Sonya is a graduate of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy’s 3,000-hour curriculum program. Sonya excels in chronic injury rehabilitation and pain management by employing deep tissue and myofascial techniques to increase mobility and bring the body back to optimal performance. Fascial, Trigger Point release, and Muscle Stripping are used primarily, and Swedish techniques are incorporated to aide in relaxation.
A passion for Massage Therapy was developed while Sonya received treatment for her own injuries as a ballet student and performer. 20 years of ballet training has given her a deep understanding of the importance of proper stretching and muscle strengthening. Having to manage chronic injuries during this time has also provided her with insights and empathy to injury, chronic pain and the specific demands required on the athletic body.
Whether suffering from headaches, whiplash, low back pain, TMJ or any muscle ache and pain, Sonya believes strongly in your right to autonomy. Stating “The reality of this condition lies between what my hands can tell me and what you can tell me. Your feedback is vital in my understanding the big picture.
Like a lot of us Joseph faced some challenges in his life that helped him create a better perspective on how he wanted to live. About ten years ago he made some big changes after realizing that life is too short to be caught up in anything that doesn’t help create peace. He also saw that he wanted to have an amazing experience here he would have to start taking actions with the idea that there is something bigger than just his self interests at work. In line with this understanding Joseph views life as a process of giving and receiving as being the same. Through this lens he has developed a deep appreciation for what he has and tries to express that gratitude by being of service to others.
Joseph graduated from Massage Therapy school in 2001 where he was trained to assess and treat over 70 types of pathologies with a concentration on Whiplash injuries, Muscle spasms, and Trigger Point Therapy. His goal as a RMT is to help you to recover from the physical challenge(s) you are presenting with by getting to the root cause of your pain by thoroughly assessing your symptoms. Joseph then uses various massage techniques such as kneading, trigger point therapy, frictioning, and stretching and strengthening remedial exercises as part of your individualized treatment plan.
Joseph also understands that massage therapy is not always just about pain relief. Bringing relaxation to a stressful experience, or just creating a peaceful state of mind when calm is needed is equally as important.
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Mariana graduated from WCCMT New Westminster in 2010 and received honors in the CMT Registration exams of March 2011.
During her training she received a scholarship to travel and provide treatment for the Canadian National Swim Team. This opportunity allowed her to enhance and refine her abilities to perform effective treatment to increase an individual’s overall state of health. Mariana has been involved in sports and fitness from a young age, and has an innate ability to relate to the discomfort, pain and soreness of endurance, strength, and agility training.
From neck injury, shoulder conditions, hip and low back discomfort, to abdominal treatment, Mariana has the confidence to tailor your treatment to your needs using perception, skilled hands, and clear communication. She uses techniques such as myofascial therapy, trigger point, swedish, passive and active muscle stripping, remedial exercise and stretching to facilitate a healing process.
She will create a goal with you to help you evolve into the state of health you aim to achieve. And she will teach you more about your body along the way.
Rachelle Camsusa R.M.T.
Rachelle’s interest in human anatomy was sparked at an early age when she was introduced to life drawing in art school. Traveling globally exposed Rachelle to the tradition of massage as accessible community health care in cultures throughout the world. Inspired by her fascination with anatomy and her experience abroad, she left the travel industry to study massage therapy. After graduating with honors from Utopia Academy’s 3000 hour Massage and Hydrotherapy program, Rachelle registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia,
Whether it be restricted mobility, sore muscles, tension headaches, insomnia , chronic injuries or illness, Rachelle will work together with you to facilitate positive change. Multiple techniques, such as myofascial release, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation are integrated into each session. Stretching, strengthening and complementary homecare exercises may also be employed to help reach both short and long term health goals. Rachelle strongly believes decreasing the body’s reaction to stress and anxiety through massage is a powerful tool which promotes health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
Luke Gowdy R.M.T.
Luke is a graduate from the 3000 hour program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon B.C.
Luke was pursuing a business degree at TWU in 2008 when he realized his passion for understanding the human body. Upon graduation in 2012 he moved from the beautiful Okanagan to Vancouver to pursue his career. His enthusiasm towards the benefits of massage therapy and leading a healthy lifestyle will demonstrate in his treatments. It is of great importance to him for you to thoroughly understand the healing and recovery process.
Luke’s style of treatments include stretching, muscle stripping, trigger point release, myofascial release and swedish massage. He finds interest in treating joint/muscle pain, headaches, decreased mobility and sports injuries. Luke will use moderate to deep pressure in his treatments of which can always be adjusted at a client’s request.
