Registered Massage Therapist
Becoming a Massage Therapist
Natural health care has been a significant part of my life since
I was a child. Therefore it is not surprising that I studied
massage therapy and became a Registered Massage Therapist.
Being raised in a home where nutrition was foremost and good health
considered worth the weight of gold – I have immense gratitude
for my health, and an awe-filled respect for the human body and it’s
abilities to heal when given the proper tools. My youth was also
enriched with metaphysical teachings and meditation practices, which
has provided me with a colorful spiritual base that resonates with
all that I do today in my work and life.
I always dreamt of pursuing a career in natural medicine, and found
my path in 1997, when I decided to participate in an Aromatherapy and
bodywork course. I was instantly inspired by essential oils
and discovered a passion for massage! The bodywork that I received
and was learning to give helped me to overcome serious health issues
and realize the connections between our physical, mental and emotional
selves. The manifestations of stress in the body as dis-order
became clear to me and I knew that I must pursue this further.
So I left my office job and dove into Aromatherapy and bodywork.
I spent 2 years working in an aromatherapy shop where I also practiced
holistic bodywork using essential oils, Swedish massage, reflexology
and reiki as integral pieces of my sessions. I continued to learn
about the power of therapeutic touch and deepen my appreciation of the
complexity of the human body. I had to learn more…so it
was time to further my education and become a Registered Massage Therapist.
Massage Therapy Education, Training, Credentials and Affiliations
I completed a 2,200-hour (2-year) massage therapy diploma at
Foothills College of Massage Therapy, as well as the 3rd
year of massage therapy education at the Okanagan Valley College
of Massage Therapy.
- Massage Therapy Diploma, 2,200 hours
- Massage Therapy Diploma, 3,000 hours
- Reflexology level I
- Reiki level I
- Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists
- Member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC
- Certified Aromatherapist
- Associate Member of the Ortho-Bionomy® Association of Canada
I am currently participating in a comprehensive certificate program with the Ortho-Bionomy® Association of Canada and am working toward achieving designation as a Registered Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner.
From 2006 – 2010 I was a member of the teaching team at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. It was a gift to be surrounded by skilled and likeminded colleagues at the college, and I was enriched by the culture emanated there. Teaching was a welcomed challenge and a confirmation of my passion for massage therapy and holistic bodywork; I feel very fortunate to have experienced the dynamic environment that is the teaching arena. I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with the students as they embarked on their careers in this wonderful healing field.
Passion for my Work
With over 18 years of education and experience in bodywork, I am
pleased to say that my passion for this work grows stronger each day.The
fuel for my fire comes from the clients who I am blessed to work with.
The body speaks in a palpable language; as I work, I communicate with
your body through manual therapy.
It is exhilarating and rewarding to feel the release in the body
tissues as balance is achieved. The joy that I see in people’s
eyes, the color that returns to their faces and the changes I observe
in posture and movement always rejuvenate me to continue helping people
through bodywork. When my clients report feelings of pain relief
and tell me of the changes that are occurring in their lives because
of the balance that they are achieving, I am charged to continue serving
as a catalyst for this process.
I believe that within the human body is the desire and ability to
be well. It is a gift to have found work that resonates with
this belief and allows me to help people enjoy quality of life.
In my personal life I strive for balance in ‘walking my talk’. I nurture myself and maintain wellness with healthy food, regular bodywork treatments, various forms of exercise, recuperative time in nature, growth through workshops and courses, creative hobbies and quality time with friends and family. Most importantly, my life is enriched enormously and my heart filled entirely by my son and husband. I feel very blessed to be walking beside them on this journey of life.
Call me at 250-550-4727 for a free 10-minute phone consultation. We can discuss your
goals and I will answer any questions you may have about how Cascade
Massage Therapy can benefit you.
My home office is located at 1601 – 30th Avenue, in the peaceful neighborhood of East Hill.
I look forward to working with you on your path to achieve and maintain