Coal Harbour’s Registered Massage Therapists are clinically trained to effectively resolve musculo-skeletal pain and overall stress.
British Columbia Massage Therapy Certification and Licensing
In British Columbia, Registered Massage Therapists are medical professionals and are considered the best trained in North America.
Michael Desrochers B.A.Sc., R.M.T., R.O.H.P.
Michael’s path to a career in massage therapy started in 2000 after overcoming a health issue that almost took his life. Through his recovery process he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping others overcome pain and stress at all levels.
As founder of the Coal Harbour Massage Therapy Clinic and painPRO Therapeutics, his unique multi-disciplinary approach has helped hundreds of clients achieve a pain free healthy active life. Having completed over 8000 massages in the past 11 years Michael understands the nuances of getting the results clients desire.
In addition to being a Registered Massage Therapist Michael is a Registered Orthomolecular Nutritionist specializing in soft tissue pain. For many years he educated and certified fitness professionals nationally as a PRO Personal Trainer with Canada’s largest fitness regulating body CanFitPro. In addition to this Michael has consulted for the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in order to establish diploma programs for advanced Clinical Exercise Specialist and Nutritional Consulting.
In early 2011 Michael also completed an e-book “Freedom from Back Pain in 30 Days or Less”.
Michael specializes in: Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Electro Therapy Point Stimulation (ETPS). He is also trained in: Therapeutic Exercise, Personal Fitness Training, Orthomolecular Nutrition, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), and Muscle Energy Technique (MET).
Jennifer Williamson R.M.T.
Jennifer is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Her desire to make a significant difference in others lives was the motivating factor for her to pursue Massage Therapy as a career. Having spent many years in the spa industry Jennifer realized that although stress relief was a big factor in the helping people pain relief required advanced skills and techniques. In order to maximize the benefits of her treatments Jennifer uses various advanced therapeutic massage techniques including but not limited to, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF, and Positional Release.
Alexandra is a dedicated registered massage therapist who is committed to setting and attaining treatment goals with her clients to ensure a healthier future. Her eight year career as a professional dancer exposed her to many different cultures and infused her passion for the human body and the various ways it moves. Her background in jazz, hip hop, tap and lyrical contemperary assisted her in transitioning smoothly into the massage field as she’s all too familiar with injuries and how effective massage can be in treating them. She graduated with honours from C.C.M.H private college in Toronto, Canada and is excited to be on Coal Harbours team of outstanding massage therapists. Alexandra looks forward to sharing her zest for life with clients through effective, compassionate treatments and unconditional energy.
Jenna Christian is a graduate of the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. She is trained in a variety of massage techniques including Swedish massage, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, pre and post natal massage and treatment of every day aches and pains caused by muscle tension and headaches.
Jenna’s philosophy of practice is to provide massage with a kind heart and skilled hands. She has observed and personally experienced the healing benefits message therapy can bring to reduce pain and decrease stress. She is enthusiastically committed to working with her clients to achieve their health goals. Making a difference to her client’s quality of life is both powerful and compelling to her.
Geoff is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster and was drawn to Massage Therapy through a need to find a career path that involved helping others. Geoff creates a massage treatment specific to your needs with a focus on fast pain reduction and injury recovery. In order to facilitate this he incorporates a wide variety of massage techniques that include Swedish massage, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage. Different methods of stretching are also incorporated when needed to help increase the effectiveness of treatment.
Geoff has a great deal of experience in both everyday aches and pains caused by stress and work, sport injuries, and advanced rehabilitative massage required in severe accident related trauma. His past work has included treating patients at both GF Strong and George Pearson Rehabilitation hospitals.
Geoff finds treating a wide variety of conditions interesting and enjoys the challenge of creating the most beneficial treatment for each patient as an individual.
Elulu Zemariam R.M.T.
Elulu’s interest in non-invasive methods of healing began in 2007, when she discovered the practice of yoga. Soon after, she realized her love and passion for the human anatomy and physiology, and was intrigued of what it was truly capable of. Since becoming a Bikram’s Yoga instructor in 2009, Elulu has continued to expand her knowledge and skills as a graduate from Utopia Academy of Massage Therapy.
Understanding that every body is different, Elulu makes a point to create specific tailored treatments to fit her wide variety of clientele. She focuses on client education, proper biomechanics and functionality. Elulu believes finding and treating the root of each persons pain and stress, instead of the symptoms alone, is key to a longer lasting recovery.
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.
Growing up on the shores of Lake Huron in small town Ontario Adam was fortunate to live walking distance from his favourite place…the beach. Satisfying his sense of adventure Adam spent a number of years backpacking and exploring the world before settling in BC.
While working in the Hospitality Industry Adam was introduced to Massage Therapy, and with a life long passion for science and a genuine desire to help others, made the decision to pursue a career that balanced these two passions.
Having graduated the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy Adam was the recipient of the Joe Koscak leadership award. During his time in school Adam participated in specialized placements, including the Ride to Conquer Cancer, GF Strong rehabilitation , Canuck Place hospice, and Multiple Sclerosis in reach.
His approach to massage therapy is centred around the unique individual needs of each patient. In addition Adam is committed to referring patients to complimentary modalities that will augment and improve therapeutic outcomes.
Shawn Cheng R.M.T.
As a student in the Human Kinetics Program at the University of British Columbia Shawn realized how complex and fascinating the human body was. His foundation in health sciences, physical education, and dance directed his career towards massage therapy.
As a graduate of the Utopia Academy of Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy Shawn has had a diverse career path in both spas and integrated wellness centres. His approach to massage therapy is to help patients reach a state of relaxation, allowing their bodies to become less resistant to more clinical therapeutic techniques.
Outside of the realm of massage therapy Shawn continues his journey in learning the different styles of street dance such as locking, popping, and hip hop. One of his goals is to combine his knowledge of health and dance to educate other dancers and athletes in the importance of maintaining strength and flexibility, injury prevention, and how to decrease rehabilitation time.