Massage Therapy

What Makes Our Massage Therapists Different?

 

If a problem found you, it can come back…but not at MYo Lab.

 

Generally most people view massage as synonymous with simple relaxation, at MYo Lab we have a different approach. Our Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) place an emphasis on therapeutic massages. Accordingly, this means that deeper techniques are utilized to correct your body and movement. Indeed, this allows massage to be used for recovery, injury prevention and mobility restoration. Within our team, our RMTs will be taking care of your muscular and connective tissue restrictions.

 

Therapeutic massages are our focus at MYo Lab, but this doesn’t mean we ignore relaxation techniques vital for those who need to de-stress. If this is for you, be sure to let your massage therapist know so they can adjust their techniques appropriately.  

 

What To Expect

 

After a succinct history and assessment, your Massage Therapist may work directly on the area of trouble or on the area that is driving the primary complaint. Our goal is to address the problem itself for long-term solutions, and not just provide a quick and temporary relief. 

massage therapy on the upper back

 

 

Common Conditions Treated

•Stiff and tight musculature

•Headaches

•Whiplash

•Neck and back pain

•Low back pain

•Sports injuries

•Overuse injuries

•Postural-related pain

•Stress produced muscle tension

•And more…

 

 

Meet Our Registered Massage Therapists

 

Zack Hynes | BSc.Kin, RMT

Zack Hynes | BSc.Kin, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist | Massage Therapy Team Lead

 

Zack is a recreational athlete in a variety of sports, with a previous background as a Kinesiologist. Hailing all the way from Newfoundland, while most recently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Zack brings a fresh sense of education along with him, graduating from a massage therapy diploma program at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy.

 

Zack emphasizes the importance of specific strengthening exercises during the rehabilitation process and understands functional bodily movements. Unquestionably Zack looks at the body as a whole in order to understand the correct cause behind every presented symptom. In a treatment with Zack, there will be a direct focus on targeting the correct muscles, followed by strengthening exercises to support it.

 

Areas of Passion

 

Ergonomics/Postural Dysfunction: Utilizing his background as a Kinesiologist Zack likes to ensure the body is capable of moving properly and efficiently. Postural dysfunctions are apart of everyone’s daily lives. Zack will aim to address any misalignment in regards to posture to ensure the body can move functionally.

 

Pelvis/Hip Dysfunctions: Our bodies weight and all of our movements run through the pelvis/hip area. Zack believes that in order for the body to move efficiently, the hub of all bodily movements must be addressed. Understanding the correlation between the pelvis/hip region along with other parts of the body.

 

Active/Movement Based and Deep Tissue Massage: Zack stresses the importance of either keeping or getting the body moving. Utilizing his strength, Zack takes a deeper approach to soft tissue work.

 

Soccer Athletes: As a long time soccer player and coach, Zack has the ability to relate to soccer injuries in the lower body. Zack feels is prepared for all the soccer athletes out there.

 

Treatment Style

•Active/dynamic based techniques

•Deeper massage techniques

•Emphasizes the importance of exercise rehab

Lauren Dickey | RMT

Lauren Dickey | RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Lauren is an active individual who hails from Vancouver and has worked as a program’s coordinator and in customer service. Evidently she loves people and planning. She made the switch to study massage therapy after moving to Calgary, graduating from the MRU Massage Therapy Diploma program and finally heeding her mum’s lifelong suggestion that she would make a great massage therapist.

 

Lauren has a superior treatment style for athletes, fitness nuts, weekend warriors and movers of all types. Lauren believes massage can help promote increased mobility and restore function. 

 

Areas of Passion

 

Postural Alignment: Lauren believes in treating the body as an entire system that works together. By treating postural misalignment conditions such as upper and lower crossed syndrome. This will result in enhancement of posture and promote better function of the whole system.

 

Sports Rehabilitation: As an avid hockey player and marathon runner, the benefits of massage therapy to assist in recuperation and aide in rehabilitation after injury are immeasurable. Lauren is passionate about treating to promote restoration and recovery of previous or current injuries.

 

Core and Lower Limbs: The core muscles, thighs, legs, and feet are the body’s biggest components in maintaining proper posture and alignment. It is their literal job to support you!

 

Treatment Style

•Deep compression and traction techniques

•Active massage to restore and promote increased function

Patrick Kalinowski | RMT

Patrick Kalinowski | RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Patrick has always been passionate about living an active lifestyle. Born and raised in Calgary, Patrick has always been drawn to the nearby rocky mountains. His combined love for the mountains and extreme sports has led Patrick down a path of education on injury management and prevention.

