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Agnes Hombach, RCST®
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Shiatsu Therapist
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.
Christopher Wallace, Dplm. ETB, CTTM, CAMT, CYT
Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, Ayurvedic Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Integrative Energy Healing
Christopher Wallace works with the healing traditions of Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy & Integrative Energy 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 Integrative 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.”
“Christopher is a naturally gifted and very knowledgeable 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.”
“Christopher 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 Christopher keep my body well-aligned and free of emotional and energetic blockages.”
SATT, Somatic Affective Talk and Touch
Gilly has spent the majority of her life learning and Working With Wellness (https://www.workingwithwellness.ca) a bodymind approach to healing. She works holistically, using a combination of a listening touch and talk which integrate the physical, emotional, energetic, spiritual and intellectual dimensions of healing. The body knows the truth and when there is congruence between the mind and body, tensions can melt away and different choices can be made with clarity and awareness.
During an in-person session, you are in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed on a massage table, a chair, standing or moving. What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are deeply insightful and full of discovery. Physical and emotional patterns which have felt dysfunctional can shift. Changes happen at a cellular level and with awareness so that you can have choice about what true comfort is in your life.
Gilly’s education is varied, the 1980’s were spent at the University of Calgary in Nursing, Psychology and Education. Leaving the traditional world of academia, she travelled to New York, and in 2000 was certified in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method. Since then, she has studied in Canada and the US in: CranioSacral Upledger, Psycho Drama classes and most recently, is a student of Ortho-Bionomy. She has developed and taught a number of workshops in North America, which reflect the way that awareness and wellness can be integrated into all aspects of life.
In addition to her education and years of working in bodymind therapies, Gilly’s experience as the first woman White Water raft guide in Canada gave her the confidence to guide people to enjoy the calm waters and wild waves that are the river of life. In 2008, she co-founded: UR Building Knowledge (https://urbuildingknowledge.com) a not-for-profit that raises money to help build schools and medical clinics in Myanmar.
Curiosity and creativity have fueled Gilly’s interest in learning and teaching about the enigma that is humanity. Her 20 + years of working with people provide a solid foundation from which to work with individuals and to create a new training program: Somatic Affective Talk and Touch (https://satt.ca/about/) offered at Tidal Elements.
“Gilly is a bit of an enigma: She is soft and gentle yet so very, very strong; She is talented yet so unassuming and humble. I saw Gilly both for energy work and for wellness workshops. I suffer from trauma due to childhood abuse and Gilly was able to help me release some of the trauma that I had stored in my body. Her gentle, pragmatic advice have helped me overcome much of my trauma and I am eternally grateful.”
–Connie Bygrave, PhD
“When I first met Gilly, I was working standing up in my engineering office cubicle because I was experiencing hip pain/problems. I was stressed out and on high blood pressure medication, with my doctor telling me to quit my job. Gilly helped me personalize my work station and suggested I come see her for a few private sessions. Gilly has worked with me to develop body-mind awareness that has enabled me to make changes in my life for the better. It wasn’t long before I was sitting down at my work station, off the blood pressure medication, and even sleeping better. Gilly is creative and attentive, and can offer you new perspectives, challenging you in ways that can’t help but inspire personal growth.”
“Gilly’s sensitivity to delicate nuances in my body’s expression and my story have helped me make important discoveries about myself. Gilly is a gifted listener. Together we have tapped into pockets of grief, loss and sadness, embedded in my voice and body. I have gained a new perspective on myself; one that has helped me understand my past and given me insight into shaping my future.”
Ginette Andress, BSc, BEd
Certified Consulting Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist (NGH), NLP Practitioner (AIP)
Ginette has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She passionately taught secondary school science and mathematics for 30 years. Her interest in understanding how we learn, and the biology of the mind-body connection, lead her to pursue her certification as a Consulting Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. Subsequently, she has received her certification as a Neurolinguistic Practitioner with The Association for Integrative Psychology.
Ginette considers her academic and teaching background highly relevant to becoming an effective consulting hypnotherapist, as it has equipped her with a toolkit to help people with problem-solving, stress management, building resilience, and strategies for success. Ginette draws upon her scientific background, and uses hypnosis, guided meditation, positive imagery, neuro linguistic programming (NLP), and mindfulness coaching in her practice, implementing compassion and an open mindset towards her clients.
