon apparent the many health benefits that acupuncture could bring.
She is excited to bring Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prairie Therapy with an ‘east meets west’ approach by combining her previous knowledge and experience of western medicine with her new and ever evolving TCM practice.
Massage Therapy Calgary SW
All of our massage therapists are highly qualified therapists. The techniques and treatments which they offer include:
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
As it's name suggests, deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper muscles and tissues in the human body. It is used to treat chronic pain as well as tight areas through out the body. Compared to a regular massage, the pressure is more intense. This type of work can help break down adhesions which can cause pain and restrict movement. This type of massage therapy can be beneficial for sports injuries, repetitive injuries, pain as a result of postural issues and general muscle tension.
Active Realease Techniques
Active release therapy is a massage technique that focuses on an individuals soft tissue system and how it impacts their movement. It's terrific at treating over use injuries such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splits, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, tennis elbow and shoulder pain.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Myofascial release treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. It is usually a precursor to deep tissue massage that includes superficial techniques to release the tissue and prepare the muscle for relaxation.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Swedish massage is your basic massage techniques used during most treatments. Techniques vary from light to vigorous and include the five basic strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness, improving mobility and providing relaxation.