Courtney Barnes, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy
Courtney knew she wanted a career in natural medicine and so pursued her dreams and received her Holistic Practitioners Diploma at the Canadian Institute of Natural Health and Healing in 2011. As her passion and curiosity for the human body grew stronger, she continued her education at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and graduated in August 2014. Courtney’s passion for learning new modalities will never die, but there is one modality that really speaks to her, and that is Craniosacral Therapy (CST). During her first year of the Massage Therapy program, she was introduced to CST and signed up for the level one workshop. It lit a fire in her heart so she plans on getting registered in Craniosacral Therapy as soon as possible. What she loves about this modality is that it gives the body a chance to recognize its old patterns and learn to correct them itself. It is very empowering and also very relaxing.Courtney approaches her treatments with a holistic view, and with the patience and compassion to understand how every client & treatment is unique. She believes listening to what the body needs and encouraging it to correct itself is more effective and longer lasting, while creating a safe relaxing environment for her clients. Courtney is registered with the College of Massage Therapy of BC and Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC. She is presently offering Registered Massage Therapy as well as Craniosacral Sessions and even offers Direct Billing as well as taking ICBC claims.
When booking with Courtney online please use Jane App (rather than MindBody): https://cbrmt.janeapp.com/
Zabrina Barteaux, CHHP
Swedish Massage, European Lymph Drainage Massage, Table Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Emotional Clearing Technique, Chakra Balancing, Equine Massage Therapy
Zabrina Barteaux is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the Canadian Institute of Health and Healing (2010) and a Certified Equine Massage Therapist through the Art of Equine Massage in Colorado (2006). Since 2010 Zabrina has been living and working in the Okanagan, offering the different modalities she has trained in to people and horses all over the valley.
Zabrina is passionate about looking at the roles of all our bodies: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual on our health and our experiences in this life.
Kjara Brecknell, DOMP
Kjara is excited to be joining the growing Tidal Team and is looking forward to expanding her practice in Vernon. As a current member of Osteopathy-BC her work is covered under many extended health plans that recognize Osteopathy.
Kjara began her career in health and wellness instructing in the fitness industry beginning in 1993. Then in 2002, some personal health concerns led her to begin studying Craniosacral Therapy. She was astonished at the results and developed a great passion for the concepts and for the work itself. Upon learning that Craniosacral Therapy was only a part of Osteopathic Medicine, she immediately enrolled in the BC School of Osteopathy-Vancouver and graduated 5 years later in 2009. All the while maintaining a Craniosacral practice in her home town of Salmon Arm. She presented her thesis in Montreal in 2011 and has since gone on to do some teaching in the field as well as for Equine Osteopathy. Kjara has post grad training in pediatric osteopathy and enjoys the opportunity to work with pregnant moms and infants as well as children of any age.
Kjara also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, x-country skiing and trail riding with her horses. She also teaches Equine Assisted Learning programs.
Nic Faucher, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy
Nicolas grew up in St-Malo, a small town south of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
While growing up, he was very active in the dancing community; Ukrainian dance, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin, and Swing were styles he practiced. Nicolas required many Massage Therapists visits to take care of his body.
It was during these appointments that Nicolas was inspired to follow a career in Massage Therapy. He truly believed in their many benefits.
He moved to Vernon for the Massage Therapy program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. Having completed the Massage Therapy program, he is now able to utilize his skills of treatment, as well as his knowledge of body movement, to help you move pain-free.
During treatment, Nicolas utilizes Craniosacral Techniques, Myofascial Release Techniques, and Joint Mobilizations. A self-care plan is also given to help continue the progress at home, understanding that the most effective therapy is a team effort.
In addition to working in a clinic, Nicolas also loves to teach. He has taught dancing for many years, and now has joined the teaching crew at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy.
Nicolas looks forward to working with you to develop a pain-free state of health.
Janine Goodwin, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy
Janine was first introduced to Massage Therapy after suffering from severe whiplash, following a motor vehicle accident. After experiencing the numerous benefits and pain relief from several massage treatments, she decided that she wanted to become an RMT. After many years of travel, and working in the tourism and food service industry, she finally decided to settle in Vernon, and graduated in 2006 from the 3 year Massage Therapy Program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. In addition to her private massage therapy practice, Janine has also worked at OVCMT as a clinical outreach supervisor.
