What We Do

We were first established in 2004 in Ottawa’s west end. Our mission is to provide excellent collaborative service and results while empowering our clientele in achieving their health goals. To help you return to play whether that’s sports, playing with your kids/grandkids, leading an active lifestyle or living pain free.

Return to Play Therapy is a multi-professional clinic that focuses on function and movement and is partnered with Victory Strength and Boxing.  Together we get you moving by correcting muscle patterning, mobilizing joints, releasing muscles and fascia.

How We Do

Return to Play has decades of experience applying their excellent manual skills to treat the young to the young at heart and anyone in between for their acute injuries like sprains and strains to chronic pain like in your back or neck.  We use different modalities like Swedish Massage, Cupping, Soft Tissue Release, Ultrasound, IFC, EMS, etc.

We also treat concussions using craniosacral therapy although craniosacral therapy is not limited to just concussions.  It can be applied to many different issues and is a means of releasing deep fascial restriction. Did you know that sometimes chronic pain can be caused by unhappy organs? That can be addressed by visceral manipulation.

Why We Do

“Health is wealth.” The cost of inaction is wasting time in pain and not doing what you want.  Let Return to Play Therapy help kick start your journey towards a more pain-free life of activity and enjoyment.  Let us help you return to play.

Meet Our Team
We are a team of professionals that are passionate about getting you back to living and loving your life.

Christina Rawlings

Massage Therapy

Christina is a Registered Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She graduated from Algonquin College’s successful massage program. The focus of her practice is on stress reduction, pain relief, and overall well-being. Her preferred techniques are traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and cupping. Her approach will compliment what is currently offered at Return to Play. A whole body approach will help address areas that may not be currently causing any issue and help give an overall impression of how your body is doing. Regular treatment can promote overall health benefits, help you feel better, and deal with stress.

Christina is a proud mother of four kids so understands the demands and stress of life and the importance of finding whole body balance and good health.

Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier

Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy

Kathleen De Jesus-Gauthier is a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, Honours, from the University of Ottawa in 2000, and Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College in 2004. She achieved high academic standards graduating magna cum laude and the silver medal recipient for the highest GPA of the program, respectively. Immediately after graduating she began working with Rugby Canada with the National Senior Women’s team. She reached one of her goals of being part of the team that competed at the World Cup in 2006 finishing 4th in the world.

As an athlete, she represented Rugby Canada in 2000 and that was after rehabilitating from 2 ACL reconstructive surgeries. Kathleen strongly believes that with hard work, commitment and determination almost any injury is recoverable. She believes that returning to play from back-to-back surgeries made her a better athlete and therapist.

Her athletic experience enables her to empathize with her clients and understands the importance to getting back to activity as soon as possible. Her treatments are a combination of hands-on therapies and individualized exercise programs to empower each client. She’s taken courses in Crainiosacral Therapy, Soft Tissue Release, Dynamic Taping, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. This combination has been successful in treating acute injuries like sprains and strains but also chronic pain, headaches, post-cast, post-surgery, and post-concussion symptoms. Kathleen treats clients ranging from children to those who are young at heart.

You don’t have to be an athlete to see an Athletic Therapist. Working together with people to help achieve their potential and participate in whatever activity they choose is what she finds very rewarding. Most recently, Kathleen graduated with honours from Algonquin College’s Intensive Massage Therapy Program. She has now added a new tool in her tool kit to help you return to play.

Outside of work, Kathleen is the proud mother of 2 boys whom she enjoys spending time with. Her hobbies include reading, hiking/snowshoeing, biking, watching movies, and trying to develop her skills at woodcarving.

Vanessa Leo

Massage Therapy

Vanessa discovered her career path of massage therapy a couple of years after high school. She did her massage training at Algonquin College and learned at depth the functions and dysfunctions of the body as well as anatomy. She remains a student of the profession finding better ways to improve clients as well as herself. Vanessa has taken specialized courses in Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Visceral (VM) and Neural Manipulation (NM) which have really expanded her approach to treatment. She has learned how the body is vastly connected and how treating one area of the body can affect numerous other areas in response to minimal pressure. CST, VM, and NM all use light touch to address fascial and neurological restrictions that can impede the body’s normal functioning.

When coming in for a treatment by Vanessa, she will address the issue using a combination of traditional massage techniques and CST, VM, and NM. This allows for global changes to be made in the body to help her clients increase mobility and functioning while decreasing pain and limitations.

Outside of work, Vanessa’s interests include spending time with her partner and their three animals. Vanessa also spends her free time caring for her partner who suffers from Lyme disease. Due to her partner’s illness Vanessa has developed an interest in increasing her knowledge about the disease to better understand it and to also be able to help treat those who suffer from physical symptoms of not just Lyme disease but other chronic diseases that may cause physical symptoms to the body.