About Us

At A Hand In Knead Wellness & Massage, we believe that self-care is fundamental.  Our aim is to help our clients reach their personal physical and wellness goals in a supportive, friendly and relaxing atmosphere. 

Our team of wellness professionals include Registered Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, Estheticians, and more. Please contact us with any questions you have. We look forward to serving you!

Learn more about our available treatments. 

Alison Brown, RMT

Allison Brown is a graduate of the Royal Canadian College of Massage and a member of the College Of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) and has six years of knowledge and experience in her field. Allison is trained In all aspect of Massage but specialize in deep tissue and Trigger point therapy. She continues to expand her manual therapy and clinical knowledge through continuing education, the most recent Cupping, and Temporal Mandibular Joint treatment (TMJ). Allison has always been interested in the human body and how it works, she believes that a combination of treatment, nutrition, exercise and stretches can help to relieve most muscular impairment that causes pain Allison enjoys spending time  with friends and family and is a Wedding Officiant in her spare time.

Katarzyna Kinga Grabara, RMT

Katarzyna (Kasia) graduated from Royal Canada College of Massage Therapy in 2019. Kasia is a passionate massage therapist who focuses on providing effective and relaxing treatments that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Kasia proficient in Swedish massage, Deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy as well as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Kasia is also a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist and Co-Founder of KADFIT, her attention in fitness is with a focus on Kangoo Jump workouts. She combines a technical approach to treating musculo-skeletal impairments and pain within holistic framework. Combined with her love of fitness, massage therapy and health, she has paved the way to merge both fields of study and embrace the best of both worlds. 

Frank Farmani, RMT

Frank graduated in Massage Therapy from Westervelt College in 2021 and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Before moving to Canada, he was working as an Orthotist for more than 10 years treating clients to overcome their musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular problems as well as improving their body mechanics and quality of life. He has done extensive research in rehabilitation science mostly focusing on the effect of lower limb and spinal orthotics (braces) on patients’ pain, posture, walking ability and functional mobility. 

As an approachable and motivated RMT, Frank loves helping people and believes his clinical and goal oriented model of treatment assists his clients to stay on track with their normal routines. He believes goal-driven massage therapy can enhance clients’ overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. 
Frank’s treatment approach for each client is personalized as he strongly holds the idea that everyone responds differently to each treatment. He enjoys collaborating with clients to identify which techniques work best for them by listening to their therapy needs and goals. 

In his practice, he employs a wide range of techniques and modalities including relaxing Swedish, a combination of superficial and deep tissue work, myofascial and trigger point release, manual lymphatic drainage, stretching and hydrotherapy which are customized for each and every treatment. His approach enables him to treat a variety of conditions from chronic back, neck and shoulder muscle tightness to symptoms of arthritis or previous fracture; Or the discomfort resulting from disc herniation, Sciatica and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Frank has an active life style and is profoundly committed to his profession. He is always excited to share his therapeutic skills with new clients.

Paula Morgado, R.Ac

Traditional Chinese Medicine is often thought of just as acupuncture, but in reality it includes a number of different modalities, including cupping, tuina massage, guasha, moxa, electro therapy, auricular acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.

I also obtained specialized certification in cosmetic acupuncture facial rejuvenation, including aromatherapy & flower essences with training by Virginia Doran, a renowned US and worldwide expert in the field. 

Further, I have also taught TCM acupuncture at Georgian College.
In addition to the training in Chinese medicine modalities, I hold a University Combined Honours Degree from York University in Psychology and Sociology.  I worked in the social services counselling families for several years and later joined the business world where I steadily progressed through the corporate ladder, but always felt that something was missing and decided to completely dedicate myself to my passion.

My own experiences with chronic pain, thyroid imbalances and the ineffectiveness of western medicine to address my conditions in a healthy, non-medicated manner first lead me to seek alternative acupuncture treatments.  I have to admit that my initial experience with a western medical Physician trained in ‘anatomical’ acupuncture was not wholly successful.  I later found a practitioner that not only practiced acupuncture but applied Chinese medical principles to treatments and almost immediately felt pain relief that I hadn’t felt in years.  Not only was my pain relieved but my overall well-being was enhanced as my unique underlying imbalance was addressed.  My chronic pain is now managed without narcotic medications, and my thyroid function has remained in a balanced state for over 4 years without the need for daily synthetic hormone supplements.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing, but inseparable forces: yin and yang.  Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle.  Health is a result of maintaining the body in a "balanced state", and disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang.  This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy), blood and body fluid along pathways known as meridians or channels that run throughout the body.

By the time a condition physically manifests, an underlying predisposing yin/yang imbalance has existed for some time.  I thought I was relatively healthy and managing my life stress until I discovered that I had succumb to a thyroid disorder.  Now that I have successfully addressed my thyroid condition, I continue to periodically receive treatments for maintenance of the investment made to my overall health and wellness.
I so deeply believe in the power of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture that I decided to make it my mission to empower others about the body’s innate capacity to heal itself, and inspire others about the natural path to life, health and beauty.  My goal is to enable the body’s self-healing abilities through providing traditional Chinese medical modality and acupuncture treatments with compassionate and understanding therapeutic intention, and the highest quality, results-focused healing care.

I look forward to establishing our partnership and facilitating you on your healing pathway in the near future. 

Taylor Novak,  R.TCMP, R.Ac

Taylor Kyle Novak, R.TCMP, R.Ac holds a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine and an Advanced Diploma in TCM from the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is registered and in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).

Taylor has lived close to nature while growing up in British Columbia, where he played football and took a keen interest in exercise from a young age. It was here where his love for human performance was born.

Through his experiences living in Thailand and meditating with Buddhist monks to working as a Personal Trainer, Taylor questioned how the human body, mind and spirit could be optimized for peak performance and self-actualization.

The combination of his eager curiosity and passion for health led him to pursue a career in preventative and holistic health care with Chinese Medicine.

Taylor combines Classical Chinese Medicine with Evidence Based methods in his practice. Modalities practised include Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Tui Na, Shi Liao (Chinese Dietary therapy), Chinese Herbal Medicine and Movement Medicine.

Taylor is passionate about collaboratively working with his patients to create a holistic approach towards their health.

Luana Nicole, Medical Esthetician

Luana Nicole is a Medical Esthetician who began her career as an Artist, Makeup Artist and thereafter Stylist, she now blends specific aspects of these various industries and knowledge with the science of skin health to establish a unique and inviting approach with beneficial services. Through years of experience Luana Nicole has a creative integration of science and art resulting in beautifying skin and increasing its capabilities of function. Designing specific treatments for all types of skin, she has combined her knowledge with her passions, she has established a warm and welcoming approach to medical spa treatments and skincare.

“As a skincare professional, I am health and result driven. I provide service coupled with knowledge of what works and the efficacy of quality treatments. Clients who come to me for personalized skincare and treatments, appreciate results which are provided with the utmost of expertise and integrity.”