At our on-site Student Massage Clinic, students provide massage treatments to the public during the afternoons and evenings. Clients are treated by student therapists and supervised by Registered Massage Therapists.
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Our Registered Massage Therapists
Paul Clifford, RMT
After working as a professional biologist, Paul Clifford studied massage therapy at the Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto and was licensed to practice in Ontario and British Columbia in 1984. In 1986 he was certified by the Trager Institute. In 1988 he was certified by the Rolf Institute, with whom he maintains certification. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings which include a medically-referred practice, a multidisciplinary clinic, a spa, and in private practice. He co-authored two editions of Outcome-Based Massage with physiotherapist C.K. Andrade.
Since 2001 he has taught massage therapy full time at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. For 30 years he has studied various movement disciplines that include gymnastics, Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga, and modern dance.
Annette Doose, RMT
Annette studied Physical Education and Biology at York University in Toronto. She completed her Massage Therapy Diploma with honors’ at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto. Annette worked in a Multidisciplinary Clinic in Durham region treating a wide range of clients. She started teaching at Sir SandFord Fleming College in 1999 and has continued her massage education with courses in Structural Integration and Lymphatic Drainage.
Kristina Lonsberry, RMT
After completing a Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario, Kristina Lonsberry studied Massage Therapy at Kikkawa College in Toronto. Kristina has worked as a Registered Massage Therapist since 1994 and has been teaching at Fleming College since 1995. Kristina also works as a Fitness Instructor for GoodLife Fitness in Cobourg, ON.
Brent Miller, RMT
Brent Miller is an alumnus of the Fleming Massage Therapy program, graduating from its first ever class in 1998. Brent has worked in Toronto and Peterborough in several multidisciplinary clinics and taught professional workshops to RMT's. He sat on the board of directors of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association as a director and Vice-President. Since 2002, he has worked as the massage therapist for the Major Series Lacrosse Peterborough Lakers. He currently practices at a sports injury and medical rehabilitation facility in Peterborough where he treats clients ranging from amateur and professional athletes to those injured in motor vehicle or workplace accidents, and anyone wanting to achieve greater health and well being.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I am uncomfortable with my body? Do I have to undress?
- Let your therapist know your comfort level. Most techniques are applied to the skin directly and use oil or lotion as lubricant. Your Student Therapist will only expose the area which they are working on. However it is possible to adapt all techniques to a client who is dressed.
- Am I expected to talk during the massage?
- If you wish to have silence, you should say so at the beginning of the treatment. The student therapist is required to check from time to time that you are comfortable. She will also ask for your feedback when working in areas that are potentially painful or sensitive.
- After my appointment, is there anything I need to have on hand or anything specific I should do?
- Plan for 30 minutes of quiet time right after your treatment. An Epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage. Make sure to drink water to keep your tissues hydrated. Student therapists will usually prescribe an exercise or two for you to perform daily between your sessions.
- How often should I have massage treatments?
- A mutual consultation with your Student Therapist can help you establish a treatment program which fits your lifestyle and physical requirements. Many clients come once a week or once a month until they reach their desired outcomes.
- Are massage treatments indicated for acute and chronic injuries?
- Yes, it is appropriate for recent injuries (sprains, strains, whiplash) and also chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Massage treatments can be safely adapted to almost all diseases and medical conditions.
- What outcomes can I expect from a massage treatment plan of care?
- Massage treatment can have positive effects on muscle tone, fluid flow, fascial mobility, posture, movement, breathing, and Central Nervous System function. Many clients report improved mood, better responses to stress, and a general sense of well-being after massage.
Revised: April 18, 2016