Nissa Lee Hale, BA, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Nissa obtained an Honours Degree in Psychology and Gerontology from St. Thomas University in 1999 and knew she was destined to work with people. After successfully completing the Massage Therapy program and graduating with Honours in 2007 from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Nissa was able to turn her passion into a career. Her expertise lies in functional therapy, using a variety of assessment, treatment and therapeutic exercise recommendations to help her clients achieve balance. She incorporates meditation, breath recognition and body awareness into her work and uses an integrative approach into postural and mind-body reconnection. Nissa has a special interest and additional training in joint mobilization techniques with a focus on functional movement patterns and posture. Nissa also has extensive experience in trigger point therapy, fascial manipulation and deep tissue treatment. With post-graduate studies in Fitness and Holistic Nutrition, Nissa is also involved in community outreach programs, mental health advocacy and is a Massage Therapy educator in the community.
Nissa is a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and has current and updated CPR and First Aid. She is an active mother of two little girls and loves spending time in nature, playing with kettlebells and is always looking to learn new things.
Chelsea Benjamin, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Chelsea graduated with Honours from Eastern College in Halifax and is a natural caregiver with exceptional talent for therapeutic touch and intuition about the body. Her practice has a focus on rehabilitation and progressive treatment with the use of neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilizations, cupping and deep tissue therapy among others. Previously a CCA, Chelsea has a unique ability to connect with and care for others, with special attention to how the body reacts during treatment. She has experience working with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including chronic pain, trigger points and stress. She incorporates educating her clients on how they can help themselves through proper treatment planning and homecare advice.
Chelsea is a member in good standing with MTANS and is CPR/First Aid certified and brings fresh and modern massage training and techniques to Somata. Thrilled to be practicing in her community, Chelsea brings a boisterous and fun loving energy to the studio. She is proud to be a fire fighter 10 years strong with the River John Fire Department and enjoys spending time with and raising her daughter.
Sam Francis, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Sam is a graduate from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and has a passion for connecting others to their bodies through the power of therapeutic touch and manual therapy. She believes that everyone should experience a heightened sense of physical awareness that will in turn allow more opportunities for healing and recovery. Her clinical practice focuses on chronic musculoskeletal disorders, Arthritic conditions, Lymphodema, and TMJ dysfunction. She has a special interest and talent in using both fascial and active release techniques to help relieve muscle tension and optimize postural balancing. She uses a variety of light and deeper pressures including stretching, Swedish massage techniques and Neuromuscular Therapy in her treatments and offers intra-oral massage. Sam believes that taking the time to listen to her clients' needs and goals helps with her treatment planning and encourages feedback to help maintain comfort and results.
Sam is a member in good standing with MTWPAM and is up to date with First Aid and CPR. She brings a peaceful and bubbly energy to the Somata team and is happy to be practicing in Pictou County and offering care within her community. She is a loving mother who enjoys yoga, spending time at the beach and enjoying time out in nature.
Kathy Olsen, RCRT Reflexologist and Reiki Master Kathy is a Master Reiki Instructor and a Registered Reflexologist. Graduating from Universal College of Reflexology in British Columbia in 2016, Kathy has incorporated her passion for helping people into her career. She began with an interest in helping others restore balance and harmony to all aspects of their life and found a connection with the mind, body and spirit approach to achieving this. With an innate sense of human energy and interaction, Kathy began her practice as a Reiki practitioner over 5 years ago and became a Reiki Master in 2016. With similarities in practice, Reflexology was a natural next step for Kathy, as she understood the power of the two separately and in combination with one another. Kathy as a special ear for the narratives of people's pain and wellness journeys and uses aromatherapy as part of her treatments.
Kathy is a member in good standing with the Reflexology Association of Canada and the Reiki Healing Association. She is a member of the Women's Institute of Nova Scotia and actively volunteers in various community projects. She is passionate about gardening, saving the bees, being creative with food and being outdoors. She has two grown children and lives at home in the country with her husband and two cats. Kindness is her superpower!
Paul Carter, R.Ac. Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Paul is a Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner, operating his practice in New Glasgow and Antigonish. Originally from Australia, Paul has a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine degree, with ten years of previous experience as a Registered Massage Therapist. His internship at the Shanghai Shuguang Hospital in China gives him a special and unique approach to his practice. Chinese medicine practitioners look at each individual's whole picture of health and lifestyle when developing treatment plans. By using the modern anatomical approach to a person's symptom picture, Paul also includes acupuncture points, Chinese herbs, dietary changes and exercises to help alleviate symptoms, restore balance and improve overall health. His experience in bodywork and holistic healing is evident in the success he has helping people reduce pain, manage stress, improve energy and reduce negative and unwanted symptoms of poor health.
Paul is a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist with AHPRA in Australia and a member of ATCMANS here in Nova Scotia. Originally from Australia, Paul and his wife live and active and vibrant life in Antigonish with their two children.
980 East River Plaza | New Glasgow, NS 902.755.9020