Mary Boersma has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 15 years. As well as providing thousands of massages for a wide variety of clientele, she has also spent 3 years teaching in the massage program at Centennial College. Although primarily trained in Swedish massage, Mary has special certifications in Myofascial Release and Lymphatic massage. With a college degree in Fitness and Wellness, Mary is also a certified personal trainer and a graduate of Sheridan College’s Human Performance Training Program.
Mary believes that quality treatment requires an intuitive, caring touch, an inquiring mind and a strong scientific background. There is no point, for example, in “feeling” for pressure points if you have no understanding of the myofascial associations from which they originate.
Mary is also convinced of the profound effects of altered movement patterns and poor posture. If our movement patterns are somehow out of balance then our structural elements lose integrity….muscles don’t work the way they are supposed to, bones move out of position, even our organs can be affected. Mary uses in-depth upper and lower body assessments as well as a thorough lifestyle history to evaluate the origins of pain and discomfort.
The work of Ida Rolf and Tom Myers in defining and treating the myofascia play a significant role in Mary’s treatment. She considers the body as an integrated whole and understands the myofascial connections which can often disassociate pain from its source. This is why, for example, a tight muscle in the hip may manifest itself as neck pain. Myofascial Release, otherwise known as Structural Integration, is the systematic treatment of this type of pain. Mary offers a 10 treatment protocol specifically designed pinpoint and treat the sources of myofascial pain.
Mary’s background in fitness, rehabilitation, assessment and human performance provides her with all the tools necessary to provide effective personal training. Combined with her caring, personal and motivational approach, these tools allow her to help you identify your needs and achieve your goals.