FAQ

Group Classes are currently online.

  • Anticipate both online and in-person class options fall of 2021.

General precautions to promote health during in-person private sessions;

Your comfort, safety and privacy are a priority to me. Thus, the following are in place for private, in-person sessions; 

  • Stay home if you are ill or recently been exposed to someone ill. Short notice cancellations for private sessions  due to illness will not be charged. 

  • If you have received vaccination to covid-19 within, you are required to wait 14 days (to allow your immune system to adjust and minimize potential unknown side effects to practitioner and other clients/practitioners in the clinic space).  

  • Hand cleaning, room cleaning and fresh linens between clients are practiced.

  • Modifications for safety/comfort, including distance and masks are offered (as needed by the client). 

  • Your personal information is held in strict confidentiality unless you provide specific written consent. 

  • Mask exemptions are honored. 

Locations: 

  • Group in-person TBD (In-person classes resuming in fall 2021, along with online options. 

  • Private sessions are offered at Suite 230 - 600 St. Anne's Rd (Purely Massage). 

Parking:

  • 600 St. Anne's Rd has a large parking lot.

Entrance:

  • 600 St. Anne's - Suite 230 (Purely Massage). Elevator access. Door is locked, arrive just in time. 

Accessibility:

Physical: 600 St. Anne's Rd is a modern facility with an elevator access. 

Financial: I support and utilize The Community Care Fund. If you need assistance accessing services with me, please reach out to me in advance of your session so I can apply for appropriate funding.

Register & payment:

Book your class or private session online.  You can pay online using credit card or paypal,  manually via e-transfer (joy@joysomatics.ca) and in person with cheque, cash or credit card.

Booking a Private Session; 

Book online. Payment accepted on-line or in person at appointment. If you are not sure what to book, contact me to discuss how I might be of service to you. 

Cancellation policy:

Group Classes: No refunds, exchanges, or credit for missed classes.

Private Sessions: 24 hour notice is required for cancellation and rescheduling. Fees for less than 24 hrs notice (unless illness related) are 6-23 hrs ($25) and less than 6 hours ($50). No shows are subject to full fee of service booked.

Questions about the practices:

 

What is Somatics?

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes physical perception and experience. It stems from the latin word, soma, meaning ‘the body as perceived from within’.  It is an emerging field with promising results helping improve self awareness, release and heal stored stress.  Joy offers a variety of felt-sense practices to suit individual needs, including Somatic Movement, Numa Breathwork, Yoga and Bodymind Ballwork in both group and private settings. 

What is yoga?

The word yoga means ‘to yolk or unite’ and is often described as felt wholeness or oneness of the physical body, mind and spirit. This state of yoga can be achieved in a large variety of ways, including and not limited to various yoga practices, somatic movement, meditation, art, dance or simply being deeply present in nature. There are many, many paths in.

What is 'somatic-approach yoga'?

Although Joy has extensive training in therapeutic yoga alignment, her yoga classes are currently also influenced by her on-going somatic studies. That means, we let go of the idea that there is a right and wrong way to move. We practice cultivating awareness of our own bodies through felt sense. Expect to be guided into movement and various shapes (yoga postures) with options to find variations that work for your body.  In my classes, you have permission to explore what works best for you. 

What is Bodymind Ballwork? Where do I get balls?

Bodymind Ballwork is a mindful self massage method (created by Ellen Saltonstall) that uses variety of rubber balls and gentle pressure to release tension and stress. Balls are available for sale and range from $3-$14 each. Joy includes about 15 minutes of Bodymind Ballwork in yoga class, and offers more in-depth classes, workshops and private lessons. 

What does 'myofascial' mean?

Myo means muscle and fascia is connective tissue. Fascia is a specialized, dense web that covers, interconnects and interpenetrates our entire body. It is a continuous structure, linking the entire body like the yarn of a sweater. It is a sensory tissue that shapes us and is shaped by what we think, feel, how we move and don't move. Acute and chronic stress and surgery create myofascial restrictions creating pain, tension and/or lack of motion.  


Other questions;

Do you have a sliding scale fees/discounts?  

Sometimes, those struggling with symptoms of trauma are underemployed and financial help getting accessing quality care. Thus, Joy supports and seeks funding for clients though The Community Care Fund. If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance to access my services, reach out to me for partial or full assistance for a session. Funding applications are subject to availability and typically take 24-48 hrs to approve.  

 

Do you teach in schools or workplaces?

Yes. Although my time is more limited these days, I do occasionally still offer wellness programs that are connected to mental health initiatives in high school students, community groups and in small and large businesses. Please contact me to discuss your group's unique needs. This can be arranged in person, outdoors and on zoom. 

Do you offer workshops and retreats?

Yes.  I've combined my background in adult education with my holistic skills to offer workshops in therapeutic Yoga, Bodymind Ballwork, Ayurveda, and Conscious Connected Breathwork and Somatic Movement and mental health for over 10 years. I've been a guest presenter for workplace wellness, wellness festivals and expos and co-hosted retreats. I also enjoy the learning and creativity that comes with collaborating with other practitioners to create unique workshops and retreats. Contact me to discuss.