About Us

Emily Alguire, RMT Owner

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Hi! I’m Emily Alguire, Registered Massage Therapist and owner of Kars Massage Therapy. I opened the doors of my clinic in July of 2012 and haven’t looked back since.

I maintain a regular Massage Therapy practice at the clinic, where I bring together 16 years of clinical and personal experience to offer my clients effective solutions for their pain, injury and stress-related issues.

In 2003 I graduated with honours from the Algonquin College Massage Therapy Program in Ottawa. A year later, after welcoming my first child, I began my career at an Ottawa-based chiropractic clinic where I gained both skill and confidence treating a wide range of chronic conditions as well as traumatic injuries. I was particularly interested in deep tissue massage and successfully treated many athletes with chronic, repetitive injuries and provided training enhancement.

As my family grew I knew that I wanted to work locally, both to more easily meet the needs of my children but also to be an active member of the community where I was raised. First in Manotick at Vietality Massage, and now here at Kars Massage Therapy, I have created a healthy work/ life balance that supports my ability to be genuinely present for each client I meet, offering individualized treatments designed to meet their therapeutic and stress-relief goals.

Kars Massage Therapy serves a diverse rural community, giving me the opportunity to treat a wide range of needs. I feel confident that we can work together to create a treatment pIan to address your current situation. I continue to specialize in deep tissue massage for athletes and those with chronic injuries.

Miche Pouliot, RMT

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Miche Pouliot is a graduate of The International Academy Of Massage in Ottawa, Ontario. He received the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Participation, logging 830 hours of hands-on time over and above the required 400 hours to graduate.

Miche brings his passion and drive for excellence, a life-time of experience, and a strong commitment to ensure that each and every client he treats will gain maximum benefit from a treatment custom designed to their personal needs. Miche has skills including but not limited to, CranioSacral Therapy, Myo-Fascial Release, Trigger Point Release, deep tissue techniques, Range Of Motion improvement, strengthening, and stretching.

Sandra Haydon, RMT

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I am Ontario trained and have held a registration with The Ontario College of Massage Therapists since 2010. Through continuing education I have expanded my training to include extra ethics and standards training, Chinese cupping, Gua Sha, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy.

As a resident of Osgoode it was of great interest to me to move my busy practice from a downtown clinic to a more peaceful location, much closer to home. I love that I can maintain a steady and busy practice, helping all kinds of people from all walks of life, and at the same time be so close to my family.

With the experience and knowledge I’ve gained personally and professionally, my hope is to help you relieve pain or discomfort.  Pain can be debilitating and presents in many forms. It can manifest as a result of stress, trauma, chronic illness or injury, and limits your ability to enjoy life’s activities.  In order to accomplish your therapeutic goals, I use a variety of modalities such as Swedish techniques, trigger point therapy, Chinese therapies and tools, myofascial release techniques, aromatherapy, deep heat pads, all individualized for you, to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process.  Whether you prefer a firm, deep pressured massage or a lighter, more soothing touch, I am skilled and able to provide both. I am lucky, in my health care profession, to have the luxury of spending 30 -120 minutes focusing on one client at a time. This fully allows for a treatment plan to be designed specifically for you. I strive to promote happiness and health in all aspects of life and work. Through massage I strive to help you do the same. I encourage you to be proactive with your health; you will be a participant in your healthcare rather than an observer. We can work together to bring you to a heightened state of well-being.

Cheri Maclachlan, RMT

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Cheri is a registered massage therapist and graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming College. With more than 20 years experience, she has treated a variety of conditions ranging from birth to old age!

She grew up in Manotick and has worked in various settings in Manotick throughout the last 20 years.   Namely, owning Vietality Massage Therapy. Cheri has recently moved with her family to Kars and liked the idea of making this village part of her work life as well.  She continues to work at Vietality and now will offer part time hours to Kars also.

She is committed to a health, family, and work life balance. Cheri and her husband have two small children and live nearby in the village.

Cheri also holds a certificate in nursing from Algonquin College. This training, along with her love for treating pregnant women and helping them through this amazing stage in their lives, has led to her more specialized service of helping women both pre and post partum.

Treatment philosophy…. massage is just simply good for you!

Christine Kelly, RMT

Christine brings with her a well-rounded background in health care having worked as a social worker, yoga teacher and Thai Massage practitioner and instructor. She is offering Thai Massage sessions at Kars Massage, as well as regular Massage Therapy, and will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Thai Massage is done on a mat on the floor while the client remains fully clothed. It has been compared to receiving a yoga class. The practitioner applies acupressure and utilizes body weight to mobilize the client into various yoga postures. The massage can be adapted to suit a wide range of treatment needs or mobility levels. Depending on the goals of treatment, clients may experience better range of motion and or a feeling of calm like an experience in a yoga class. Several clients have found that overall pain levels from chronic conditions have been reduced. This massage can also be adapted for pregnant mothers. 

Christine’s Thai knowledge comes to fruition during her regular massages on the table complimenting the usual Swedish techniques. In recent years, she has taken additional training in fascial work which has been very helpful in dealing with upper and lower back pain. Christine uses a broad pressure to get results while still being deeply relaxing. Her background and training afford her the capacity to work with clients dealing with any number of musculoskeletal injuries while providing support for those looking to reduce their stress and or anxiety levels. 

When Christine isn’t massaging, she is spending time with her husband and their daughters (sometimes via Facetime :), practicing yoga, cooking, walking, running and when weather permits, gardening (her happy place).