Tom has dedicated most of his adult life to the study of pain rehabilitation and athletic performance. He has over 10 years of education in health sciences: Kinesiology at York University, Massage Therapy at Kikkawa College, 3 levels of Fascial Stretch Therapy, 6 classes with Z-Health Performance (applied neurology), Neurokinetic Therapy, multiple courses in Pilates, and a handful of other certifications.
Tom is an expert at releasing tension in the body, using a blend of advanced stretching techniques (FST) and traditional massage therapy (Swedish Massage, myofascial release, ischemic compression, join mobilization, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, hydrotherapy, etc.). He has the skills to work very deeply into tissues, while also being attentive to how each individual responds. Everyone's nervous system reacts differently, and deep massage won't always create better results. Tom knows how to listen to the body that he's working with.
Tom's own struggles with chronic pain led to him to relentlessly pursue education. He spends much of his free time studying manual therapy and applied neuroscience, learning about new ways to resolve pain issues when traditional methods have been unsuccessful. He has a unique skill-set as a Z-Health Performance coach, using targeted exercises to address under-performing areas of the brain and nervous system.
What is registered massage therapy?
Registered massage therapy, a regulated health profession in Ontario, is generally taught in the method of Swedish massage. Swedish technique involves long, smooth strokes, kneading, and other movements intent on causing relaxation of the muscles. This is accomplished by improving circulation to the muscles via the treatment, thereby improving oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues. While registered massage therapy (RMT) helps treat injuries, illness and stress, it is also excellent for helping prevent illness and conditions before they develop. Some reasons people seek the help of RMT's include:
- back, leg and neck pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- athletic injuries
- joint pain
- post-surgical rehabilitation
- pregnancy support
- multiple sclerosis
- asthma and emphysema
- Parkinson's disease
- chronic fatigue syndrome