Massage therapy

How to choose the right massage therapist in Calgary

how to choose a massage therapist in calgary

Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. With so many massage therapists to choose from in Calgary, it can be hard to know how to choose the right massage therapist for you.

Here at Movement Performance & Health, our massage therapists are hand selected to join our multidisciplinary clinic and collaborative team.

Before we share tips on how to best choose your massage therapist, it’s important to review how massage therapy can benefit your health.  Whether you are dealing with an injury, chronic pain or are just looking to relax, massage therapy offers numerous benefits such as:

  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Improves recovery from sports injuries
  • Improves frequency and severity of headaches
  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances relaxation
  • Improves joint mobility and flexibility
  • Improves skin tone
getting a massage in Calgary offer many benefits

What should you consider when choosing a massage therapist?

Here are 3 things to consider when choosing your massage therapist.

1. Fits your schedule.

Practically, you need to choose a massage therapist who aligns with your personal schedule and the ideal time you would like to book your massage. For example, if you prefer to book a massage over your lunch hour or after work hours.

With 7 therapists, we have availability every day of the week, as well as from as early as 9am until 7pm. Check out our easy online booking process to see which therapist fits your schedule.

2. Offers the type of massage or technique you need.

Consider what type of massage are you looking for and your ultimate goal. Are you seeking relaxation or do you need to treat a specific injury or pain area? Do you need a specific type of massage such as prenatal or sports massage? Understanding what your goal is and what techniques you may need such as Graston or fascial release will guide you in which therapist is the best match for you.

If you have questions about the type of massage you may need or what specific techniques may be right for you, be sure to contact us via email at .

3. Meets your comfort level.

Finding someone you are comfortable with is key. Communication before, during and after the massage will ensure you get the treatment you need. This is often done after trying and meeting a massage therapist for the first few times you have a massage treatment. Remember, finding the best match will give you the best outcome.

Meet our massage therapists at Calgary’s Movement Performance & Health

Sarah Joyce RMT

Sarah Joyce, RMT

Sarah focuses on therapeutic, deep tissue and stretching. She can integrate cupping, myofascial release, trigger point release and cross frictions into your treatment plan. Sarah, like the whole team at Movement Performance & Health, is a constant learner and has taken additional training in temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) therapy and is very proficient at assisting with jaw pain.


David Sanda, RMT

David is a fully certified in RAPID Neurofascial Reset.  RAPID is an evidence-based, soft tissue, therapeutic technique that quickly alleviates tension and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. David is also a deep tissue therapist. He integrates stretches and exercises into his treatments. He is very proficient in treating chronic pain and sciatica.

David Sanda, RMT
Shelley Hoffart Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Calgary

Shelley Hoffart, RMT

Shelley is a very experienced massage therapist at Movement Performance & Health with over 15 years of hands-on experience. She focuses in deep therapeutic massage. She is fully certified in fire cupping and incorporates cupping into her treatments. She utilizes deep tissue work, and having been an elite gymnast is able to incorporate her sports background into her treatments.

Cillian Cross

Cillian is proficient in many types of massage including deep tissue massage and also relaxation.  He performs an assessment and special testing to better understand and determine the most appropriate approach for his clients with musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

Cillian has a special interest in helping those with acute and chronic pain relief. He stresses great importance of getting his clients back to activities of daily life and beyond.

Cillian Cross Registered Massage Therapist
Colleen Gilbert, Registered Massage Therapist

Colleen Gilbert, RMT

Colleen Gilbert has been practicing massage therapy full-time as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2005.

Focusing on relaxation as well as therapeutic massage, Colleen is well-versed in treating patients at all stages of health, including pregnancy and children from the age of five. 

Natalie Stefiuk, RMT

Natalie enjoys treating concussions, tension headaches, sports injuries and TMJ issues, and also has a passion for aromatherapy and integrating essential oils into her treatments. Natalie also has an athletic background playing rugby and can relate to many sports injuries that occur.

Natalie Stefiuk Registered Massage Therapist in  Calgary

Final tip: it’s ok to try more than one massage therapist

It is very common and absolutely ok to try several massage therapists. At our Calgary clinic, our team is truly collaborative. Our patients and solving their issues are always the top priority. 


Ready to book Calgary’s best massage?

At Movement Performance & Health, our experienced team of massage therapists provide top-quality massage therapy treatments. We offer massages 7 days a week! Come see for yourself why we’re 5-star rated.


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