About Chris Wood...
and How I Became An R.M.T.
As I look back over my life with all its twists and turns it now seems like everything was preparing me for my career as a Registered Massage Therapist. While far from over, I can say that I have lived a very interesting life as I have had a wide variety of jobs which have taken me around our province, the country, and the world. This has allowed me to meet a great many people who held a variety of different outlooks on how to approach life and its many problems. One of the main problems that I have seen them facing is their bodies' aches, pains, and injures.
Before Becoming an RMT
I will be honest with you. In the past I have not been immune to injuring my body through improper actions or activities.
Often times I have not allowed myself enough time to heal properly. I have also treated myself incorrectly and caused my condition to worsen.
Furthermore, through my ignorance I have often created the conditions in my body that lead to my injuries through muscle imbalances and repetitive strain injuries.
Knowledge is the Key
With the benefit of hindsight and knowledge, I can now look at my life and identify many things that I have done wrong in regards to my body and what I should have done to make it better. I do not see these things as mistakes though, rather as learning opportunities. What began for me as an independent quest to solve my problems led me to study and practice yoga, take a variety of fitness classes, do resistance weight training, and draw from the knowledge of various personal trainers and fitness instructors. As a lifelong learner it seems that my personal library was constantly growing with books on how to improve your body. Yet this was not enough.
Following My Passions
After spending over twenty years supporting people with developmental challenges and teaching both children and adults in educational settings, I realized that I was being pulled in a slightly different direction. As a gym teacher and coach I kept trying to help students achieve their personal bests. Like myself though, I kept seeing some students being stopped from achieving their goals because of injuries or weaknesses. After having my younger sister, who is also an R.M.T., show me the benefits of Massage Therapy I realized where my path lay.
Upon returning from the Middle East, I attended the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Through this program, the experiences within my own practice, and continued professional development and personal research, I have developed and continue to enhance my skills and knowledge base to treat my clients.
Let Me Help You
As a Registered Massage Therapist I now realize how my life experiences complement my practice. Having served in the Armed Forces, worked in a variety of factories, a flower nursery, golf course, bars, restaurants, offices and classrooms I have a wide knowledge of the work place. When combined with my interest in athletics and physical training I have a unique insight into how injuries occur and how to tailor treatment plans to meet each person's needs.
I invite you to read My Approach to Massage Therapy (found after the Education and Qualifications section) and then come and experience the benefits of massage therapy for yourself.
Education and Qualifications
On-line SpiderTech Kinesiology Taping 2012
Basic Theory and Applications Course
SpiderTech Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario.
Registered Massage Therapist 2011
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
Diploma in MassageTherapy 2011
Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Cambridge,
- Outreach Program Certificate for Sports
Bachelor of Education 2002
Windsor University, Windsor, Ontario.
Developmental Service Workers Diploma 1996
Fanshawe College, Simcoe, Ontario.
Bachelor of Arts, Specialized Honours in History 1992
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
To Massage Therapy
Of all the technological innovations in the world the human body is by far the most complex and amazing. It is constantly protecting, repairing, and replacing damaged or worn out parts.
After an injury our body parts, especially muscles and how they are activated, do not always return to their best ways of operating. Sometimes the body needs assistance to overcome its own protective mechanisms and reactions in order to return to optimum levels of performance. This is where massage therapy comes into play.
Using a combination of Swedish Massage, advanced massage techniques, as well as lengthening and strengthening exercises, healing situations can be created where the body can be restored to its peak performance levels.
No two people are exactly the same. The same is true about injuries and how to heal them. My approach is to work with you and other health care providers to create a treatment program that is effective for you.