During a treatment session, Janine utilizes many techniques and modalities, including Myofascial Release,Trigger Point Release, Swedish Massage, and Applied Somatics. She also believes that the benefits of Massage Therapy are greatly enhanced through client education, awareness through movement, and the development of a personalized self care plan.
Janine is currently completing her studies in Ayurvedic Medicine, and loves being a mom, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time in India.
Janelle Hardy,BA, MA
New to Vernon, Janelle was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon but spent many idyllic summers visiting family in the Okanagan Valley as a child.
In her early 20s, while studying anthropology and dance and becoming a mother, life felt very stressful. Physical tension and emotional distress combined with nightly tooth grinding, grief, chronic fatigue and a sense of being old and sad led her to the healing arts, and eventually to the field of Hellerwork Structuration Integration (similar to Rolfing Structural Integration).
As she worked her way through the 11-session Structural Integration Series, she learned that deeply held emotions were bound up in her body; as physical tension was released, so was emotional tension, and she grew in self-awareness.
Difficult experiences in her life had hardened places in her body into a sort of character armour. For the longest time she thought she had incredibly tight physical restrictions – in her hips, upper back, shoulders, neck and jaw – that were permanent. It was such a relief to learn that she didn’t have to live with them.
Her upper shoulders and back regained sensation – in places she didn’t even realize were tightly bound – places where the tension was so chronic it felt normal to her. As sensation returned, old emotions surfaced, and as she noticed them and let them go she was able to experience a sense of physical and emotional freedom beyond anything she could have imagined.
Her flexibility and agility improved, which was immediately noticeable in dance and yoga classes. Her emotional range broadened from sad and lonely to include lighthearted, open and joyful.
The Structural Integration Series changed the direction of her life, and she’s been working as a practitioner since 2007.
“Janelle Hardy’s program changed my life regarding how I think about and how I move my body. As a farmer I have a physically demanding job that requires my body to function properly every day. Janelle helped show me how to move properly and be more thoughtful about the way I do things. I have recommended her to everyone I know who has had pain issues and they all love her. Thank You.”
“Before Hellerwork I was always sore from work, and sometimes injured. Hellerwork made a big difference, FOR GOOD!
One of the biggest benefits I got from Hellerwork is that I learned more about myself, and how to be more in touch with my body. I learned to keep myself in balance. Another big benefit is that I do not get hurt as I used to. I am a carpenter and I really didn’t know how to use my body properly. With Hellerwork I learned to move and use the proper muscles in my daily work. Also I do not get tired as much.
I absolutely recommend the Hellerwork series, it can give a healthy change to anyone’s life.”
“The biggest benefit of the Hellerwork series for me was realizing that emotions can build up in the body.
Since doing the series, my posture is much better. Breathing has improved and learning to let the lower abdomen relax, ability to stand for long periods now.
I would recommend Hellerwork for anyone. It will teach the skills needed to move through life with listening to the body.
Hellerwork is also critical to people with skeletal problems, muscle problems, etc. I would highly recommend the Hellerwork process for anyone. I had no problems and yet it greatly helped me.”
-A.M., Business Support Officer
Janelle is also an artist and writer, and regularly teaches workshops on memoir writing, creative writing and embodiment, including Connecting Through Touch, Honouring Your Grief, Honouring Your Anger, Outlining Your Memoir, Personal Mythmaking School, and more. You can learn more about courses by e-mailing her or visiting www.janellehardy.com
Agnes Hombach, ®CST
Agnes Hombach is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and certified Shiatsu therapist.
Her career in healthcare started in 1985 as an emergency paramedic for the BC Ambulance Service. Experiences in this field sparked her interest to pursue more holistically oriented healthcare studies.
In 2003 she completed her training as a certified Shiatsu therapist; and in 2008 graduated as a certified craniosacral therapist, both through Langara College in Vancouver.
Agnes was introduced to the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy during her studies, and completed the foundation training in March 2012 with Bodyintelligence in Vancouver.
After practicing in Vancouver and Vernon, Agnes enrolled in the Somatic Experience Professional training program to deepen her understanding of trauma and its effects on the nervous system. She completed her training in March 2015.
After attending the ‘Mothers, Babies and Children’ craniosacral post-grad seminar in June 2016, Agnes has extended her practice to include working with moms and babies.
