CATHERINE WOLFREGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTKatie is a graduate with Honours from Algonquin College School of Massage. At Arc of Life Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, she enjoys seeing the amazing changes in peoples health everyday!
Katie has been an avid horsewoman since the age of 6 riding and competing avidly in France, Netherlands and Canada and it is through her love of the sport that she was led down the first steps to her career in Massage Therapy. While in high school when she volunteered with TROtt, a Therapeutic Riding program in the Ottawa area and witnessed what hands on therapy can do for kids and adults that struggle with physical disabilities. 'Through physical contact and movement with the horse, the kids we worked with strengthened their muscles but also experienced amazing emotional healing and joy from the connection.'
Later she worked with the Canadian and Belgian Olympic Equestrian teams and their top level horses which made her appreciate the help bodies need to function correctly to perform at the highest level. She was helping the (human!) team members with the stress of high level competition when a friend suggested she should become a massage therapist. It was the sign she had been looking for. She moved back to Ottawa after the 2012 Olympics, and everything fell into place!
Through personal experience and work with her clients, Katie has witnessed just how well Chiropractic and Massage Therapy fit together to accelerate proper healing and recovery. Katie's clinical experience includes working with children with special needs, elderly, chronic pain clients and wellness management. Her strengths are Swedish massage, trigger point release, passive stretching, and amazing deep tissue skill.
Katie believes that taking care of your body can’t just stop at being active and eating healthy, although extremely important, they are but two cornerstones of wellness. By maintaining a properly balanced lifestyle including using Massage Therapy to decrease muscle recovery time, increase relaxation and healing, one can truly realize the overall wellness of the body and mind.
DONNA BACTOLREGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTDonna graduated from Everest College of Massage therapy in 2013 with Honours. The massage therapy program is known for having exceptionally skilled graduates that continue to build skill in practice. She excels in a variety of Massage Therapy techniques from deep tissue massage to relaxation massage.
Donna says 'While I treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, there is great benefit from massage that goes beyond pain relief.
A person of any age can get relief and better function treating low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and injuries to name a few. With a great sense for creating balance in tissue functionthere is always an attention to comfort and restoration during their treatment.
Donna continues to take courses expanding her education and adding to her professional development. When not saving the word through massage therapy, Donna enjoys travel and capturing the beauty of the world through her love of photography. She also enjoys reading books and spending time with family.
KAYLEE CUMMINGREGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTKaylee Cumming registered with the CMTO in 2006. She combines the benefits of deep tissue work with relaxation techniques to achieve the best results. Kaylee enjoys the detective work involved in figuring out 'why' clients are presenting with pain whether it is old injuries, repetitive strain or postural imbalances. Her treatments usually involve stretches and exercises to reduce pain, improve posture and to prevent future injuries.Kaylee has taken courses on Low back pain/dysfunction and Fascial Restructuring Technique and feels confident in getting her clients the results they are looking for! Kaylee is passionate about helping moms to be; pregnancy is an incredible process physically and prenatal massages can be so beneficial to assist in the rapid postural changes and to decrease pain and swelling. She most recently took a course for RMT as a labour support/doula and is excited to be a part of this miraculous event for families. Not often talked about, postnatal treatment is also incredibly important with fatigue, neck and shoulder pain from breastfeeding as well being an emotionally draining and stressful shift. She is excited to specialize in this aspect of massage and to study midwifery in the future.Kaylee enjoys a healthy lifestyle involving weight training, running and yoga. She considers herself a bit of a foodie and finds any excuse to make an event or get her friends together. She also enjoys relaxing outdoors, camping/cottaging and acting like a kid with her step kids.
APRIL FERGUSONREGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTApril enjoys living an athletic lifestyle through triathlon training, crossfit, and yoga. She completed her first half ironman in 2016 and has qualified to run the 2019 Boston Marathon. As an athlete, April strongly believes in the benefits of taking care of the body and understanding how it functions for injury prevention as well as an overall health maintenance. She enjoys working with clients through sharing long term care in postural awareness, remedial exercises, stretching and the benefits of massage. April graduated with honours from Algonquin College and has been a registered massage therapist since June 2011. She has had opportunities to treat clients throughout their pregnancy as well as clients suffering with chronic headaches, sprain/strains, tendonitis, scoliosis and many more. April can personalize her care using a variety of different techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point, soft tissue release as well as Swedish massage for those just looking to relax and destress. You will find that April is dedicated to her client's goals through massage therapy and encourages them to participate in a treatment plan as well as home care exercises that suits their personal needs.