I recently hurt my back and wanted to try a massage. I've tried them several times at various places before but have never found one that helped. I had heard about Anna Belanger & Associates and knew they had a very good reputation, so I went to their website and found they did just what I needed: a therapeutic massage to deal with pain. I realized I could walk there very easily, and I wanted to support a local business.
I clicked on the button to see if I could book an appointment but was disappointed when I saw what I had been warned about: their Old Ottawa South clinic is for women only.
An article in OldOttawaSouth.ca from last February describes their focus on women. They understand the various stages of women's lives and want to "create a warm and welcoming space and to help with the physical and emotional effects women’s bodies go through". The author concludes the article with: "Treat yourselves and book an appointment to visit one of the five amazing therapists in the clinic." When I read that I very much wanted to, but I felt bad because I wasn't allowed to go there. It says "Women's Only" next to the Old Ottawa South button. I didn't want to go to all the way to Barrhaven!
However in fact, that is what I did. Last Thursday I went to the Anna Belanger clinic in Barrhaven and got an excellent massage. I can say confidently it was the only massage I've ever had that did me any good at all, and it did me a lot of good. Seriously, my back was almost 100% after that.
I don't want in any way to take away from the support they provide to women, but I do feel it was unfair to exclude me just because I'm a man. I think if a man needs a massage why not take him in. Also, I wasted a lot of time and gas, and produced a considerable carbon footprint going from Old Ottawa South to Barrhaven in rush hour! (That was the only time I could get.)