Eric Robert, RMT, Owner
Eric graduated from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program from Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1996. After working in many different settings including spas and medical clinics, Eric established Manotick Massage Therapy Centre in 2002. In March 2019, the clinic underwent an expansion which more than doubled the space occupied.
His passion and belief in therapeutic massage is what has kept him active in the field for the past 24 years. Eric has adapted the many different techniques he has learned over his career to effectively treat many different injuries. Whether it is a sports related injury or pain and tension built up from everyday life, Eric prides himself on creating an effective treatment plan that will help his clients recover.
When Eric isn’t busy trying to keep up with his two daughters, he finds time to enjoy his other passion in life, sports. He enjoys hockey, golf and softball.
Eric looks forward to helping you live a healthy and pain free lifestyle.
Jodie Marsan, RMT
Jodie is a 2006 graduate from the Kiné-Concept Institute for Massage Therapy and has been working at Manotick Massage Therapy Center for 13 years.
As a firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind/spirit, Jodie believes that massage therapy plays an important role in relieving physical and emotional stress by enhancing overall health and well-being.
Her keen sense of touch and intuition enhance her practical knowledge and years of experience for more effective and customized treatments and treatment plans, based on individual needs.
Jodie specializes in but is not limited to postural issues and muscular imbalances, as well injury rehabilitation. Many of Jodie's clients seek out her unique style of deep tissue therapy, however she maintains that "Pain does not always equal gain", and ensures there is always good dialogue, assessment and feedback to safely work within each client's comfort zone.
Laura is an RMT who graduated in 2016 with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy from Algonquin College. Laura's goal as an RMT is to help clients achieve a pain free and happy lifestyle through client centered care and treatments.
Her clinical skill set holds a focus in these areas:
· Light to moderate/firm pressure
· Trigger Point Therapy
· Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Children
· Children aged 4+
· Prenatal and Postnatal Care
· Chronic Pain Management (fibromyalgia)
· Sciatic Nerve Pain
· Intra-Oral (TMJ) Treatment
· Migraines and Headaches
· Anxiety, Depression and PTSD
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being, as well as your quality of life. As a long time recipient of massage therapy myself, I can attest that all of the above is true.
In 2008 I was seeking a change in career and had some hard decisions to make. What could I do that would keep me feeling challenged and that changed from day to day? What could I do that would keep me out of an office setting, away from the computer and support my desire for a non-sedentary lifestyle? What could I do that would, not only keep me connected to other people, but also enhance their lives? What could I do to bring my love of the natural world into my work? After a lot of introspective thought I decided to turn my passions into a career and am now a Registered Massage Therapist. Massage allows me to fulfill everything that I was looking for in a profession. It allows me to interact with new people and different cases every day, it keeps me on my toes (both literally and figuratively!), and allows me to work with the amazing yet natural responses of the human body to heal.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. In my professional experience I have had the privilege of working with the elderly, infants, and all ages in between. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked. In my years of experience, I have successfully performed treatments on acute and chronic conditions such as migraines, frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, strains and sprains, breaks and fractures, sciatica, scoliosis, myofascial restrictions and whiplash, just to name a few. I am also able to modify any of these treatments to accommodate for underlying health conditions such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, pregnancy and many more. If you are unsure whether or not you are able to receive the benefits of massage, I would be happy to work with you to try to create a treatment plan that is not only safe but effective too.
My practice has been enriched by practicing in multi-disciplinary clinics, providing home and palliative care, working with chiropractors, and by partnering with various holistic and naturopathic health care providers. I now specialize in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports and repetitive injury rehab, and hot stone massage. I have also furthered my education by taking extra ethics training to ensure that all clients feel comfortable in trusting me with their therapeutic goals. I believe in working in connection to the individual, providing a deep therapeutic massage with lasting results. My main focus as an RMT is to find the root cause of pain or dysfunction and restore proper alignment, function and form. I will always strive to apply the tools needed to treat each individual case. Every scenario is unique and therefore deserves a tailored approach.
Melissa Oitzl, RMT
Melissa developed her passion for health and fitness at a young age growing up as a competitive diver and she continued with long distance running, competing 6 marathons during her years at university. Five years ago she pursued competitive bodybuilding and because nationally qualified before taking a hiatus to start a family! She has understood the benefit of massage therapy and exercise and thrives off sharing her passion with others.