Reflexology, Body Talk, Access Consciousness Bars and Body Processes, Theta Healing, Healing Touch, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique
SoundBodySole Wellness is the creative work of Janet Hummel. She is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Body Talk practitioner and Certified Access Consciousness Bars and Body Processes practitioner. She is also the proud partner to 7 Crystal Bowls used for sound healing meditations.
Janet’s path has always been one of following healing modalities. In addition to the offerings mentioned, she is a Certified Theta Healing practitioner, has taken extensive training in Cranial-Sacral Reflexology, Healing Touch, Reiki, Emotional Freedom technique (EFT) and Sacred Geometry.
Her past experiences include a decade as a Registered Nurse and a career in Special Education. Her goal is to provide a safe and confidential environment in which clients can discover and experience their body’s innate healing abilities.
Sarah Leslie, RMT
Visceral Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Peri-natal massage, Breast massage and Infant massage, Reiki Level 1
Sarah is presently on maternity leave.
Sarah has had a lifelong passion for knowledge and a desire to help people in a holistic manner, this naturally led her to study massage therapy. She has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2015, and is eagerly awaiting her chance to continue her studies in visceral manipulation in the fall of 2016. With her main interest being in Womyn’s health, she provides therapeutic massage, peri-natal massage, breast massage and infant massage. She has also received her Reiki Level 1 certificate and is looking forward to expanding her skills in this modality. Sarah believes in being a facilitator for her client’s healing journeys, trusting the innate knowledge we have in our bodies, as we are our own healers.
Sarah enthusiastically joined the Tidal Team in the summer of 2015 and has been helping with the various workshops that are held at the space. She also hosts some of her own workshops that are centred around movement meditation therapy (ie: JusDance and A Tidal Full Moon Medicine). Please feel free to review our events calendar for details at:
“I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for six sessions so far. In this time I have found Sarah completely professional as well as caring and loving. She has helped with my whiplash and a herniated disc in the lower lumbar and also has given me exercises to do to maintain. As well as helping with my physical difficulties Sarah has helped in relieving somatic memories from post traumatic stress disorder. I highly recommend Sarah as she is not only gifted at her profession she is also gifted as an empath .Sarah has helped to show me how to maintain a better physical form as well as helping my spiritual growth .”
Tonya McLaughlin, RP/RT-CRA
Hawaiian Traditional Healing: LomiLomi/Laulima, Body Focusing Journeying, Reiki Master, Birthing Doula
Tonya is a Seer and a vessel of Intuitive healing. As you sit with her or lay upon her LomiLomi table, she is listening to your body and seeing your authentic soul self. The true you emerges from under all the layers of programming and false notions.
If you are looking for a truly open-hearted/transformative experience from the cellular level upwards, then come spend time with this practitioner of the Hawaiian healing arts. She specializes in transitions and support. (Some reasons people have requested her: birthing & pregnancy, passing (dying transitions), trauma, womb healings and spiritual rebirthing). Tonya loves people heart forward, knowing this is her gift.
She has been a regular guest on Voice America & BBS Radio with Paula Vail (Reiki-wisdom birthing, frequency upgrades, Why I’m so happy www.bbsradio.com/whyamisohappy) Recently she was on Tyhson Banighen’s Podcast Wellness Show (Sacred Child) (I-Tunes, You-Tube) Tonya also has several published freelance articles on Spiritual Health and Holistic Wellness, (Sedona Magazine and Now Agora and Reiki News Magazine).
She is a certified Birthing Doula, LomiLomi and Laulima Practitioner (Hawaiian Traditional Healing).
“Thank you!! I soooo appreciated your wonderful healing hands! Just finished meditating. I am open to the universe.”
“Tonya was a wonderful presence throughout the labour and birth of our daughter, Jasper. Her calming words of encouragement and use of Reiki and other comforting techniques were a blessing; I am so grateful to have had her be a part of my birth experience.”
