About Aspect Health

Located in a dedicated, cozy basement suite on the Saanich Peninsula just outside of Sidney BC, Aspect Health & Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) is an ideal place for you to come and unwind. Reduce your stresses, help alleviate aches and pains; enable deeper relaxation and clarity of thought, and give yourself a hour or two to just be while we knead your muscles and work your tissues.

Owned by Chrystal Ladouceur, RMT, your registered massage therapy care is guaranteed individual, professional and aimed at making your life more livable.

Chrystal Ladouceur is a motivated, resourceful and intuitive Registered Massage Therapist who is on a mission to make you feel better. Using her clinical knowledge while drawing on her personal experience of chronic pain and discomfort, Chrystal aims to offer pain relief in addition to preservation or restoration of natural function, ultimately making your life more livable! Read More...

Testimonials

I’ve been to many massage therapists and believe me she is good only 1 visit and I’m already feeling better 🙂

Mike Hay
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New Services – Personal Training & Nutrition Coaching Coming Soon

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time!  Who knew when you signed up for these periodic emails with me, what you were actually signing up for where the extremely rare notes I’d send out, if and when I felt I had something of value to share with you?  I think the last email I sent you, was in March!  While I’ve been doing a lot of valuable things, I haven’t felt it the time to share until now.

I’m planning for a fair bit of growth over the next little while – a lot of it may be of interest to you as much of the growth is based on things some of you have suggested or asked about. I’m soon to add the following services to my practice:

Personal Training
I will be offering one-on-one personal training right here in our clinic gym.  I’m designing an Introduction to Functional Fitness personal training package that offers methodology and instruction of basic foundational functional movements – the movements you need to get right, in order to move onto the bigger stuff, or just to help prevent personal injury in day to day life.  Each session will last 45 minutes and will include a generalized warm up, skill instructions and then a measured workout.

The functional movements we’ll start with are:

  1. Air squats: front squats, back squats and overhead squats – this is the functional movement that ensures you can get back up, every time you sit down. Squatting should be as important to you as being able to get yourself up off the toilet without any help is!
  2. Deadlift: regular, Romanian (straight-legged), sumo & snatch grip – to deadlift is to use the proper lifting mechanics any time you bend down to pick something up.
  3. Shoulder Press: dumbbell, barbell, and handstands – this functional movement is necessary for lifting objects above our heads.  How many storage shelves in your home are higher than you?
  4. Pulls: Bar hang, pull-ups, ring rows, high pulls – necessary for any time you need to pull something to you. Ever struggled with a very big, very excited dog on a leash?
  5. Bodyweight: sit-ups, crunches, push-ups & jumps – technically these movements are not one in of the same, but having foundational mechanical knowledge of each can only increase your proficiency in all of the other movements.

We can then move onto more advanced dynamic movements like:

  1. Push-press, push-jerk & split jerk: barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell
  2. Clean (squat, power, muscle): barbell, kettle bell, dumbbell, medicine ball
  3. barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell
  4. Clean & Jerk: barbell, kettle bell & dumbbell

And/or of course, individualized personal training sessions can be designed to meet your specific needs.

**Personal training will be billed at $75 per session, billed & booked in advance. However, I will offer the1st 5 people who sign up for the 1st 5 sessions, a discounted rate of $250 with the understanding that I’m using my work with you to help design this package. If you are interested in personal training with me, please let me know and we can set it up!

Nutrition Coaching
I am currently in the process of earning my Working Against Gravity (WAG) Nutrition Coaching certification. I’ll look be offering nutrition coaching.  I believe all wellness starts with how we fuel our body and that good nutrition isn’t nearly as difficult, complicated or as expensive as most of us believe. I want to help coach people on making the right decisions for their bodies.  I do not have an exact  certification date in view yet, as I’m taking my time to get the most I can out of this program, but I expect to be taking on clients of my own for nutrition coaching, within the next 2 months.

**Nutrition coaching pricing has not yet been determined.  But please do let me know if you’re interested in this service so that I can be sure to let you know when I’m ready to offer it!

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I think that’s about it for now. I’m sure you’ll hear from me sooner than later next time as there are still a lot of exciting things in the work that I’ve yet to share.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Wishing you only good health,

Chrystal

Happy New Years!

Another year has flow by, and to me it seems they just keep getting faster!  Thank you for being a part of what made 2018 great for my clinic and me. My job is truly amazing because my patients are awesome.

I have a few announcements and I’m making some major changes in how I work in the clinic this year, mostly with how I schedule appointments. Here are the updates that you should know about:

Appointment Scheduling Changes
As mandated by our college, included in all appointment booking times is your intake interview and assessment, treatment time, homecare or remedial exercise instruction and billing.  In the past, I’ve booked myself 15 minutes off between each appointment. This was meant to give me a small break between patients, or to catch up if I fell behind in the other things, but I’m finding it’s totally unnecessary. It means my work days are much longer than they need to be, and scheduling times are complicated with start times in 15-minute increments throughout the day. (I often struggle to remember what time an appointment started!)

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Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapy is the health profession in which a person provides for the purposes of developing, maintaining and rehabilitating or augmenting physical function, or relieving pain or promoting health, the services of assessment of the soft tissues and joints on the body, and treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction, injury, pain and disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation, mobilization and other manual methods.