Catherine Dawe

Registered Massage Therapist

Catherine Dawe

Registered Massage Therapist

A Few of My Favourite Things:
Favourite Saturday afternoon activity: Discovering new and hidden coffee shops in town.

Favourite athletic achievement: Completing my first marathon.

“I love that the human touch possesses these natural healing powers. There’s something special about doing work a machine or computer simply cannot do.” – Catherine Dawe


I was first inspired by the work of holistic healthcare services when I was a competitive gymnast and relied on chiropractic care and massage therapy to help me manage and avoid injury. When I graduated from college, I started turning to running instead, once again leaning on chiropractic care and massage in efforts to successfully increase my distances and reach my goals.

Now, I feel like I’ve come full circle. Working as a registered massage therapist means I am often treating runners like myself – working with everything from low back pain to tight hip flexors and IT band syndrome. I love the versatility a career in massage therapy brings, with a range of focuses and disciplines. I feel like I can choose to work anywhere I want, and one of the main reasons I chose Align is because of the positive work environment and the way teamwork is valued here.

Every patient I treat is different, and presents a new challenge. I see people from all different age groups, backgrounds and professions. Often the injuries we suffer are synonymous with the work we do on a daily basis. So treatment is going to be vastly different for the 17-year-old gymnast versus the 45-year-old business professional who sits at a desk all day.

And yet, if there’s one common trigger I see amongst my patients, it’s stress. We just seem to be suffering from so much stress these days. There’s a reason the work I do is called massage therapy. I find the more chances I have to treat a patient, the better I get to know them – and the more they open up about how they are feeling and what’s happening with their body, the more effective the treatment will be.

Most of all, I love that the human touch possesses these natural healing powers. As we continue to rely on modern technology in the many tasks we perform throughout the day, I think we lose sight of the importance of physical touch. And there’s something special about doing work a machine or computer simply cannot do.

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