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale
Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, Deep Tissue Holistic Massage
Julie Roberts is an intuitive healer dedicated to helping people feel better and experience more ease and flow, inside and out. Since the early 2000s she has been drawn to holistic health, nutrition and yogic practices for her own personal development and healing. Julie is trained in a variety of services/modalities including massage therapy, myo-fascial release, trigger point release, hot stone massage, yoga and yoga therapy, Ayurvedic dosha specific massage, Northern Thai yoga massage and Jap-Sen (“nerve touch”) Thai massage, Reiki, colon hydrotherapy, Access Consciousness, EFT and ecstatic dance.
In 2007 she graduated from the massage therapy program at Mount Royal College in Calgary and shortly thereafter dove into studying Ayurveda and completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Since moving to the Okanagan in 2008 Julie has taught several styles of yoga, worked in healing clinics and spas, and taken numerous courses and training. Her style of bodywork integrates techniques/modalities to customize treatments. She is passionate about facilitating deep healing and always expanding knowledge through personal and professional development.
Julie finds space and freedom in dance and is an aerialist, flow artist/fire dancing performer. Inspired by all of the elements in nature and the magnificent BC landscape, she can be found on a beach soaking up the sun or skiing on the mountains enjoying all the Okanagan has to offer.
“Julie has super powerful and intuitive hands and is incredibly knowledgeable. Thank you Julie for all that you do! Highly recommend!!! 5 stars!!”
–Tara Christmann Pilling
“If you are looking for a full head to toe massage experience Julie is your gal. Her strong and capable hands are intuitively guided to find ALL the sore spots, and you’ll leave a session with her feeling like you’ve been tenderized, in the best possible way!”
Lani Peters, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, Mechanical Craniosacral Sessions, 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, and is currently broadening her education to become an Manual Osteopathic Therapist through the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada. 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.
“Lani is the only RMT I have found that helps with my physical pain and discomfort! I love her approach to treating the body. She is also an amazing cranio-sacral therapist.”
“Lani, Is always prompt and ready for our appointments. She does deep tissue massage and really gets to the root of my problems. She also does Amazing Cranial Work and I have had several therapists give me this treatment (I am a bit of a Connoisseur). I have a Chronic condition and Lani is able to help me maintain that very efficiently with Cranial Massage. So glad I found Lani.”
Certified Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner
Mary Jeffrey has been on a life long journey of personal and spiritual growth.
“My questions in life have always been WHY and HOW and then WHAT’S NEXT to make life different and more joyful.”
Most of Mary’s career was spent in the medical field in various technical specialties. One of those was as a Surgical Technician, where she was able to see inside the body and witness the brilliance of how it works. Viewing the body from that angle, combined with the inner knowing that each individual can be treated on a more holistic level, has always fascinated her.
Mary completed Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2006 and a Mindfulness Course in 2018, fostering even more enthusiasm in her to cultivate inner awareness, emotional healing, kindness, truth seeking, and interrelating with others on a deep personal level to really be seen.
“I feel so honoured that Vibrational Sound Therapy found me. During the Summer Solstice of 2019 I experienced a sound bath with Himalayan bowls and had such a profound experience that I knew I had to find out more. Within two months of that experience I was traveling to Seattle to take the certification course. After an interruption due to COVID I am now ready to share this deeply relaxing modality.”
Mary resides in Lake Country and enjoys yoga, swimming, kayaking, biking, gardening, and traveling.
“I have heard fantastic things about sound therapy but did not expect the clarity of mind that I experienced the morning after this truly unique session. With the Tibetan bowls nestled safely on the body, the vibrations resonate directly into the system. The soothing sounds immediately inspire a deep letting go. Mary’s warm and calming presence creates a sacred space to become one with the vibrations as she mindfully guides the sound meditation. I highly recommend this session to anyone seeking deep inner calm & clear awareness.”
“I’ve been to a number of group sound healing sessions before, but to experience a private session with Mary felt like ultra potent medicine for my mind, body and soul. My stress and pain levels were pretty high going into the session, but within a few moments I felt a sense of comfort in Mary’s presence, and the vibration and sound of the bowls noticeably melted my tension away. I left our appointment floating on cloud 9 and utterly speechless at the amount of relief I felt throughout my body. I slept like a baby that night, and would recommend a vibrational sound therapy session to anyone looking to decompress and connect back to themselves. Thank you, Mary!”
Rio Levan, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Rio first went to massage school on Maui, where she had a great time hitchhiking around and doing homework on beaches. After 7 years of relaxation massage, fast food and cleaning jobs, she went back to school at OVCMT, graduating from the 3 year program in 2011. Working mostly in the Okanagan ever since, Rio has spent the last couple years doing mobile massage, and is excited to be a part of the team at Tidal Elements now. Rio also works at OVCMT, supervising students in the Outreach Program.
