About Barb Goodwin, RMT, CYT

Barb Goodwin graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1997 and later that year opened Almonte Massage Therapy in beautiful Mississippi Mills, Ontario. The single proprietorship quickly evolved into a multi-disciplinary clinic and thrived until she decided to move her practice into her home after the birth of her second child.

A Certified Yoga Teacher since 2006, Barb is studying Therapeutic Yoga and successfully blending the science of Massage Therapy with the philosophies and practices of Yoga to design creative and effective treatment options for her many clients.

From 1999-2006, Barb was an educator at The International Academy of Massage in Ottawa, teaching subjects including Anatomy, Remedial Exercise and Senior Treatments. She has trained and certified with The Vodder School for MLD, Upledger Institute for 2 levels of Craniosacral Therapy, has completed 2 levels of training in Thai Yoga Massage, is a certified Calm, Steady Strong Yoga Teacher and has over 2500 hours of yoga teaching experience.

From traditional, hands on Massage, to Rehabilitative Exercise, to Therapeutic Relaxation techniques (including Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Guided Meditation), Barb cares for and supports clients in all ages and stages of life.

About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments as well as joints, for the purpose of optimizing health. Remedial Exercise and hydrotherapy are also included in the RMTs scope of practice. 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  through the use of Massage Therapy.

Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent. Your Massage Therapist will obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.

About Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic yoga is a personalized, intelligent approach to health, healing and freedom from pain. Using traditional yoga poses (asana) and yoga-inspired exercises, you will improve your balance, flexibility, mobility and strength while developing greater mind- and body-awareness. Your customized program will include stress management, breathing, and meditation techniques designed to meet your individual needs and pace.

Often joint or muscular pain is a symptom of dysfunction, rather than the root of the problem. Yoga therapy advocates working in layers: starting with relaxation, you will find stillness in your breath and a connection to your body, then explore and discover movement, and lastly build strength and stamina.

With therapeutic yoga, your body will rediscover intuitive movement, within a comfortable range of motion, without increasing any current pain. Learning how to move the major joints in their optimal range of movement (specifically for you), leads to diminishing pain and/or tension, and ultimately results in better functional movement. The benefits of regular yoga sessions can also extend to other parts of your life. You may feel more relaxed, with greater patience and mental focus. Therapeutic yoga is a gentle and effective system of movement and breath that is safe for all ages and levels of mobility.

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