416-406-6171 17 Pretoria Avenue, Toronto, ON

Getting regular massage promotes wellness, reduces pain levels and makes you feel great!

Whether you're looking for a therapeutic massage to help you relax, to address pain from an injury, to treat chronic aches, or just because you feel like a massage, we can help. Danforth Massage Therapy Clinic offers Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy and Advanced Manual Therapy.

We are conveniently located on a quiet street just north of Danforth, close to the Broadview subway station. Please call 416-406-6171 for appointments.

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Services

Improving health and wellness.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is defined as the manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body for therapeutic purposes.
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Reflexology

Reflexology consists of the stimulation of points, commonly on the feet, which affect the rest of the body.
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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a series of techniques that work with the fascia (connective tissues) of the body in a subtle way.
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AMT

Advanced Manual Therapy consists of different subtle bodywork techniques, used to treat different body systems.
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Providing Personalized and
High Quality Treatment.

With hundreds of hours of massage instruction as a foundation, our dedicated and experienced team of professional therapists are skilled and trained to deliver specific care and attention needed to relieve tired and aching muscles, along with the ability to work more clinically to help correct long-standing conditions.

Therapists

A dedicated team of experienced and focused therapists offering Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy and Advanced Manual Therapy.

 

Gillian Hegge

RMT

Gillian graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1990 and has been practicing as an RMT in Toronto's east end ever since. She worked for three years at an accident rehabilitation clinic in East York before co-founding the Danforth Massage Therapy Clinic, which was originally at Danforth and Logan. The clinic moved to 17 Pretoria Avenue in 2000 and we have no plans to move again!

Gillian is also certified in reflexology, and has taken two levels of craniosacral therapy (Upledger Institute). She really enjoys working with people to help them become more aware of their bodies. Gillian feels massage therapy works best as preventative healthcare.

Gillian's hours: Mondays and Fridays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Gillian's rates: $45 for 30 minutes, $65 for 45 minutes, $90 for 60 minutes, $105 for 75 minutes, $120 for 90 minutes.

 

Deborah Kempel

RMT

Deborah Kempel graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1990, and started working at Danforth Massage Therapy Clinic in 2003. After graduating, Deborah studied craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation with the Upledger Institute, Frank Lowen's Systems, and, extensively, Integrated Manual Therapy (IMT) with Sharon Weiselfish-Giamatteo. Her practice now consists mainly of advanced manual therapy which contains craniosacral therapy, muscle energy (a gentle bio-mechanical technique), and many other subtle bodywork techniques. It is a holistic approach to treatment. Many people with more complicated conditions seek out Deborah's expertise.

Please call 416-778-8073* to book with Deborah.
(* Note that this is different from the clinic phone number.)

Deborah's hours: variable, Monday - Saturday
Deborah's rates: $90 for 60 minutes, $135 for 90 minutes.

 

Marnie Munro

RMT

Marnie graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1992 and joined the Danforth Massage Therapy Clinic in 1997 when we were still on Danforth at Logan. Marnie has a general practice, promoting wellness, addressing chronic pain, and providing relaxation.

Marnie is an experienced and well-liked therapist with many very long-term clients.

Marnie's hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Marnie's rates: $45 for 30 minutes, $65 for 45 minutes, $90 for 60 minutes, $105 for 75 minutes, $120 for 90 minutes.

 

Fana Koitsopoulos

RMT

Fana Koitsopoulos graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic (2008), a private massage therapy school, in Toronto. She has worked in a multidisciplinary clinic setting since graduation focusing on motor vehicle accident patients and their recovery as well as athletes and the general population to achieve relaxation and rehabilitation goals.

Fana continues to update her skills with courses such as reflexology, myofascial release (MFR), sports massage, tuina massage and craniosacral therapy. Fana is trained in exercise prescription for the purposes of rehabilitation and recreation and has successfully completed the CanfitPro Certification. She is currently working towards the completion of the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma Program.

Fana makes time to volunteer at numerous charity events throughout Canada such as Erika's Wish, Chairs For Charity, The Annual Gamecocks Charity 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and Sears National Kids Cancer Ride and many other worthy causes.

Fana's hours: Monday and Tuesday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fana's rates: $60 for 30 minutes, $80 for 45 minutes, $100 for 60 minutes, $115 for 75 minutes, $135 for 90 minutes.
Acupuncture: $90 for 60 minutes, $110 for 75 minutes, $130 for 90 minutes.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Is massage therapy covered under OHIP?

No; however, many workplace health insurance plans have coverage for massage therapy. Ask your insurance provider for details of your plan. Some (not most) plans require an MD's referral.

 

How far ahead do I need to call for an appointment?

Same-day appointments are sometimes available; however to be sure of getting the appointment time you want it is better to call a few days ahead. After-work appointment times are the most popular and may need more notice.

 

Does massage hurt?

No! Our therapists are careful to work within each client's pain threshold. If you enjoy more of a deep-tissue experience, you and the therapist may discuss the difference between "good pain" which feels satisfying, as though something is releasing in your tissues, and "bad pain" which feels unpleasant. At any point in the treatment you are encouraged to let your RMT know if you'd prefer less (or more) pressure.

 

Why do some of your massage therapists charge different rates?

As RMTs, if our income exceeds the HST cut-off, we are obliged to collect HST on each treatment fee and remit it to the government; this adds about $10 to a one-hour fee. Deborah Kempel charges a little more due to the large amount of advanced training she's done. Fana Koitsopoulos works primarily at other clinics and at this point has adopted her pricing, which includes HST.

 

How often should I have a massage?

Your massage therapist will discuss their recommendation for you as an individual. Generally, if you have a specific condition such as headaches, tendinitis or back pain you may want to come in more frequently for a while, perhaps once a week for a few weeks until your symptoms level off; whereas a less frequent interval, say once every three to six weeks, works well as part of a preventative healthcare regimen. Some people come occasionally if they are sore, or just for a treat!

 

How should I expect to feel after a treatment?

It can vary depending on the person and the type of treatment; people tend to feel quite relaxed and generally feel better than they did when they came in. It is also possible to feel "worked over" after a deep treatment, similar to how you would feel after a heavy workout, and sometimes after the subtle work (advanced manual therapy) one's balance is off briefly as the body re-adjusts. I often feel taller! If as a therapist I am concerned that someone may have temporary soreness I will encourage them to drink more water than usual over the next 24 hours, maybe to have an epsom salts bath, and if they have a sore area which we have been working on to use an ice pack for 10 minutes or so. Mentally the reactions vary: you may feel more grounded, glowing, blissful, sleepy or energized.

 

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

 

If I'm sick, should I still come for my massage?

If you have a fever or an active gastro-intestinal bug, or if you are coughing so much that it's hard to lie down, it is better to stay home and rest. If you just have a cold you may certainly come if you feel up to it. If you've been coughing for a while but are starting to feel better, massage can accelerate the healing process.

 

Is there music playing during a treatment?

We generally play relaxing music of some kind. You are welcome to ask your therapist to change or turn off the music if you prefer, or you may bring your own CD to listen to (at this point only one of the treatment rooms has an ipod docking station).