Bodywork

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Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage is a brilliant healing art and an intricately crafted system of massage therapy. It is a form of oil massage that uses gliding movements along lines of tension and energetic distribution, as well as the treatment of pressure points, to restore health and wellness. Soothing therapeutic oils are applied and massaged onto the body, permeating the skin and having a healing effect throughout all of the bodies systems. It is a pleasurable and deeply relaxing full body massage. Strokes vary from deep to superficial and follow the flow of nerve pathways and energy channels. The massage caters to the recipients specific needs, providing deep tissue work if appropriate or taking on a gentler approach if required, addressing acute or general concerns, and always intuitively attuning the best suited approach for the person undergoing treatment. Marma, vital acupressure points, are also stimulated in order to revitalize the entire body. This facilitates an opening and cleansing of the energetic pathways, allowing currents to flow freely throughout the system, engendering vitality. The bodywork techniques have a balancing effect on the body and mind.

Ayurvedic massage promotes overall health, alleviates stress and fatigue, strengthens the nervous system, nourishes the bodily tissues, increases longevity, and enhances the process of purification and regeneration. It also focuses on releasing subconscious areas of tension and emotions stored in the bodies memory. The therapist navigates aches, pains and tissue tension to facilitate physical and emotional release and relief. The Ayurvedic word for oil is sneha: a term also synonymous with love, kindness and tenderness. Loving kindness and compassion are central to the practitioner’s disposition.

Ayurvedic Massage comes out of the tradition of Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda is one of the great ancient healing arts of the world, a medical tradition that has been practiced and refined for over five thousand years. Ayurveda is a deeply holistic health care system, of which massage is an integral component. The word Ayurveda is a sanskrit combination of the words Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge. What they realized in ancient India is as true as ever today, that massage is an essential element to living a healthy and fulfilling life. Massage is considered a sublime art in the Ayurvedic healing system and has been an important part of healing in India for thousands of years.

I can’t believe how rejuvenated I feel after one of Christopher’s treatments. He is such an incredible massage therapist, with good strong hands and great technique. I feel fully supported in releasing and relaxing through his therapeutic touch. The warm Ayurvedic oils, and perfect depth of massage work, melt away my tensions. I highly recommend receiving massage from this very gifted and heartfelt individual; it is a real treat and privilege to receive his services.
–Faith Parkstrom

60 minute – $90
90 minute – $125
120 minute – $160

For specific questions, Email:

Christopher Wallace – christopher@tidalelements.ca

Or Contact 250-306-9283


Bowen Therapy

 

Bowen therapy is a form of bodywork which involves gently stretching the fascia to promote pain relief by stimulating the nervous system through precise and gentle movements that focus on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This therapy resets the body’s pain response by acting on the autonomic nervous system. It inhibits the sympathetic nervous system (your fight-or-flight response) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (your rest-and-digest response). Some people refer to Bowen therapy as a type of massage as there is a strong sense of manual therapy associated with this technique, however, clients are fully dressed during Bowen therapy sessions. The Practitioner will assess the client’s range of motion of the joints surrounding the pain before and after the treatment is over. Is incredible to see how much range can be increased after just one session!

People around the world continue to seek Bowen therapy for a wide range of conditions. The benefits of Bowen therapy include:

  • pain relief
  • increase motor function
  • frozen shoulder
  • headaches, migraine attacks
  • back pain, neck pain
  • knee injuries

It might also be done to control pain due to:

  • respiratory conditions, like asthma
  • gastrointestinal disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome
  • cancer treatment

Additionally, some people use Bowen therapy to help with stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and flexibility. Bowen Therapy can be used as an alternative or complementary therapy to existing treatment plans.

Find out more about Bowen Therapy:

Courtney is amazing. I went to see her for Bowen Therapy with a plethora of health concerns. To my surprise Courtney had a Bowen Therapy solution for all of them. She is very good at explaining what she is doing throughout the process. She is also good for following up and checking in on you. She is very kind-hearted and truly cares about the health and well-being of all her clients. I highly recommend her!
–Chloe

Initial Assessment – 75 minute – $75
Follow Up – 60 minute – $65

For specific questions, Email:

Courtney Kafka – courtney@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Deep Tissue Massage

      Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or “knots”.

      60 minute – $100

      For specific questions, Email:

      Trixie Watt, RMT – trixie@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Deep Tissue Holistic Massage

      Deep Tissue Holistic Massage is based in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point release and myo fascial techniques as well as other techniques/modalities that may be incorporated to customize the treatment session. Others include traction, assisted stretching, rocking, shaking, contract/relax, reflexology and Reiki. Either coconut or sesame oil will be used depending on skin type and season as well as subtle amounts of high quality essential oils which have healing properties.

      60 minute – $90

      For specific questions, Email:

      Julie Roberts – julie@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      European Lymph Drainage

      European Lymph Drainage is a gentle, flowing technique that uses repetitive effleurage strokes to encourage the movement of the lymph fluid in the body. Deeply relaxing as the repetitive strokes and light touch lead the body to a blissful meditative state. This treatment aids the body in releasing excess fluid and is a nice boost for the immune system.

      60 minute – $110
      90 minute – $160

      For specific questions, Email:

      Zabrina Barteaux – zabrina@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Intuitive Massage

      After first tuning into the clients physical and energetic body, I ask the energies to guide the session into a customized massage for each client. I then use Swedish Massage techniques complimented with acupressure to encourage Chi flow, Reflexology to stimulate deep clearing and healing, and CranioSacral techniques to encourage flow and relaxation.

