& wellness team
We're team built on our core values, mission and vision. Through constant communication and a dedication to team work we're known for our friendliness, welcoming energy and positivity. Our therapists and practitioners are passionate about always putting your health and wellness as top priority. You will be cared for from the moment you walk through the door until the time you leave. We strive for your experience to be as personal as possible, regardless of if this is your first experience with massage or if you're a returning client.
CEO, RMT, CRP, Intuitive, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher
I have an authentic passion for Health & Wellness. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and in nature as much as possible with my dog Oliver. My favourite place to be is in Bruce Peninsula as I’ve spent most of my life up there exploring & appreciating what the great outdoors has to offer us. Locally, I enjoy going to any trail or natural area, Victoria Park, Laurel Creek, The Grand River & Bloomingdale. I love to hike, walk, run, bike, swim & do light resistance training for exercise. I practice yoga & meditation daily. I also enjoy reading all types of books and listening to all genres of music & podcasts. I spend most of my spare time connecting with my spirituality & higher power to allow for constant personal growth. I’m close with my family and enjoy spending as much time with them as possible, along with my closest friends. I believe that what we surround ourselves with makes us who we are. I have also been blessed with intuitive gifts that I use in my reiki practice.
I decided to become an RMT when I was very young. In the summertime, my family would spend our time between my mom’s parents' farm and my dad’s parents' cottage. I saw how much effort and physical labour had to be put into the upkeep of both properties and especially all the hard work that farming entailed. Since I had the gift of healing, small & strong hands, I would offer to massage my grandparents' hands, shoulders, and feet after a long day of work. When I was around 10 years old my Grandma had mentioned that Massage Therapy was something I was good at and should look into it as a career when I was older. I didn’t believe it was a real career, I just thought it was something kind you did for the people you loved. That planted the seed & it just continued to grow from there!
My favourite part about working at Knots is the community. It was a dream of mine to cultivate a space that felt like a home away from home. Somewhere you’d visit & all of your worries would disappear from the moment you walked in the door, as if you were entering your home or safe space. I wanted to provide a place to let everything go & just relax. Knots attracts really awesome people with great energy, including my co-workers. I believe that the kind of energy you hold in a space makes all the difference in the environment and attracts the energy that you want to be a part of.
My favourite self-care tip is to go with the flow, take things slow and breathe deeply
My favourite part of the KW community is the on-going support of local businesses. The heartbeat of a local business is the neighbours, friends, family, connections & referrals within the KW community. Without our generous and gracious community, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Without you we wouldn’t be able to be ever-expanding, changing, or growing to serve you better!
Taylor is currently looking to build her Reiki Practice and encourages all of her new or returning customers to come and experience what Reiki has to offer
Taylor's certifications include - Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Level 1 Acupressure, Indie Head Massage, Myofacial Cupping. Level 1 Craniosacral Therapy, Level 1 Reiki Practitioner
Upcoming certifications include - Reiki Level 2 and Reiki Master, Birth Chart Course, Health and Wellness Coach
Type of pressure and treatment style offered - light to a moderate pressure using a relaxation and therapeutic technique
***Please note Taylor's price's are $5 more than other practitioner's as she utilizes her certifications during treatment
Michelle graduated from the massage therapy program and became licensed in 2015. She used to spend hours sitting in an office chair, and coupled with declining physical activity and healthy nutrition, this caused her to develop pain. After an amazing massage therapy treatment, her pain was gone, and she decided to become an RMT. Michelle has taken extra courses, including cupping, fluidity of fascia, Clinical Methodology and assessment courses.
The wealth of knowledge each therapist brings is why she loves working at Knots, and the camaraderie displayed creates a wonderful work environment.
Michelle finds having her own regular massages keeps her tuned up and primed for daily life. She believes in injury prevention by not pushing her body beyond its limits. As a self care tip, she recommends everyone strengthen their muscles, preventing aches and pains that lead to potential injuries.
Michelle loves that KW is full of amazing businesses, and loves to support knowledgeable and compassionate business owners.
Type of pressure and treatment style offered - light to moderate pressure using a relaxation and therapeutic technique
Amy has been an RMT since 2019, after completing her diploma in Massage Therapy at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. She chose massage therapy after realizing she enjoyed learning about physiology and anatomy. Amy enjoys meeting new people and has a passion for helping people and enjoys doing this everyday as an RMT.
Amy loves working at Knots as she's constantly surrounded by amazing people - an awesome group of talented RMTs as well as her incredible clients.
Her top self care tip would be to get massages! Through her own experience, Amy's learned just how important massages are. Whether you have a specific problem you need addressed, or if you just want to de-stress with a relaxation massage, everyone can benefit from getting massages!
Type of pressure and treatment style offered - light to moderate pressure using a relaxation and therapeutic technique
Sarah loves spending quality time with her family. My parents have taught her so much about life and encouraged her to always do what I love. She spends a lot of her free time diving into different subjects out of constant curiosity and fascination. Youtube is a rabbit hole that she enjoys to go down purely for learning and entertainment. Sarah also enjoys staying active when she can, either by going for walks or working out; she love being in nature. Sunsets are also one of her favourite art forms and she believes that music really can speak louder then words and that life can be magical. Her form of self-care is by starting her day with meditation and journaling. The metaphysical side of reality really catches my attention which is why I'm so interested in crystals. One day she tumbled across someone offering an online group restorative hypnotherapy session and out of curiosity signed up. She didn’t know what to expect but without even trying or being aware of it she drifted to a trance like state and when she came out of the session she felt at total peace and bliss. She was also fascinated with what had happened because it always felt like a glorified sleep but you could feel and tell this was no ordinary sleep. I decided to get my certification because I have always been interested in the mind and subconscious healing. This work has been so rewarding for myself and the people I have worked with.
