I would like to extend a warm welcome to all my valued clients. It is with great excitement that I continue to build my practice here at City Wellness Centre where I get a chance to practice massage therapy in my own neighborhood. I look forward to providing all of you with the kind of care and skill that you value in a massage therapist and hope that I will be able to help you with all of your health concerns. I continue to accept new clients and look forward to developing lasting relationships with all of you.

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Soft Tissue Release - April 2015

As part of my ongoing requirements to maintain and renew my registration each year, I attempt to seek out continuing education courses that will contribute and broaden my skill set. I recently completed a 2-day course in Soft Tissue Release.

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle.

The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently. These techniques can be applied to soft tissue injuries in both acute and chronic situations.

The techniques are simple to administer and can be performed and are very effective on both acute pain and chronic pain. Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR.

Neuromuscular Therapy Course - May 2011

Back in May, I travelled to Miami to participate in a series of lectures and practical hands on work specifically related to Neuromuscular Therapy involving the neck, jaw and head. In lay terms, it simply refers to specific techniques designed to treat many of the musculoskeletal issues that causes much of the pain and discomfort we experience from time to time.

I was particularly interested in this topic as it allowed me to continue to develop and reinforce my knowledge and interest in the treatment of TMJ and secondary headache issues. Many people, for various reasons, experience chronic neck, jaw and headache pain that often originates in the jaw. I have come to realize over the past several years that many people are diagnosed with TMJ issues but are never told where they can seek treatment. My goal was to learn as much as I could in order to be able to effectively treat many of the secondary issues associated with TMJ.

Through a combination of extra-oral and intra-oral work, this type of treatment can be very effective at alleviating chronic headache symptoms, jaw tension and painful teeth grinding and clicking among others things.

This course proved to be very interesting and rewarding. To be honest, any course work that could keep my attention while it's 35 degrees and sunny outside must have been worth it.

2010 Winter Paralympic Volunteer Experience

As some of you might be aware, I was fortunate to have been chosen to participate in the 2010 Paralympic Winter games as a massage therapist in the polyclinic located within the athlete's village here in Vancouver. The polyclinic was a comprehensive health and wellness facility developed to meet the ongoing health needs of not only athletes but officials, delegates and workforce as well. This amazing experience afforded me the opportunity to work along side other health care professionals such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and other RMT's. In my role, I not only had the opportunity to treat and work with many of the amazing Paralympic athletes but also to learn and explore new and interesting treatment modalities that I believe will enhance my skill set and insight into my individual treatments with each of my clients. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity I won't soon forget.