What is it?

Motion is lotion! We highly recommend physical exercise in conjunction with our therapeutic massages for you to get the highest benefit from your treatments. Targeted stretching and strengthening exercises have been demonstrated to decrease pain that occurs due to poor posture.

We also know that sitting, which is how most humans in the West spend their time, can be detrimental to our health. We can help not only by making you feel great with a thoughtful and creative massage, but by developing exercise plans for you to continue at home based on your personal goals.

At Sore Spots, we offer a ‘personal training’ style of one-on-one care as well as small classes.  Whether your goal is to finesse your form at the gym, sports performance or improve your posture and decrease general fatigue, we are confident our team of therapists can help. Our backgrounds are in Remedial Exercise as classically taught in our massage therapy curriculum as well as Yoga and Pilates via post secondary education. Our methods of training are geared to help you feel stronger and live more lightly in your body.

In addition to our massage therapy sessions, you can expect our massage therapists to offer you prescriptive home care advice at the conclusion of every treatment. This advice could be simple stretching and/or strengthening exercises, or referrals to other health care practitioners.

We may suggest ergonomic adjustments related to your work or home environment. You and your therapist may decide to dedicate more time to home care advice, at which time a full therapeutic exercise session may be recommended.

Availability: Halifax Location, Dartmouth Location


  • Balance muscle tension

  • Improve posture

  • Improve your technique at the gym

  • Create a smart and well-adapted core

Treatment of the following:

  • Upper crossed syndrome

  • Lower crossed syndrome

  • Low back pain

  • Stiff shoulders

  • Pain associated with activity

History of Theraputic Exercise

Once the realm of ancient Olympic Athletes, elite military personnel, and, more recently, bodybuilders, the gym is now a place for everyone of all abilities and fitness levels. The first recorded instance of exercise being prescribed as medicine occured 2400 years ago, when Hippocrates opined that “eating alone will not keep a man well, he must also take exercise.

During the First World War, exercises were given to wounded soldiers to aid in their recovery. This process was built upon in World War II, when specific exercise regimens in specially-designed areas of hospitals were used to bring soldiers back to normal fitness.  This process was called rehabilitation.

Since then, physical therapy has been further honed and refined and is now considered a standard component of recovery from injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

But I’ve never worked out. Will I be able to do the exercises?

We think that everybody (literally every type of body) has the ability to do some exercises that can benefit their wellbeing. We will work with you to make a plan that meets your goals, no matter your body type, ability, or experience level.

Can I use my insurance for therapeutic exercise sessions?

Unfortunately, most plans do not cover physical training. However, there are some examples of wellness pools that support this type of session - please review the details of your extended health plan &/or request coverage for this service.