Simple Self Care by Rita

Teaching busy working women and men that, there is, in fact, enough time to do self-care - simply. I am the Simple Self-Care Expert and Stress Strategist. Let me help you find the simple self-care & stress-busters that you can slide into your day.

To book your 20 minute SIMPLE SELF-CARE TIME-OUT, go to Excited to announce ... Life Kneads, Inc. and Simple Self-Care by Rita are now accredited by the Better Business Bureau!

With a personal journey filled with many challenges including infertility, adoption, family death, being an entrepreneur, and chronic health issues, Rita is no stranger to extreme stress, being overwhelmed, and the negative impact of not taking better care of herself. Based on her own health struggles AND 36+ years of healthcare experience, Rita, as the Simple Self-Care Coach and Stress Strategist, can help YOU find some peace using simple self-care in this crazy, stressed world. Her book, “Simple Self-Care Saved Me!” was released in 2018 and has readers in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.

Prior to opening her private massage practice in 2004, Rita said good-bye to her 20-year career in western healthcare. As a Respiratory Therapist, Rita had the opportunity to work, not only in Canada, her birthplace, but also in Saudi Arabia, and here in the United States. She has cared for patients ranging in age from premature babies to the elderly and everyone in between. During this lengthy career, Rita also had the privilege of being part of the trauma flight team at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. This role allowed Rita to gain the unique experience of caring for critically ill patients during transport flights on helicopters and airplanes. Rita’s focus has always been on helping people. Over time she has come to understand that preventing, or even just lessening, a health crisis is crucial to achieving a better overall quality of life. She saw massage therapy as the way to do this. Thus, she became a licensed massage therapist and began her journey into the world of holistic healthcare. Over time, her mission has evolved into helping ease the pain of aging of her clients through regular massage, self-care education, and awareness. The vast variety of Rita’s training and work experience has helped her gain immense insight and wisdom which has helped shape her into a truly unique self-care practitioner. Rita’s self-care workshop series, MAKING YOU A PRIORITY, is based on her life experiences, both personal and professional. She has many roles in her life today including adoptive mom, wife, business woman, entrepreneur, business owner, daughter of an aging parent, massage therapist, and healer. She draws upon each of these roles to help her connect and make a positive difference in other women’s lives. Rita’s journey has included infertility, miscarriages, adoption, family death, extreme stress, chronic health issues, chronic pain, and exhaustion. As she has learned through all of this turmoil, even the darkest of tunnels has a light at the end of it as long as you make the effort to take care of you. Simply stated, self-care is about self-preservation not self-indulgence. Please join Rita in her unique workshops to help you along your life’s path and meet other women just like you!

Mission: Helping women go from feeling "crappy" to "happy" by taking the overwhelm out of self-care and by providing stress education, self-awareness, motivation, inspiration, and accountability.

Take a moment today to pause, love, approve and accept all your imperfections and be happy you get to celebrate another day as your imperfectly perfect self! 💖

Yes you can 💕💪🏼

"Join us for brunch! Sunday, January 12th for "New Year, Upgraded Me!" Five speakers each sharing for five minutes. Let's make 2020 the best year ever ... together!!" ♥️

🎆 A new year. A new decade. 🎆
Wishing you and your families a wonderful loving start to 2020.

Happy self-caring!

What kind of Self-Care are you going to do today to make sure YOU are a priority on your to-do list? Take a 5 minute walk, journal, sing, dance... Find something that makes you feel good on the inside and it! Simple, right?! ♥️ #simpleselfcare

🎄⭐️ Merry Christmas ⭐️🎄

Take care of that relationship ♥️

Love that quote ♥️

Yes, be proud of yourself ♥️

Such an important reminder... 💕

Love this ♥️

Let’s dance... 💃🏼 ☔️

Would LOVE Your Opinion! :)

