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Introducing Body Co.

Have you noticed our new look? If you have visited our Instagram or facebook pages recently you may have noticed some flashes of our new logo, new name and some pretty new images.

Aside from the vanity of a facelift, you may also be wondering why we are messing with a good thing? Why am I going out of my way to confuse our clients with all of these changes? The short answer is because we are committed to you and are making short term changes to meet the long term needs of our clients.

In the next week, RPM Physiotherapy will become Body Co. When I started the business as a sole practitioner it made sense to co-brand with RPM Total Fitness, our dear friends and home for the last 4 years. However, since that time we have grown. We have listened to our clients and incorporated services that collectively address your whole health and your whole family. While we continue to work, thrive and collaborate with RPM Total Fitness, our old name no longer represents all the amazing ways we can support your health. We wanted a name and vision that was more inclusive of all of the practitioners and services you have come to trust. As such, Body Co. was born.


So why Body Co?

The scope of our practitioners may be broad but we are all ultimately students of the human body.   

Our vision is to empower strength, celebrate diversity and nurture potential in the human body.

Just like the systems of the body, we don’t operate as independent entities. We work collectively, supporting whole systems, whole minds and whole bodies.

We believe in specialized and individualized care that is specific to the needs, strengths and challenges of every body.

We are excited for things to come. We are honoured every day by what you have helped us build and welcome this new phase of our business with open arms. Mostly, we are thankful for your continued loyalty, support and community and can’t wait for you to join us on this journey.


We will be releasing our new website in the next week and I hope that you will love the new look as much as we do.

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Why You Should Invest in Prenatal Massage to Support Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an astounding, miraculous event that is often a testament to a woman’s strength. It is also challenging, physically demanding and fatiguing. While a tremendous amount of care is given to health of the baby, it is also a critical time for moms-to-be to learn about the importance of self care.

One of the best things I did during my second pregnancy was prenatal massage and not just when I felt I needed it but regularly to support the health of my body as it changed through each trimester. While my monthly regimen may not be feasible for everyone, I hope these five benefits will make you consider prenatal massage as an investment in a healthy pregnancy.




  • Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage: For many women swollen joints, varicose veins and a general feeling of heaviness are symptoms of pregnancy. Massage can help reduce these symptoms by increasing resting blood flow and increasing lymph return.
  • Decreased muscle and ligament tension: Carrying an extra 25 – 35 pounds (the recommended weight gain for healthy body mass index (BMI)) can put considerable strain on our muscles and ligaments. Combined with lax joints, this often causes muscle soreness and increased ligament tension. Massage helps to restore normal muscle tone and releases lactic acid for tight muscles.
  • Positive effect on Stress, Anxiety and Depression: Healthcare studies have demonstrated a positive effect between massage and stress, anxiety and depression. Massage can contribute both physically and mentally to evoking a relaxation response in new mothers challenged by the stress of pregnancy as well decreasing levels of stress hormones in the blood stream.
  • Improves Outcomes for Labour and Delivery: Maintaining good mobility and muscle strength can not only prepare you for labour and delivery, it can also contribute to better postnatal recovery. Massage can help labouring mothers maintain the flexibility required for birthing positions and can teach partners techniques to make delivery more comfortable.
  • Benefits to the Baby: Aside from reducing stress hormones, maintaining good circulation and creating a healthy body for the mother, all of which have a positive impact on the baby, massage can also improve bonding between the baby and mother. Babies who are moving in the womb will often respond to touch with their own movement to create connection.



Despite the known positive effects, not every patient is appropriate and it is important to know the cautions associated with prenatal massage.

  • Make sure you visit a practitioner with training in women’s health and pregnancy techniques
  • Your practitioner should be familiar with proper positioning and women beyond 16 weeks of pregnancy should avoid lying
  • If your pregnancy is considered high risk or complicated, it is best to be cleared by your midwife or physician before having a massage
  • Always choose a registered massage therapist and make sure you have completed a full health history


Once you have welcomed your little one, massage can still play an important part in your recovery and your new journey into motherhood. Some types of massage you may want to consider postnatally may include:


  • Breast Massage: This type of specialized massage can be helpful to lactating mothers who suffer from blocked ducts to prevent mastitis. It may also be useful for women who have difficulty with supply and helps to alleviate tight chest musculature associated with poor positioning from breastfeeding.
  • Abdominal Massage: Labour and delivery can often leave tissues damaged, stretched and weak. Abdominal massage helps to reduce scar tissue, increases oxygen rich blood to healing tissue and improve swelling.
  • Cesarean Scar Massage: Whenever an incision is made in the body, all the tissue involved tend to fuse together to form a scar. It is important that our muscles move independently of our skin and connective tissue so it is essential to break up the scar tissue with massage. This type of massage also contributes significantly to the overall appearance of the abdomen post surgery.
  • Infant massage: Infant massage has been shown to help babies’ digestion and gas, improve sleep, decreases collick, restore normal muscle tone, ease growing pains and support neurological development through touch. Perhaps the most important benefit though is that it strengthens and baby parent bond.




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Fertility Issues, Digestive Trouble or Pelvic Pain? Try Abdominal Massage.

The beauty of working with talented practitioners on the cutting edge of their fields is that I get to learn something everyday. Most recently, our RMT Heather Heaney, introduced me to abdominal massage, something I had never thought about before when considering massage therapy. As Heather explained, this powerful form of massage can have a significant impact on fertility, digestion and surgical recovery.

The abdomen is a critical part of the body. It houses many of vital organs including our reproductive and digestive systems. Abdominal massage helps stimulate blood flow to the vital organs in the abdominal cavity and improves their function. It can also help with scar tissue as well toning and strengthening the muscles in the abdomen.

Abdominal scar tissue can be found on the skin’s surface as well as in the deep tissue. It can be the result of surgery, injury or repetitive strain. Scar tissue adheres to the muscle fibres and can bind multiple layers of muscle and connective tissue. This prevents the muscle fibres from sliding back forth causing varying degrees of limited movement and pain. Adhesions can interfere with peristalsis (the movement of food through the digestive system), the ovaries, uterine tubes and other structures.

Research has proven that scar tissue can be weaker, have less elastic properties and be prone to future re-injury. It is also 1000 times more pain sensitive than normal tissue. Unresolved scar tissue can also lead to problems with fertility or chronic pelvic pain.

Abdominal massage can help alleviate some of these symptoms.



What should you expect from a treatment:


Initial assessments are 90 minutes in length. This allows Heather to take a full history as well as do a thorough examination of your abdominal tissue. It also leaves plenty of time for an effective massage. To properly treat the abdomen, follow up treatments have been set at 60 minutes.


Who is not appropriate for abdominal massage?

Unfortunately not every treatment is for everyone. You should avoid abdominal massage if you:

  • Pregnant
  • Currently menstruating
  • Wear an IUD
  • Have had recent abdominal or pelvic surgery and have not yet been cleared
  • Have an abdominal infection including a bladder infection


When do we offer abdominal massage?

Abdominal massage is a specialized technique offered only by Heather Heaney. Heather sees clients on Monday afternoon and evenings.


Appointments can be booked online or by calling (416) 572-0479. Questions can be directed to Heather at heather@rpmstudio.ca.

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