Originally from Northern Ontario, Chandra Kastern is a Massage Therapist with 20 years of experience in practice. Her career as a Massage Therapist has allowed her the opportunity to master a number of manual therapy techniques such as: trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, positional release, strain and counterstrain, lymphatic drainage, joint mobilization, active and passive stretching and Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique (LAST). In addition to direct, hands on techniques, she is trained in instrument assisted soft tissue release, primarily using a Functional Movement Therapy Blade as well as silicon and vacuum cups. Chandra enjoys treating a variety of physical conditions with a variety of techniques, tailored to each patient's stage of life, needs and goals. Her aim is to provide individualized, safe and effective treatment by expanding and applying her skills as a manual therapist in working with soft and connective tissues.
Since moving to Alberta, Chandra has filled a multitude of roles within the Massage Therapy profession including serving on the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) Board of Directors as Treasurer and five (5) years as President; Chair of the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA); Secretary of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS) and Chair of the Transitional Steering Committee (TSC) for Massage Therapy regulation in Alberta. Given her commitment to advancing the art and science of massage and manual therapy, she spent a number of years teaching and administrating within certificate and diploma programs for Massage Therapists, specializing in ethics, jurisprudence, communications and standards of practice. She continues to contribute to the profession as a Certified Accreditation Advisor and Surveyor with the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) and is working towards becoming a registered parliamentarian. Chandra is an active member of the MTAA and an inactive registrant of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the former affords her the ability to direct bill all extended health benefit and insurance providers for eligible plans.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
While it probably goes without saying, massage is a hands on therapy. The choice to use Manual Therapy to describe this practice is intentional and aims to differentiate between simple, feels good massage and therapeutic treatment of soft tissue that is always manually applied, or in other words, hands on.
In a buyer beware market like Alberta, finding a quality Massage or Manual Therapist can be a challenge. Due to the lack of provincial regulation, literally anyone in the province can call themselves a "Registered Massage Therapist" regardless of training, education or experience. This leaves the public in a position of having to go through trial and error experiences that range from lackluster to adverse when seeking treatment for their tissue issues. So while the term Registered holds no credibility for Massage or Manual Therapists in Alberta, the public and insurance sector routinely look and ask for an "RMT" and hence the cheeky play in calling this practice Real Manual Therapy. Real because it really is therapeutic and you can always expect a quality, hands on treatment by a qualified and experienced Massage Therapist when you book an appointment here.
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5250 22 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada (inside Chiropractic at the Crossing)
09:00 am – 04:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Every other Saturday
9am - 4pm
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