–Kat (& Tom)
“Thank you ,thank you, thank you! Words alone cannot express the Gratitude I feel for the gift you bestowed upon me. To you and your ancestors my heart felt thank you. Two consecutive pain free days and renewed energy. Wow!! Namaste” –Garry
“So amazing meeting you dear Tonya. Looking in your eyes I lost myself and found all the rest. Much Love & Light”
Blaire Morrone, CHHP
Acutonics, Holistic Health Pratitioner, Integrative Shiatsu, Reiki Level 2, Acupressure, Auricular Therapy
Blaire Amber is a Certified Holistic Health & Shiatsu Practitioner specializing in Sound and Energy Healing. Blaire graduated from the Windsong School of Healing in 2010 and since then she has been practicing and continuing her education in the healing arts. She began her practice in Kelowna B.C at the Cherry Blossom Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic in 2011. Blaire is currently flying back and forth to Llamo, New Mexico each year to study the incredible sound healing teachings of Donna and Ellen at the Acutonics Institute for Integrative Medicine. Blaire has studied and uses many different modalities in her practice including Acutonics Sound Healing, Shiatsu, Oriental Bodywork, Energy Healing, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Chakra Balancing, Hotstone Massage, Muscle testing, Iridology, Auricular therapy and over 200 hours of Maya yoga training. Blaire Amber, CHHP is excited to be offering Acutonics Sound and Energy Healing.
She is available every Tuesday & Thursday and will be offering 25% off your initial one hour acutonics session. Come in and relax, rejuvenate and restore your body, mind and spirit!
If you are interested in Acupuncture but aren’t into the needles this the perfect alternative for you. Acutonics grounds, balances, builds, expands and releases energy in the body.
Acutonics is a healing modality that uses vibrational sound based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tuning forks that are calibrated to match the hertz and tones of our natural universe help to restore the body to a balanced and healthy state through use on acupuncture points, chakras, and the body’s energy fields. Acutonics also addresses the emotional and psycho-spiritual aspects of health, recognizing the whole person.
To say I’ve enjoyed my treatments with Blaire is such an understatement. Each of my three healing sessions has been different, and each has been profound in its own way. Whether lying on the table so relaxed that I felt I could never move again, or feeling so energized and awake with little thrills of energy pulsing through my body, or simply lying there suffused with love in every cell – I’ve loved every minute of each treatment. In addition to being so well trained, Blaire is an intuitive and generous healer who gives one hundred percent of herself and her knowledge. Healing with sound – Acutonics is a wonderful, soothing, and restorative therapy! – J.C., Vernon, BC
“So amazing. Feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest, my anxiety levels have lowered, I went into one of the deepest meditations I’ve experienced in an extremely long time. So much tension has eased up. Thoroughly relaxed.” -T.A. Artist of Vernon B.C
“… thank you again for the deep, profound healing session yesterday afternoon. I feel SO much more energy flowing through my body this morning,really remarkable. I look forward to my next session.” -Ramona Frey B.A. Enterprise Facilitator, Personal and Professional Coach. Vernon, B.C
Relaxation Massage, Intuitive Massage, Raynor Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage, Reiki, Chakradance ™
Calista is an intuitive healer who works in a variety of modalities. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and has been practicing Traditional Usui Style Reiki since 2008. Calista is also certified in Raynor Massage which combines elements of relaxation massage, Thai massage, accupressure, reflexology, lomi lomi and breath work to create an Ayurvedic style massage. Combining her roots in energy healing modalities with Raynor style massage, Calista aims to create a customized and holistic treatment experience that will restore the body, mind, and spirit to a state of balance and relaxation.
Calista has a bachelor’s degree in fine art and is using her skills and passion to create healing gemstone jewellery. Each piece is attuned with Reiki energy in order to correspond with a specific chakra; bringing the wearer a balancing of energies depending on where it’s needed most.
Calista has experience holding space for various styles of meditation: metta (loving kindness), mindfulness, mantra, chakra, affirmation and guided imagery. Calista is also an accredited Chakradance facilitator and is excited to offer Chakradance workshops at Tidal Elements! She feels a strong connection with all of the healing elements in the Chakradance practise, pulling together her passion and experience with energy healing, holding space, guiding/coaching and visual arts. For more information on workshop dates visit http://www.chakradance.com/facilitator-details/calista-jade-povelofskie
Lani Peters, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Pre & Postnatal Massage
Lani has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001 and is a graduate of the 3-year Massage Therapy Program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She has worked at OVCMT as an instructor and Clinical/Outreach supervisor since 2004. She currently instructs Massage Theory and Practical 1 and 2 and the Maternity Preparation course for the Year 1 students, supervises the Maternity Outreach practicum and is the Teacher Assistant for Infant Massage. Lani is very excited to be working at Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio. Her preferred areas of practice are CranioSacral Therapy, Pre and Postnatal massage, Breast massage and Infant massage. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and 2 through the Upledger Institute. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.
