The skilled team of practitioners at the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain are eager to provide you with the relief you need from your physical pain. Serving clients throughout Alberta, we are proud of our talents, and hope you will take a moment to learn more about us below. When you’re ready to get started, just contact us today.
Denny Paccagnan has been passionately practicing Hands-On Therapy at the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain for more than 20 years. As a result of Denny’s desire to learn, he has also become fully certified in Dr. Vodder’s system of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), and completed numerous myofascial release courses taught by John Barnes, Barry Jenings, and others, the most recent being his Masters Training Certification in Advanced Myofascial Release, instructed by Barry Jenings. His desire and enthusiasm to learn keeps him informed on the latest myofascial and lymphatic techniques.
As well as being well educated and highly trained, Denny has over 22,000 hours of “hands-on” therapeutic work experience with clients suffering from numerous musculoskeletal and lymphatic related problems. His philosophy is to help the body initiate its own innate natural healing response, which allows the injury or problem to heal itself. He utilizes many different styles of fascial and lymphatic techniques, with most of them being very gentle and non-invasive. This method of treatment is ideal when treating patients whose nervous system is already overloaded and require a gentle, less invasive approach to healing.
Denny is a very calming therapist to be around, and his style of treatment has been described as one using intuitive intelligence behind his techniques, meaning he follows his intuition and combines it with all the education and experience he has received over the years. This combination has been shown to be very effective in successfully treating his patients.
Ruth Major is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), bringing more than 14 years of experience and education to her practice. She believes that a balanced, healthy and productive life can be achieved at any age.
By employing the physical techniques of therapeutic massage, Myofascial Release Therapy and vacuum therapy, Ruth is able to provide treatment that can relieve symptoms and pain caused by a variety of conditions. Ruth is also experienced with aromatherapy, reflexology and yoga.
Ruth is knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic. She is a member in good standing with the National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). She continues to learn through research, educational courses and to update her training.
Please contact the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain to book your appointment with Ruth Major today.
As a holistic practitioner, Nadine is committed to the philosophy that: “Our bodies are made to heal themselves but often require a dynamic therapist to restore wellness and remind the body of its innate healing capabilities.”
For the past 17 years, Nadine Samila has honed her extensive knowledge of Massage Therapy to become a source of healing and vitality for her diverse clientele. Repeat patients and consistent referrals reflect Nadine’s treatment success. She has a special interest in shoulder injuries and in pelvic dysfunction. Nadine is a strong supporter of a team approach to patient care in achieving and maintaining optimum health. She believes in the importance of educating her clients about their bodies and empowering them to make positive choices. Nadine’s work is always compassionate, sensitive and effective.
Since graduating in 1996 from Calgary’s Foothills College of Massage Therapy, Nadine has continued to expand her knowledge of bodywork. Her latest passion is using the skill obtained in training during a Thomas Myers 500 hour program on KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Intergration) Structural Integration. KMI is bodywork based on the pioneering work of Dr. Ida Rolf, modified to include the myofascial continuities of the Anatomy® Trains, researched and developed by Thomas Myers.
Studying with Thomas Myers, John F. Barnes and many others has proven invaluable in enhancing Nadine’s range of therapy specialization for her international practice. Currently, Nadine’s focus lies in the KMI Structural Integration series of twelve progressive appointments and in the practice of Myofascial Release Therapy.
Nadine enjoys taking her skill and her positive, professional attitude around the globe. If she is not engaged working in her busy Calgary based clinic, the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain, she can be found studying in the United States or providing Structural Integration sessions at Mindful Integration retreats in Costa Rica, Greece or Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
As well as being a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Nadine is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and a recognized member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).
For more information about Nadine Samila, her areas of study and the next retreat, please visit www.nadinesamila.ca.
Cardine attended a physiotherapy school in Germany, from which she graduated in 2008. Since then, she has been working in many different areas of physiotherapy, from all kinds of sports injuries and chronic pain to neurological diseases and lymphedema.
