In 2001, Melissa Gardner Webb opened Absolute Massage in a room out of a local recreation complex. In 2008 outgrew her space and moved into the current location in the Kanata North Business Park. In 2018 the name was changed to relax. and the Relax Massage Group was established; Relax Massage Group now consists of 6 clinics; relax. Kanata, relax. Almonte, our expansion to open relax. Greenbank at 250 Greenbank Road and relax.Ottawa, located at 504 Kent Street, Ottawa, relax. @Westin located inside the beautiful Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa was opened in 2019 and most recently in October 2022 relax. Perth was added, with the acquisition of McKay Massage Therapy, located in the Tay River Health Centre, 9 Eric Devlin Lane.

We look forward to serving you at one of our locations.

Our roster of top Massage Therapists continues to increase; offering diverse skill-sets ranging from deep tissue sports massage, to myo fascial release, pregnancy massage, taping, and craniosacral therapy.  Also offered at relax.Ottawa is Thai massage, cupping, taping, hot stone massage, and coming soon…acupuncture!

Our focus is on providing therapeutic services you would find in a medical and rehabilitation setting, with the knowledge to match while allowing you to feel as though you have entered a relaxing, Zen space of positive energy and healing.

Melissa Webb

Melissa Webb

Clinic Owner

Melissa began her career as an RMT in 2000. Starting out in a small space at a local community centre, she opened a clinic once she realized she could not accommodate the demand. After 17 years of continued growth and success, and opening a second location in Almonte in 2011, she decided to retire her licence and focus on assisting other talented massage therapists build their practices.

In August 2018, with the business thriving under the “Absolute Massage” brand for so many years, she decided it was time for a total overhaul of the look and name and alas….the relax massage group was born. The relax brand, with the underline under the “a” honours the legacy that the absolute name has carried for so many years.

The new business name also brought a new clinic in September 2018,  relax. Greenbank on Greenbank Rd at Hunt Club, which she co-owns with Brigit Laberge. Melissa expanded to 4 clinics with the purchase of Body Poets Massage Therapy located at 504 Kent Street, Ottawa at the end of 2018.

Our success is solely thanks to you, the clients, who have trusted us with your health and well-being and have led us to become the leading massage therapy clinics in Ottawa.

Registered massage therapy is regulated under the “Regulated Health Professions Act” (RHPA), which means that in Ontario you must complete a minimum number of hours of training at an accredited school, then you must successfully pass board-wide practical and written examinations. Once registered, therapists must complete approximately 20 hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain their status and to keep their skills current.

We often work in conjunction with other health care providers, such as physiotherapists, physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, orthopedic surgeons in order to ensure you receive exceptional care.

All of our therapists are registered with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario). Scroll down to see more information on our therapists.