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A Weight Off Your Shoulders Part 2: Post-Op Self-Care for Top Surgery

A Weight Off Your Shoulders Part 2: Post-Op Self-Care for Top Surgery


Location: Halifax

Alexa Starratt, PT (she/her) & Shayna George, RMT (she/her) have been working with 2SLGBTQ+ clients in various stages of their transitions and have seen a need for resources related to preparation and rehabilitation for top surgery recovery. In this follow up to our pre-surgery preparation workshop, we’re here to continue to share our knowledge of bodies, breathing and movement to help with self-care for post surgery. Expect to learn breathing, movement and scar tissue massage techniques and have opportunities to ask questions and participate in discussions with community. This workshop is focused on the first 3 months post surgery in addition to providing education & tools for beyond this stage.
** Please note: in-person spots are reserved for trans and gender-nonconforming folks (and their supports). If you are looking to attend yourself as a professional or ally, please sign up for an online ticket. **
Facilitator bios:
Shayna George, RMT (she/her) is a registered massage therapist with a focus in fat & queer-affirming care. Shay has been working with 2SLGBTQ+ clients for over 2 years, with a special interest in musculoskeletal limitations due to chest binding and gender affirming top surgery. She strives to create a safe space for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and is devoted to total weight/size inclusivity — knowing these groups sometimes have a hard time accessing affirming health care.
Alexa Starratt (she/her) is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist. She treats a wide range of conditions but has a special interest in treating post surgical patients and particularly, scar work. With her additional background and training in breath work, these skills all have lead to treating individuals either seeking out or those who have had top surgery.
She is passionate about providing her patients the confidence and tools to manage their injuries, surgeries and conditions and is excited to help you with this life changing surgery!


Sunday, March 3, 2024


 6:30pm Atlantic Standard Time


1727 Barrington Street, Halifax


approximately 1.5 hours



This workshop is a hybrid event: in-person at Venus Envy and online via Zoom. Registration closes 3 hours before the event. Zoom codes will be emailed 3 hour before the start of the event, please check your spam folder!

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