From luxe indulgence to treatment necessity or well-being lifestyle choice, attitudes towards massage therapy have come a long way. “It used to be that people thought of massage as a special occasion spa treat and not as an essential part of their healthcare regime,” says Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Lisa Macchia who co-founded and operates Bayview Sheppard RMT with her business partner and fellow RMT Helen Milic.
“Today an RMT is a well respected professional and massage therapy has come to the forefront as an important clinically-oriented health option that can achieve undeniable results in relieving an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes, “ says Lisa. “Our vision was to further legitimize massage therapy and its benefits by creating a clinic that would exclusively offer such treatments. There really wasn’t anything like it in the city when we opened ten years ago.”
Located in mid-town Toronto, Bayview Sheppard RMT is a successful comprehensive massage therapy clinic offering specialized massage treatments. Its elegant and feel-at-home design provides a very comfortable and stress-free atmosphere to experience their wide range of professional services from therapeutic, deep tissue, sports, relaxation, pregnancy and infant massage to hot stone, aromatherapy and Thai treatments.
“The therapeutic process is a partnership between client and therapist, working together towards common and realistic goals, says Helen. “We carefully select our therapists so our clients can be confident that whomever they book with will be excellent”
Bayview Sheppard RMT has grown to include a team of over 25 registered therapists and support staff and are now open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm to offer the utmost convenience. They have also added a dual massage therapy room with a fireplace where partners and many parents come with their children to introduce them to this type of health care.
“We’re happy to see our original vision come to fruition and that the community as a whole is recognizing the importance of what we do,” says Lisa. “Just recently The Ministry of Health offered a grant to support research looking into the benefits of massage therapy as it relates to back pain as an alternative to pain killers and surgeries.”
Community involvement is a big part of Bayview Sheppard RMT’s mandate as they participate in many educational and charitable initiatives throughout the city including massage therapy benefit seminars, sports-related and dental benefit workshops and infant massage clinics.
“The future looks bright for Bayview Sheppard RMT and we aim to continue to educate and offer the most beneficial and innovative treatments, combined with top-notch customer service,” says Helen.
Visit www.bayviewsheppardrmt for more information.