As a Registered Massage Therapist and founder of Massage Therapy On The Square, Lorraine combines her love of sports with her passion for helping others, offering a therapeutic approach to athletes and healthy-minded individuals.
Growing up in Chesterville, a small town outside Ottawa, her adventurous spirit and love of water became apparent at a young age – she swam pool lengths by the time she was three. Throughout her school years, she played every sport available in her town and at school. She discovered her passion for competition while on the local swim team and spent her summers working as a swimming instructor, lifeguard, and swim team coach.
Her parents have always been her biggest supporters. They encouraged her to try new things and instilled the belief that she could do anything and be anything she wanted if she put her heart and soul into it, which she has carried with her throughout her life in everything she endeavours. (Read her list of achievements below.)
In 1998, while competing in an in-line skate marathon in Ottawa, her wheel dropped into a huge rut at the 34th kilometre, catapulting her at top speed, head first into the pavement. Six weeks later, an MRI determined that she had herniated the lower three discs in her lumbar spine, which were causing severe leg and back pains. The pain became so debilitating that she was no longer able to work and could only walk a few steps at a time – she spent the next three years mostly in bed. After a near death experience with prescribed opioids, she sought alternative healing methods.
Working with a fantastic practitioner who was both a chiropractor and massage therapist, her condition gradually improved. Her short walks turned into long walks and eventually slow short runs.
In 2011, understanding how massage therapy had helped to change her life, and with a passion to help others, Lorraine decided to become a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated at the top of her class. Lorraine opened her Massage Therapy practice in Bayfield in 2013 and founded Massage Therapy On The Square in 2016.
Today, Lorraine is a firm believer in empowering patients to take their health into their own hands. A competitive triathlete, she often sends patients home with stretches and strengthening exercises so they can continue to see gains outside of the clinic. Her goal is to get clients moving and feeling better so they can live life to their fullest potential.
Lorraine is an active member, in good standing, with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO).