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Athletic Therapy

Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and... Read More

Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic.

Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
CATA www.athletictherapy.org


Massage Therapy

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 muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be devel... Read More

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 muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s 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.
CMTO www.cmto.com

Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier is a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, Honours, from the University of Ottawa in 2000, and Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College in 2004. She achieved high academic standards graduating magna cum laude and the silver medal recipient for the highest GPA of the program, respectively. Immediately after graduating she began working with Rugby Canada with the National Senior Women’s team. She reached one of her goals of being part of the team that competed at the World Cup in 2006 finishing 4th in the world.

As an athlete, she represented Rugby Canada in 2000 and that was after rehabilitating from 2 ACL reconstructive surgeries. Kathleen strongly believes that with hard work, commitment and determination almost any injury is recoverable. She believes that returning to play from back-to-back surgeries made her a better athlete and therapist.

Her athletic experience enables her to empathize with her clients and understands the importance to getting back to activity as soon as possible. Her treatments are a combination of hands-on therapies and individualized exercise programs to empower each client. She’s taken courses in Crainiosacral Therapy, Soft Tissue Release, Dynamic Taping, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. This combination has been successful in treating acute injuries like sprains and strains but also chronic pain, headaches, post-cast, post-surgery, and post-concussion symptoms. Kathleen treats clients ranging from children to those who are young at heart.

You don’t have to be an athlete to see an Athletic Therapist. Working together with people to help achieve their potential and participate in whatever activity they choose is what she finds very rewarding. Most recently, Kathleen graduated with honours from Algonquin College’s Intensive Massage Therapy Program. She has now added a new tool in her tool kit to help you return to play.

Outside of work, Kathleen is the proud mother of 2 boys whom she enjoys spending time with. Her hobbies include reading, hiking/snowshoeing, biking, watching movies, and trying to develop her skills at woodcarving.

Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier is a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Sc... Read More

Vanessa discovered her career path of massage therapy a couple of years after high school. She did her massage training at Algonquin College and learned at depth the functions and dysfunctions of the body as well as anatomy. She remains a student of the profession finding better ways to improve clients as well as herself. Vanessa has taken specialized courses in Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Visceral (VM) and Neural Manipulation (NM) which have really expanded her approach to treatment. She has learned how the body is vastly connected and how treating one area of the body can affect numerous other areas in response to minimal pressure. CST, VM, and NM all use light touch to address fascial and neurological restrictions that can impede the body’s normal functioning.

When coming in for a treatment by Vanessa, she will address the issue using a combination of traditional massage techniques and CST, VM, and NM. This allows for global changes to be made in the body to help her clients increase mobility and functioning while decreasing pain and limitations.

Outside of work, Vanessa’s interests include spending time with her partner and their three animals. Vanessa also spends her free time caring for her partner who suffers from Lyme disease. Due to her partner’s illness Vanessa has developed an interest in increasing her knowledge about the disease to better understand it and to also be able to help treat those who suffer from physical symptoms of not just Lyme disease but other chronic diseases that may cause physical symptoms to the body.

Vanessa discovered her career path of massage therapy a couple of years after high school. She d... Read More

Christina is a Registered Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She graduated from Algonquin College’s successful massage program. The focus of her practice is on stress reduction, pain relief, and overall well-being. Her preferred techniques are traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and cupping. Her approach will compliment what is currently offered at Return to Play. A whole body approach will help address areas that may not be currently causing any issue and help give an overall impression of how your body is doing. Regular treatment can promote overall health benefits, help you feel better, and deal with stress.

Christina is a proud mother of four kids so understands the demands and stress of life and the importance of finding whole body balance and good health.

Christina is a Registered Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She graduated from ... Read More

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