Reiki Master, Intuitive Empath, Clairvoyant, Energy Healer
Anne-Marie was guided to explore the healing arts after a spiritual awakening in 2009, and discovered the gift of Reiki in 2010.
She received 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Advanced Reiki Training) level attunements in Ottawa, ON through study with Master-Teacher Kathy Glover Scott and further studied with William Lee Rand in Seattle WA receiving the Usui/Tibtan Reiki Master attunements in 2013.
Anne-Marie is an Affiliate Member of the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT).
“A Healer is not someone you go to for healing – a Healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself.”
Coleman Smith, TCM
Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Acupressure Massage, Cupping & Moxibustion, Counseling & Lifestyle Coaching, Diet & Lifestyle Therapy, Gynecology, Orthopedics & Sports Performance, Pediatrics
From a young age, I suffered from many health problems, including scoliosis (an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine), migraines, asthma, and allergies. Disappointed with traditional treatment options (medications and surgery), I found Traditional Chinese Medicine… and it changed my life. This form of medicine, practiced for over 5,000 years, helped me overcome my pain and suffering and establish optimal health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient method of healing which treats the whole person naturally. This form of medicine is multifaceted and comprehensive, designed to treat the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person to bring about powerful, long-term healing.
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine I use natural therapies (including acupuncture, herbal remedies, and recommended lifestyle changes) to treat the root cause of an illness. These holistic therapies activate (and support) the human body’s innate healing mechanisms to achieve sustained health and wellness. This is achieved naturally and without the risk of unwanted side effects.
Because every human being is unique, like their blueprint, each treatment plan is designed to address one’s individual needs. Ultimately, it is my goal to guide each person, using treatment and education, along their journey to complete long-lasting health and wellness.
When booking with Coleman online please use Jane App (rather than MindBody): https://colemansmith.janeapp.com/
Katherine Reiber, RMT, ®CST
Registered Craniosacral Therapy
Note: Katherine is presently off from work due to an accident. We will change this status when she returns to work.
Katherine has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003. She has been refining her skills with a technique called Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 2007 under the mentorship of an osteopathic doctor. CST fascinated her with its ability to normalize the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhance the body’s ability to self-correct. She is certified in Craniosacral Levels 1 & 2 and SomatoEmotional Release 1 through The Upledger Institute. She has also completed a 2 year diploma program through Body Intelligence, making her a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist®. Katherine has always enjoyed explaining about the body and how it works, so it was a natural progression when she began teaching practical classes at the local Massage Therapy College, OVCMT from 2008 to present. She believes teaching has been a wonderful partner in her learning process. Katherine also teaches a CST & MET course in Las Mulas, CHILE with her colleague Sheryl Hamilton, RMT. She has assisted in teaching the 2 year diploma program of Body Intelligence in Victoria, and is currently assisting with the training in Vernon as well.
Lucille Riddle, HHP, BaPSP, TWP
Lucille received certification as a TimeWaver Practitioner in 2013 (TimeWaver Academy), as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2015 (Vancouver Island College of Natural Wellness), and certification as a BioResonance According to Paul Schmidt Practitioner in 2017 (Paul Schmidt Academy of Learning). She has personally experienced illness and allergies that could not be recognized or assisted by conventional methods. Energetic healing modalities have proven very effective and she now practices computer-assisted BioEnergetic therapies combined with holistic healing methods. Lucille’s practice utilizes a safe, non-invasive, holistic healing approach with a focus on BioResonance therapy and frequency based modalities. BioResonance therapy using the
Rayonex Polar PS1000 tests for and desensitizes allergies, balances organs and tissues, stimulates the immune response as well as detoxifying environmental pollutants. The TimeWaver utilizes energy based hair analysis, further identifying energetic imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Holistic Health Counseling services are also available to assist in developing a holistic, individualized plan towards self-regulation. Lucille is passionate about her work in this progressive area of energy-based therapies. She is excited to have the opportunity to offer these services to the Vernon area.
