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Meet Tara Sharpe

Tara, Family Chiropractic and Wellness RMTRegistered Massage Therapist

Before becoming an RMT, Tara worked as an interior designer. She didn’t plan on becoming a massage therapist until she experienced the benefits of massage after a car accident. Though Tara wasn’t injured seriously, it was enough where she wasn’t able to sit at a computer for eight hours a day due to the significant pain. Tara was advised to take prescription medication such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories.

I didn’t see that as a solution, but instead a bandage or quick fix. Fortunately, I found a massage therapist who advocated for me to learn what I needed to learn to heal myself.

In addition to receiving massage treatments, Tara also did different exercises to help herself heal. She thought, “Why isn’t everyone going to get a massage?”

Changing Career Paths

Tara’s positive experience with massage prompted her to switch careers and pursue a career as an RMT. As she had a design background, she researched what it would take to go back to school to become a massage therapist.

Her flexible schedule allowed her to do distance learning to take the requisite science classes before beginning massage school. Tara attended the highly regarded Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, one of the original massage schools in Ontario.

Providing a Suite of Services

As a massage therapist and pre-natal instructor for the past 18 years, Tara’s passion and area of specialty is working with pre-natal, pregnant and post-partum women. However, her expertise extends beyond to include adults, teenagers infants and children, with a wide variety of health issues. Tara’s wellness repertoire includes massage and cupping therapy to increase immune function, improve circulation and posture, while decreasing work-related tension and degenerative changes.

Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, active release, and lymphatic drainage are the massage techniques that Tara provides. She also offers Cupping massage. Cupping massage allows for a unique approach to fascia. Tara uses cupping to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions and increase a clients range of motion. Many of Tara’s clients come in with chronic or long-standing issues, and she will use the techniques that will yield the best results. “I want to help resolve whatever issue they have and help them reach a healthier version of themselves.”

Helping Clients Reach Their Goals

Tara’s experienced in providing client focused treatments sensitive to client backgrounds and work-related trauma, injury and repetitive strains. Her specific treatment plans focus on restoring functional movement, strength and self-care strategies.

One of Tara’s top priorities is helping her clients achieve their goals, whatever they may be. She’s always upfront with clients and will let them know what she can and can’t do.

“You can’t have an ego in the health industry. It’s important to recognize when the treatment you’re providing may not be achieving a client’s goals. I find modalities that would either complement what I’m doing or replace it to help clients reach their goals.” Tara will sometimes recommend chiropractic care, physiotherapy or naturopathic care depending on the clients needs.

Enjoying an Active Family Life

After hours, Tara and her husband are avid Ringette fans supporting their two daughters in tournaments and games across Ontario. In the summer months, Tara relishes in the great doors through long distance running and the comfort and craftsmanship of gardening.

Book a Session

Contact Tara today to schedule an appointment.

Tara Sharpe, RMT | (519) 579-2430