Practitioner Feature: Adele Wong, RMT

Adele believes that relaxation is the foundation of every massage. When you are relaxed, then it allows the parasympathetic nervous system ("rest and digest") to catch up. As a result, the majority of her patients fall asleep during treatment. A slower paced treatment is her preferred tool to help achieve this.

Adele sees people dealing with chronic pain, motor vehicle accidents, RSI (repetitive strain injuries, often from office work), every-day stress, and PTSD. She firmly believes that this is “your body, your treatment” and would like her patients to feel that her treatment room is their safe space for the duration of the service.

Adele knows that everyone’s chronic pain and injuries are unique, and she would like to serve as your guide on your way to recovery. She understands what living in pain can be like, having been in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in constant chronic pain for over 7 years. Her experience helps her to bring compassion and understanding to her practice. Adele uses the "biopsychosocial" model of pain to get a better understanding of your condition.

Although it is normal to want a “quick fix” when it comes to healing, Adele would like to encourage her patients to practice being kind to themselves and allowing the body and mind the time it needs to recover. Massage therapy should not hurt, and the “no pain, no gain” mentality can be counterproductive when working to restore your body. Instead, Adele prefers that you communicate with her about how sore you feel during treatment before you reach your threshold.

She recognizes that in our “type A, stressed out, and go-getting society; no one taught us how to relax.” Her goal is to help you rehabilitate from an injury or pain and get you back on your feet. She will teach you management or strengthening skills to facilitate independence. Adele stands by “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of the cure.”

When Adele is not with patients, she likes to bake bread and play the piano.