Massage Therapy

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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage the most commonly requested type of massage therapy. It is used for the treatment of acute and chronic injuries as well as general health maintenance. Specific techniques are used to achieve certain health goals and alleviate pain.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage is a light pressure massage that encourages you to unwind and de-stress. The gentle gliding techniques offer multiple health benefits such as; calming the nervous system, promoting lymphatic flow and improving circulation. This treatment is great for the sensitive client.

Deep tissue/Trigger point therapy

Deep tissue/Trigger point therapy focuses on loosening the connective tissue and the deeper muscle fibers with a more vigorous technique. This type of massage may be used for a full body treatment or applied to a single area. It is normal to experience some tenderness in your muscles following this therapy.

Hot Volcanic Stone Massage

Hot Volcanic Stone Massage is the use of hot volcanic stones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years. Traditions have changed but the benefits of hot volcanic stone treatment remain! Here at the Hawthorn Clinic hot stones are used during every treatment from relaxation to therapeutic, and during our seasonal specials. The even heat distribution and smooth surface of the stones help to ease tired, achy muscles and is a favourite among our loyal clients.

Kailey Robicheau, RMT
Kailey Robicheau, RMT

Kailey Robicheau

Kailey Robicheau, RMT, grew up in the Annapolis Valley and studied massage therapy for 2 years at ICT Northumberland College. She has over 7 years of experience and has worked in several multi-disciplinary clinics in the Valley.

Kailey has continued to advance her knowledge and clinical skills in therapeutic massage with a special interest in treating:

  • Sports injuries
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Chronic stress tension

She blends her deep tissue therapy with hot stones, infrared heat, aromatherapy oils and naturally scented warm towels. It's funny that her clients never seem to want to go home!

Liam Smitheram, RMT
Liam Smitheram, RMT

Liam Smitheram

Liam Smitheram, RMT, grew up in Goosebay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He studied for two years at Fanshawe College in London, ON and received an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy. Liam has had experience working in Ontario and running his own mobile massage practice. He has family in the Annapolis Valley and has happily decided to call Kentville home.

Liam is a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia. He is highly professional and has a keen interest in treating chronic illnesses and acute injuries. Liam strives to deliver the highest quality treatments for his clients by using knowledge from both his educational background (physiology, anatomy, and pathology) as well as his work experiences. He combines the use of deep tissue massage, fascial techniques and general Swedish massage to achieve effective and therapeutic treatment for his clients.

You will see and experience Liam's love of volunteerism, philanthropy and community. Welcome Liam!

Ashley Beaton, RMT
Ashley Beaton, RMT

Ashley Beaton

Ashley Beaton, RMT, graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax, NS. She chose to pursue massage therapy as a career to compliment her passion for body health. She is a firm believer in the importance of eating good food and nutrition, physical movement and mental health. Ashley enjoys treating postural dysfunction, headaches and myofascial trigger points, ensuring each and every client leaves their treatment feeling better than when they arrived.

Ashley is very passionate about gardening, crocheting, caring for her house plants as well as spending quality time with her two year old daughter, Lucie, and partner Dan.

She looks forward to meeting you!

Sarah Escott, RMT
Sarah Escott, RMT

Sarah Escott

Sarah Escott, RMT has a passion for helping people in our community and supporting them in their healing journey. With over eighteen years of clinical experience as a registered massage therapists in our area, she combines her extensive manual skills and wealth of knowledge with a bubbly personality and positive sense of humour, creating loyal and appreciative clientele.

Sarah attended ICT Northumberland College for Massage Therapy, graduating in 2002, and has been a member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). She returned to her hometown here in the Annapolis Valley where she began working and raising a family.

Over the years, Sarah has continued to learn new techniques and improve her massage therapy skills in a variety of areas. She has completed courses in Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Child and Athletic Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Sports Massage. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending hours with her family in the outdoors. She is happy to accept new clients and looks forward to seeing many of her former clients from previous years.

Hawthorn Massage Therapy

We ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment to fill out a short intake/consent form. You can save some time by downloading the form below, filling it out ahead of your visit, and bringing it along with you.