Good morning my fab stress-busters! As an entrepreneur, it isn't always easy to get your message from inside you out to the world where it can be easily understood. I would like to share something with you and get your opinion. 1) Does my message make sense? 2) Does it resonate with you?
Thank you in advance! xo

♥️ Happy Wednesday ♥️

I can help you to stress LESS and live HAPPIER 💕

So true... ♥️

Yes ♥️

Love this 💕

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to think about the holidays, are you stressing 🤯 about the gifts, wrapping, cooking, who to invite.... etc.? Join me tomorrow at 7pm via Zoom and learn how to keep stress away this holiday season! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow ♥️ 🎅🏼

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Wishing everyone a wonderful day!!!

🎅🏼Yes, it is that time of the year again!🎅🏼

The holiday season plus the stress that goes along with it 🤯! Do something different this year and arm yourself with stress-busters to keep the overwhelm away! 😊

Join me via Zoom on December 2nd at 7pm from the comfort of your home.

Register here:💥 💥

#simpleselfcare #selflove #takecareofyourbody #happy #crappy2happy #motivation #clt #selfcare #mentalhealth #loveyourself #wellness #takecareofyourself #metime #simpleselfcarebyrita

How is your "Festive Stress" level?

This is the opening of my workshop "How to Keep Holiday Stress from Being YOUR Boss!" Thank you to all that were able to participant. Here's to STRESSING LESS! :)

For those of you that were unable to make it, I will be presenting this workshop ONLINE on ZOOM Monday, December 2nd at 7 pm EST. Check out the facebook event or go to to register. Cost is only $10. Join us and beat the Festive Stress!!

Take care of yourself ♥️

Simple Self Care by Rita

FYI - my website has been hacked & is currently under "repair". Ugh!!!

[11/18/19]   FYI - my website has been hacked & is currently under "repair". Ugh!!!

Join me tomorrow at 10am at Light of Christ Church to learn how to get through this stressful 🎅🏼 holiday season 🎄 without getting sick 🤒
I look forward to seeing you there ♥️

🎅🏼Is holiday stress slowly catching up with you?🎅🏼

Don’t worry, please come join me this Saturday, 10am at LOC, to learn how to keep the overwhelm 🤯away with simple stress-busters.
I look forward to seeing you ♥️ Light of Christ Church

Love this 💕


I know it’s not always easy but very important ♥️

🎃 Happy Halloween 🎃

Take care of yourself and stay safe!


Love this so much 💕

Yes ♥️

Thank you so much Dr. MC for posting this on you FB page. We self-care women need to stick together! :)

Recently someone asked me to recommend some books 📚 on self-care and it thought it made sense to share this info with all of you.

So periodically I will spotlight ✨ a book 📖 that I think you will like. ❤️

Feel free to share your recommendations with me too!

I am a big fan of Audible too!

#drmc #selfcare #drmcselfcare


To start, here’s “simple self-care saved me” by Rita Garnto. It’s a quick and easy read with lots of great info. Simple Self Care by Rita

Let’s dance... 💃🏼 ☔️

#simpleselfcare #selflove #takecareofyourbody #crappy2happy #motivation #clt #selfcare #mentalhealth #loveyourself #wellness #takecareofyourself #metime #simpleselfcarebyrita

This ♥️

Happy Monday!

Love this ♥️

Yes 💕💕💕

Run With It - Season 7 Episode 2

It's HERE ... my interview with Christine Blanchette host of "Run With It" from Vancouver is up on YouTube.
Please feel free to share with your friends. Time to start making YOU a priority with simple self-care.
Thank you Christine! Thank you Petra Mayer for the introduction to Christine.

PS - my interview starts about 1/2 through the show!

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Time to be brave..:

My self-care yesterday ... workout at Planet Fitness (yes, there is even one in Kamloops) complete with massage chair while waiting for the hydro massage lounger - yes, I did work out first 😂 , bubble tea on the way home, & a manicure later in the day. Happy self-caring!! xo

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