Thursday, November 8, 2018


Kelly Sanchez is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). She’s been with Academy Massage Therapy for 13 years. Why? Because she likes the place - a lot!

I really like Debby. She’s nice to the staff. She’s caring and concerned about us. If someone doesn’t come into work. She’s on the phone immediately checking to see if they’re okay, or if they need anything. Really, she’s more of a friend, than a boss,” explains Kelly, in her description of Debby MacKenzie, owner of Academy Massage

The atmosphere here feels like home. I like the people that work here. And the clients, I like working with them.”

Kelly chuckles when she tells the story about how she became a massage therapist.

I really wasn’t quite certain about what direction to take after I finished high school,” says Kelly. “I has briefly thought about nursing, but I can’t stand the sight of blood or needles, so that wouldn’t have worked out too well.”

In grades 11 and 12, we used to see lots of films. I always sat with one of my girl friends who always appreciated having her back rubbed. So I did that every time we watched a movie. Then word spread, and lots of people would say that they needed a back rub. And eventually I was rubbing different people’s back throughout the entire movie.”

Still not certain about which direction to take, after her graduation from grade 12, it was her friend, Angie, who pointed out to Kelly that she’s be rubbing her classmates’ backs for two years, and so why didn’t she. “just do it!”

And that’s what Kelly did!

A few details about Kelly’s areas of specialty follow:

  • pre-natal massage - Kelly does both pre- and post-natal massage. “I think I like just about everything about pregnancy,” says Kelly. Most often, women come to her asking for pre-natal massage. This massage assists the function of both muscles and joints, while improving circulation, and relieving fatigue.

  • neck, face and scalp massage - focuses on the jaw joint, TMJ or temporo mandibular joint, explains Kelly. Most often brought on by stress, grinding teeth or clenching the jaw - the muscles and soft tissue of the very upper region of the body are manipulated to relax the muscles, increase the blood and oxygen to these areas and ultimately relieve pain.

  • sinus massage - Kelly believes, “a good head, neck and face massage will clear up so many issues.” A sinus massage works nicely on a cold, congestion, allergies and sinus headaches. The massage focuses on the forehead, around the eyes, and along the cheekbones, under the eyes and back again.

  • breast massage - Kelly sees breast massage as stimulating blood flow to the breasts, thereby decreasing tension and stress. Most notably, Kelly explains that breast massage is helpful for women who have had a mastectomy, particularly when dealing with scar tissue.
  • aromatherapy - And what are the benefits of aromatherapy? Kelly says there are many, including: reduction of anxiety, easing depression, boosting energy levels, speeding up the healing process, eliminating headaches, boosting cognitive performance, inducing sleep, strengthening the immune system, reducing pain, improving digestion and increasing circulation.

You can book an appointment with Kelly or any of the 50+ massage therapists at Academy Massage Therapy by calling 204-489-5050.

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