In her practice, Rio incorporates a mix of Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy, trigger point therapy, TMJ, lomi lomi, visceral and CranioSacral Therapy (CST 1&2). Rio enjoys working with clients of all ages, and will adjust treatment style and pressure to your preference.
When not at work, Rio can be found snowboarding, riding bikes, hiking, and going to the beach with her two kids.
Ross Freeman-Marsh, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Ross Freeman-Marsh is a Registered Massage Therapist and a graduate of OVCMT’s massage therapy diploma program.
Ross was drawn to massage therapy after an RMT helped him recover from a lumbar spine injury. He has gained experience working in spas and offering mobile massage prior to becoming registered.
Ross incorporates modalities such as swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and trigger point therapy into his practice. His preferred area of practice is treatment of pain and postural distortions caused by regular day-to-day life. Treatments aim to address the discomfort and also the continual postures/activities that cause it.
Outside of the clinic, Ross enjoys exercise and tabletop games.
“I’ve had issues with my low back for years now. Until Ross, I would baby my low back and wouldn’t allow anyone to “work” on it. It’s gone out twice on me, laying me up for a week at a time. However, Ross gained my trust with his naturally caring personality and broad knowledge of massage techniques. He suggested myofascial release for me. I was nervous and curious, but agreed anyway. It literally changed my life. My low back felt open and free afterwards. Now, when I get that tight feeling or familiar twinge, I know it’s time for a massage. Thank you Ross!”
“Ross has been the best massage therapist I’ve worked with. I had a muscle injury in my hand and he knew right away how to help me. After a few sessions I was pain free and had my mobility back. He is a lifesaver.”
Sara Magner, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Sara Magner is a child and family counsellor, serving as a guide, mentor, and support for families facing struggles within their family system. This may be anything ranging from: struggles parenting behavioral children (ages 5-17), or managing anxiety, depression, or other trauma. She utilizes a style that differs from traditional approaches to facilitate lasting and internal changes in the youth and the family system. She uses a combined approach of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. With combined experience in residential treatment facilities, behavioral analysis, trauma work, and clinical counseling, she is able to reach even the most challenging at-risk youth and struggling families.
Sara has a double-major in Psychology and Family Child Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) from Sul Ross State University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma-focused therapy and uses this modality when it fits the need for the client. She has been helping families with crisis intervention since 2012. She has helped families transition into and out of and while attending residential treatment facilities, adjust to hard life situations in the home (e.g., new school, job, social group), assisted youth with drug/alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, helped oppositional youth and compliance in the home, self-esteem issues, communication difficulties, and more. There is no limit to how counselling can help your family.
On a more personable note: Sara is originally from Miami, Florida, has lived in a variety of states in the United States and is a new comer to the Okanagan Valley (2021). She enjoys time with her family, being outdoors (hiking, kayaking, camping), and opportunities to practice self-care.
“Sara is an outstanding Counselor/Coach. I saw this firsthand for over a year as she worked with my niece and our family. She has a depth of understanding and exceptional ability to help people get to their foundation issues to create a positive healing process; and a special gift for working with people in their teen years. Sara does this work with grace, patience, humor and compassion.”
“We are so incredibly grateful for the guidance, patience and professionalism that Sara provided to our daughter and our family in the darkest hour of need. Our daughter had deep emotional struggles that tore our family apart for more than three years. We went through several therapists, behavioral hospitals, psychiatrists without any success. Sara was able to reach our daughter and help her identify her issues and give her the tools to overcome them. She was always attentive and responsive to not just our daughter’s needs, but to ours as well. Always there to give us strength and also comfort. Thanks to Sara, we got our daughter back!”
Shauna McGowan, RMT, RCST®
Registered Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Shauna has been practicing massage for 10 years after completing 3000 hours with Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 2011. Accepting a massage position with a local Heli-ski company was a dream after graduation. Skiing and being in the mountains feels magical and complete. In 2012 Shauna embarked on a trip to South East Asia where she toured 5000 kms by bike through 5 countries. While overseas she obtained her level 1 Thai Massage in Chang Mai, Thailand. In 2014 life took a turn in a different direction when a serious health issue was diagnosed. Health was placed front stage and during this time Shauna embraced many natural and holistic healing modalities to help bring the body back into balance and health. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy was a major influence in her healing journey and she had many profound and deep experiences while receiving sessions. The biggest was learning that health is always present even when we are experiencing illness. In November 2017 Shauna became a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist after completing a 2 year part time diploma program through Body Intelligence. She wrote the BC registration board exams and became a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia December 2017. Helping with intuition and skill of massage she has taken Reiki levels 1 and 2 and has enjoyed studying Ayurvedic medicine – yoga’s sister science and one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. Shauna’s passion is to live life to its fullest, bring ease to life, smile and laugh a lot!
