Massage Therapists

Our team of Registered Massage Therapists has experience improving the lives of clients who suffer from a wide variety of conditions, such as chronic or acute pain, injuries, headaches, stiffness, anxiety or depression, among many others. Whether you wish to have a single session or to make massage a regular part of your ongoing health strategy, we are here to help you live a healthier, happier and more relaxed life.

Our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need—stiff neck, sore lower back, shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Norman Chow | Irene Gunn | Angie Dale | Jessica DrewKelly Baker | Kristle Lowry Tatiana Townsend 

Norman Chow, RMT

Overview of qualifications:

  • Designation: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since September 2004
  • Employment: Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic in Barrhaven since October 2019
  • Memberships: College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • Education: Sutherland Chan School (Toronto)
  • Certifications: Rapid Neurofascial Reset, Craniosacral Therapy I, Certified NISA Practitioner, Muscle Energy (Lower Body), John Barnes’ Myofascial Release MFR1, MFR2, Unwinding.
  • Additional Qualifications: Kinesiologist (B.Sc.Kin, York U), Clinic Supervisor at Algonquin College, Certified Personal Trainer
  • Point of interest: Experience in therapeutic treatments for neurological conditions including MS, Parkinson’s, hemiplegia; overuse injuries; posture dysfunctions

Skills and specialties: Norman’s nature has always been a desire to help others develop a better quality of life. While his previous professions as a clinical kinesiologist, functional capabilities evaluator and a certified personal trainer has met that desire to a certain degree, he felt that there were many shortcomings of these professions in being able to improve a clients’ overall health. As a massage therapist, he was able to take a more “hands-on” approach, where he could physically manipulate soft tissue in a significant manner that decreased pain and improved function.

In addition, he has furthered his studies in body work with graduate courses in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and muscle energy. Furthermore, he is a certified NISA (Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment) practitioner working with clients, in a series of sessions, to correct poor posture through a systematic manipulation of muscular and connective tissue.

Conditions successfully treated: Through his extensive years of experience as a massage therapist, Norman has gained a significant amount of clinical experience dealing with diverse severe neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and hemiplegia as well as spinal cord injuries; to a lesser degree, nerve lesions, thoracic outlet syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He also has comprehensive experience with musculoskeletal and overuse injuries, in addition to conditions related to postural dysfunction.

Additional Experience: While in massage therapy school, Norman valued the knowledge and wisdom of his professors. With their help and guidance, especially in the student clinic environment, he was able to gain the much needed confidence and expertise working with the public. Hence, he is fortunate to be part of that important learning process for massage therapy students in his role as Clinic Supervisor at Algonquin College. He is thrilled to be able to give back to his profession by guiding and nurturing students as they become well-trained professionals.

Norman’s passion for improving the quality of life of individuals through massage therapy has also made him strive to improve his own health and well being. Consequently, he tries to maintain an active lifestyle through exercise, diet and keeping up with his energetic young child. Norman is also an avid foodie and is always looking for new and healthy vegan recipes to try. He also believes in the importance of keeping the mind healthy; thus, he practices mindful meditation everyday.

Irene Bio photoIrene Gunn, Owner/RMT

Overveiw of Qualifiications:

  • Entrepreneur: Owns operates and offers massage therapy at Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic in Barrhaven (2001 - Present).
  • Designations: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since 1997.
  • Memberships: Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO), College of Massage Therapists of BC,CMTBC
  • Education: University of Waterloo, Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.Columbia and Ontario.
  • Additional courses: Certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Decongestive Therapy (CDT) under Dr. Vodder; also certified in Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Craniosacral Technique.
  • Point of interest: Member of the Kanata Nepean Bicycling Club, Nepean Sailing Club and Ski Extreme Club. Former member of the Nepean Master Swim Club and Canadian Women's Golf Inc.

Favourite quote: "Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you." - Mother Teresa

Career highlights: Although Irene had initially intended to study medicine, she became fascinated by the field of massage therapy and strongly motivated to pursue this "hands-on" career - helping people recover from injuries, relieve pain, manage stress, and achieve the full benefits of health wellness and relaxation.  Registered in both Ontario and British Columbia, Irene has prior experience working at a chiropractic centre and providing in-home massage treatments.  In 2001, the self-driven entrepreneur opened the Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic, conveniently located near the Greenbank and Strandherd intersection in South Nepean.  Over the years, she has expanded her team of massage therapists and staff to meet the growing needs of the Barrhaven community and greater Ottawa.

