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Katia Dritschler, massothérapie


Aaaaah, l’odeur exaltante des pivoines en ouvrant la porte! Quel accueil! Fraîcheur, simplicité. Un look à la fois épuré et chaleureux. Des couleurs douces, un éclairage apaisant.

Eh oui, après de longues semaines de rénos, Katia est maintenant prête à accueillir sa clientèle.  Au menu :


Mais Katia, c’est aussi milva : une gamme de produits naturels qu’elle fabrique elle-même. 


Savons, baumes à lèvres, crèmes pour le visage et pour le corps, produits pour bébés…

Mon coup d’cœur : ces boules effervescentes pour le bain qui ressemblent à de véritables guimauves onctueuses!

Massothérapeute, artiste et chimiste; véritable femme d’affaires cette Katia!

Pour prendre rendez-vous: 819 681-9140

Bonne détente!



B) No rush Bob!

Inside a massage therapist’s head.

My clients have expectations.

Statistics: 1 out of 2 says he doesn’t mind if it hurts. Let’s call that one client Bob.

I’ve know Bob for 2 minutes now. Already can’t stand him!

“I’m tough. I can deal with pain. Don’t be afraid, just go as hard as you can”.

Nice thinking Bob! What he really means is that he expects the massage not only to be painful but he wishes to feel that discomfort as early as possible during the massage.

When he comes to me, somehow, Bob thinks the experience has to be painful. Otherwise I’m no good. Again, nice!

I can read his mind: “Hurt me, I’ll then trust you and then will be able to relax”.  Hmm. Where does that come from? Oh yes, “no pain, no gain” that we’ve been hearing forever…

In my mind, it makes no sense. It’s also a very frustrating aspect of my job. Very disappointing in fact. Unfortunately, it’s the usual… Hey, what about subtlety?

What Bob is certainly not aware of is that a massage is like a bike ride.

Let’s say your coach is giving you a specific strength workout

  1. steep hills ( 8% or steeper)
  2. that take less than 3 minutes to climb
  3. in and out of the saddle
  4. maintaining at least 50 rpm.

You will obviously make sure to warm-up thoroughly, unless you really crave for injuries!

Same with the massage.

Even before applying oil :

  1. I need to consider the entire body
  2. palpate different muscle groups
  3. grab the skin to evaluate its elasticity and the restrictions
  4. rock the body at the waist to study the connection between lower back and hips

Only then I can decide what I’m going to focus on during our session.

Gradually, with different strokes, I’ll go from working general group muscles to more specific muscles, going deeper, entering different layers.

If I don’t follow such a logistic approach, Bob’s muscles will tighten instead of loosen. The opposite of what I’m trying to achieve. They’re the real judges. The muscles are. By their reaction, they’re telling how much they can take and when they have enough. When they become red and very warm, it’s time for me to move on.

At that point, I don’t care about how hard Bob wants me to go ’cause by now, the endorphins, Bob’s natural pain killers, have already kicked in.

If I continue on working, I can cause more damage, like micro tears for example. Bob doesn’t know that.

Instead of being ready for an intensive interval workout the next day, Bob will have to skip it and settle for a very mellow recovery ride. And, guess what, Bob doesn’t enjoy mellow rides!

I really wish he could understand that warming up the skin and the multiple layers of muscles is not a waste of time but rather a safe way to get a deeper massage.

See ya Bob!


Inside a massage therapist’s head

Thanks to the Twitter feedback, I decided to create a new category inside my cycling blog : massage therapy. I’ve been a therapist for nearly 9 years now. As you can imagine, I got lots of fascinating stories! Unfortunately for you guys, confidentiality is the magic word here! Ah, ah!

However, there are so many fascinating aspects to discuss on that subject. Where to start is my biggest challenge. While some of you may get a massage once a week, or once a month, others had never even tried one yet. I decided to take the easy way out and go with the “random thoughts” concept!  

 A)   Power VS Surrender

You can’t imagine how sometimes giving a massage can be like trying to win a fight!

As long as my client is staying in control, not letting his guard down, focusing only on how hard I’m going, and managing the outcome, he is resisting my efforts. With these expectations, he will get no benefits. Can’t give if he’s not willing to let go. Basic equation.

May seem obvious but in my everyday practice, it’s not! People are often living at a 100 miles an hour; working crazy hours, raising kids, working out, getting a ride in during lunch or before dinner…Know what I mean? So the simple concept of letting go is often far from reality. Understandable.

But (yes there is a but!), when a client decides to get an appointment for a massage, if he’s able to put all of his « drive » aside (strong personality if you prefer!) and let me do my thing, my way, that’s when he’ll earn the most benefits. And for his muscle tissues, a real investment.

 So, a quick recap: once you get on that comfy table, say goodbye to the power struggle of your daily routine. Trust, surrender, give away your supremacy (wow, sounds like  Jason Bourne is loosing it…) and only then, the therapist  can  jump in and do his work. Letting either relaxation or deep work happen. Not making it, huge difference. Can’t force that.

 Guys, it’s Monday, you got all week to book one, go ahead and enjoy!




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