Please note that due to my full time commitment to Simply Stronger (Simplement plus fort) I no longer take appointments for massage therapy directly. I continue to use the same approach to chronic pain, and will use some of the same techniques, but in order to book a session with me you must go through the Simply Stronger website or call me to get more information: 514-585-8892 - www.simplementplusfort.ca - Thank you!
Traduire cette page?
Here's a little about myself as it relates to my work and this website.
Merci de me
If you wish to support me, please
My main focus is to help you feel better. To start you on a journey of empowerment. To give you the tools and information you need to: lower or eliminate pain, become physically stronger, improve your balance and confidence in your body and your self, and to better understand how food can influence all of these things.
I built this website myself, and have had a blast doing so. The hardest part has been all the text... so if you see spelling, grammar or just plain mixed up text, it's not what I'm best at... so please! feel free to point them out so I can fix them. Thanks!
I started quite young playing sports, and classical violin. I was quite good at both, and played long enough to experience a lot of the physical and mental pains, and stresses of doing both.
From 14 years of age to 21, I explored different ideas about what I'd like to do with my life, and went back and forth between wanting to become a social worker, a psychologist and even a carpenter... I loved to work with my hands (gardening, building etc..) but also loved helping people find ways of feeling better. So when I learned about Tai Chi, at the age of 21, I decided this would be something that could help empower people, and improve their health. I started to learn and eventually taught Tai Chi as well as other martial arts, Chi Kung and then eventually Yoga and other exercise, and movement based systems.
Even though I was very serious about doing martial arts, I still got a degree as a carpenter. The week after I graduated, I was offered a great job, that conflicted directly with my martial arts schedule. I chose the martial arts.
In 2010 I was very fortunate to meet a man who taught me what I consider to be the best way to train the human body to rapidly and safely increase physical strength. The effects it has on the body go far beyond increased muscle. Bone density, joint strength, metabolic capacity, cardio vascular health and many more benefits are derive from this training. The man who taught me this is Tom Pinson. I met him in Maine (coincidentally) during my KMI Structural Integration training course. He has been studying Resistance Training (weight/strength training) and its effects on the human body for over 30 years. He was gracious enough to share with me a great deal of information about the science of Strength Training. We worked on a project together that he called Structural Development (Now Simply Stronger: www.simplementplusfort.ca), and it's a system he developed that I now teach to patients and clients.
Me, after a year of NO exercise!
May - July 2011
After a year of SD
Now in 2013
Where I've landed and where I think I'll hang out for a while...
So, I've learned quite a bit from doing. I used to say: "Those who do, do. And those who don't write books." I don't really believe that anymore. On several occasions though, I've met people who seemed so good from what they wrote about in their books or on-line. But when I met them face to face, I couldn't understand why I was better than they were...?
I guess that's what drew me towards the more "energy" based approach to bodywork. I couldn't understand what I was doing with my clients, why they were feeling so good when I massaged them that I attributed it to some kind of energy thing. I could feel all sorts of things moving under my hands, and often had clients tell me they thought my hands were vibrating! I was sure there had to be some kind of plausible explanation. I just never got one.
I recently completed Tom Myers' professional training course. I thought I would get answers because although there seemed to be an energy component to his teachings, it all seemed to be based in science. I didn't get the answers I was looking for, and again got a lot of the same experiences I had had before, meaning I was good at the hands on stuff but didn't know what I was doing exactly.
This led me to search out a better explanation about why things worked. I was happy to have found Tom Pinson and Structural Development, I had found Tai Chi with Ken Johnson that was a "it works because it has been tested" system, and now I needed something to explain how and why bodywork or massage worked. I found those answers (at least the beginings) in Norman Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself. This led me towards Neuroscience and all things related to how the brain works according to the latest research. I am greatful to have found Diane Jacobs and the group over at SomaSimple who are interested in understanding the same things I am. I have learnt a lot from them and others out there. What I've learned of great importance is on the science of pain, and how recent discoveries have allowed people like me to be much more effecive when treating pain.
