WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS
After school, Keeley Shantz, founder of Helping Hands Mobile Massage, noticed that massage therapy was typically accessible to individuals who were able to arrange childcare, leave the house, drive, climb clinic steps, and be in a new, and often over-stimulating, environment.
This phenomenon leads to many people not being provided opportunities to receive vital healthcare.
Through research and observation, and out of years of personal experience, Helping Hands Mobile Massage was born to fill the gaping deficit of truly accessible massage therapy.
WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?
It is the quality of being able to be reached. In other words, it is the opportunity for everybody to have their unique and specific needs met.
Mobile massage caters to moms and dads, infants, children and teens, professional athletes, the elderly, individuals with various disabilities, mobility aids, and mental illnesses, patients with terminal illness, grieving souls, and homebodies alike.
Mobile massage is about meeting you wherever you are in your life. It’s about listening, understanding and respecting your wants and needs, and working with you to create a treatment plan that will aid you in fulfilling your goals, whether they be to recover from an injury, to increase your mobility, to work through emotional pain trapped inside the body, to practice self-care or body acceptance, or simply to find peace is a tumultuous time.
We invite you to rediscover accessible massage therapy with Helping Hands Mobile Massage any day of the week in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Keeley Shantz, RMT
Founder of Helping Hands Mobile Massage; Manager
I've been inspired to offer mobile massage in your home because I want to provide everybody a chance to receive healthcare.
My goal is to provide you with an inclusive, accessible, and client-centred treatment plan in which we work together as a team to rehabilitate your injuries, reduce your pain, and achieve your wellness goals.
My values are compassion and client empowerment through education and mutual respect.
I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2017 at the top of my class with specializations in sports and hospital environments. Since then, I've furthered my education in pregnancy, lymphatic drainage, oncology, breast massage, 2SLGBTQIA+ healthcare, mental health, and end-of-life care.
I have supervised student clinic at a massage therapy college in Toronto and I volunteer in the communities of Markham and Stouffville, where I've gained valuable experience coaching children with various learning styles in several sports.
I enjoy playing and refereeing hockey, skiing and snowboarding, practicing Muay Thai and yoga, meditating, and swimming. In my spare time, I can be found reading fiction, researching topics prevalent to massage, or exploring Stouffville with my dog, Cooper.
Dean Farrell, RMT
Hello! My name is Dean, and I want to help you be as comfortable as you can be in your body.
I am a graduate of Fanshawe College’s Massage Therapy program and I have a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and a minor in Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University.
I value your comfort and integrity, and I strive to make sure that my treatment space is one in which you feel respected and understood.
My style is adaptive and versatile; I can identify the underlying cause of pain and develop a treatment plan suitable to your current level of functioning, as well as provide soothing relaxation massages. I love puzzles and using my problem-solving skills to find suitable treatment options.
To this end, I have taken courses in hot stone massage and in treating clients within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as learned all that I can from working in clinical settings alongside physiotherapists, chiropractors, reflexologists, and acupuncturists. I have managed to adapt their schools of thinking into my massage therapy practice to ensure that my treatments can be effective, regardless of the challenges you may be facing.
I also have a passion for educating my clients about how they can improve their quality of life. I have spent six years studying the human body on an academic level, and I try my best to bring that knowledge into my treatments in order to answer questions you may have about your body.
In my free time I enjoy writing stories, as well as playing video games and table-top role-playing games with my friends. I also enjoy playing hockey and practicing martial arts to stay in shape!
Julie Allinotte, RMT
I have been a registered massage therapist reducing the aches and pains of people of all ages and states of wellness since 2003, when I graduated with honours from the Canadian Therapeutic College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
I am a proud member in good standing of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and an active member of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO), and previously an executive member and meeting facilitator of the Niagara RMT’s professional development group.
I have also been a teaching assistant for the Myofascial Release (MFR) foundations course and have an interest in continuing to explore TMJ treatments - most recently, how to upgrade PPE practices for best administering TMJ treatments during COVID-19.
I have an ongoing interest in staying current with my skills through regular continuing education. Some of the many continuing education certificates I have earned include:
Walt Fritzs’ "Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Voice, Speech and Swallowing Disorders,"
"TMJ Mastery with John Corry," and
"Inside the Vagus Nerve;" as well as
kinesiology taping with Rocktape, Positional Release, ultrasound and TENS, cupping therapy, hot stone massage, Muscle Energy Technique, and acupressure.
Hosting couples' massage events has been a fun way to show others how to use the healing power of touch. In the community, I am a former board member for the Family and Children’s Services Foundation and have participated in the CIBC run for the cure and the Sporting Life 10k .
My experience as an Early Childhood Educator prior to becoming an RMT has given me a great foundation in providing massage treatments to children and youth.
My other hobbies include walking my two dogs, reading epic novels, and dabbling in art.
Marin Tzotchev, RMT
My name is Marin Tzotchev. I graduated from the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy and have been a registered massage therapist since 2013.
I have experience working in both clinical and spa settings, and have completed additional courses such as deep tissue, Thai floor massage, and other modalities.
I incorporate a variety of techniques to deliver the best massage therapy experience to my clients, including therapeutic and relaxation treatments. I thank you for your trust.