Luke has a passion for working with athletes and in 2010 helped treat members of the Vancouver Canucks during their pre-season training. He also helped with Pre and Post massage for many BMO marathoners in the spring of 2013.
Luke has an amazing energy about him and strives to ensure that your treatment expectations will be met and exceeded. He is constantly up for a challenge, with his inspirational personality, kind heart and passion for entertaining. Luke is always wanting to help others in some way. In his own words, he is “focused, disciplined, trusting and compassionate.” His desire is to see you succeed and live a pain free healthy lifestyle.
Davina is a graduate of the 3000 hour diploma program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Her drive to become a Registered Massage Therapist results from an inner passion to help others. Inspired by her grandmothers words, “look to your hands and you will see how you can help others”, Davina decided that a science based approach to natural healing was the route to take and massage therapy was the perfect fit.
Davina has a keen interest in chronic pain issues, and is dedicated to staying current on the latest research in pain and neuroscience. Commonly used techniques are deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, swedish massage, and manual lymph drainage.
Thom Williamson R.M.T., B.A.
Thom’s background comes primarily from a sporting aspect, competing at varying levels in a wide variety of sports. As an athlete he was and is fascinated with the human body, how perfect and also not so perfect it is. It is amazing how many extraordinary things the human body can achieve but its susceptibility to injury is at the root of Thom’s focus. Injury is what first exposed him to the benefits of Massage Therapy, and subsequently ignited his passion to pursue a career in manual therapy.
Thom is a graduate of Utopia Academy (UA) Faculty of Massage Therapy. After completing over 3000 hours of intense schooling, he is now a registrant with the College of Massage Therapist’s of BC. While at UA Thom’s graduating case study, which focused on the the effectiveness of Neuromuscular Therapy to an elite athlete in reducing chances of anterior cruciate ligament injury, was awarded 1st place in the Massage Therapy Association case study competition. In 2008, Thom also graduated from Exeter University in England, with a BA (Hons) in Applied Sport Science. Thom’s educational credentials provide a solid foundation for him to build effective treatment plans using sound clinical reasoning.
If you are experiencing any soft tissue related pain or would like to improve functional movement or sporting performance, Thom will tailor a treatment session to your needs and work with you to achieve your goals.
Brenda St. Louis R.M.T.
Brenda Graduated in Ontario in 1996 from the D’arcy Lane Institute and is Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC. She has had years of experience working with athletes and professionals from all over the world. Throughout her travels she has explored massage techniques from Thailand, India, Japan and Korea. They have all contributed to the diversity of her treatments. Dancers, athletes, yogis, office workers and children have all received the benefits of Brenda’s experience.
Her approach to the body is very specialized to the problems that the patient presents. Through deep muscle stripping and specific fascial unwinding she has successfully helped patients resolve years of chronic pain. With over 10 years of cranio-sacral therapy experience, Brenda believes that sometimes a subtle approach to pain syndromes are necessary to uncover the root of some of our physical issues. She has explored numerous modalities and blends all of them to give the perfect combination for her patients.
Brenda is fascinated by how brilliantly we can twist and turn our bodies out of ease. Her journey out of years of back pain has also informed her treatments and the nuances of rehabilitation and healing.
“By looking at the body as a whole: both the mind and the body contributing to health and wellness, the benefits of massage can be dramatically increased.” Brenda
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Andrea Orosz R.M.T.
Andrea’s decision of choosing massage therapy as a profession became clear when her father suffered from several strokes a few years back. Receiving massage on a regular basis played a critical role in reducing her father’s pain and recovering from paralysis. Witnessing the remedial power of massage therapy her passion was born. Soon after she enrolled for the 3000 hr Registered Massage Therapy program at WCCMT and graduated with honours at the top of class.
Her treatment approach draws upon her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology stemming from her theoretical education, her 12 years of gymnastic experience and her personal experiences with injury and rehabilitation. Her work experience includes but is not limited to working in Canuck’s Children Hospital, GF strong, UBC Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field Teams, WCCMT Multiple Sclerosis Clinic and Women’s Hospital.
Andrea’s main objective is to approach the body in a holistic manner, to address not only the area of complaint but to target the primary causes. Her treatments include a wide variety of techniques ranging from Fascial Release, Active Myofascial Release, Muscular Energy Technique, Joint mobilization, Trigger Point Therapy, Stretching, Deep Tissue Treatment and Athletic Massage.
Her future goal is to enroll into B.H.Sc. program, furthering her education for Massage Therapy by participating in the Somatic body dissection course and pursuing a diploma in Epidemiology. She believes this course will give her a better understanding of the cause and effect of environment on human body and to help eliminate its damaging factors from everyday life.
She looks forward to help your journey to achieve body and mind balance.