Last Updated: 29 May 2015
The masseuses at Knead are passable and this is more of a regular, no-frills joint rather than a luxury spa experience. The reason why I frequent Knead though, is their physiotherapist, David.
I'm not by any means educated in how to choose a physiotherapist so I can't claim to understand the various schools of physiotherapy and their certification standards. But here's my basis for judgment. I do know two things quite well- that I cannot afford to pay $120+ for monthly physio's at Pilates-based or sports massage clinics and that I do need monthly physio's due to the exercise I do: running, Pilates, HIIT and gym.
Because I have a background in ballet and I love Pilates, I am somewhat acutely aware (or even OCD) about the balance of my muscles and skeleton. If a bone is out of place or a muscle feel sore/swollen, I try to get it treated before it causes more serious injuries down the road. I didn't have a big problem with injuries until last year, when I had really gotten into running and wasn't entirely thorough about stretching my IT band and building up my hamstrings to counterbalance my strengthening quads. The result was two serious back sprains after which I couldn't walk for a few hours and then had excruciating pain in my lower back. To recuperate (and I mean this in a long term sense, not just a short term let's-get-this-ache-gone), I visited an osteopath recommended by my Pilates instructor and got said instructor to recommend some exercises I could do at home. Both the osteo and my instructor also recommended I visit a physio regularly if I wanted to continue my running.
That's what brought me to David. He's affordable and very well trained. He has been able to pinpoint the two spots on my spine where I had misaligned my vertebra and had muscle spasms because of the imbalance in my system. Through a series of manipulation/rotation/massage, he was able to work out that my hips were imbalanced as well due to a tight upper mid back and IT band, and addressed the issues with my surrounding muscle groups. I am almost back to full function now after 2 visits and a lot of exercises I've done on my own to stretch & balance my hip flexors, legs and back. If you're an athlete or highly active person, I strongly suggest you give David a try.