PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2022 OUR MASSAGE THERAPY AND ACUPUNCTURE RATES HAVE INCREASED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

NEWEST UPDATE as of JULY 6th, 2022 - PLEASE READ THIS LATEST UPDATE - If you are sick, we ask that you reschedule your appointment. As NS Public Health HAS LIFTED all restrictions in relation to Covid -19, we at Total Kneads STILL require and encourage all clients to remain home if feeling unwell in any way. As we work very closely with our clients and patients, a simple cold or flu bug can be easily transferred and we would love to remain healthy so we can continue to give the best care possible. We are trying to continue to make the clinic space a comfortable, safe and inviting place for ALL. Easing into this change as gracefully and with as much understanding and compassion as possible. As always, we have been and will continue to be an exceptionally clean and safe environment for our clients and staff. We are continuing to follow all proper cleaning protocol and distancing of clients in the clinic where possible. We hope that you continue to feel safe and also that you do your best to be aware of distancing within our clinic. We stagger our treatments in the hopes that there will be minimal contact with anyone other than your practitioner. If you don’t see space available please add yourself to our waitlist and we will do our best to accommodate. We do get cancellations most days, so would love to know if you are looking to get in. Your TK TEAM

Massage Therapy

Integrating a variety of manual techniques, Massage Therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, restore function, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.


Nutrition

Food choices and behaviours are deeply personal and often the reasons why are unknown. There is no one perfect answer to our nutrition needs; no one diet that will solve it all, we are all unique and our diet needs to reflect this uniqueness. Self-exploration can take time, and the distance between where you are and where you want to be can be far – but you are worth the journey. My approach to... Read More

Food choices and behaviours are deeply personal and often the reasons why are unknown. There is no one perfect answer to our nutrition needs; no one diet that will solve it all, we are all unique and our diet needs to reflect this uniqueness. Self-exploration can take time, and the distance between where you are and where you want to be can be far – but you are worth the journey. My approach to nutrition counselling reflects, in part, my approach to massage therapy; I'm interested in the “why” more than the “what”. Why are you eating what you’re eating – is it serving you? Once the why is identified, even partially, a plan for change can evolve, if change is needed. I am an empathetic and candid facilitator. I integrate a mindful approach while working with my clients to support them as they manifest change. Whether you are looking for clarity or education as it relates to nutrition, you have received a medical diagnosis and are curious about food as medicine, or you would like to shake off some old habits that are not beneficial for you, I invite you to book an appointment to start your journey: email leilashawrdrmt@gmail.com, or text 902-225-5200


VIRTUAL Nutrition - Exceptions: clients from BC, ALTA, ONT, PEI

Food choices and behaviours are deeply personal and often the reasons why are unknown. There is no one perfect answer to our nutrition needs; no one diet that will solve it all, we are all unique and our diet needs to reflect this uniqueness. Self-exploration can take time, and the distance between where you are and where you want to be can be far – but you are worth the journey. My approach to... Read More

Food choices and behaviours are deeply personal and often the reasons why are unknown. There is no one perfect answer to our nutrition needs; no one diet that will solve it all, we are all unique and our diet needs to reflect this uniqueness. Self-exploration can take time, and the distance between where you are and where you want to be can be far – but you are worth the journey. My approach to nutrition counselling reflects, in part, my approach to massage therapy; I'm interested in the “why” more than the “what”. Why are you eating what you’re eating – is it serving you? Once the why is identified, even partially, a plan for change can evolve, if change is needed. I am an empathetic and candid facilitator. I integrate a mindful approach while working with my clients to support them as they manifest change. Whether you are looking for clarity or education as it relates to nutrition, you have received a medical diagnosis and are curious about food as medicine, or you would like to shake off some old habits that are not beneficial for you, I invite you to email me and I’ll book a virtual appointment to start your journey.

Leila graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in Vancouver, B.C. and after successful completion of the British Columbia Registration Exam, became board certified in March 1998. Leila is currently registered with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). While in Vancouver, Leila worked in both Spa and Clinical environments, the last experience being at HealthSmith Community Medical Clinic, a multi-disciplined medical clinic. The experience at HealthSmith ignited an interest in not only the team approach to health, but also understanding it starts with self but may require many to be successful. Four valuable queries shape our health: what we put into our body (food, and other), what we do with the body (fitness, and other), our quality of sleep, and our state of happiness. Information from these form a framework to guide choices to maintain or re-establish health. Massage Therapy is instrumental in facilitating improvements in: digestion and circulation, muscle imbalance, tension and restoration, sleep, as well as overall well-being. The first query, what is put into the body, resonated over the years and sparked a path of learning to complement her Massage therapy practice. In May 2016 Leila graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics with Internship). She a fully Licensed Nutritionist | Dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetics Association (NSDA) and is here to provide nutrition counselling via Virtual (TeleHealth) or in-person sessions. Leila’s approach to nutrition counselling is from a place of curiosity and support. We are all unique, there is no perfect diet / way of eating, but there may be a better one for YOU. Leila invites you to ask questions and book an appointment to assess your current nutrition, your goals and support you in making the changes to restore your well-being. Please go to leilashaw for additional information.

Leila has taken a variety of other courses since graduation from WCCMT to deepen her Massage Therapy practice, including: Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy (Level 1 with Armand Ayaltin, 1998) Visceral Massage Myofascial Release Schweitzer Deep Tissue Therapy (Level 1 with Gary Schweitzer, 2006) Thai Yoga Massage (Certified from Lotus Palm Institute in Montreal, 2007) BodyTalk Access, Neurokinetic Therapy, and most recently Aromatherapy Thai Hand Reflexology Indian Head Massage Thai Table Massage (Sharon Brown-Horton) Leila engages her clients to explore their health issues and provides a safe, knowledgeable and compassionate environment for healing. She also refers to and works in conjunction with other therapists and health practitioners to support and facilitate her clients’ health. Available treatment/appointment times: Mondays: 1:00 – 6:00pm at the Sullivan Street location of Total Kneads Sullivan Tuesdays - Thursdays: 12:30 - 6:00pm, return clients please contact for possible Friday and evening options from Purcell’s Cove Road location of Total Kneads Purcell’s Cove

Leila graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in Vancouver, B.C. and aft... Read More

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