I actually got into massage because I was teaching chi kung students things like: "imagine the chi flowing through here... imagine you're holding a red sun while you stand like this.... imagine doors in your body opening here... etc..." and the students, being Western minded people generally, couldn't just..."do as I say" they wanted to know why. So I had to find a way to explain to them in a language they would understand. When I learned about joint capsules, and synovial fluid, and blood circulation, I had a whole new vocabulary I could use with them in order to convince them to hold the different positions needed for the exercise we were doing. Now, I have a whole new vocabulary for why massage works, and why we have pain. It has helped me with my own episodes of pain and has helped my clients and patients enourmously.
I learned alot about what the body and mind is capable of dealing with. With the violin, sports, martial arts, yoga, kettlebells, clubbells, mobility training... suffered excruciating pain in all of those, plus getting married, having a child, learning combat training (changed my life, completely flipped everything I had ever understood about martial arts on its head by the way), learned how tai chi was really supposed to be taught (see here, absolutely mind blowing), how yoga was supposed to be taught (aint' nothin' like what we see in the West) and then I had an other kid, got divorced, spent a year in therapy - with an amazing psychologist! Holy crap did I learn about mind-body there! The role of good psychologists in our society are hugely underated. I fell in love with someone I actually love, and who actually loves me, had an other child, got back into massage therapy, and here I am, alive and well, and motivated!
I have a lot of personal experience training my body and my mind. I am also very interested in food, and learning about how we can all eat in ways that can help our bodies too.
I am grateful that I stuck to my instincts over the years about what helps people even if I didn't know why I was doing the things I was doing. Ever since I started working with people, I always told them what I was doing, asked them how they were doing, did everything I could to empower them, and help them be aware of their feelings in their body, getting them to pay attention to their breathing, be aware of external life issues that could be affecting their own personal experience (Read the Massage section). I always felt that the most valuable and most therapeutic thing about working through the whole body, was for people to experience every part of their body, sometimes for the first time. Long held tension or pain could finally be brought to the surface and dealt with. I found most of the benefits clients were getting from me, was when we talked, and when we moved around and they became more and more aware of their own body. There is a lot to learn about ourselves when we start asking questions about why we might feel the way we do.
FQM, Fédération Québécoise des Massothérapeutes Agréés (2009)
As a member of the FQM, my values reflect my obligations towards my clients.
Integrity - Diligence - Responsibility - Independance - Transperancy - Discretion
2011 IASI member (International Association of Structural Integrators)
The International Association of Structural Integrators is the professional membership
organization for Structural Integration.
KMI, Kinetic Myofascial Integration (Structural integration, Tom Myers)
KMI springs from the pioneering work of Dr Ida P Rolf, as developed, by Thomas
Myers. KMI is one of a number of schools that train practitioners in ‘Structural Integration’, Ida Rolf’s name for her own work.
BCSI (Board Certified Structural Integrator cm)
Board Certified Practitioners have passed the Certification Exam developed by the
Certification Board for Structural Integrationsm and have met the continuing education
and re-certification requirements established by BCSI.
Fédération Québécoise des Massothérapeutes – Massokinesitherapist diploma (2004)
Fédération Québécoise des Massothérapeutes – Swedish Kinetic Massage diploma (2002)
Upledger Institute (2005) – Cranio Sacral Therapy, Level 1
EICF (European Institute for Self Defense) & Liang yi Taiji Quan (2006)
Official permission to teach Liang Yi Taiji Quan. Certified Level 3 Self Defense Training
Over that past few weeks, I have been doing a training program given by Randall Lightbown called "Structural Development". The training is popularly know in the US as HIT or High Intensity Training, but not very well known here. I was skeptical in the beginning, as to what this training could bring me, or whether or not it would be effective. I have to admit that I was wrong: the results were visible to the eye after only a few sessions. I have seen several personal trainers over the years, but never have I see one this effective. Thanks to this program combined with a radical change in my diet, I have lost 26lbs and the results are spectacular! People who haven't seen me in the last few months don't believe it. I am more muscular, more toned, my shoulder and even my face are more defined. I feel great. I am a new man! You will work hard on this program, but how gratifying and rewarding it will be to have these kinds of results!
Thank you Randall!
Alain Vaillancourt - Expression-Média
Thank you Randall!
Alain Vaillancourt - Expression-Média