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What is Massage?

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.


Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscularskeletal, nervous and circulatory systems. Massage therapy is great to tread current physical ailments and dysfunctions and can also be used as a tool to maintain optimal healthy by preventing future recurrances of bodily ailments. 


Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.

Who are Registered Massage Therapists?

A Registered Massage Therapist has spent two to three years at a massage therapy school recognized by the Government of Ontario in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act.  RMT's spend countless hours studying anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment and neurology to help them to gain the knowledge to deliver optimal care.  In addition, RMT's must spend at least 150 hours in a clinical environment before bestowed the privlidges of a Registered Massage Therapist. 


An RMT must continue to further their education through continuing education courses to continue to be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  This ensures RMT's adhere to the standards set by the CMTO and ensure the delivery of quality care. 

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Amanda Vaquerano, RMT

Amanda Vaquerano is a 2014 graduate of Humber College. In 2016 she also underwent comprehensive training from the International Cupping Therapy Association.


Massage therapy has been a part of her life since she was a child and as an adult she has seen firsthand how massage can enhance a persons self- image and improve an individual’s health and wellness on both a physical and mental level. 

As an RMT her treatments are assessment based and include remedial exercise, trigger point therapy, myofascial release techniques as well as heat and cryotherapy. She provides goal oriented treatments to help see a change whether big or small in her patients. 


She has experience working with auto-immune disorders, neurological conditions, physical impairments, infants, pregnancy, individuals with complex mental disorders and patients undergoing withdrawal rehabilitation. Amanda is also in good standing with the CMTO.  

Amanda looks forward to meeting you soon!

Velan Soubaya, RMT

Whether you got injured or you want to improve your quality of life, there is always something to do, and more often than not we get overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and end up not taking action. Working with a health professional to overcome this hurdle is the best way to be on the right track to a better quality of life or optimized recovery!

Velan graduated from Mohawk College in 2017, and started his career in Massage Therapy in 2019. Velan specializes in Sports Injury Therapy, consisting of evidence-based assessment, manipulations including trigger point, myofascial release, active release or pin and stretch, percussive stimulation, Swedish techniques and cupping, plus remedial exercising.

Velan has called Hamilton home since 2014. He is from a French Island called Reunion, where he spent the first 18 years of his life. Next he moved to Mainland France for a few years, and then continued his journey to Canada. Velan is fluent in French and is happy to welcome you in either language.

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