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the Knots wellness team

We're a 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 us, or if you're a returning client.

Knots RMT & Wellness has grown exponentially in Kitchener-Waterloo since its inception, from only offering massage therapy, to now offering myofascial cupping, indie head massage, pre and post natal massage, full-time reception, boutique shopping, and our own brand of wellness products.

Registered Massage Therapy is now also available in Owen Sound with Taylor.

TAYLOR DIRSTEIN

CEO & Owner of Knots, RMT, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher

"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.

o be a space where people feel comfortable enough to be their authentic selves, feel safe, seen, and heard was always my intention. 

 

Taylor graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2011. Within a few years of practice Taylor opened Knots RMT & Wellness in 2014 as she was inspired to serve her community on a higher level. In 2024 Taylor opened her second location in Owen Sound, ON. She uses moderate pressure during her treatments while utilizing her meditation and mindfulness in order to help calm your neurological system and ease into a successful treatment.

Taylor is located at our Kitchener & Owen Sound location

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The RMTs at Knots

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Michelle Baker

RMT

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 & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to moderate pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Indie Head Massage, Myofascial Cupping

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Victoria Wells

RMT

Victoria studied at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in September 2020. Victoria is trained in techniques such as General Swedish Massage, Myofascial Trigger Point Release, Fascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Remedial Exercise and more! Victoria also took the Trimesters Massage Therapy for Pregnancy course where she gained experience in the High-Risk Antenatal Unit and the Post-Partum Unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Victoria has a passion for helping others to overcome their injuries. Victoria became interested in Massage Therapy after experiencing its benefits first-hand. After being involved in a car accident and struggling to find a way to recover, she was introduced to Massage Therapy. She felt immediate results and instantly fell in love with the profession. Victoria takes an empathetic approach to treatment and uses her experience both as the therapist and client to build the safest and most effective treatment for you. Victoria looks forward to continuing her education and furthering her massage therapy knowledge to help you live your happiest, healthiest and pain-free life!

TYPE OF PRESSURE & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to deep pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Indie Head Massage, Myofascial Cupping, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

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Amy Gibson

RMT

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 & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to moderate pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Indie Head Massage, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

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Lindsay Laflamme

RMT, AT, BAHSc

Lindsay grew up in KW and moved back once she finished school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy in 2020, and went on to graduate with a Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2021. She is passionate about helping people which is why she chose this career path. Whether you are recovering from an injury or coming in for a maintenance massage, she wants you to feel your best self, and return to an active daily lifestyle. She does this by using her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics from her schooling, and integrating different techniques that are tailored to the patients' needs. She has treated a wide variety of patients and conditions from the general population, adolescents, and amateur + professional athletes. She values that every person is different and no treatment is the same. Lindsay loves that Knots is close to the community where she grew up. This community has so much to offer and she’s happy that she is able to work in a place that she knows so well. Away from Knots, Lindsay enjoys golfing and staying active by going to the gym. She also loves to shop, hangout with friends and family, and bake!

TYPE OF PRESSURE & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to deep pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique with athletic therapy incorporated

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Indie Head Massage, Myofascial Cupping, Athletic Therapy

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Eric Vanderheide

RMT

Eric 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. He enjoys online and offline gaming, and watching a good movie or nature/history documentary. 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 & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to deep pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

 

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Nalkila Mehta

RMT

Nalkila graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2009, and is a registered member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. As a Registered Massage Therapist, she strives to understand the causes of her clients’ ailments and provides complete care through her experienced massage techniques, as well as the exercises that she recommends. All of her clients can expect treatments that are tailored to their individual bodies and ailments. Nalkila is passionate about her profession and provides deep tissue to relaxation massage. She is specialized in pre and postnatal pregnancy masage. With over 10 years of experience as an RMT, she has seen a wide range of clients from injury rehabilitation, scoliosis, lower back pain, stress to everyday aches and pains, plantar faciatis, frozen shoulder, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many more.

TYPE OF PRESSURE & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to deep pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

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Carol Culhane

RMT

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 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'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. Her 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 & TREATMENT STYLE:

light to deep pressure using relaxation/therapeutic technique

SERVICES OFFERED:

Registered Massage Therapy, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage

 

The Wellness Staff at Knots

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Irene Palacios

Reception & Administrative Manager

Irene is the smile that greets you when you enter Knots. She is here to help you with all of your billing, bookings, questions or concerns and is always focused on ensuring that Knots is running smoothly. Irene enjoys working at Knots because of the wholesome and welcoming work environments along with flexible hours. Irene is currently working towards obtaining her degree in Psychology and Family studies. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, gardening, painting, or unwinding with her cats Dante and Cleo.

SERVICES OFFERED:

Amazing Customer Service

 

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Maddie Parsons

Reception, Owner of Typically Oily

I was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario and am the proud small business owner of Typically Oily, where I pursue my passion for aromatherapy and organic, clean living. I love connecting with others in the community by regularly participating in local events. I am currently furthering my knowledge and working towards becoming a licensed clinical aromatherapist. When I’m not keeping busy with work, you can find me spending time with family and friends, my fur and feather babies, baking, or taking care of my house plants!

SERVICES OFFERED:

Amazing Customer Service

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