Imagine having a massage just to “feel good”, rather than trying to fix a hurt!  Many people have  a health benefit program through their place of employment that provides full or partial coverage for massage therapy, and yet they don’t even make use of these benefits!

There are some great local options for massage therapy and as we near the end of the fiscal year and calendar, people may be leaving their massage therapy benefit untapped.  Why not check out some of these local options – even if it is just to make yourself feel good, after a stressful day of Christmas shopping or a rough week at work.

Almonte offers a few great options for massage – from a massage therapy clinic to an in-home massage studio.

Bjork Massage – A one-woman business, Nina Bjork Stefansdottir, has been offering massage services since 1997.  Her at-home studio provides a serene, warm and friendly environment where you are greeted by Piglet, her four-legged assistant, at the front-door.  She can adapt her services from a gentle, relaxing massage to deep-tissue, it-hurts-so-good massage, depending on your needs. 

relax. – Formerly known as Absolute Massage Clinic, with offices in Kanata and at Greenbank, there are currently 8 different therapists to choose from.  Clinic hours are 6 days a week, with morning, afternoon and evening appointments available, and weekend appointments too.

With such a large number of staff they can offer a variety of massage services including Hot Stone Therapy, Swedish Massage, Deep-Tissue Massage, Trigger-point Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Sports Massage, Functional Taping and Craniosacral Therapy.   They are also able to do direct billing to insurance providers and provide easy on-line booking for appointments.


Carleton Place with its larger population offers more than a dozen different massage therapy options.  There are more independent service providers than clinics in CP, but here are a few options you might want to consider.

Darlington Acupuncture and Massage Therapy  – Patricia and Steve Darlington, a husband and wife team,  have been offering myriad services for more than 20 years, including acupuncture and massage.  Their office is in the downtown core, and you receive the benefit of being able to chose gender for your massage, in case that matters. In addition, they offer acupuncture services which can work well with massage therapy, particularly if you are dealing with an injury.

Mahagony Salon and Spa –  When I think Spa, I think relaxation and pampering, and Mahagony has been offering several different types of massage to Carleton Place residents.  Their massage services include Lomi Lomi (which incorporates energy work and chakra balancing into massage); Pre-pregnancy Massage; Swedish Massage and Signature Massage (a more relaxing/refreshing type of massage).

So, whatever your massage needs are, there are some great local options available to meet your needs.  Avoid the last-minute “better use-them-before-I-lose-them” massage bookings, and book yourself a massage appointment now.  Your body will thank you.

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