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.


Acupuncture & TCM

Acupuncture
Fine needles are inserted into acupressure points on the body to help reduce pain and restore patient to optimal health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
An Ancient Medical System that includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Diet, Lifestyle, Cupping Massage and Gu asha.


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

Justine Reynolds (she/her) Justine loves people. Sometimes, it’s just that simple. It was the main driving force behind why she chose to study massage therapy. After completing a Bachelor of Theology in 2004 and doing humanitarian work in several countries, she wanted to explore how to put her love for people to practical use through the healing modality of massage therapy. Graduating from CCMH Halifax in 2011, Justine tends to lean towards more of a therapeutic, detailed, deep tissue massage style but she also loves to help you completely let go of your day with an Indian Head Massage. If you want that annoying knot that is holding you hostage worked out, have pain from working at your office desk, or have an old sport injury that is still bothering you, Justine is happy to figure out what you need and give you an outstanding massage experience. She loves using a variety of skills to help your body find its balance, including Swedish massage, cupping, trigger point therapy, myotonic release, myofascial release, Indian head massage and remedial exercise. With a strong belief that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected, Justine will sooth your body so your mind and spirit will also find their balance.

Justine plans to further her massage practice by studying the effects of trauma on the body and how massage can help. Off the table, she enjoys being a mother to her toddler, photography and studying Nêhiyawêwin: the Plains Cree language.

Modalities include:

• Therapeutic Massage • Deep Tissue Massage • Cupping • Myofascial Release • Myotonic Massage • Hydrotherapy • Prenatal Massage • Swedish and Relaxation Massage • Indian Head Massage • Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Justine Reynolds (she/her) Justine loves people. Sometimes, it’s just that simple. It was the ma... Read More

Registered Acupuncturist

Lisa graduated with a major in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in 2001. She had always been drawn to the field of health care and has a passion for natural nutrition. After some experience as a personal care aid and some travel abroad in Europe and Korea, Lisa returned home and began her studies in Chinese Medicine. She received a three year diploma of Acupuncture from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia, the oldest Chinese medicine school in Canada. She completed her fourth year of study with high honors at Pacific Rim College, from which she received her diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She eagerly moved back to Nova Scotia in 2011, and has since built a successful practice in Dartmouth and Halifax, treating a multitude of disorders and health concerns. In Lisa’s 7 years of practice, she has seen amazing results in treating each person holistically and according to their own constitution. Lisa treats patients using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet therapy, tui na massage, cupping therapy, gua sha. She is also trained in facial rejuvenation and has recently taken courses in essential oil application in TCM. She is known as being personable, compassionate and thorough, always taking the time to get to know her patients.

Registered Acupuncturist Lisa graduated with a major in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University ... Read More

Arianna (she/her) is an RMT living and working on the ancestral and unceded Territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Arianna is a 2016 Graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Arianna has received training in trauma-informed care and believes in the power of providing people with a safe space to feel listened to, supported, relaxed, and comfortable. She believes in approaching body work by offering compassion to our bodies and nurturing all parts of ourselves. She also aims to help empower her clients to heal and get in touch with their bodies through providing information and home care. Arianna believes in promoting and nurturing the interdependence of community and being an advocate of community care.

Arianna is trained in Swedish Massage, Pregnancy Massage, TMJD/ Intra-Oral Massage, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Relaxation Massage.

Arianna (she/her) is an RMT living and working on the ancestral and unceded Territory of the Mi’k... Read More

Siggi graduated with an Honours Diploma from the Massage Therapy Program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Siggi offers a variety of treatments, focusing on the use of therapeutic and neuro-kinetic applications to encourage his patients to achieve their health and wellness goals through body awareness and self-care. He specializes in core and foot health to address postural dysfunctions, as well as jaw health. With a functional, therapeutic approach, starting with a thorough assessment and treatment plan tailored to each individual patient, Siggi’s treatments incorporate myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, and functional strengthening. Siggi’s primary goal as a therapist is to facilitate his patients to function with confident and pain-free movements in their daily activities.

Outside of his massage practice, Siggi loves to dance salsa and bachata, which he also teaches with his partner. Additionally, inspired by his Viennese roots he enjoys baking bread and cakes, occasionally indulging in his treats.

Siggi is available for treatments

Monday and Thursday afternoons/evenings

Tuesday mornings

Siggi graduated with an Honours Diploma from the Massage Therapy Program at the Canadian College ... Read More

Lisa has a BSc in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University and graduated with honours in Massage Therapy from Northumberland College in 2003. Since that time; she has been practicing in multidisciplinary settings and has studied post-graduate courses in myofascial release; direct and osteopathic techniques; Thai Yoga Massage with the Lotus Palm School based in Montreal; pregnancy massage; stone massage, and MIPA- Myofascial Integration for Postural Alignment. The majority of her massage career has been working in clinical settings; specializing in treating a wide variety of athletic injuries and imbalances. Lisa’s main areas of interest are in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, and TMJ dysfunction. Lisa’s treatments are focused on restoring balance, mobility, and helping clients achieve their health and wellbeing goals. Lisa is available for treatments at the Sullivan Street location on Saturdays.

