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 23 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, and 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. Denny is also a fully certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, completing a 9 week program in 2009 and 2010.
As well as being well educated and highly trained, Denny has over 23,000 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, lymphatic, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy 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.
He has been teaching workshops on his gentle approach to myofascial release since 2010, and continues to write more courses with passion and enthusiasm. His unique philosophy is best utilized for those patients who require a firm, grounding, and gentle application to their healing. Denny is able to work extremely deep, without causing pain, bruising, or injurious side effects often experienced when receiving myofascial release therapy and other harsher therapies. 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. Outside of work, Denny loves to spend time with his family, and walk his dog daily. He enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, and chilling out anywhere near the mountains, lakes, and rivers that are so close to his home city of Calgary.
Ruth Major has been actively pursuing health and body wholeness since her youth. Her professional development and experience spanning nearly 20 years reflects this passion. Ruth began as a Registered Massage Therapist and her disciplines have grown to include:
In addition, Ruth’s natural ability as an intuitive energy healer enhances and increases the positive results her patients receive. Ruth’s goal is to assist others in developing deeper awareness, presence and connections in their relationships with themselves and the world. She firmly supports empowering people to heal trauma and reprogram belief patterns. There is a student, teacher and master that reside in each of us. Ruth is excited to help us bring them out.
Ruth looks forward to meeting and assisting you in your journey. For more information on these therapies, please follow these links:
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”. Nadine has honed her extensive knowledge of Massage Therapy and Structural Integration to become a source of healing and vitality for her diverse patients for over 20 years. Using (ATSI) Anatomy Trains Structural Integration, a type of bodywork which challenges the mind and body connection of patients, she is able to encourage permanent changes in posture and holding patterns.
Nadine has a special interest in shoulder injuries and in pelvic dysfunction, and is also strong supporter of a team approach to patient care. She believes in the importance of educating her patients about their bodies and empowering them to make positive choices. Consistent referrals from current and past clients reflect her treatment success. Since graduating in 1996 from Calgary’s Foothills College of Massage Therapy, Nadine has continued to expand her knowledge of bodywork. She is passionate about incorporating (ATSI) Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and Myofascial Release techniques with Vacuum Therapies: a unique brand of bodywork using suction to shift, release, lift and soften stubborn tissue.
Studying with Thomas Myers, John F. Barnes, Anita Shannon and many others has proved invaluable in enhancing Nadine’s range of therapy specialization for her international practice. Currently, Nadine’s focus lies in the (ATSI) Anatomy Trains Structural Integration series of twelve progressive appointments, the practice of ACE™ MediCupping and Myofascial Release Therapies. Nadine enjoys taking her skill and her positive, professional attitude abroad. If she is not working in her busy Calgary based clinic, she can be found studying in the United States, assisting international presenters or co-facilitating global retreats. Nadine is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and is a Certified Structural IntegratorCM, a recognized member of IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators.
For more information on Nadine and her retreats, 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. 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. She is also a Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Decongestive Therapist.
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 Remedial Massage Therapists Association of Alberta (RMTA).
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. Renée 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 two to three treatments. If not, then Renée 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 2200 hour 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. As Steve continues to utilize FST in his practice, he is discovering that it is the missing link and acts as a bridge to compliment other therapies. Where a patient is ‘static’ or has reached a ‘plateau’, in a discipline or therapy, FST facilitates continual improvement.
Our new therapist Eunice Mooney 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:
Eunice’s 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.
The EUNIQUE Method
No matter what a client comes to see me for, there is always a postural component to their treatment. Poor posture is not a cause; it is simply a symptom indicating over or under functioning of various bodily systems including musculoskeletal, endocrine and nervous. Hours sitting staring at screens, lack of exercise, poor functional biomechanics (movement patterns) all contribute to the symptom of poor posture, which may then lead to other symptoms such as lack of focus, headaches, chronic stress, swelling, digestive problems, visual disturbances and poor balance.
Alignment assessments are crucial for me as a therapist, and also to each patient’s improvement. Focusing on the body as a whole is most important. The information gathered in the standing assessments provides the information for me to zero in on the source of the patient’s condition, which is often not the area of pain. Treating the pains/discomforts is simply chasing symptoms and although patients feel improvement after treatments, the pain soon returns when the cause is not understood. It is more important to find the root cause if the treatment is to be successful. After the alignment assessment is complete, treatment begins. Depending on the needs of the patient, I use a combination of various modalities that I have learned over two decades of practice, including myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, abdominal organ treatment (Chi Nei Tsang), vacuum therapy, kinesio taping and more.
It is important for patients to understand the reasons for their symptoms and make improvements between therapy sessions. I stress to all patients that there is no magic cure or therapy. If they simply go back to the old ways that created the issues, they will return to their previous state. Understanding the force of gravity and how to use it is crucial to our health. That is why I provide education regarding alignment and “homework” methods for creating new movement patterns. Much of the improvement is about retraining the brain.
What makes my education and experiences Eunique?
For 30 years I have been fascinated by human alignment, movement and biomechanics. The protocol I have developed has drawn on the teachings of many good instructors. Treatments often begin with an alignment assessment learned from Paul St. Joh, John Barnes, Anatomy Trains, and anything I could find on the subject. During the standing assessment I educate clients about aspects of good posture and the improvements they can individually make. There’s a lot of discussion in the beginning phase of treatment. Subsequent treatments can involve MFR, Cupping, MLD, Chi Nei Tsang, Kinesio taping, to achieve improved joint mobility and function, based on the findings from the assessment and reports from the client. I have a strong belief in clients understanding the value of their own home care and somatic movement and spend a significant part of treatment teaching these methods. The approach is always gentle and painless but very powerful in its own right. This whole process takes a few treatments depending on the needs, finances, and belief in self-improvement.
The other aspect I am trained in is Manual Lymph Drainage / Complete Decongestive Therapy. I have been Vodder certified since 1993 and have worked with a variety of clients; everything from healthy individuals requesting soothing treatments, breast massage, joint injuries and tissue bruising, pre and post-surgery treatments, and lymphedema clients in all stages from minimal to extreme. Kinesio tape is often used, as is bandaging. Depending on the stage of the lymphedema, clients often need a significant number of treatments close together, even daily, for a period of time.
Recently I feel I have had the most success with middle aged women who have often tried many methods and are seeking a new alternative. However I don’t feel limited to any age group or gender.