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 who enjoys running, working out and playing outside.
Rebekah Donkin, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Rebekah is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and has an exceptional talent for therapeutic touch. Her passion for her practice comes second only to her skill in working with clients who experience myofascial pain syndrome, postural and muscle imbalances and stress related issues such as headaches, constipation and chronic muscle tension. She has a special interest in fascial stretching techniques and trigger point release and enjoys working collaboratively with other health care professionals to offer her clients optimal results. Rebekah also has experience in outreach programs for neurological conditions such as sciatic pain, thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel conditions and has offered treatments for clients with addiction.
Rebekah is a member in good standing with MTANS, is certified with current CPR/First Aid training and brings the most modern massage training and energetic vibe to the Somata family. As a other of three she enjoys spending time with her children and is a practicing advocate for healthy living through fitness and self-care.
Chelsea Benjamin, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Chelsea graduated with Honours from Eastern College in Halifax and is a natural caregiver and has 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.
Dr. Mariam Jamous, ND, RHN, BA Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Mariam graduated from York University with a BA in Psychology. She received her degree as a Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritonist and is certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine fertility.
Dr. Mariam is very passionate and dedicated to helping her patient's get to the root cause of their illnesses by focusing on creating individualized treatment protocols designed specifically for each patient. She strives in the face of challenge and is not a stranger to it, since she has been raising a son with special needs and another with ADHD. Being a mother, Dr. Mariam really enjoys working with children and understands how to relate to them and make them feel comfortable. She is very patient, nurturing and in-tune with children's needs. She also understands how to relate to adolescents, since she is raising two of them and has a special interest and passion in women's health.
Her passion also led her to volunteer on a medical mission in Guatemala serving the less fortunate, mostly women and children which really fired her up to want to help them get their health back on track. She has strong communication skills and is also fluent in French and Arabic which allows her to see patients with an array of cultural backgrounds. Her ultimate passion is to bring suffering patients back to a balanced state where they are not only comfortable but thriving and able to live their lives to the fullest!
Dr. Mariam is a member of CAND and NSAND in good standing and is excited to be bringing her practice to Pictou County! Her fun yet peaceful personality is a welcome and perfect fit to the Somata family. She is a mother of two boys who enjoys baking, taking long walks and discovering new places in nature.
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