Skills and specialties: Seeking better ways to help clients manage lower back pain and headaches, Irene studied Muscle Energy Technique (MET).  This osteopathic technique is widely used in British Columbia and is now being introduced into Ontario only by skilled, experienced practitioners. Muscle Energy Technique is particularly helpful in repositioning dysfunctional joints and lengthening muscles surrounding the joint. Irene also specializes in treating Lymphedema using Manual Lymph Drainage Techniques and Decongestive Therapy. Lymphedema is a common condition following damage to lymph nodes or removal of lymph nodes seen in breast cancer treatment, but it is also seen in post-surgical and post-traumatic swellings, sports injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Irene is also an expert at Craniosacral Technique, applying gentle techniques to achieve deeper tissue releases in the structures surrounding the spinal cord and brain. Craniosacral Technique treats a wide range of trauma, pain and stress-related conditions.

Other conditions successfully treated: Irene has successfully treated numerous conditions including headaches and migraines, lymphatic congestion including lymphedema, shoulder injuries, ribcage injuries, lower back pain, ankle sprains, heel pain, plantar fasciitis and various sports-related injuries. In addition to treating patients who have cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other chronic diseases, she has helped provide relief to individuals with stress-related symptoms, fatigue, anxiety, and fibromyalgia.  Irene is also experienced at treating women through all stages of pregnancy and also during the recovery period after labour.

Special interests: As an advocate of fitness and exercise—Irene enjoys swimming, biking, golfing, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing—she relates well to patients who come to her with sports-related aches, pains or injuries.  Her previous experience providing in-home massage treatments and her entrepreneurial spirit make her especially well-suited to providing massage therapy to busy professionals and people who work from home—whether they operate a home-based business, use it as a second office, or are embracing parenthood full-time.  She would also love to work more often with pregnant women and women on maternity leave.

Our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need—stiff neck, sore lower back, shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Angie Bio photoAngie Dale

Overview of qualifications:

  • Designation: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since 2005
  • Affiliation: Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic in Barrhaven since 2009
  • Memberships: Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • Education: Kine-Concept Institute, Research and Training in Massage Therapy, Business Administration Major in Accounting (Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology)
  • Additional courses: Chinese Massage “Tui Na,” Introduction to Asian Bodywork (Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology)
  • Continuous education: Functional Analysis and Rehabilitation – shoulder, Pilates, cervical spine assessment, Therapeutic Taping, Active Release Technique (ART) upper limb
  • Point of interest: Taught English in South Korea for 2 years (TESOL Certification)

Favourite quote: "Love the Life you Live, Live the Life you Love" - Bob Marley

Skills and specialties: Earlier in her career, Angie worked as a massage therapist at clinics that also provided physiotherapy, chiropractic care and kinesiology services. Her immersion in these multidisciplinary environments exposed her to a diverse range of clients, conditions, research and treatments.  Through the years, she has integrated her background in Swedish massage with her progressive experience with Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), adapting and combining these treatments for a variety of therapeutic and relaxation needs.

Conditions successfully treated: Angie has successfully treated numerous conditions including headache and neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, tendonitis, lower back injuries, chronic body aches and pains, repetitive stress or strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), shin splints, and plantar fasciitis (PF).

Special interests: Dedicated to exercise, healing and health, body-mind balance and self-care in her own life, Angie relates especially well to others who share the same priorities and goals. For example, she has enjoyed providing massage therapy to athletes at a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Golf tournament, at the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa, and to Ottawa Renegade players post game.  She has a growing interest working with caregivers (of a loved one who has a life-threatening or life-altering illness) who can benefit from massage therapy to ease stress in their time of self-care. Angie has also volunteered at community events such as Bluesfest and the MS bike tour.

Our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need—stiff neck, sore lower back, shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Jessica DrewJessica Drew

Overview of qualifications: 

  • Designation: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since 2012
  • Career: Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic in Barrhaven since 2012
  • Memberships: Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • Education: Everest College of Business, Technology & Health Care (Ottawa)
  • Point of interest: Jessica did a 20-hour co-op placement at Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic while studying massage therapy at college—and was hired at the clinic upon graduation.

Favourite quote:  Live, Laugh, Love.

