Nicola Usher RMT

Nicola has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 1989. She offers Craniosacral Therapy guided by Osteopathic Techniques & Principles, Acupressure, and Manual Lymph Drainage for the head & neck.  She is a Spiritual Director, a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Nicola offers an approach that connects bodywork, contemplative awareness, and trauma-informed care. Her orientation with clients is to stay present to the spontaneous healing that is available in each moment,  and to trust in each person's inner wisdom to move toward coherence & wholeness.

She regularly immerses herself in nature, finding calm, inspiration & support in the surprise sightings of insects, birds & animals, the delight of wildflowers & the deep presence of trees.  Each year, she & her life partner Doug head to the North to explore in the canoe the wilderness of Quetico & the shores of Lake Superior.  


* Registered Massage Therapist since 1989

  • 2300 hour Massage Therapy Certificate Kikkawa College, Toronto 1987 - 1989 
  • First Degree Reiki with Heather Lee, 1994
  • Craniosacral Therapy: 750 Hour Biodynamic Craniosacral with Jan Pemberton 2005 - 2008; 36 hour Cranial Course with Grace Chan (Sutherland/Chan Clinic) 2005; 14 hour Advanced Cranial Osteopathy with Osteopathic Elder Fred L. Mitchell D.O. 2010
  • Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage in 1992 
  • Muscle Energy Technique & Strain/Counterstrain with Glenn Sprague P.T., D.O. in 2001 
  • Spiritual Director - Pacific Jubilee Program 2013
  • The Centre for Mindfulness Studies certificates in MBCT Basics Workshop, CBT: A Primer Workshop and Refining Inquiry with Patricia Rockman in 2014
  • Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Michelle Becker & Steven Hickman teachers) December 2015, August 2016
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner - 216 hours Trauma Renegotiation and Nervous System Work, Berns Galloway, Russell Jones & Twig Wheeler 2018 - 2019 


Anne-Marie Lappano SEP

Anne-Marie is a Certified Integral Development Coach (2011-present) and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (2015-present) and  a former Occupational Therapist (1977-2018).   A long time practitioner of meditation, Anne-Marie also offers mindfulness-based interventions.  Having studied MBSR and MBCT as well as Transcendent meditation, Zen and Hindu styles, Anne-Marie has been a student of the Diamond Approach Spiritual Work School since 2006.   She  believes in the innate wisdom of the body, and her approach is to help clients connect to and integrate this wisdom.  She strives to listen deeply and openly, creating a safe space where clients will feel relaxed and comfortable to share their stories and know they are being heard.   Different from traditional talk therapy, the coaching and Somatic Sessions she offers include the body -mind-spirit connection.  Her sessions are geared to those interested in personal development in a supportive partnership.  Her coach training was with New Ventures West in San Francisco and Somatic Experiencing was a three year training in Ontario and the U.S.  She is now assisting at the beginner level in SE trainings.

She sees clients in person at her office space in A Calm Retreat in Sebringville, near Stratford.  

Phone or Skype sessions are also possible. 


Kiersten Lappano

Kiersten Lappano graduated from Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2011 and is an active member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario. As a trained dancer and stage performer, Kiersten adopted an interest in the body and how it functions at a very young age. 

In her practice, Kiersten uses a variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage and general Swedish massage in order to customize each treatment based on her client’s individual needs. Kiersten encourages her clients to get to know their bodies through her prescribed self-care and believes in the importance of empowering clients to actively participate in their own health and wellbeing. 

Kiersten has worked with patients and families at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit as well as those within the High Risk Obstetrics and Post Partum Units at Sunnybrook Hospital. 

Kiersten became a mother in November 2017 and now more than ever understands the importance of safe and effective pre and post-natal care. She is also a trained Doula and can work with you and your partner through all stages of pregnancy, birth and post partum. 

Kiersten remains active through her dedicated yoga practice as well as strength training both of which continue to expand her knowledge of muscle function and wellness. Throughout her career she has worked with a number of athletes treating different sports related injuries as well as the maintenance of their general muscle health.  

Kiersten has incorporated mindfulness meditation into her daily life for the past 5 years and truly believes in the profound connection between the body, mind and soul and is dedicated to helping you achieve balance of all three. Through her massage therapy treatments, Kiersten can assist you in reconnecting with your body and provide you with relief from physical and emotional tension, giving you a greater sense of overall wellbeing. 


What we offer......



One to One Inner Work

One to One Inner Work

We offer Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and integrated aspects of bodywork with 

Somatic Experiencing & Spiritual Direction. 

Our approach both addresses the physical manifestation of stress, strain and trauma in the body, as well as tending to ourselves in a way that feels good, and is supportive of self-care. 


One to One Inner Work

One to One Inner Work

One to One Inner Work

Through Somatic Experiencing, 

Mindful Self-Compassion 

& Spiritual Direction 

we offer individual, personalized sessions to explore healing and inner growth 

connecting the body, mind &  spirit.


Group Workshops

One to One Inner Work

Group Workshops

Through group workshops in 

Mindful Self-Compassion, there is the opportunity to acquire skills for self care and to learn about compassion through each other's shared wisdom.  

Group spaces are a place of great cultural growth as we become part of the conversation to 

create places of inclusion and deepen in our understanding of our humanity with each other.