Hello! I am happy to be part of the Honey + Garlic Health Studio team! I became a registered massage therapist in 2007, and have additional training in manual lymphatic drainage. I feel fortunate to have worked with many unique and diverse people from all walks of life. It is my belief that regular massage integrated with other healthy lifestyle choices helps reduce stress and promote a more balanced lifestyle.
Catherine at a glance:
– grew up in Stirling Ontario, but dreamed of living in BC
– first professional job was as a radio copywriter
– an ESL teacher many moons ago
– enjoys travelling, salsa dancing and Outlander
- Vodders manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage. Helps with the movement of fluid in the body. (This is the focus of treatment at Catherine’s other clinic: Flow – Lymphatic Health Clinic)
- Relaxation Swedish massage. Sometimes a full body massage is just what you need! Including the best bits – the scalp, feet & hands.
- Pregnancy massage, using both therapeutic & Swedish massage techniques. This is an incredible time in your life – a massage can help you deal with your daily body changes as they occur.
- Therapeutic massage. Deeper stripping motions or frictions are used on muscles that are fibrosed with the intent to improve the health & circulation to unhealthy areas.
- Static and active stretching
- Attended the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon BC.
Please visit my website at catherinewaltonrmt.com for more information. See you soon!
For those of you who want to know more about MLD here you are:
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage encourages lymph vessels to contract more frequently in a specific region being treated. The goal is to move excessive fluid and protein accumulation out of soft tissue. Normally a lymph vessel will contract approximately 9 times per minute, during lymphatic stimulation it may contract up to 20 times per minute. Lymphatic massage helps remove harmful substances, excess water, proteins, scar tissue, and pain-causing chemicals out of a compromised region. This is a gentle, oil-free massage technique which helps improve healing by bringing oxygen and nutrients to compromised areas. Rhythmical, light circular and precise hand movements are performed. It works by stretching skin towards lymph flow, if necessary re-directing it to a different area in the body.
What are the benefits of manual lymph drainage (MLD)?
• overall wellness related to stress, chronic pain, and tension
• improved general breast health, hormone related or nursing pain
• minimize swelling and pain from traumatic injuries including sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations
• assist with digestive disorders such as bloating and constipation
• aid in minimizing the looks of scars and stretch marks
• improve health of skin including acne, rosacea, and psoriasis
• reduce bruising and swelling from pre and post surgery
• decrease swelling related to lymphedema and help with skin care
• follow up after cancer treatment, help to reduce risk of lymphedema
• help with TMJ, headaches, concussions, sinusitis
• assist with pregnancy related swelling in limbs
• speed up healing process after liposuction and plastic surgery
What to Expect?
A lymphatic massage is relaxing, don’t be surprised if you fall asleep. It is oil free, repetitive and a light pressure is used. Like a regular massage, the body is only undraped when being treated in that specific area. MLD is a slower pain free technique, usually each region such as the neck or face, takes approximately 10-15 minutes to treat. Your RMT will discuss your health concerns, goals and expectations of the treatment with you. If you are curious about this technique, a combination of lymphatic and Swedish massage can be combined for an individualized treatment depending on your needs.