 

Patrick uses his knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system to help all types of people, from athletes to desk workers. No matter what your issues are, Patrick is here to provide you with the highest standard of long-term care.

 

Areas of Passion

 

Proprioception: The awareness of position and movement of the body. Patrick understands the importance of the body’s ability to sense where it is and where it is going in order to prevent injuries and for long term recovery.

 

Muscle Imbalance: Patrick has a deep understanding of how muscle imbalances can negatively impact the body over a long period of time. Using a variety of stretching techniques along with deep tissue massage, he aims to provide extended relief by restoring balance to the body.

 

Sports-Related Injuries: As an avid climber and snowboarder, Patrick understands the aches and pains that come with any type of physical activity. From overuse injuries to acute strains and sprains, Patrick has the life experience and education needed to provide an effective treatment plan.

 

Treatment Style

•Dynamic myofascial cupping

•Active/passive soft tissue release

•Deep myofascial release

•Trigger point therapy

Sarah Thomson | BHPE, RMT

Sarah Thomson | BHPE, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Sarah is an active individual who has always had a passion for sports and the science of movement. She completed her Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (BHPE) from Mount Royal University. After spending a year working in fitness, Sarah decided it was time to go back to school and complete the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program at Mount Royal University. Her Personal Training background has given her a great perspective on how to best treat clients in order to get them doing the things they love again!

 

Areas of Passion

 

Neck Treatment: The neck can be a very vulnerable structure and often goes through a lot during a sports injury or motor vehicle accident. By working through range of motion exercises, stretching, and soft tissue work there is often great progress made with these types of injuries.

 

Headaches: Let’s get to the bottom of why your headache is occurring, and what we can do to prevent more of them in the future!

 

Activity For All: Whether you’re a competitive downhill skier, or just want to be able to play in the park with your grandkids, Sarah wants to be able to help clients gain both the ability and confidence to do the things they love to do!

 

Treatment Style

•Myofascial release

•Therapeutic deep tissue

•Trigger point therapy

Annelise Unrau | RMT

Annelise Unrau | RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Ani has been practicing massage therapy since 2019. Originally trained in Ontario, Ani has moved her practice back to her hometown of Calgary. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge of various musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Ani has experience working with acquired brain injuries and post-surgery care at Toronto Rehab Hospital, where she truly fell in love with the practice of massage therapy. She believes firmly in the value of massage for pain management, postural alignment, injury rehabilitation, mental health, and overall wellness. You can expect a safe, caring, and individualized treatment from Ani. She welcomes clients of all ages and demographics.

 

Areas of Passion

 

Chronic headaches/neck pain: Our neck muscles are so numerous, tiny, and irritable! Ani uses her palpation skills and anatomical knowledge to release headache-causing muscles of the shoulders, neck, and jaw.

 

Nerve impingements: Oftentimes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the digits is caused by tight muscles compressing nerves along their pathways. Ani finds and releases these muscles so the neurological signals can reach their proper destination and keep you functioning properly!

 

Acute injury rehabilitation: Ani uses a combination of drainage, proprioceptive, and pain-relieving techniques to facilitate healing from acute injuries. There’s so much that can be done in the early stages of injury!

 

Treatment Techniques

•Deep tissue

•Dynamic/movement based

•Soothing & targeted

Jasmine Hwangbo | RMT

Jasmine Hwangbo | RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Jasmine is a feel-good advocate, and nothing excites her more than others taking steps and changes to a better life. As a new resident of Calgary, she’s blown away by the city’s emphasis on valuing activity. She hopes to be able to support that culture down to an individual basis- everyone should be able to do what they love, comfortably and confidently.

 

She’s a firm believer that small consistent practices make big changes: movement, strength, and good habits. She also knows how frustrating the journey can be sometimes and is always happy to support the mental and physical challenges along the way.

 

Areas of Passion

 

Low back/Hips: Arguably one of the most common complaints across all populations. There’s a lot that goes on in the lumbar/hip complex and even more that we demand from it. Jasmine can help investigate the “why”, treat targeted areas near or far, encourage proper movement patterns to minimize discomfort and progress to increasing strength.

 

Strength/Mobility: A fantastic preventative approach is to incorporate strength and mobility into our daily routines. It not only allows for our tissues to be more resilient but improves our bodily awareness as well. Jasmine can help you navigate through how to do just that!

 

Chronic Stress/Injuries: Having been through a few injuries herself, Jasmine understands how pain or discomfort that a person has become accustomed to could lead to dramatic changes in their lives. This is including but not limited to levels and types of activity, compensation patterns, mood, and overall well-being.

 

Treatment Techniques

•Steady, gradually deep and focused

•Trigger point release

•Myofascial cupping