Cardine’s focus is always on hands-on therapies, such as Manual Therapy, Active Release and Myofascial Release. She also practices several massage techniques, from Swedish/Relaxation Massage to Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage.
Over many years of practicing in physiotherapy and Massage Therapy, Cardine developed an exceptional ability to identify the problem areas and combine different techniques to find the optimal and individual way to provide the most effective care to her clients.
Cardine was also trained as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in Germany, and she has more than 5 years of experience in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and lymphedema care. Cardine finds the effects of the lymphatic system stimulation incredibly fascinating, especially in regards to creating new vessels and finding a way to redirect the lymphatic flow. She is also very passionate about treating and educating clients with lymphedema, as it is a serious chronic disease and has the tendency to progress without Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Since she moved to Canada in 2013, Cardine has been recognized as a Registered Massage Therapist with 3062 hours of practice and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She is in good standing with the RMTA (Remedial Massage Therapists Association in Alberta).
Cardine is very excited and passionate about using her qualifications and experience to provide the best individual care to her clients in Calgary.
Renée’s interest in kinetics and functional muscle movement began with Kinesiology Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In 2004, she graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy completing a 3000-hr program and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapists Association of Alberta.
Since becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Renée has focused her post-graduate training and clinical practice around Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation techniques. She is committed to providing patients with individualized treatments to discover and resolve the underlying reasons why they may have pain and dysfunction in their bodies. Since she had her two children, Renée has developed a passion for eating real food, fermentation and doing things the way her great-granny would have done them, leading her to expand her knowledge around holistic nutrition.
Through Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation, Renée’s goal is to collaborate with her patients and other health practitioners to balance soft tissues, improve body mechanics and movement through strength, flexibility, and postural awareness with the goal of restoring functional, pain-free living. Through a combination of assessment, manual therapy and education, Renée will work closely with you to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal and help you reach your body’s optimal potential.
Unlike other forms of massage, Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique that specifically focuses on releasing muscle restriction, adhesions and lines of tension in the body’s fascia. This complex system is a continuous web of connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, organs and skeletal structures of the body. It is connected head-to-toe, without interruption. By releasing adhesions, it alleviates pain, increases the range of motions and restores natural movement.
What to Expect During Treatment
Due to the dynamic nature of both Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation techniques, it’s recommended that you wear stretchy shorts and for women a tank top or sports bra. This gives the therapist better access to the abdomen and the body in general, while maintaining your comfort.
Initial appointments consist of an assessment which allows your therapist to create an individualized treatment plan. Subsequent visits include an assessment and treatment, based on your current presentations and the ongoing treatment goals already established between you and your therapist.
What Will It Feel Like?
Much like any other manual therapy, myofascial release and visceral manipulation may uncover some areas of sensitivity as we work. However, it will always be within your comfort level. At times, there may be a burning sensation, pressure, or a deep ache, all of which are momentary and will subside.
What Can I Expect After My Treatment?
Everybody responds differently to treatment. The ideal outcome is change. This may present as decreased pain, better mobility or a greater sense of ease in your body. At times you may feel a spot of point tenderness lasting for a day. For some people who may be more sensitive you may experience fatigue, not feeling quite like yourself or even emotional. In rare occasions you may feel worse for a day. These are all normal reactions and are part of your body’s healing process and will pass usually within a day or two.
Generally, once you’re on the other side of these more extreme healing crises, you will feel better than when you first came in.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
There is no magic formula for how our bodies respond to treatment, or how they heal. Renee believes that if there is no change, we need to look elsewhere in the body. If there is still no change, then perhaps it is not the type of treatment your body needs at this moment. Usually, you will experience some form of change within 2-3 treatments. If not, then Renee will work with you to develop a new course of action. Only you can truly know what works and what does not work for you. Ask yourself “how do I feel?” If the answer is better or different, then you are on the right track with the treatment and can continue until you feel that you no longer need support.
