Body Mechanics Massage Therapy: a place to ‘Relax, Breathe, Renew’

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Just a year after venturing off to start her own registered massage therapy (RMT) business, Body Mechanics, Emma Locke-Branch has a rapidly growing clientele and strives to relieve their pain through relaxing holistic healthcare.

Emma graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming in Peterborough on the Dean’s List and Honour Roll. Right after college she returned to Muskoka where she was born and raised in order to begin her career, and has been practicing as a registered massage therapist for almost four years.

“I love my community here, it’s my home,” says Emma. “There is such a wide range of people who do all sorts of jobs so I’m always meeting new types of people and treating different issues and illnesses.”

Emma treats patients at every stage of life including babies, seniors and pregnant women. Emma also loves treating athletes and has many triathletes, body builders and runners as regular clients.

To ensure she could provide more accessible treatment options for elderly people and those with injuries, she outfitted the clinic with all-new equipment including an adjustable hydraulic massage table and the option for seated massage.

RMT treatments and holistic healthcare could benefit anybody. Whether it’s for an injury, tension or even a mental illness, massage therapy allows us to live a better and healthier life. Some of my clients come strictly for general maintenance and wellbeing.
Emma locke-branch, RMT and owner of body mechanics massage therapy

And she practices what she encourages of her clients. “Self-care is so important to me for my own health as well,” she says. “I see an RMT every other week, do personal training and also take yoga classes.”

In order to further her education and expand her skills, Emma took a continued education course in cupping therapy to go alongside her massage therapy practice.

The cupping procedure is often used for posture issues, people with ongoing neck tension, and athletes. The procedure works to separate muscle tissue and connective fascial tissue and allows release in the muscle in order to decrease muscle tension and improve range of motion.

Body Mechanics focuses mainly on deep tissue and trigger point release, and Emma strives to ensure her slogan—Relax, Breathe, Renew—is a key focus in her clinic in order to create a comfortable, relaxing space for each and every client.

It’s no surprise that Body Mechanics won Best New Business as well as Favourite RMT in the Reader’s Choice Huntsville Lake of Bays awards in 2019.

When thinking about the future and growing her business, Emma says she wants to eventually bring more holistic healthcare professionals into the Body Mechanics building.

“I’m only 23 and have been working really hard since leaving college to get to where I am today,” she says. “I’ve reached a lot of goals with the business and only want to keep striving upwards.”

Each new client at Body Mechanics has an initial interview and assessment to customize the best treatment plan possible. Treatment times are available in 30, 45, 60 and 90-minute appointments. All oils and creams used are natural, organic and hypoallergenic.

RMT is a regulated healthcare modality and is usually covered in standard benefits packages.

As Emma has many regular clients, she advises new clients to book three weeks in advance by phone (705-783-9922), in person (219 Main Street West) or online at bodymechanicsmassagemuskoka.com.

Body Mechanics is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 12-7:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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