Vera has an extensive background in Alternative Medicine both as a Registered Massage Therapist and a Holistic Practitioner. She is a graduate of ICT Kikkawa College of Massage and the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, graduating with honours from both.
First, as a Registered Massage Therapist, Vera has 20 years of experience in providing therapeutic care to patients of all kinds including pregnant women, the elderly, athletes, dancers and kids. She has taken specialized training in Trigger Point Therapy and Basic Lymphatic Drainage for the upper body. To book, call the clinic at 416 767-9356 or Vera directly at 416 529-5179.
Second, Vera also treats patients more broadly, using an in-depth holistic approach. With four years of specialized training in using Homeopathic, Tissue Salt and Bach Flower remedies she has been treating patients with a variety of conditions and health challenges. The key to this approach is to treat the individual, NOT simply the disease, since everyone has a unique symptom pattern which emerges in illness. So whether a patient seeks help for hormonal issues in menopause or puberty, migraines, sleep challenges, a child’s behavioural difficulties or any other chronic or acute health issue, the approach is always individualized. This unique approach to treatment requires that the practitioner take the time to understand the patient as completely as possible, reviewing not just the chief complaint, but also the mental, emotional and physical details outside of the chief complaint. This provides a very complete and unique picture of the patient ….which is truly a Holistic approach. For more information on this process please visit www.HealthFirstNaturally.ca or call Vera directly at 416 529-5179.
Arica Johnson, Registered Massage Therapist
Arica is a Registered Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, and Energy Medicine Practitioner. Healing is her passion, and she has been studying various therapeutic modalities, including Shiatsu, Thai massage, Reiki, and Shamanic healing, for the past 20 years. From 2003 to 2006, she lived in Hawaii where she had the opportunity to learn the traditional Hawaiian bodywork, Lomilomi. This fluid and graceful style of massage remains a strong influence in her work today. She provides a balanced blend of relaxation and therapeutic techniques, and her clients often report that in addition to relieving their physical complaints, the treatment is deeply healing on emotional/spiritual levels. She specializes in headaches and migraines, upper back pain, neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, sciatica, stress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Her focus is to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest, digest and heal mode) where relaxation and rejuvenation takes place. She has an intuitive, sensitive and compassionate touch that helps the client to access their own inner resources for healing.
Arica has recently completed certification requirements to practice Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), making her one of approximately 1000 therapists in North America certified to use these techniques. CDT enables her to manage patients with lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema, using a combination of MLD, exercise therapy, compression bandaging and skin care. MLD has proven to be successful with post-surgery patients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy as well as patients with conditions such as ulceration, scar tissue, burn damage, deep wounds, traumatic edema, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash, migraines and pain relief.
Rather than just touching the body, Arica’s intent is to touch the whole person. She considers her work a path of sacred service and finds it deeply fulfilling to assist and support people on their healing journeys.
April Boultbee, Registered Massage Therapist
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Elisa Chiovetti, Registered Massage Therapist
**NEW! Elisa is now offering acupuncture. When booking an appointment, please add a note indicating that you would like acupuncture as well as the condition(s) you’re looking to treat. For insurance purposes, receipts will be issued as massage therapy. **
Elisa graduated with honors from Canadian Therapeutic College in 2011 and completed her acupuncture certification from Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in 2018. She believes strongly in the positive effects massage therapy can have on both the body and mind and the vital role it plays in enhancing the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Elisa takes a holistic approach to massage to gently guide clients through their healing process, whether they are suffering from day-to-day stress and tension or specific injuries or conditions. In addition to Swedish massage and deep tissue techniques, her treatments may include acupuncture, cupping, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, manual lymph drainage, passive stretching and/or reiki energy healing to meet each person’s unique needs. She is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their treatment goals while also finding a sense of well-being and balance. Elisa delights in exploring new corners of earth whenever possible and enjoys engaging in various forms of playful movement such as acro yoga, slacklining and aerial silks.
Julia brings 30 years of educational experience (with young people, adults and educators) to her psychotherapy practice. Julia understands how to facilitate learning, retention and personal growth. As an accomplished artist, writer, teacher and researcher, she applies rich skills and talents to the therapeutic process.
Having completed the four year psychotherapy training program at the Integral Healing Centre of Toronto she is adept at a great variety of therapeutic modalities. Client-based psychodynamic therapy, bio-energetics and integral healing training is infused with additional complimentary techniques such as Jungian Dream analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Practice and Communication Skills. Most recently, Julia is adding EMDR to her repertoire of practice.
Most importantly, Julia works to create a co-operative, empathic and trusting environment where clients can safely self-express in order to come to a more vibrant relationship with their true self.
Adrienne Recknagel, Registered Massage Therapist
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Peter Johnston: Lead Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist, BPEH
With over a decade of competitive running under his belt, extensive weight training experience and a dedicated yoga practice, Peter has translated his thirst for personal improvement into a diverse and holistic approach to massage. He graduated from ICT Kikkawa College in 2005 carries a Kinesiology degree with high honours (BPEH) from the University of Toronto. Peter has worked with a variety of elite sports organizations including the Brooks Marathon project (the first professional team of marathoners in Canada) and Diving Plongeon Canada (Canada’s national sports diving team) as well as many elite athletes who compete at the amateur and professional level. Peter specializes in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain using a unique combination of: