Carl Kern, RMT, BA


 In Carl's massage therapy practice, he utilizes Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, stretching, and active engagement techniques, while encouraging free range of motion in your joints and a connection with your breath. His goal during treatment is to find and address the root causes of pain and dysfunction rather than by chasing after the symptoms.

It is important to Carl that people feel home in their own bodies, using massage like a meditation to get us out of our heads, and into our own "embodied" selves, promoting balance between our mental, emotional, and physical aspects. Carl believes in education to help clients feel empowered and supported, and better able to manage and understand their own symptoms on their healing journey. Carl is committed to his goal of creating a safe space for all body types, all genders and orientations, and all human beings in all stages of their lives.

As a life long learner, Carl is committed to his personal growth. His desire to connect inner and outer worlds, and explore the question of how to build an ethical life, has led him into health care and the practice of Massage Therapy, as well as the study of Indigenous and Environmental Studies (BA), sustainable agriculture and organic farming, culinary arts, and artisinal sourdough bread baking. On his own, Carl is interested in folk music, herbal medicine, LGBTQ health, and he still likes to bake. Carl has recently taken up the study of osteopathy.

Carl is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario and is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.  


4 Rivers Philosophy

"I wanted to remind people that we are made of water, and that prioritizing our health means prioritizing the health of our waters. In our bodies, the major waterways are the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and the vascular system of arteries and veins. These waterways can be benefitted through massage therapy by:

  • Calming the nervous system; taking us out of the "fight or flight" mode and into a state of "rest and digest." This is where the body undergoes self-healing and tissue repair, decreasing stress hormones, pain signals, and increasing digestive and restorative functions.
  • Easing the constriction of blood vessels, which decreases blood pressure and lowers heart rate.
  • Increasing venous and lymphatic return; sending deoxygenated blood and fluid out of the surface tissues and back to the core. This frees up congestion and stagnation, making more room for fresh blood and oxygen to reenter and revitalize the tissues.

Our bodies are an ecosystem of rivers and channels that need to flow freely. The health of our waterways impact the health of our bodies, just like the Earth as a whole. I want to then acknowledge the condition our environment is in right now. By using only certified organic oils and lotions, it is to provide the best quality products for your skin, while also supporting an economy that ultimately benefits us, the farmers, the environment, and our waters. To further this view, 1% of all proceeds will be donated to organizations that work towards the health of our Toronto ecosystems." -Carl Kern, RMT

Carl would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. 

To find out more, or for any questions regarding scheduling, availability, payments, etc, feel free to reach out.