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.
Mira Kim, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Mira graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2018 and has discovered her true passion in her field. She believes the body can be healed through connecting with the breath and reconnecting to our true selves. After a 10 year career in web design, she experienced the pain and dysfunction of a desk job and found relief through alternative therapies including massage therapy. This experience brought her from Seoul, Korea to Canada to study massage therapy so that she could help others get back to their best selves. She has a special interest in her client's story of pain and she has an attentive ear for helping guide her client's so they can understand their bodies better and help to heal themselves. Her clinical practice ranges from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis to neurological concerns like carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. She excels in her ability to assess conditions appropriately, helping to discover causes of pain and recommending exercises to help clients improve their movement and build strength.
Mira is a member is good standing with MTANS, is current with First Aid and CPR and is excited to be bringing her practice to humble Pictou County. Her husband and her have made the permanent move from Korea and she is enjoying travelling around the region taking in all the beautiful sights and meeting new people. She enjoys hiking, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
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