Skills and specialties: Jessica specializes in Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release. She also teaches patients how to properly stretch in order to stimulate blood flow and alleviate tension that has developed over time. Jessica looks forward to expanding her knowledge on an ongoing basis through continuing education courses, including advanced Myofascial Release techniques and correction for postural conditions.

Conditions successfully treated: Jessica has successfully treated tension headaches and migraines, TMJ, neck strain, shoulder injuries, back pain and foot problems. She has treated pregnant women experiencing pain or discomfort and also provided pain relief to individuals with fibromyalgia. In addition, Jessica has helped speed up the recovery of sports-related injuries suffered by skiers, snowboarders, rock climbers and runners.

Special interests: Jessica is dedicated to health and wellness and felt inspired to pursue a career that would integrate these priorities into her professional life. She had personally experienced the tremendous benefits of massage therapy treatments and decided to commit herself to helping others recover and heal properly in a customer-focused, friendly environment.  Today, Jessica enjoys helping people of all ages and activity levels achieve a state of relaxation, reduce muscle tension and get relief from chronic pain.

Our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need—stiff neck, sore lower back, shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Kelly BakerKelly Baker

Overview of qualifications: 

  • Designation: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since 2008
  • Employment: Jockvale Massage Therapy Clinic in Barrhaven since 2012
  • Memberships: College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO)
  • Education: Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Additional courses: Certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
  • Point of interest: The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, where Kelly graduated from, is the birth place of massage therapy education in Canada

Favourite quote: "I've learned that happiness is like perfume: you can't give it away without getting a little on yourself." – from Life's Instructions for Wisdom, Success, and Happiness by Jackson Brown

Skills and specialties:  Kelly specializes in treating stiffness, tension, aches and pain in the shoulders and neck that may lead to headaches, commonly caused by poor posture while sitting at a workstation. She performs a variety of massage techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy designed to relieve stress, increase mobility, treat muscular pain and improve physical comfort. Kelly is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), a gentle technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system, stimulate the immune system, and help remove swelling, congestion and stagnation from within the body. She is experienced at using MLD to treat edema caused by damage to lymph nodes or lymph vessels due to surgery, radiation/chemotherapy (cancer), accidents and injuries. She is also certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge in all of these areas through ongoing skills development.

Conditions successfully treated: Kelly has treated numerous conditions including chronic pain, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, aches and pains (all body areas – neck, shoulders, upper back, mid back, lower back, arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, glutes, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet), headaches, decreased range of motion in joints, frozen shoulder, muscle spasms, sprains, strains, tendinitis, constipation, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. She is also experienced at providing treatments for pregnant women and individuals with fibromyalgia.

Special interests:  Kelly’s motivation to pursue a career in massage therapy was strengthened after observing the very positive effect that massage treatments had on a friend who was recovering from an injury caused by an accident. Since becoming a registered massage therapist, Kelly is most passionate about helping people find relief from chronic pain and supporting them during their recovery journeys. She is sensitive to her patients’ physical and emotional struggles, day-to-day challenges, and efforts to improve their comfort, health and overall quality of life.

Our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need—stiff neck, sore lower back, shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Kristle Lowry, RMT

 Overview of qualifications:

  • Designation:Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since November 2009
  • Employment:Working with us since December 2014
  • Memberships:College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • Education: International Academy of Massage Therapy (Ottawa)
  • Certifications:Certified in Soft Tissue Release
  • Additional courses: Child and Infant Massage, Lumbopelvic Muscle Imbalances, Orthopedic Massage for Shoulder
  • Continuing education:One Concept Massage Conference attendant (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Point of interest:Experience in therapeutic, spa and retirement facility settings

Favourite quote: “Just keep swimming!”  – Dory, Finding Nemo

Skills and specialties:  Kristle has extensive experience treating people with injuries and often works closely with physiotherapists to design an effective treatment strategy. She treats people with chronic conditions such asParkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as people with diabetes andhigh blood pressure. She also works with individuals who have undergone a heart transplant, or those recovering from heart surgery or a stroke. Although working with the senior population has been rewarding, Kristle equally enjoys giving the benefits of massage to pregnant women and children.

Conditions successfully treated: Kristle uses a technique called Soft Tissue Release (STR) to successfully treat many shoulder conditions, including strains, sprains and impingements, headaches and migraines related to muscle tension, and postural imbalances such as a shortening of the pectoral muscle. STR involves applying gentle pressure on the muscle during movement in order to obtain a lengthening or stretch. Clients tend to have success with STR, with less discomfort than the traditional myofascial release.

