Those of you who’ve been our loyal fans for a long while now will definitely be familiar with Esperanza Pabon. Her warm, friendly demeanour and skillful hands make her one of most popular therapists at our clinic (as anyone who’s ever tried to book an evening or weekend appointment with her at the last minute can easily attest to). Esperanza’s specialties include Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue massage, and Thermal Palms treatments, as well as providing her clients with massages that are both holistic, and physically healing.
But enough of the preamble. Without further ado, I give you Ms. Esperanza Pabon…
What is the most rewarding aspect of working as an RMT? The most challenging?
I love the fact that my clients come in feeling uncomfortable and stressed, and always leave feeling better. It’s great to know that an hour or so spent with me really boosts their mood and decreases the discomfort they feel. On the flip side, I really enjoy my work, so the most challenging thing for me is that as time goes on I feel the limitations of my own body more and more each day. Being an RMT is definitely hard on the body.
What drew you to the profession and what keeps you in it?
I’ve always enjoyed helping people so finding a profession that allowed me to do that was important to me. Knowing that I help others to get relief from their pain and generally have a better, more relaxing day makes me feel good. Also, having the independence to create my own schedule is a big bonus.
What unique skills do you bring to the team at Neighbourhood Massage? What would you say is your area of expertise in your practice as a therapist?
I’ve been in practice for 15 years now, and during that time, in addition to being able to create great rapport with my clients to make them feel comfortable, I’ve developed my ability to discern each client's unique needs. Now I’m pretty adept at figuring out what massage techniques and pressure will work best for the conditions my clients present with.
As far as my unique skills, I’m the only RMT at the clinic who is certified in Thermal Palms Massage, which is a great alternative to Hot Stone treatments. During a treatment with Thermal Palms I use heated soft hand-held sachets, that mold and contour to the body really well, to perform the massage. As with Hot Stones, the added heat helps to alleviate chronic muscle tension and induce deep relaxation.
Don’t wait until the last minute, when you are in extreme pain or discomfort, to see your massage therapist. Be proactive about your health and well-being by establishing a consistent self-care regimen including: regular exercise, getting enough sleep and taking time out to get the treatment your body needs well before aches and pains set in.
Esperanza Pabon, RMT
What is the most common complaint your clients come in with and how do you help them deal with it?
Pain in their shoulders, neck and lower back due to long hours spent behind a desk in front of computer is the most common complaint people come in with. To ease their discomfort, I focus my massage on the main area of complaint, and then integrate the rest of body into the treatment. This helps to make my clients more aware of where the pain starts and ways in which it can spread throughout their body. Generally, I advise my clients to be mindful of their bodies – specifically their posture and any build up of tension in their muscles – while working. I also constantly remind them to stretch daily, and to use cold or hot hydrotherapy as needed. And in cases where their symptoms persist, I always encourage them to seek treatment from other alternative healthcare practitioners like chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths if their symptoms persist.
Name up to three things you believe/know your most loyal clients keep coming back to you for?
My clients keep coming back to see me because they know they’ll consistently get a great massage, and because I always take the time give them tips to prevent or minimize their pain or discomfort so they can take charge of their own health. But more importantly, I think my listening skills, approachability, and positive outlook really make my clients feel at home.
Esperanza is available on Tuesdays 100-700pm, Wednesdays 400-700pm, Thursdays 200-600pm, Fridays 100-600pm and 1000-400on the last Sunday of each month.