Stephanie Koenig

RMT

Stephanie Koenig is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from OVCMT in July 2022. She has been fortunate enough to live in Ontario, Alberta, and Vancouver during the various seasons of her life. She is currently growing her roots in Vernon and is happy to experience the beautiful scenery, gorgeous trails, and blossoming community here. After some soul searching, a bit of blood, sweat (and yes some tears), she has happily landed here at Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio in Vernon, BC.

At OVCMT she dove into learning as much as possible about anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, fascia, biomechanics, movement, health, fitness, self-care, and so much more. She is very grateful for the education, knowledge, and wisdom she has been shown by so many talented and educated people. 

She excels at applying either direct – deep tissue massage, or a more indirect – cautious approach. By using various tools and modalities such as Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, neuro-muscular techniques, deep diaphragmatic breathing, range of motion, pin-and-stretch techniques, and relaxation techniques, she and her clients are able to target their specific health goals. Stephanie appreciates the use of communication, pre and post-massage charting, assessment, biomechanics, and self-care education during each treatment. 

Some common treatments can include: anxiety, depression, chronic pain, breathing dysfunction, headaches, migraines, neck-shoulder pain/dysfunction, nerve pain, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, carpal tunnel, postural imbalances, scoliosis, rib pain/dysfunction, herniated discs and other spinal dysfunctions, sciatic nerve pain, muscle strains, tendon sprains, knee and ankle pain/dysfunction, and more. 

Stephanie believes that it is important to understand the mechanics of how, and why our bodies do what they do. Our bodies attempt to communicate to us in a language that can be difficult to interpret and hear. Pain, movement, and dysfunction are parts of that language. As humans, we have similar anatomical blueprints that keep us grounded in science and understanding. Through life, we become individuals with unique bodies, personalities, and histories. No two people are the exact same. As such Stephanie believes each massage needs to be finely tuned to meet each person where they are, as they are. 

In her spare time, Stephanie dabbles in gardening, art, meditation, breath-work, yoga, knitting, crochet, hiking, jogging, swimming, exploring, studying anatomy and health/medical science, and she participates in martial arts including MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and kickboxing.

Stephanie wants to share her gratitude for the Earth and towards the traditional, and unceded territory of the Syilx / Okanagan people who have resided here since time immemorial. She wishes to recognize, honor, and respect the Syilx / Okanagan lands upon which she is able to live, work, and play.

She also prioritizes creating a welcoming and safe space for all pronouns, identities, body types, sizes, ages, allergens, scent/skin sensitivities, medical accommodations, mobility concerns, and is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. All are welcome.

For specific questions about the modalities that she offers, contact Stephanie directly at  stephanie@tidalelements.ca.