Special interests:  Since she was a child, Kristle has had a strong desire to help people and animals in need. She began her career as a veterinary technician. On a volunteer sea turtle protection project in Costa Rica, she realized her desire to help could be transformed into human touch and decided to expand her warmth of caring to humans through massage therapy. She wholeheartedly believes that everyone can benefit from massage therapy in the form of treatment or relaxation.

At Jockvale Massage & Physio, our therapists have been trained by stringent standards laid out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. After completing a curriculum of 2,200 hours and successfully completing both written and practical exams, the College issues their registration. All our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists.

Most people approach us with one or two areas of need, such as a stiff neck, sore lower back or shoulder ache, with little idea of what technique will be best. Our therapists are equipped with a broad range of techniques to help you with your needs.

Tatiana Townsend, RMT

Overview of qualifications:

  • Designation: Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario since July 2005
  • Employment: Jockvale Massage & Physio in Barrhaven since August 2017
  • Memberships: Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
  • Education: International Academy of Massage (Ottawa) and School of Structural Therapy (Ottawa)
  • Certifications: Reiki Master Accreditation (2003)
  • Additional courses: Diagnostic Electrodes Acupuncture, Osteopathy Techniques, Traditional Thai / Thai Yoga Massage, Indie Head Relaxation, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release
  • Continuing education: Osteopathy, Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy (since 2017)
  • Point of interest: Tatiana’s great-grandmother, grandmother and mother were holistic healers in Moldova

Philosophy: “The body is a vehicle to carry your soul through your life. The better you take care of it, the better it will run.”

Skills and specialties:  Tatiana combines her experience as a Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and soon-to-be-certified Osteopath (September 2019) to provide a highly personalized, holistic approach to helping her clients rebalance, recover and feel better. Once she earns her second license, clients with coverage for osteopathic treatments in their extended health care insurance policies will be able to submit a claim—above and beyond submitting a claim for massage therapy today, for which she is already licensed.

Tatiana is focused on encouraging and educating clients on how to strengthen the connection between mind and body—whether it’s learning to recognize and listen to the language of pain or deepening an awareness and commitment to self-care. Tatiana has treated people of all ages: infants, toddlers, youths, teenagers, adults and seniors. She has experience working in health care centres, physiotherapy clinics, salons and spas. Earlier in her career, she worked as a therapeutic ultrasound technician, diagnostic electrodes acupuncturist, bio laser technician, and Ayurvedic spa technician.

Conditions successfully treated: Tatiana’s summary of qualifications is substantial, enabling her to support many different kinds of healing journeys such as those associated with: migraine/tension headache, back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, TMJ, joint pain, injuries from sports or vehicle accidents, repetitive strain injuries, stress and anxiety disorders, pre-natal and post-natal symptoms and conditions, and holistic support for chronic and critical illnesses such as fibromyalgia and cancer.

She is also experienced in Swedish Massage techniques, Cranial Osteopathy, Counterstraintechnique, Facilitated Positional Release technique, Oscillatory technique, Muscle Energy technique, Global Listening Evaluation Assessment, Thai Massage Level One, Indie Head Massage (Scalp, Neck and Facial), Trigger Point Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation/Active Inhibition Techniques (PNF), Hydro Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Low Grade Joint Play Technique, Myofascial Release Technique (MFS) Advanced Level, Visceral Manipulation Using MFS on Lower Back Pain, Muscle Energy (Structural Therapy Direct Technique) Level One, MVA Treatment Planning, WSIB Treatment, Infant Massage Treatment, Geriatric Massage Treatment, Torticollis Release Treatment, Patella Femoral Syndrome Treatment, Sacroiliac Mobilization / Treatment, and more.

Special interests:  As a fourth-generation health and healing advocate, Tatiana is passionate about empowering and inspiring her clients to feel better and heal better. As practical as she is intuitive, Tatiana takes the time to explain how and why various healing techniques are effective and what more clients can do to optimize results. Beyond her commitment to continuously expand her skill set and qualifications, Tatiana enjoys balancing her professional life with the health benefits of meditation, yoga and folk dancing.

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Dear Jockvale Massage & Physio Community

We hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. We all have a responsibility to maintain social distancing so our clinic has made some changes. We are now offering physiotherapy via virtual online Telehealth services. Please call for your Telehealth appointment.


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