Becoming a Registered 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
- Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of BC
- Member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC
- Certified Aromatherapist
- Associate Member of the Ortho-Bionomy® Association of Canada
- Reflexology level I
- Reiki level I
- Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Basic level)
- Osteopathic Techniques including Visceral, Cranial and gentle joint mobilizations
- Pain Science education
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 20 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.