Chris Stillinger RMT is a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor trained in advanced therapeutic body work for chronic pain management. Her approach to soft tissue disorders is both innovative and intuitive as she integrates a unique combination of techniques specific to each client’s needs. Manual therapy combined with movement and breathing techniques help to improve quality of life by bringing balance to the body, increasing awareness, reducing pain and restoring function.
Registered Massage Therapy
Experience the Wonderful
Healing Power of Touch
Massage Therapy is an effective hands-on treatment for stress reduction and relaxation as well as for chronic muscle and joint pain. It optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.
Christina is trained in various different types of massage and the optimal approach for your needs will be determined during your personal assessment. Any combination of the following services are offered and available to you during your treatment including Swedish Massage, General Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Myofascial Release, Scar Release Therapy or Reflexology.
Experience the power of touch for health, happiness and well-being. You’re in good hands.
“Like a thousand gentle waves washing over the body”
Thai Massage is also known as Thai Yoga Massage, Assisted Hatha Yoga or “Yoga for Lazy People” and is performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor.
Rhythmic rocking combined with gentle stretching, pressure points and conscious breathing make Thai Massage ideal for relaxation and increased circulation.
The essence of Thai Massage is healing with loving kindness and compassion and the intention is slow and intuitive as it helps to release energy blockages. This dancing meditation has been described as just “like a thousand gentle waves washing over the body”.
Table Thai performed on the massage table is also available upon request and can have the same benefits as Thai Massage on the floor.
Chronic Pain Management
Listen to your body when it whispers, and you’ll never have to hear it scream.
Chronic pain is a growing concern for many sufferers who have difficulty finding and maintaining relief.
Those with chronic soft tissue pain problems due to repetitive strain, trauma, surgery or postural imbalances have found relief through Christina’s specialized approach to treatment. Individualized maintenance programs are developed specifically for each client depending on their level of pain and progress.
Pain Relief Therapy involves unique protocols combining massage therapy, acupressure, myofascial release, e-stim therapy, scar release techniques, emotional unwinding, aromatherapy, self-massage, synergistic movement as well as stretching, strengthening, breathing and awareness techniques to help the client restore function and regain their quality of life.
What can I expect during my first massage appointment?
During your first appointment you will complete a confidential health history form and an initial assessment will be performed. It is important to note any medical conditions or current medications. Your therapist will listen to your concerns and assess your individual needs, discuss your treatment with you, and obtain your consent for treatment.
What is the difference between Swedish Massage and Thai Massage?
With Swedish Massage, you will undress to comfort level and lie between 2 sheets on a massage table. The only body parts that will be exposed or undraped are the ones being worked on at the time. Massage is done directly on the skin using massage oil and techniques may include gliding, kneading or rubbing the muscles with light, moderate or deep tissue pressure, rhythmic rocking and gentle stretching. Often referred to as General Relaxation Massage it is very beneficial for inducing relaxation and also very therapeutic to address minor aches, pains, stiffness and tension.
With Thai Massage, you remain fully clothed in loose, comfortable clothing or stretchy yoga-wear, and no oils are required. Massage techniques are done over the clothes and may include moderate to deep pressure, rhythmic rocking and gentle yoga-like stretches. This is a full-body treatment and the therapist may use their hands, elbows, feet, knees and/or body weight to add pressure to tightened or blocked areas. The client may be lying on a floor mat or on a massage table depending on level of flexibility, pain, stiffness and tension. This type of massage is very beneficial to increase flexibility and circulation as well as to reduce pain and tension.
Must I undress for my massage?
If you choose to receive an oil massage (Swedish, General Relaxation, Aromatherapy) you will be required to remove partial clothing for the application of the oil directly on the skin. Your therapist will leave the room and allow you to undress comfortably and lie in between the sheets. During the treatment, you will be properly draped and only the area being massaged will be exposed. After your treatment, your therapist will leave the room while you dress.
You may choose not to remove any clothing, in which case no oil will be used and Thai Massage techniques will be applied over your clothes. Be sure to wear, or bring to change into, loose comfortable clothing or stretchy yoga-wear. Both types of treatments are equally therapeutic and beneficial and it is just a personal preference as to which one you choose to receive.
Will I feel pain during or after treatment?
Some massage techniques, particularly deep tissue work, may cause slight pain or be uncomfortable during the treatment and there is a possibility some residual tenderness may occur after the treatment. Your therapist will always work within your pain tolerance and will check in with you periodically during the treatment. It is very important to communicate if the pressure is too intense or if you would like more pressure on an area.
Try to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water for 24-48 hours after a treatment, and have a warm epsom salt bath to avoid or alleviate stiffness and to aid in the healing process.
What about self-care after my treatment?
Self-care is always recommended after a treatment. You will get more out of your treatments if you take care of your own health in between sessions. Following self-care recommendations will help your body to repair faster.
Is massage therapy covered by my insurance company?
If you have workplace or private health insurance benefits you may be covered for a certain amount per year or per session. As everyone’s coverage is different you will need to discuss your coverage details with your Insurance Company. A receipt for insurance will be provided after your treatment.
344 Bloor St. West, Suite 610
We are open:
Wednesday 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
15 mins: $30 60 mins: $95
30 mins: $50 90 mins: $140
45 mins: $75 120 mins: $180