Kirk (Cedar) Kelly, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
As a Registered Massage Therapist, Kirk is a firm believer in a holistic approach to healing. Kirk knows that each person is made up of mind, body, and spirit – and that all three must be in working order so that a free flow of energy is achieved. Through his practice, he works hard to release this energy and promote well-being.
Kirk has experience with Pregnancy Massage, Senior Massage, Palliative Care, Cancer Care, CNS Disorders (MS, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke), and has worked in a variety of hospitals both pre- and post-surgery. Kirk also has a particular passion for and additional training in Infant Massage. He massages infants and also teaches guardians to massage their infants themselves to relieve pain and discomfort as a result of issues like gas, bloating and digestive concerns, colic and birth traumas.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is a primary health care profession that manipulates soft tissues of the body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, and helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage Therapy should be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is a practitioner who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act. Only registrants with the CMTO are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist (MT) and Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
Types of Massage Therapy
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage offered by our massage therapists to reduce muscle tension. If it’s your first massage or you don’t get a massage often, a Swedish massage is a good fit for beginners. As its main objective is relaxation, Swedish massage helps you get relief from chronic stress, muscle tension, cramping and pain, and can help increase circulation through the tissues, supporting their health and function. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the what the therapist is trying to achieve.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as “adhesions”) using deeply applied pressure into areas that are experiencing pain or dysfunction. Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage
Prenatal massage is customized for an expectant mother’s needs and is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women experience low back pain and swollen ankles, prenatal massage is an effective and safe way to provide comfort. Massage Therapists at She Thrives have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage. They know how to position and support your body during the massage, and use special techniques to allow you to rest comfortably and safety.
Thai Massage is a system of bodywork involving a sequence of pressing, stretching, twisting and joint manipulations to relax and work the whole body. Performed fully clothed on a mat, the therapy promotes health and flexibility, relieves aches and pains and promotes wellbeing and balance.
Thai Massage feels like a session of passive yoga and has many benefits including: improvements to range of motion, improvements to mood and wellness, decreases in sensations of pain, relief of headaches, stimulation of circulation, and improvements to digestion.
Thai Massage, when performed by a Registered Massage Therapist, is covered by most insurance benefit plans.
Massage Therapy Helps With:
-Anxiety and Depression
-Asthma and Emphysema
-Back, leg and neck pain
-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (repetitive strain)
-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
-Fractures and Edema
-Inflammatory conditions, such as Arthritis and Bursitis
-Kyphosis and Scoliosis
-Muscle tension and spasm
-Pregnancy and labour support
-Strains and sprains
-Stress and stress related conditions
Assessment and Treatment
Prior to Your Appointment
Prior to your appointment you will be asked to fill out an intake form to share information specific to your problem and prior medical history. This form will be sent to you electronically when you book your appointment. It can be filled in using a computer or mobile device and then submitted electronically to go directly into your chart to be reviewed at your first visit.
Your Massage Therapist must obtain consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.
Your First Visit
At your initial appointment you and your massage therapist will discuss your concerns, goals and health history. She will assess the condition of your muscles and joints and propose a personalized treatment plan based on the findings of her assessment.
All Massage Visits
Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the Massage Therapy treatment. The Massage Therapist will work with your level of tolerance and comfort during the treatment, and treatment can be stopped at any time should you become uncomfortable.
Payment & Fees
Registered Massage Therapy + Thai Massage
15-Minute Massage: $40 + HST
30-Minute Massage: $65 + HST
45-Minute Massage: $80 + HST
60-Minute Massage: $95 + HST
75-Minute Massage: $122 + HST
90-Minute Massage: $145 + HST
120-Minute Massage: $192 + HST
Guided Meditation: $20 + HST
(15 Minute Add-on)
HST is charged on Massage Therapy appointments. Payment options include Cash, Debit, Visa or MasterCard.
Insurance Coverage: Massage Therapy visits are not covered by OHIP, however, most insurance companies offer complete or partial coverage for visits. Please check with your insurance provider.
Direct Billing: She Thrives offers direct billing to most insurance companies. Bring your insurance policy number and member ID to your first visit and we can determine if we are able to direct bill for you.
Additional Costs: The cost of any recommended equipment or resources is not included in the visit fee.