Michelle’s fascination with the human condition started when she was 17 years old. Her biology teacher offered a special class field trip to a morgue and teaching hospital where she and her class mates took part in an autopsy of a 24 year old. During the learning process each organ was put on separate trays. It was the brain that struck Michelle when she held it; she was awed in that moment. Michelle is a true healing artist who fuses her 25 years experience of massage and art training into classes, play shops, and healthy living. Her healing nature is nurtured from the wild. She has been in love with nature since born and plays with gardens everywhere she has lived. she sees each spirit as a plant and knows much about many healing modalities.
Massage can bring you back to your authentic self. The skin is the largest organ, it has the capacity to feed the nervous system the key integrative knowledge linking the body to your mind. Michelle’s
25 years of experience in the field combines knowledge from many models of massage. This combined experience and vast knowledge include subtle energies and physical structures to alignment our intricate human anatomy. Having studied cranial sacral, myofascial release techniques and bilateral realignment, she will help relax you and bring more balance to your being.
Michelle is trained in art from a few disciplines, via fine arts programs at U of M and advertising art , and her many years of playing with colour as an interior designer/manager within fine furnishings and decor. In the last five years she has introduced art as “expressive healing time well spent”. Michelle also teaches art to those who have acquired brain injury and recently hosts Mandela Moments and Power Pieces Art filled work / play shops , watch for more of her inspiring colour filled classes. Find her accomplishment in art through her creative writing on a blog linked to social change through ART.
Shauna Toponce, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy
Shauna’s journey into the health care profession began with her initial training as a Spa Therapist through Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2004. She had the opportunity to develop her skills in Spa and Health Resort environments and after a short break from practicing massage, she decided to further her education and completed the remainder of the Massage Therapy program in 2011.
Shauna’s treatment style combines a variety of techniques, including Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilizations, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Trigger Point Release and CranioSacral. She holds her Certification in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and will soon be continuing studies in Visceral Manipulation. Treatments are tailored to the individual and are geared towards finding the root cause of dysfunction while providing support to the nervous system to encourage a deeper healing process.
When she is not at work, Shauna enjoys cooking, yoga, paddle boarding and exploring local hiking trails and when she is not participating in those activities, she enjoys frequenting local farmers markets and artisan shops so she can best appreciate what her region has to offer.
Dplm. ETB, CTTM, CAMT, CYT
Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy, Pranic Healing
Christopher Wallace is well trained in the healing traditions of Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy & Pranic Healing, holding certifications in all modalities and a Diploma of Eastern Therapies and Bodywork from Pacific Rim College. The impetus of his healing journey started with his own transformative healing process. In accessing the Eastern healing traditions, he found powerful ways to address his own ails; which yielded deeper purpose and meaning in his life. He provides clients with the best possible care he is capable of, and ensures a safe environment in which people can come to release their tensions. Being truly passionate about aiding in the alleviation of people’s distress, his intentions center on enhancing the client’s quality of life. An empathic, attentive, compassionate and sincere person, he brings a depth of presence and warmth to his sessions.
Christopher’s main modalities are Thai Massage and Ayurvedic Massage. Thai Massage is done fully clothed, and incorporates acupressure techniques with passive yogic stretching. This is performed on a massage floor-mat. It is a delightful and holistic approach to bodywork, relieving tension and creating greater ease within the body and mind. Ayurvedic Massage uses gliding oil massage techniques and the treatment of pressure points. The massage motions follow along main nerve pathways and energy lines of the body. Both these massage modalities may be complimented by assigned yoga techniques and/or energy healing for enhancement (at the client’s request). However, Yoga Therapy and/or Pranic Energy Healing may also be offered as stand-alone practices. His treatments are skillfully designed in response to the specific needs of the people who seek him out for therapeutic massage and healing support. There is an underlying holistic framework and integrative approach to the practices he uses.
“I invariably walk away from each session with Christopher with not only a blissed-out body, but also with a greatly expanded awareness of myself and my place in an often baffling world. I believe Christopher’s clarity of intent in his practice, coupled with his powerful healing intuition, provides an opportunity to have a truly holistic healing experience.”
“I can’t believe how rejuvenated I feel after one of Christopher’s treatments. He is such an incredible healer, with good strong hands. I feel fully supported in releasing and relaxing through his therapeutic guidance. I highly recommend receiving massage from this very gifted and heartfelt individual. It is a real treat and privilege to receive his services!”
