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 and lifestyle 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 in the somatic connection between the mind and the boy with a focus on functional movement patterns and posture. Nissa also has extensive experience in trigger point therapy, fascial manipulation and deep tissue treatment. 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 who enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, exercising and learning new things.
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.
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.
Bree Richards, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Bree is a graduate of ICT Northumberland College and has been a practicing therapist since 2015. Her clinical focus is on postural dysfunction, sciatic nerve pain, stress related conditions and trigger point therapy. With an innate ability to sense and feel the body, Bree brings a unique talent for addressing both acute and chronic conditions with an overall quiet and relaxing energy to provide the utmost comforting environment for all of her clients. She is patient and professional, allowing time to listen to the body so each individual receives the most personalized treatments. She has a special interest in sport therapy, as an athlete herself, she enjoys incorporating fascial therapy, active myotonic release and offers the ability to adjust pressure and techniques to accommodate each client's personal preferences and needs.
Bree is an active member with MTANS and is up to date with First Aid and CPR. She brings a friendly and calming energy to our team and shows both enjoyment and pride in her practice. She's a life long learner, enjoys travel (within the Atlantic bubble now) and beating her friends in card games! She's a loving yet struggling plant mom, but continues to be patient and strives for success!
Marla MacKay, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Marla obtained her degree in Massage Therapy from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax. She is someone who brings her passion for the practice with pride for her hometown community. Her focus is on relieving chronic pain and the effects that stress has on both the mind and therefore the body. Her technical skills and clinical focus on the relationship between the soft tissues of the body and the mental and emotional effect it plays in each person's unique experience and day to day life. She has a special interest in trigger point therapy, myofascial release, fascial stretching and selfcare education. Her treatment plans are outcomes-based and specialized for each individual person, allowing her clients to feel both real-time and lasting positive results.
Marla is an active member with MTANS and is current with her CPR and First Aid. She is a fun loving and energetic soul who enjoys spending time in the country, on the water, and with friends and family. She enjoys being creative with vegan cuisine, has a sweet taste for the fun adventures of life and is a life-long learner!
174 Archimedes Street | New Glasgow, NS 902.755.9020