      60 minute – $110
      90 minute – $160

      For specific questions, Email:

      Zabrina Barteaux – zabrina@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Shiatsu

      Shiatsu Therapy is a non-invasive physical therapy that aims to support, balance and harmonize the clients system, improve circulation of blood and lymph flow and enhance flexibility. Due to the effect on the autonomic nervous system shiatsu treatments help to relieve stress and pain, as well as improve muscle, organ and joint function.

      Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork in which the practitioner uses applied pressure and release techniques. Treatments are traditionally provided on a futon on the floor. The client is fully clothed, and carefully measured pressure is applied along the meridian lines of the body with hands, thumbs or elbows; supported by gentle stretches.

      Shiatsu massage helps remove blockages by realigning meridian points, which balances the qi to ease the body and mind. Through balancing vital energy, healing occurs in the body. The nervous and immune systems are brought to homeostasis through the stimulation of the meridians, as well as restoring the circulatory system, improving blood flow throughout the body.

      Like Acupuncture, Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Oriental medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi throughout the body. The theory behind Shiatsu is that our bodies are made up of energy and when this energy gets blocked it can cause pain, dis’ease’ and suffering. The body has twelve meridians, named according to its corresponding organ: lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, heart governor, triple heater, gall bladder and liver. The functions of these organs have a broader definition in Eastern medicine which deepens our understanding of these energetic pathways in the body, recognizing that most diseases arise from core blockage along these meridians.

      60 minute – $85
      90 minute – $115/p>

      For specific questions, Email:

      Agnes Hombach – agnes@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Thai Massage

      Thai Massage uses assisted passive-stretching and dry acupressure techniques along the lines tension and energy distribution in the body. It employs dynamic bodywork techniques to alleviate discomfort, pain and stress, whilst increasing flexibility and enhancing overall health. Thai Massage (also known as Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage or Nuad Boran) is an ancient healing massage system developed in Thailand. It combines broad and targeted acupressure techniques with assisted yoga stretching and facilitated passive movements. The massage focuses on the treatment of energy lines called Sen (similar to the meridian system treated through acupuncture). Opening and cleansing these energetic pathways allows currents to flow freely throughout the bodies systems and vitalize the entire body. It was developed by incorporating Ayurveda, Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhist healing techniques and Thai Shamanism into one system. In this eclectic blend of bodywork you’ll find the benefits of massage, yoga and acupressure synchronously woven into one. It is a holistic healing art that promotes physical and mental well-being overall, and is excellent for treating issues of limited mobility or flexibility, as well as painful conditions of the muscles, connective tissues and nerves.

      Thai Massage is practiced on a padded mat on the floor. The recipient remains clothed during the treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client while the body is massaged, compressed, stretched and moved to systematically relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows and body leverage in a dance of bodywork, facilitating therapeutic manipulations of physical tissues and structure of the body. It is a unique and enjoyable form of bodywork that is practiced with keen body awareness.

      Thai massage is great for relieving stress and tension, promoting joint health, relieving tight muscles and tendons, enhancing flexibility, toning the internal organs, and balancing energy. Thai Massage Therapy is beneficial in the treatment of pain and dysfunction, helping to mobilize soft tissue to address chronic pain and/or disability. Thai Massage can also help lengthen muscles prone to shortening due to physical stresses, and increases the range of motion in the back, neck, shoulders, legs, hips and throughout. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation and a greater sense of ease and agility in body and mind.

      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.
      –Venus Soberanes

      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.
      –Karen McDiarmid

      60 minute – $90
      90 minute – $125
      120 minute – $160

      For specific questions, Email:

      Christopher Wallace – christopher@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage

      Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage is done on a comfortable cushy mat using pillows and blankets to ensure ease. This is a non oil massage, instead the client wears warm/layered clothing they can be stretched and moved in. The treatment blends assisted stretching, compressions on pressure points, traction, rocking, shaking and connection to breath. Each session is customized for clients needs’ and done in a meditative “mood” with breathing through deep pressure and stretching.

      5 main benefits to health are:

      • Harmonizes and redistributes life force energy, the flow of Chi is enhanced and therefore you have more energy and a feeling of wellbeing.
      • Calming the mind and nervous system, so helps with anxiety and mental health.
      • Relieves tension and tightness in muscles, joints and fascia, pain relief. 
      • Increasing flexibility and range of motion. Great for inflexible bodies!
      • Stimulates circulation and the lymphatic system, good for immunity, and heart health

      60 minute – $90

      For specific questions, Email:

      Julie Roberts – julie@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283


      Yoga Therapy

      Yoga Therapy is essentially the therapeutic design of yoga practices to treat a wide variety of conditions, promoting health and well being through an individualized yoga protocol. Yoga Therapy utilizes the practices and teachings of Yoga to facilitate healing and self-empowerment. Yoga Therapists aide in addressing any number of concerns, using a holistic model. This can include physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues. In accordance with one’s needs and interests, specific personal care techniques are taught and prescribed. These include the adaptation and application of yoga postures & physical exercises, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, as well as meditation, mindfulness & contemplation. This is done to help individuals manage their conditions and alleviate symptoms, whilst empowering them to find greater health and well-being as resourced from within.

      Yoga Therapy provides a safe space in which to voice your concerns to the therapist. The therapist then works with you to find yoga techniques to work through whatever is indicated as a therapeutic focus. There is also a model of yogic diagnosis that takes into consideration your personal energetic constitution, and whatever may be of benefit in helping you find balance.

      60 minute – $90
      90 minute – $125
      120 minute – $160

      For specific questions, Email:

      Christopher Wallace – christopher@tidalelements.ca

      Or Contact 250-306-9283