It has helped me with my mental health, work through last traumas, eating habits, stay more present day to day and allows me to focus on creating a positive future. I love people and helping guide them to heal themselves through this natural state within our bodies.
Carol has lived in the UK, USA, South Africa, Kuwait and Australia, but has now happily settled in KW with her partner, 7 year old son, and 2 cats. Her hobbies include playing guitar, gardening, reading and drinking good wine.
Carol was an experienced shiatsu therapist when she decided to become an RMT to deepen her knowledge and skills to help others. She genuinely enjoys using hands-on techniques to help people feel better. Carol's favourite part about working at Knots is getting to
work with wonderful clients and colleagues in a relaxed, collaborative environment.
Her best relaxation tip would be
to take a nice bath, and to find practical ways to incorporate self-care into your day to day life.
Carol's favourite thing about the KW community, after moving from Toronto, is the access to gorgeous wild spaces and a slower pace of life.
Type of pressure and treatment style offered - light to a deep moderate pressure using a relaxation and therapeutic technique
Physiotherapist, BSc. Kin. MSc.
Erin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of
Waterloo and completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the Manchester
Metropolitan University, in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about
physiotherapy and the profound effects it can have on improving one’s
quality of life. Whether it be working alongside high-level athletes, in a
hospital setting, or within the community, Erin’s experience as a
physiotherapist has cultivated a love of human movement. She believes
whole-heartedly that movement can be healing, empowering, and fun! Erin
offers a wide variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy,
acupuncture, evidence-based modalities, soft-tissue techniques, and
exercise. When booking an appointment, you can be sure that you will
always receive her full undivided attention throughout the session.
Dedicating her time and expertise towards an uninterrupted physiotherapy
appointment is what sets her apart. Erin believes in working collaboratively
with the Wellness Team at Knots. In this way, she makes up an integral
part of your health team that can develop a treatment plan that is specific,
measurable, and achieves results. She has further enhanced her clinical
practice through the completion of additional training in concussion
management, chronic pain management and continues to work towards
further specialization in manual therapy, as recognized by the Canadian
Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
In her down time, Erin is an avid yogi and enjoys spending time with her
partner and her two dogs Mira and Mochi! Erin brings a strong sense of
professionalism and enthusiasm to the Knots Team and is excited to
contribute to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for all.
ERIC VANDER HEIDE
Eric enjoys online and offline gaming, and watching a good movie or nature/history documentary. He wanted to become an RMT to make a positive impact in the lives of others. As a child, Eric massaged family members because he found the tissue responses interesting, and it allowed him to stay up past his bedtime.
Eric loves working at Knots because of how friendly, down-to-earth, and welcoming everyone is. It never feels like going to work, and instead feels like coming home.
Eric's best self-care tip would be to remember that everyone is different in what they find most effective to unwind. The best way Eric can decompress is to go on a walk through the woods, and to really focus on that experience. His favourite thing about the KW community, beyond its rich history, is how collaborative and welcoming everyone is during times of need.
Type of pressure and treatment style offered - light to a deep pressure using a relaxation and therapeutic technique
Katy Dale, RRPr
Reflexology Practitioner (Reflexologist)
Katy has been a certified and registered Reflexology Practitioner since 2018 and is a member of The Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO). She discovered Reflexology when she was having pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis. After trying Reflexology and it being very effective, she wanted to learn more about the history of Reflexology and its benefits. She offers this treatment to others to help facilitate the self-healing ability of the body.
Katy’s self care tip is to try to relax in a way that is most suitable for you. Katy’s self care involves spending time with her dog, reading and walks in nature.
Katy will be offering hand reflexology in the winter
NeurOptimal NeuroFeedback® Certified Trainer
I made the choice to live an active lifestyle from a very young age and developed into a health
and wellness enthusiast. I played a variety of team and individual sports throughout my
educational years. As an adult I pursued personal fitness through weight training. I enjoy
spending leisure time outdoors in nature involving many different recreational activities.
Since 2004 I have been a practicing Personal Trainer. In 2017, I took a personal interest in
neuroplasticity, specifically reprogramming the subconscious mind. I practiced and researched
several different methods of mindfulness in all areas of life. When I looked into NeurOptimal®
Dynamical Neurofeedback® I knew it was what I had been looking for. My first NeurOptimal®
session was in February 2019. I opened Optimal Mind = Optimal Life in May 2019 and started
offering NeurOptimal® sessions. This blends my two passions together perfectly as training of
the mind and body goes hand and hand as “the power dual”.
Self care is a top priority for me as nourishing your mind and body is important and reflects in all
areas of your life. Taking the time daily to practice something beneficial for both your mental
and physical well being is crucial.
I first met Taylor in 2011 when I received message therapy from her. I always thought our
personalities and energy meshed well, which makes being part of Knots a perfect atmosphere.
I moved to the KW region in 1999 and have had the benefit of enjoying many diverse activities
and people within the community.
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