“Many times Christopher has been a life saver for me. I suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain, and his amazing Thai massages have made a tremendous difference. He is also compassionate and caring, and his rates are really reasonable. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a body-work practitioner.”
“Christopher is a naturally gifted and very knowledgable healer. He listens intently and respectfully responds to the needs of each individual through a multi-faceted treatment approach which is uniquely suited to that person. It is an honour and a rare privilege to be treated by this wise and compassionate soul.”
“I have gone to see Christopher for Thai Massage; it was amazing. I was having back and kidney pain and he helped me work through the pain and I felt much better. He also gave me advice on what to do next for my own self-care. I have referred people with pain to Christopher with similar results.”
“Chris has remarkable ability and intuition. As an actor, my voice plays an imperative role in my work. To be “on my voice” requires me to be “in my body”. My sessions with Chris keep my body well-aligned and free of emotional and energetic blockages.”
Trixie Watt, RMT
Trixie was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion for wellness and helping others led her to pursue a career in traditional healthcare in 2011. She also began working for Kindale Developmental Association as a Community Support Worker in early 2013 and continues to work there part-time. This experience has made her comfortable with working with individuals of all diverse ability and adapting treatments as needed.
In 2014, Trixie was inspired by a patient to further her education and switch to alternate modalities of facilitating wellness and registered for school at OVCMT where she graduated in August of 2016 and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
Trixie uses her past experience and her passion for supporting people with disabilities or chronic pain and illness into a specialized career in Massage Therapy. She is interested in continuing to study how massage can be used as a natural wellness tool for people suffering from various health issues. Her empathic nature, experience as a care worker, and education in Massage Therapy have built her into a well rounded health care professional.
For 30 years my path has led me to explore and discover alternative health options for longevity. In 2010 I discovered a new form of
QiGong called “Spring Forest” and was intrigued by the simplicity of this form of energy movement. After certifying I began sharing this moving meditation with many groups.The beginning of 2016 I felt the urge to create a program that would incorporate two energy movements that would be very simple to perform and adjust to the west coast energies of North America. Laffing Mooon QiGong was born for the benefit of all ages with the focus of two sessions 1. laughing 2. moving meditation.
5 m’s – MOVING MEDITATION MOVEMENTS MANIFESTING MIRACLES.
Sharon Van Buuren
Sharon van Buuren was born in Sri Lanka, a Theravadan Buddhist country to Catholic parents. This spirituality diversity from early on has influenced her respect for multi-faith understanding and dialogue, encompassing many types of meditation and centering prayer. She has been actively practicing meditation for over 25 years. Her study of meditation has taken her to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Her present teacher is Venerable Sona, the Abbott of Birken Forest (Buddhist) Monastery located in Kamloops, BC. Sharon also works as Certified Professional Life Coach and mentor to high risk youth. ShE has been inspiring people to explore their spirituality for many years. She is honoured to be holding a sacred space for those who wish to find calmness and peace in their lives.
Rachel Wyatt (formerly Martens)
Rachel’s classes create a nurturing space where slowing down and tuning-in to the rhythm of the breath encourage relaxation and healing. Her teaching aims to restore the unity of mind and body… helping students learn how to observe and unwind habitual patterns. Rachel began practicing yoga and meditation in 1998 and has been teaching yoga since 2009. Two decades of consistent practice make her a dynamic and intuitive teacher who attends to the unique process of each individual student. Beginners will feel welcome and will be clearly guided through a well-rounded sequence with detailed alignment cues and gentle hands-on adjustments. Rachel sings for her students at the end of each class.
Before becoming a yoga teacher Rachel was a performing artist and a clown in the circus. In 2003 she traveled to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2009, she completed a 200hr teacher training in Ashtanga with Rameen Peyrow, in 2011: a 200hr teacher training in Anusara with Chris Chavez, as well as a Restorative teacher training with Chris Manansala. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Performance from UBC Okanagan and currently runs a Performing Arts Program (for boys & girls ages 7 to 16) at the Vernon Community Music School. She is currently studying Spacial Dynamics with Jaimen McMillan. Rachel enjoys a daily practice of Vipassana meditation and loves gardening and living in her home town with her husband.