The Floatation Centre is an inclusive, 2SLGBTQ+ community space where ALL BODIES are welcome. We aim to provide a welcoming and safe experience for each and every person who enters our cozy, North End home.
Virgil Muir, Registered Massage Therapist
A graduate of ICT Northumberland College, Virgil specializes in a therapeutic approach that combines intuitive touch and deep tissue techniques. His approach matches his character, he’s a soft spoken and calm person who makes people / clients feel at ease in a professional and casual setting. Virgil’s interest in Chinese Tuina massage influences his treatment style. Virgil has more than 10-years experience as an RMT working with a wide variety of clients in a clinical and relaxation setting, his treatments are range from relaxation to therapeutically restorative. He loves helping his clients feel their best and gives a killer asian-style foot massage.
Many years ago, he received an energy attunement by reiki master beside a river during a rainbow gathering with 50,000 other rainbow children – if you groove with that kind of thing.
Lori Smith, Registered Massage Therapist
As a graduate of Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, Lori is Certified in General Swedish, Sports, Pregnancy Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Cupping techniques.
Lori has a holistic gentle approach with treatments for sinking slowly deep into clients sore muscles. Specializing in neck, shoulder and, the pièce de résistance, foot techniques!
Lori believes that massage is essential for a healthy lifestyle and provides therapeutic home care after each treatment. It makes her day when clients have improved mobility and reduced discomfort.
Edit: Lori has now been quietly referred to as The Muscle Whisperer by her clients who love her technical, yet intuitive, approach.
Mase, Registered Massage Therapist
Mase has been working as an RMT around the HRM since graduating from CCMH in 2014. In that time, they’ve continued to extend their therapeutic touch and has had a strong passion for helping others feel more mobile and less physically stressed in their day-to-day lives.
Mase typically takes a therapeutic, myofascial approach to most treatments, with a mild-deep pressure depending on clients’ wants and needs. They have a special interest (with success) in treating TMJ-related pain and disfunction (including intra-oral techniques), which means they have a knack for relieving chronic jaw pain, immobility and related headache/migraine symptoms with a style to help decrease your SNS (sympathetic nervous system), especially beneficial before you float!
Outside of work, Mase enjoys practicing yoga, hanging with family and friends, spending time outside with their cocker spaniel, photography and going to the beach to catch the waves.
As someone who identifies as trans*/non-binary, Mase hopes to shed any of the associated gender biases and stereotypes that often come with being a massage therapist. They are proud to be able offer their services in a safe, welcoming and mindful space for any member of the local LGBTQ2+ community at The Floatation Centre
Michelle Forward, Registered Massage Therapist
Michelle is now accepting new clients!
Michelle has been practicing massage therapy in Halifax since 2008. She is very intuitive and knows how much pressure her clients’ tissues need. At times a deep relaxation treatment will calm the sympathetic system while connecting the mind, body and spirit. Other times, deep pressure is utilized to regain range of motion and allow for the structural integrity of the body to return to its most comfortable neutral state.
In 2017 Michelle completed 5 years of Osteopathy studies and is currently a thesis writer.
Integrating all that she has learned in osteopathy school with her massage therapy practice allows Michelle to better treat her clients.
Michelle empowers her clients with knowledge of their conditions and the choices available to them. This is important in the mind-body connection that facilitates positive change.
Taylor Milne, Registered Massage Therapist
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As a certified yoga practitioner and registered massage therapist, Taylor’s curiosity and understanding of these two knowledge frameworks inform and reinforce a holistic understanding of the mind-body connection. They graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2021, and are a member in good standing with the Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and Yoga Alliance.
Taylor takes a client-centred, assessment-based, trauma-informed approach to treatment. It is their firm belief that individuals are fluid and constantly changing, and therefore so should treatment. While each treatment is finely tailored to the client’s present needs, the intention behind each treatment is the same: to offer a safe, comfortable, and patient-specific experience that allows clients to get out of their heads and into their bodies.
Taylor is honoured to work collaboratively with patients towards their therapeutic goals and takes great care in the educational component of their role. As a healthcare practitioner, Taylor considers the most effective way to empower clients is to provide them with the best up-to-date information about their condition and the resources available to support the management of their health and wellbeing.
Prior to massage therapy, Taylor completed an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University with a double major in International Development and Sustainability. Taylor also received additional post-secondary training in environmental science and natural resource management through the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society.
Taylor is an autodidact visual artist based out of Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Their daily sources of joy include long walks with Freya the Newfoundland dog, slow mornings of introspection, rooting around in the garden, and discovering new music with their partner.
Additional Trainings & Certifications:
- Gua Sha
- Over 280 hours of yoga teacher training in Kundalini, Hatha, Nidra, Prenatal and Postpartum, and Trauma Informed Yoga
- Reiki levels 1 and 2
- 60-minute massage $90.00
- 90-minute massage $130.00
Taxes are NOT included in the above prices.
Want to experience the COMPLETE bliss of combining the floating experience with the therapeutic human touch of one of our Registered Massage Therapists?
When booking these services back-to-back, you will receive your float for only $45 + tax! The easiest way to book, is to call us at 902.453.5628 and let us do the work for you. If you’re booking online, please allow for a 15 minute buffer time between appointments. We direct bill for massage through most extended health plans. Float must be directly before or after massage therapy treatment (1 hour minimum) to qualify for $45 float, no exceptions.