After completing her degree in human kinetics, Mel worked as personal trainer and group fitness instructor and wanted to add a complimentary modality to her skill set.
In 2014, Mel graduated from the Intensive Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College and became a registered massage therapist. She specializes in deep tissue and has extensive experience working with rehabbing injuries as well as pre-and post-natal clients.
Melissa was born raised in the Ottawa area. She graduated from Algonquin College and became registered in 2010. Melissa is a member of the RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario).
Over the years, Melissa has treated clients for; headaches, repetitive strains, facet irritation, pre/post natal, sports injuries and relaxation, to name a few. She performs assessments to problem solve the root of the pain and create a treatment plan. Melissa can apply moderate to deep pressure and uses techniques such as; myofacial release, trigger point work, Swedish techniques, and stretches to list a few.
Outside of work, she likes to stay active and spend time with her young family.
Nancy Pollock, RMT
Nancy graduated from Algonquin College’s Massage Therapy Intensive Program in 2017. Prior to completing her Massage Therapy Diploma, Nancy attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. Nancy has always been involved in sports and physical activity and recognizes the importance of proper rehabilitation, which is what lead her to pursue her studies in Kinesiology and Massage Therapy. Nancy enjoys working with all age groups, ranging from children to older adults, as well as with athletes and prenatal patients. Nancy’s work tends to lean towards the more therapeutic deep tissue aspect of massage therapy. Her favourite part about working as a massage therapist, along with meeting new people and always learning new things, is seeing the improvements, even if small, that massage therapy can make on an individual’s wellbeing and physical ability.
In her free time Nancy enjoys staying physically active. You can find her going on long hikes with her dog, playing hockey, golfing, as well as participating in aerial fitness classes. She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, travelling, as well as reading and knitting during her down time.
Pamela Murray, RMT
Pamela Murray is a Registered Massage Therapist born and raised in Russell, Ontario. Pamela graduated from Algonquin College in 2011 from the Advanced Diploma Massage Therapy Program. She joined Manotick Massage Therapy Centre in August of 2011, and has developed a love for the area's clientele, as well as the local charm. She strongly believes in local pride, and supporting small businesses. Having only ever worked in small businesses, she is proud to work in a professional yet caring environment, focused on client-centred care.
After having an active childhood as a stepdancer, Pamela knew any career she chose needed to be an active one. Becoming a Massage Therapist has allowed her to continue her active lifestyle, while working closely with people, another strength. Pamela uses her knowledge and love of Massage Therapy to treat a wide variety of common impairments such as muscle strain, tension, disc herniation, poor ergonomics, tempero-mandibilar joint dysfunction, sports related injuries, and pre and post natal massage. Pamela is also registered with Blue Cross, and can assist the areas Veteran, RCMP, and Military persons with pride. Pamela has completed levels one and two of the Acupressure course, a type of Eastern Chinese Medicine using pressure points and energy meridians to treat pain and common conditions. Pamela incorporates Acupressure in her treatments to provide the client with a truly unique massage.
During her career, Pamela has developed her massage skills from basic techniques, to having an understanding of what the tissue needs. Being able to apply the right amount of pressure, and the right techniques allows her to treat the impairment safely yet efficiently. She believes in the body's capability to heal itself using Massage Therapy and at-home remedial exercises as building blocks. Pamela believes the body needs to be in constant motion, and works to regain balance without disturbing the body's normal routine or function. Believing that everyone can benefit from Massage Therapy in one way or another, allows Pamela to focus on providing client-centred care for each client. When you book time with her, that time is focused on your impairments and path to well-being.
Outside of work Pamela enjoys spending time with family, baking and exercise. Living in the country, Pamela spends her off time quilting, volunteering and renovating her 100+ year old farm house with her husband, Adam, Basset Hound Paula, and Fox Hound Hudson.
Stephanie Ferguson, RMT
Stephanie has been working at Manotick Massage Therapy Centre since September 2008. She completed the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2008. She is a registered massage therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Stephanie uses a variety of massage techniques in her treatments with a focus on myofascial, neuromuscular and swedish techniques including trigger point therapy. Her massage treatments include relaxation, pregnancy, deep tissue and treating a variety of conditions ranging from sprains and strain injuries, headaches, joint problems and the chronic tension issues experienced by many from long hours of computer work. Stephanie was drawn to massage therapy due to its natural healing benefits. She aims to provide safe, therapeutic massage treatments to relieve stress and pain, increase mobility and to promote well-being.