Yonge & Bloor | Natascha (Tasch) Malta, RMT
I’m Tasch (she/they), a nonbinary massage therapist and recent Sutherland Chan graduate. At school, I had the pleasure of working with people from all different walks of life, with all different kinds of bodies. Relaxation and body positivity are 2 guiding principles for me, and I want my work to be a tool to help people empower people to feel their best in their bodies. I don’t believe massage needs to be painful to be effective, and my style combines elements of Swedish and Thai massage, as well as myofascial spreading and the occasional visualization or meditation cue.
Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?
Calming the nervous system is the foundation of the treatments that I provide. As someone who has lived with fibromyalgia most of my life, I understand what it’s like to live with chronic pain and muscle tension. Massage and movement have been an important part of learning to make life with chronic conditions more manageable, and if you’re looking for a more preventative approach to your pain- I would love to help you out!
What are you proud of in your practice?
I’m really proud of the impact I’ve made in the lives of others, especially with people who have significant challenges with their bodies. Some of my proudest moments include working with a breast cancer survivor to help restore and maintain lymphatics, and tissue quality 8 years after surgery. Helping people feel more at peace in their own body, or knowing that I can make some impact on their quality of life makes me feel really proud of what I do.
What are the top 3 treatments that you specialize in?
Massage to help get a good night’s rest. People deal with loss of sleep for so many reasons, and restoring your sleep helps set you up for success with your other health goals and conditions.
Head, neck, and shoulders is one of my favourite areas to work on. It can both be very relaxing to have worked on, and can be very relieving for people with neck pain, headaches, and jaw pain.
Breast massage. Whether you’re expecting, postpartum, have dealt or are dealing with breast cancer, or have had or are thinking of getting gender-affirming surgery- breast massage can be a helpful tool in maintaining tissue health. It is important part of any surgery plan to the area.
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I really like treating people who are working on their emotional or mental health healing journeys. Massage can be a great tool in addition to a fully realized health care plan that includes psychotherapy or counseling, to help you process the physical manifestations that stress takes on your body. The mind and body are intrinsically linked, and feeling better in your body can be an important part of feeling better period.
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