Shauna Toponce, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, Visceral Therapy, Mechanical Craniosacral Sessions
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 has more recently continued her studies with courses in Neural Decompression and 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.
Victoria Jacob, Ph.D, RCST®, ERYT
Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Victoria is fascinated to observe how life invites us to explore ever new chapters to deepen and expand. Many health journeys are these invitations to grow.
Victoria’s journey began in West Berlin, Germany. After school she worked with kids and families living in extreme poverty in and around Paris, France. She continued to do so back in Berlin as she decided to study education, anthropology and art therapy. Inspired by her yoga practice, Victoria wrote her Bachelors on art and embodiment and her Masters about the history of embodiment and the educational system. By then she was teaching in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and finished her PhD with honours on embodiment, peer culture and technology.
From this academic lifestyle in the wild years of Berlin during the Cold War, till after The Wall came down, Victoria moved to Armstrong, BC of all places to live with her shining husband, some happily un-behaving kids and all kinds of animals to root into the earth of this stunning land. She began to offer yoga and meditation classes and sessions for several healing modalities that she had gathered over the years. As Cranio-sacral Therapy found her, all these approaches weaved together in the biodynamic expression of emotionally integrated somatic healing, which she happens to love and adore so very much. She hopes to see you there!
“I live with stage 4 cancer and what I love about Victoria’s cranio-sacral sessions was that she wasn’t afraid to go deep with me, all the time making sure that I was doing ok as we explored and discovered together what was hiding in the dark. As each session progressed I began to discover and feel into parts of my body that I forgot were even there. With Victoria’s encouragement I was able to welcome them back and start a new relationship with these parts that so desperately wanted to be loved and acknowledged. Each session I continued to find improvement in my breathing, my strength, my aches and pains and a greater feeling of overall health. I am truly grateful for Victoria’s courage as she supported me through some real difficult stuff. I feel privileged and truly blessed to work with her!”
Zabrina Barteaux, RCST®, CHHP, Reiki Master
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, European Lymph Drainage Massage, Intuitive Massage, Reiki
After growing up in the wilds of northern BC, doing a lot of traveling and living for some time in the Edmonton area, Zabrina moved to the Okanagan Valley in 2009 to attend a holistic health school in Kelowna, fell in love with the area and never left. In 2010 Zabrina chose Vernon as her home and began building her practice of bodywork and energy healing for horses and people.
A lifetime horsewoman, her equine practice allows Zabrina to combine her love of helping horses with her passion for holistic healing, and also allows her many glorious days of driving around the beautiful Okanagan and beyond, while her people practice allows her to follow her path of supporting people in seeking health and healing.
Zabrina is thrilled to now offer Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy sessions at Tidal Elements, as she believes this modality has such a profound impact on the healing journey, and at helping us to live our best life. In her Intuitive sessions, Zabrina will custom develop a session based on client preference and which modalities come up as priority that day, for example a session may combine intuitive swedish massage and reflexology, or perhaps chakra balancing with Reiki and emotional clearing, finishing with some tuning fork sound healing.
Zabrina is passionate about recognizing the roles of all our systems (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) on our health and life, and also recognizing the gifts in an individual life experience, the resiliency of the physical body, and the magic and the mystery of the soul.
When not working Zabrina loves to practice hot yoga, hike, take care of her animals, study, get wonderful treatments from other practitioners, and enjoy the ride of life.
“I started seeing Zabrina in the Fall of 2020. (For Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy). She has helped me find my happy place again. I’m calmer, more grounded, and have way less pain in my joints. She is amazing! ”
“Zabrina has been and is the best therapist I have had. She welcomes questions and freely shares information that assisted in improving my health. Her knowledge of Lymphatic drainage massage has greatly reduced the fluid in my left arm. I also have her do reflexology once a month , which has improved my IBS symptoms to the point that I am able to eat all foods! I can not shout my praise enough for how Zabrina has helped me”
-Shirley R, “a 73 year old that had a lot to live for”