Renée’s goal is to provide ongoing and adaptive therapy in order to meet your health needs and goals.
Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation are effective for but not limited to the following conditions:
Saskia is currently on maternity leave and is unavailable for appointments.
Saskia Mackay graduated from the 2200 hour program at CCMH-Foothill College of Massage Therapy in 2008. She has also completed various workshops including Myofascial Release Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Shiatsu Massage and Visceral Manipulation. She plans to further her practice and knowledge with continuing education in the years to come.
The focus of her practice currently includes the treatment of chronic pain and stress related conditions. Saskia also provides pain relief and a feeling of well-being through Swedish or relaxation massage. She is able to tailor each treatment to a pressure level that is comfortable for her patients.
Saskia is passionate about her field of practice and loves working with people. She is a caring and understanding individual with a commitment to positive patient outcomes. Saskia believes patient education and understanding are a fundamental part of ensuring each person reaches their optimum state of well-being.
Saskia is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). She is very excited to be a part of the professional team at the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain Inc.
Steve has always been interested in helping people lead a healthy life. After 10 years teaching in the Mountains, he made Calgary his home base and switched his focus to helping clients move better and assist the healing process after injury occurs.
Since graduating from Mount Royal University in 2012 from a 2200hr Massage Therapy Program, he has worked towards applying his knowledge in a multitude of techniques; Deep Tissue, Fascial Decompression and Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST). In 2016, Steve obtained the qualification of Level 3 Fascial Stretch Specialist -Medical and is excited to bring it to the clinic and help people heal better.
Our new therapist Eunice Mooney is originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Eunice is a registered massage therapist (RMT), certified lymphatic therapist, and personal fitness trainer and group fitness leader.
Eunice’s fascination with human movement began in the 80’s when her love for music and fitness attracted her to participate in group fitness classes, then to become a Group Fitness Instructor. Since then, she has continued to learn about health and fitness, acquiring a Eunique variety of skills. Her passion for good health and movement led her to design the Eunique Fit Class that she teaches six months of the year.
In 1991 Eunice became a registered massage therapist and then studied kinesology by taking distance education classes from Simon Fraser University. Over the years, she has travelled to various centers across North America and abroad to study methods of body work that integrate the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.
In 1993 she was fortunate to study manual lymph drainage and complex decongestive therapy from an Austrian expert who is the last living student of Dr. Vodder, one of the founders of the method. After rigorous study and exams, Eunice became one of the first three certified manual lymph drainage therapists in Saskatchewan.
She later learned BioSomatics movement therapy, body rolling, and other forms of exercise which enables her to create home maintenance programs for her clients. The foremost thing that she learned is that all ways of exercise have their merit, but none are helpful if the body is not aligned first. She has developed her own Eunique protocol for alignment, treatment, and maintenance.
Eunice travelled to Arizona to study with John Barnes, a foremost leader in myofascial Release. MRF combined with the St. John method of neuromuscular therapy quickly became her treatment of choice for clients with muscle pain and misalignments.
In 2005 Eunice began studying Chi Nei Tsang, a method that detoxifies the body and trains internal organs to work more efficiently. She later travelled to Thailand to learn more from Mantak Chia, the person responsible for bringing these ancient Taoist monk ways of healing to the world.
Eunice also offers these additional therapies:
Having been a figure skater and coach, as well as a participant in water skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and other sports has helped Eunice understand the necessity for treatment and self-maintenance. In her early 30s, with many sports injuries behind her, her body would “seize up” for a few days at a time, and not knowing what to do, she used pain killers to help her through her life. Now, after becoming well educated in holistic methods for maintaining a healthy body, Eunice can truthfully say those episodes are in the past. Her motto is “I’m not getting older, I’m getting better!” It is her goal to help all those who seek her services feel that way as well - The Eunique Way.