Registered Massage Therapy & Your Treatment

RMT care can be an important part of your self-care program, helping you identify and treat soft-tissue imbalances, learning what areas can benefit from strengthening or stretching, targeting your self-care to your own body’s specific needs or assisting you to find your centre again and to manage stress.  

I am versed in a wide variety of techniques – so that I have the tools I need to help a wide variety of patients, get best results and stay informed of advancements in the profession. I will always give you my honest professional opinion and options for treatments, so you can choose – how comfortable or not, how therapeutic/rapidly effective, how much home/self care you want or dont want to do. Recovery can sometimes be more rapid with more intense treatments and exercise and yet sometimes not; this depends on the individual response to treatment and can be complex. Sometimes just the very right technique needs to be found to get recovery. Registered massage therapy is indeed safe, effective care that can keep you moving and improve your function. I am honoured and happy to assist you on your journey. I am also a student of Trauma-informed/Sensitive Practice and Cultural safety for health care practitioners.

Treating:

  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ Problems
  • Pregnancy & Peri-natal concerns
  • Women’s Health (including pelvic stability, bladder)
  • Complex, Acute & Chronic Pain Management
  • Scar and adhesion treatment, including unwinding
  • Fascial Mobilzation
  • Visceral Treatment
  • Posture and Structural Alignment
  • Neck, Back and Pelvis pain and dysfunction
  • Hip, Thigh and Knee pain and dysfunction
  • Leg, Lower Leg, and foot pain and dysfunction
  • Shoulder, Arm, Forearm and Hand pain and dysfunction
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wellness Care and Stress Management

I believe in treating the body as a whole of many parts (systems theory) to not only relieve symptoms of pain and dysfunction but to identify and treat the underlying cause(s), preventing and mitigating development of future issues where possible.

Working with the connective and soft tissues we can affect not only the musculature but also the bony and visceral alignment as well, with additional effects to the neurological, vascular and lymphatic systems. Muscle spasms and tightness decrease, tissue feels invigorated and clearing of metabolites and congestion from affected areas usually occurs. Improved alignment is usually accompanied by better active and passive range of movement, co-ordination and function.

Osteopathic techniques provide a gentle option for cases of traumatic injury, severe pain and perinatal joint and soft-tissue management.  Myofascial therapy allows the therapist to assist the body to restructure connective tissue restrictions that can cause any myriad of problems, from headache to low back pain, knee, hip and arm pain that will not respond fully to ‘traditional’ massage techniques that focus more on muscular and circulatory effects, which have their place. Assessment and palpation guide what technique is used in what location, to create an individualized treatment.  

Please also see Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC (RMTBC) for more information on what a treatment is like and what to expect at your first appointment.