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Savannah graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005. She furthered her studies becoming a certified yoga instructor, and later graduating with honours as a Registered Massage Therapist from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. While specializing in pregnancy massage therapy and cupping therapy, Savannah also has experience and takes special interest in manual lymphatic drainage, pelvic floor dysfunction and Reiki Level 2. When treating patients, Savannah wants to know more about her patients than what treatment they are simply coming in for. She believes truly overcoming a physical ailment requires getting to the source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms. Creating the mind-body connection within patients in order to help them harness their body’s own ability to heal itself is essential. Savannah’s background in yoga has been invaluable in helping her tune into not only the physical aspect of massage therapy, but the mental aspect – helping clients relax, tune into themselves and create balance. Empathetic to each and every client who walks through her door, Savannah’s ability to meet her patients exactly where they are, guide them through their treatment and home care is what makes her treatments therapeutic, relaxing and enjoyable.

Available treatment times: at Sullivan Street location Tuesday and Friday 2-7:30pm

Savannah graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005. She furth... Read More

Erin graduated with an Honours Diploma from the Massage Therapy Program at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her course training included arthritis, neurological and sports clinic experience, as well as participating in public wellness and sporting events. Erin believes everyone can benefit from a therapeutic massage, and likes to develop a unique treatment plan for each client to address their unique situation. She is certified in cupping therapy and uses the latest treatment techniques which include trigger-point release therapy, fascial techniques, joint mobilizations and stretching during her treatments. Erin treats in a holistic approach, integrating the full body and is committed to providing the best treatment for her clients’ individual needs. She will be entering an osteopathy program this fall to further her education to continue to offer her clients the most effective treatments.

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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

Hannah graduated with honours from ICT Northumberland College with a diploma of Massage Therapy. During her schooling, she took courses on Myofascial Release, Suikodo, Craniosacral Therapy, and Pregnancy & Infant Massage. In treatments, she integrates this knowledge with Swedish Massage, as well as using trigger-point release therapy, stretching & strengthening, joint mobilizations, and deep tissue massage to provide an effective treatment plan for each client. Hannah enjoys inspiring her client’s self-care through education of how their body works, and providing helpful instruction for homecare exercises. In 2006, Hannah received her Reiki Level 2 training, and enjoys incorporating this with Massage Therapy. Reiki is a gentle energy technique, complementing Massage by relaxing the body, calming the mind, and balancing the energy field. Combining these techniques works full circle with Hannah’s belief in the body-mind-spirit connection, encouraging the body’s natural capacity to heal.

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www.angelfishyoga.com Sarah graduated from Dalhousie University in 1997 with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (the study of body movement). She then attended ITC Northumberland College for their 2200 hour massage therapy program and graduated in 1999. She began working in August of ’99 following successful completion of the Ontario Registration Exams. The Physioclinic in Woodlawn was Sarah’s first career opportunity where she worked for 9 months in a multidisciplinary environment. She then moved to The Massage Factor where she spent 4 years developing her skills and building a strong clientele. It was at The Massage Factor that Sarah met business partner Leah Poirier and they decided to open this clinic in March of 2004. Sarah has taken a variety of massage therapy courses since completing her program that have enabled her to specialize in Pregnancy Massage. These courses include Massage during Pregnancy, Labour Support Provider, Advanced Techniques during Labour and Infant Massage Instruction. She has 22 years experience in therapeutic massage treatments including relaxation, sports massage, myofascial release, injury management and motor vehicle accident recovery. Sarah is also a certified Reflexologist and has completed her Level 1 Reiki. In June of 2005 she completed an intense Schweitzer Deep Tissue Therapy course instructed by Gary Schweitzer from British Columbia. In March of 2007 Sarah completed a Sports Nutrition Consulting course. In May of that same year, Sarah completed a Hot Jade Stone Massage Course which uses both hot and cold stones creating a vascular gymnastics to the circulatory system. Great for removing toxins from the body and increasing circulation. She also completed an Indian Head Massage course that has become very popular at Total Kneads. This therapy is very relaxing and restorative for the mind and body. In 2008 Sarah completed a 200 hour Yoga teacher training through Breathing Space Yoga Studio and now offers private and semi private classes at your workspace or virtually. Classes can be tailored to your needs. When the weather is right you may find Sarah practicing outside and offering outdoor classes to those interested. For more information please contact her at sarahletcherrmt@gmail.com. Sarah has been teaching yoga since 2008 and regularly offers classes out of The Pilates Barre Halifax and On The Mat. She is available to teach corporate yoga classes, where the instructor comes into your workspace to lead a class. She now has her own online on DEMAND yoga offering. Find it here at www.angelfishyoga.com Sarah encourages healthy living to her clients by having an active lifestyle, eating well and taking time for herself. In May 2017 Sarah completed a Yogassage training and loves how it combines her passion for both yoga and massage. This is a therapeutic treatment that can be a private session (billable to insurance companies) or in a small group setting (partially billable to insurance companies). She is continuing her massage education with a focus on Myofascial treatments including Cupping and MFR techniques. Sarah became a Certified Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (CFST1) and she is finding this an incredible addition for helping her clients painlessly regain lost mobility.

www.angelfishyoga.com Sarah graduated from Dalhousie University in 1997 with her Bachelor of Scie... Read More

Cecelia Driscoll is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with more than six years clinical experience. During your individualised appointment she will draw on a large group of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral, Bowen, Suikodo, Myofascial, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Touch, Sports Massage and Cupping along with others. Through the application of these techniques Cecelia assists the naturally restorative powers of your body. Pain reduction and an increased sense of well-being are often the outcomes of a therapeutic massage with Cecelia. As a life-long learner, she will continue to advance her knowledge to help you recover or maintain your health.

Cecelia Driscoll is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with more than six years clinical experi... Read More

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