Conveniently located 5 minutes south of Ganges, Salt Spring Massage Studio offers therapeutic massage that focuses on long-lasting results for a variety of health challenges.

With over 20 years of experience, Kathryn Nimetz offers personalized Deep Tissue or Hot Stone Relaxation sessions utilizing warm, herbal-infused oils and liniments she has created especially for her practice.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue is a penetrating massage technique applied to the origin and insertion points of individual muscles, ligaments and tendons to break down scar tissue from injuries and postural misalignment. Once developed scar tissue acts as a net that catches lactic and uric acids produced in muscle metabolism, which go on to form crystalline structures that cause pain and restrict the range of motion of both muscles and joints. Deep tissue massage is ideal for chronic pain and muscular injuries in the back, neck and skeletal muscles, especially when combined with a TCM vacuum cupping kit that loosens banded muscle fibres and breaks down constrictions in the fascia.

Deep Tissue massage is best when completed in a weekly series of three to six treatments in conjunction with simple, effective and inexpensive home remedies such as castor oil packs to restore proper fascia and muscle function. Please note that all deep tissue sessions are adapted to your pain threshold and comfort level.

Deep Tissue massage offers excellent results for athletes, labourers and specific conditions such as:

* chronic pain and muscle tension
* recovery from injuries, such as whiplash and sports or work-related injuries
* repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis
* postural problems and limited mobility
* osteoarthritic conditions
Hot Stone Relaxation Massage
The power of human touch is well documented for its abilities to calm, soothe and heal both the body and psyche. Relaxation massage provides numerous benefits, including relieving muscular tension and spasms, reducing stress hormone production and increasing the activity of vagus nerve (which slows down the entire nervous system).

This full-body, hot stone massage makes use of basalt rocks and herbal-infused oils to melt away physical and mental stress. Basalt rocks offer maximum heat retention and release muscle tension more quickly than traditional, Swedish techniques. Smooth, hot stones and warm, herbal oils glide over your body, radiating a heat deep into your muscles that leaves you feeling totally relaxed!

Hot stone relaxation massage is ideal for:

* back and muscle pain
* circulatory problems
* stress, tension and anxiety
* insomnia
* depression
Please note that massage is not recommended in the following circumstances:

* infectious skin diseases, rashes or open wounds
* bruises, inflamed skin, tumours, hernia or recent fractures
* immediately after surgery
* immediately after chemotherapy or radiation unless recommended by your doctor
* individuals prone to blood clots, which could become dislodged during a session
* individuals with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before having a massage
* individuals with heart disease should consult their doctor before having a massage
* pregnant women should only receive massage by therapists certified in pregnancy massage

Additional Tips
* don’t eat a heavy meal before receiving your massage
* always speak up if the pressure is too deep or the stones are too warm
* drink several glasses of water after your massage to help flush lactic and uric acids out of the tissues
* have a warm, epsom salt bath the night of your session to assist with any more soreness that may arise the following day
Kathryn is a true artist and I would recommend her for several reasons including her individualized approach and technique. She is great with deep pressure and did wonders for my aching feet. After suffering from Plantar Fasciitus for well over a year, my feet have pain-free for months and I am able to work a full day on my feet without any discomfort. Kathryn takes the time to get to know your body and remembers what I like and don’t like. Easily the best massage I’ve ever had!

Ille Kaglik, Saltspring Island Chocolates Inc.

I consider Kathryn to be one the best masseuses on Salt Spring Island after she healed my sciatica. Before I worked with her, I thought I was going to be in pain for the rest of my life and had resigned myself to this stressful condition that could flare up at any time. After a few weekly sessions with Kat, I’m happy to say that my sciatica has been cured though a combination of deep tissue massage to break up scar tissue and traction to relax muscle spasms. Kat was not afraid to go in deep and break up old scar tissue at the pelvis and leg joints and then decompress my lower back, finally freeing the sciatic nerve from where it was pinched. I’m deeply grateful!

Ken Fersht aka Kmax, Kmax Multimedia,

I have been very fortunate to receive massages from Kathryn and find her to be a most professional and experienced practitioner compared to many I have received. Her massage technique is flowing and gentle, yet deeply effective for relaxation and healing. I highly recommend her for your massage.

Clare McDuff, Island Farmhouse B&B and Health Studio

Kathryn Nimetz has been an absolute jewel of a find! Her sessions are results-orientated and thorough, with every session leaves me looking forward to the next.

Terri-Ann Dunning, Salt Spring Floor Art

Connecting with Kathryn has been a life-saver for me. Beyond having an extensive repertoire of bodywork skills, she is intuitive and confident in her ability to heal. Kat’s work relieves muscle tension, stress, and injury, but the real treatment comes from her sensitivity to all the layers of the body (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) and ability treat them as a unit. Highly recommended!

Claire Jutras, Foxglove Farm

Hi Kathryn – Thank you for your intuitive and effective work. I have had more than my fair share of accidents, between cars, motorbikes and falls, etc., and was not always as kind to my body as I am now. I was reluctant in the past to have bodywork done because it has been quite painful and, even though I did not tell you, you zoned in to the areas and released tension that I have stored for decades. My flexibility has increased, I am sleeping better, I am more relaxed and your work on my abdomen has been a huge help with a hernia I have had for years. I must also say that the infused oils you make are incredible. I have tried two different infusions, which were both great, and I plan on buying a couple of types for home use. We are lucky to have you on the island!

Thanks so much, Brian Taylor

If you want to feel amazing fast and learn how to stay that way, go see Kathryn at Salt Spring Massage Studio. I had a few chronic issues with my hips and shoulders, but between learning some simple home remedies, Kathryn’s magic healing hands and her herbal oils, we moved a lot of pain in those areas. I definitely feel much better and learned so much about what I can do for myself in the process. Congratulations on your oils Kathryn – they really need to be out there!

Sincerely, Dawna Masters

Dear Kathryn – I would like to thank you for the fantastic treatments I receive with you. The deep tissue massages have done wonders on my body and it is responding in a remarkable way! No more numbness in my hands or soreness in my back. My muscles seem to move more freely and I no longer feel tight and strained. I value our sessions together and the service you provide. You are easily the most effective masseuse to ever work on my body!

Lynn Dawson, Harlan’s Chocolates / Salt Spring Gelato