Therapeutic Services

I draw from Eastern and Western medical theory to customize treatment.

BOOK KAMLOOPSBOOK SUN PEAKS

Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)

Massage therapy is a therapeutic clinical practice that involves the assessment and treatment of the body’s  joints and soft tissues in order to increase function, rehabilitate injuries, and decrease acute or chronic pain. Also, massage therapy can help alleviate stress levels, induce relaxation, and improve the body’s ability to heal itself.

My treatment style blends traditional massage to relax and regulate the nervous system, as well as deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, active/passive stretching, fascial manipulation, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilizations to heal soft tissues and realign the body. Leaning on my background in education and strength and conditioning, I place an emphasis on exercise prescription and like to educate patients on what they can do outside of treatments to optimize their health.

Direct billing to insurance is currently unavailable.  A receipt for massage therapy will be provided for reimbursement.

Acupuncture & Acupressure

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body.

In traditional Chinese medical theory, these points are found along meridians throughout the body. Energy or life force, better known as “Qi”, is believed to flow through these meridians. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that energy flow will re-balance. In contrast, in Western medical theory views acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue according to a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. If indicated, the needles can be stimulated with electricity to enhance their effects on the central nervous system. If adverse to needles, these points can also be stimulated manually (acupressure).

Both approaches have evidence and applications for pain and injury management, but also have very useful applications for stress regulation, relaxation, and overall wellbeing.

Cupping Therapy & Gua Sha

Cupping and gua sha are tools in the Eastern medicine toolbox that have been used for thousands of years.

Cupping involves creating small vacuum of suction on the surface of the skin, which draws fluid into the area; the signature red discolouration is due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, much like a bruise. Multiple cups can be left on the body for several minutes to concentrate on single points (static cupping), or, a single cup can be moved back and forth along the body (dynamic cupping). Gua sha involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged massage tool to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow.

Cupping and gua sha are wonderful tools to break up adhesions in connective tissue (fascia) and facilitate the movement of qi, blood, and fluids to promote circulation and healing.

Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient technique that involves the application of pressure on specific points along your feet, hands, and ears that correspond to different areas of the body.  These points are similar to those targeted by acupuncture and acupressure, and are rich in nerve endings.  Reflexology is based on the premise that nerves and meridians from all the major organs end in the extremities. Therefore, by stimulating the nerve endings, we in turn stimulate the associated body parts, increase neurological connection and blood flow, which improve the overall function of the body.

Reflexology treatments are generally quite relaxing, and may help you feel less stressed, more calm, and more energized.  By releasing stress from the nervous system, it helps to bring the body’s natural energy back into balance, thereby allowing the body to regenerate and heal.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching and soft tissue work that focuses on the body’s fascial networks – layered connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones and joints. When these fascial networks are restricted, it can cause increased muscle tone, tightness, and pain. FST utilizes gentle traction, oscillation and circumduction of the joints in combination with passive stretching and targeted breathing to allow for enhanced range of motion and regulation of the body’s nervous system.

FST is an excellent treatment choice for anyone who wants to reduce pain, improve flexibility, recover from training, prevent injury, or simply relax and escape from life’s stressors. Clients remain fully clothed during FST sessions while joints are progressively taken through a series of targeted stretches. Massage techniques may also be used in conjunction with FST to enhance tissue quality, blood circulation and overall relaxation.

Rates & Policies:

RMT (Kamloops): $130/60, $103/45, $75/30, $180/90
RMT (Sun Peaks): $165/60, $123/45, $206/75, $230/90
Adjunct-to-care (add-ons): $50/30

Appointment times include health history review, physical assessment, treatment, exercise prescription, and transitions. 
24-hours notice required for all cancellations, otherwise patients will be charged for the full session.

Ready to start your journey to better health and performance?