Outdoor inspiration during COVID from Banff Mountain Film Festival

Healthcare Information

College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) is the regulatory body for registered massage therapists in the province of British Columbia. It sets standards of professional practice for registered massage therapists and helps RMT’s deliver safe, ethical and effective medical care.

Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC (RMTBC) is the professional body for the RMT’s of British Columbia. This website offers more information on conditions we treat and how RMT’s provide safe, effective healthcare.

The Arthritis Society of Canada offers lots of information on the various types of arthritis and their treatments. The label of ‘arthritis’ now covers many diseases of different origin, so its a great learning resource.

MSPBC Medical Services Plan of BC provides information on BCMSP Premium Assistance for those with qualifying incomes. For MSP beneficiaries receiving Premium Assistance, MSP contributes $23 per visit for a combined annual limit of 10 visits each calendar year for the following services: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and non-surgical podiatry.

Ergonomics Information Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety works to advance health and safety in the workplace. See links for “Ergonomics” then “Office Ergonomics” or whatever information category applies to you.

Pain BC aims to transform the way pain is understood and treated in our province, provides education and promotes prevention and early intervention in chronic pain and pain-related disability.

Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD)  is a registered charitable organization dedicated to the prevention and reduction of pain, pain-related suffering, and disability.

Whiplash Prevention The Whiplash Prevention Initiative works to raise awareness of how properly adjusted head restraints can reduce the chance of whiplash associated injuries.

CranioSacral/Osteopathic Techniques Upledger Institute International (UI) offers information on CranioSacral Therapy and Osteopathy.

Midwives Association of British Columbia Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) educates the public about midwifery care while supporting the growing number of midwives across British Columbia, Canada.

BC Doulas Doula Services Association is a non-profit association promoting birth and postpartum doula support for families in British Columbia.

Self Care Information, References and Links

Breathing and Breathwork

Breathing .  1999. Weil, Andrew, MD. sound recording . Yogic breathing techniques.

Healthy Breathing.  1996. Cohen, Ken.  sound recording.  Taoist breathing techniques.

The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work.  1996.  Farhi, Donna.  Henry Holt and Co.  ISBN 0-8050-4297-0.

Spontaneous Healing.  1995.  Weil, Andrew, MD. Knopf.  New York.  breathing p.197-205

Mind – Body Wellness

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Creating a Home Retreat with Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman, and Tara Brach.

The Daily Relaxer.  1997. McKay, Matthew PhD. and Patrick Fanning. New Harbinger.  Oakland, Ca.  ISBN  1-57224-069-5

Self Esteem.  2000.  McKay, Matthew PhD. and Patrick Fanning.  New Harbinger.  Oakland, Ca. ISBN 157224198-5

The Highly Sensitive Person:  How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. 1996.  Aron, Elaine. ISBN 0-553-06218-2 (

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff-and its All Small Stuff. . Carlson, Richard. Hyperion.  New York.  2001

Sharon Salzberg: a popular, approachable and ‘down to earth’ instructor in meditation, author of several books and listening works. Worth checking out if you are interested in learning more about or deepening a meditation practice.

The Way of Qi Gong.  The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.  1997.  Cohen, Kenneth.  Ballantine.  New York.  ISBN 0-345-42109-4.

Ken Cohen. Qi Gong Grandmaster and health educator, author of many excellent books and sound works.


The Sleep Solution: Why your sleep is broken and how to fix it. 2017. W. Chris Winter, MD. New American Library. New York. Dr Winter can also be found on youtube.

Stretch, Strength & Conditioning

Anatomy of Movement.  1993.  Calais-Germaine, Blandine.  Eastland Press. Seattle.  ISBN 0-939616-17-3

Bike For Life – How to Ride to 100.  Wallack, Roy and Bill Katovsky.  2005.  Marlowe and Company.  New York.  ISBN 1-56924-451-0

Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness.  1999.  Musnick, David and Mark Pierce.  The Mountaineers.  Seattle.  ISBN 0-89886-450-X

How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy.  2004.  Check, Paul.  CHECK Institute. ISBN-13 978-1-58387-006-8

Knee Pain – The Self-Help Guide.  2000.  Garret, John MD and Bob Reznik.  New Harbinger.  Oakland, Ca.  ISBN 1-57224-194-2.

Strength Basics.  Your Guide to Resistance Training for Health and Optimal Performance. 1996.  Cook, Brian and Gordon Stewart.  Human Kinetics.  ISBN 0-87322-843-X.

The Stark Reality of Stretching.  1997.  Stark, Steven MD.  Stark Reality Publishing.  Richmond, BC.  ISBN 0-9683607-0-X. (L)

Take Charge of Your Back.1990.  Dr. Murray Allen and Brian Pothier.  

Take Charge of Your Neck.  The Exercise Guide to a Healthy Neck.1990.  Dr. Murray Allen and Brian Pothier.  ISBN 0-86491-115-7


Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness. 2000.  Farhi, Donna.  Henry Holt and Co.  ISBN 0-8050-5970-9.

Moving Toward Balance.  8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee.  2004.  Yee, Rodney and Nina Zolotow.  Rodale.  ISBN 0-87596-921-6.

Yoga for Wimps – Poses for the Flexibly Impaired. 2000.  Austen, Miriam.  Sterling.  New York.  ISBN 0-8069-4339-4.

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

The Way of Qi Gong.  The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.  1997.  Cohen, Kenneth.  Ballantine.  New York.  ISBN 0-345-42109-4.

Ken Cohen. Qi Gong Grandmaster and health educator, author of many excellent books and sound works.

Grandmaster Shou-yu Liang Wushu, T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Institute – now offers online classes