When Marcy Isaac completed massage school, she always knew that she wanted to return home to Listuguj and open her own massage clinic, and that’s just what she did.
After finishing school, Isaac moved back home and worked at the Listuguj Community Health Centre, and after her contract came to an end, she rented space for her own massage therapy clinic in Campbellton. Eventually, she was given the opportunity to open and renovate a space in Listuguj, and Hands on Health Massage Therapy has been at 50 Gaspe Highway, for roughly six years now.
Isaac remembers being asked at school, “What encourages you to be here, doing massages?” and a lot of the answers were the same: to help people. Isaac still feels passionate and motivated when it comes to her craft. “To be in this type of profession, you need to have that thing, that drive that makes you be helpful and thoughtful, and just help people. My mom always said I had that touch and feel,” said Isaac. “People call me, ‘Marcy Healing Hands,” she added and laughed.
Isaac offers a wide variety of services at Hands On Health Massage Therapy, and as of recently, Hot Stone Therapy. Isaac said, “Since the pandemic, a lot of my clients are coming now for stress.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Isaac’s clients came in to receive therapy for specific injuries, now they come in due to fatigue, stress, and just in need of some self-care. Hot Stone Therapy takes relaxation to the next level. Another service offered is the Graston Technique – where a stainless-steel instrument is used to decrease any tension or soreness in a muscle. The closest practitioner for this technique would be in Moncton. Isaac also offers several types of massages, pregnancy massages, and Paraffin Wax for hands and feet. Isaac said this service is good for arthritic hands, so it is beneficial for elders. “It’s really nice to sit with our elders and chat,” said Isaac, who will go to elders’ homes to provide the service, for those who cannot make it into her clinic.
Isaac is always keeping up to date on new techniques and services that could be offered at the clinic. In the future, she is looking to expand her team and possibly hire new massage therapists. As of right now, Hands on Health Therapy is accepting new clients and can be contacted via phone at 506-790-4729, or on Isaac’s personal or business Facebook page to make appointments.
By Ann Marie Jacques