Massage Therapy

What We Offer

Massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of soft tissue and joints of the body. It has been used for thousands of years for relaxation and to restore and promote the good health of both mind and body. Massage reduces stress, relieves physical tension, improves mental response and productivity, aids in the prevention of repetitive stress syndrome (RSS), increases cardiovascular efficiency, enhances the immune system and reduces delayed onset muscle soreness.

Massage therapy can be effective for treating:

  • Joint Pain/Muscle Pain/Chronic Pain from Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Arthritis
  • Sprains/Strains/Swelling
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum/Neurological complaints
  • Stress/Muscle Tension/Disordered Sleep
  • Post Surgical Pain from joint replacements, breast (mastectomy, augmentation), laproscopy, post cesarean section, rupture repair, etc

Rehabilitative Massage Therapy

Focuses on specific musculoskeletal dysfunction and systemic conditions. This includes but is not limited to post surgical care, trauma, chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries and acute and chronic disease processes.

Relaxation

Massage can help your body and mind to refocus and relax. Squeezing, stretching and kneading release tight muscles and natural endorphins. This results in decreased pain, decreased heart rate, increased self awareness and a sense of calm. There is good therapy in experiencing a deep, restful state.

Pediatric Care

Providing care and treatment for children and youth with special needs (physical and mental health) and for a sense of health and well being. Family Center RMTs offer professional healthy touch and consent is always negotiated. We have many tools for treating the child and youth patient. Parental consent must be given before treatment can commence. A doctor’s referral may be required depending on the condition. We have had good success with post surgical pain, sleep disorders, pain, asthma, anxiety, disordered eating, diabetes, dysmorphia and family life transitions.

Pregnancy (pre- and post-partum) Care

Individuals in their childbearing year have a host of unique physical challenges. All staff are educated and experienced in providing treatment during normal healthy pregnancy and post-partum period. Common complaints that respond well to treatment are swelling, headaches, low back pain, sacroiliac pain, round ligament pain, groin pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip pain, general achiness and fatigue. Paula Jaspar, MEd, RMT is well trained in treatment of high risk/complicated pregnancy and complicated post-partum. Home and hospital visits may be arranged.

Post Surgical Care

Patients can benefit with massage therapy post surgically by reducing inflammation, increasing circulation and the suppleness of the tissue. Scar management and post surgical pain management with massage therapy techniques, hydrotherapy and appropriate remedial exercise. By incorporating massage therapy, you may have increased flexibility, strength, sensation and functionality of each area.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

Patients with swelling and edema due to systemic presentations, post surgical insult, medication or cancer treatment respond well to the gentle approach of manual lymph drainage. MLD may be helpful for planned surgeries to establish positive fluid mechanics prior to the surgery. Rachel Shiu, RMT has a focused education and continued subject matter expertise in this technique.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)

Performed with the patient on a massage table, the touch is generally light and still. The treatment is focused on supporting the health of the whole person and focuses on modulating the nervous system. There is the potential to relax the body’s tension and recognize patterns of constriction. There is a patient’s perceptions of calming of the central and peripheral nervous system. There may also be an awareness of emotions in response to the treatment. Sid Hawkins, BCST, RMT is the therapist who offers BCST and supports a protective space for treatment.

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
- Chinese Proverb

30 Minute Treatment - Pediatric appointment

Rate: $65
Time: 30 Minutes
Notes: Contact us to book this treatment.

BOOK NOW

45 Minute Treatment

Rate: $100
Time: 45 Minutes
Notes: Pre-approved with therapist for current patients only. Contact us to book this treatment.

BOOK NOW

60 Minute Treatment

Rate: $120
Time: 60 Minutes
Notes: Initial appointment.

BOOK NOW

75 Minute Treatment

Rate: $155
Time: 75 Minutes
Notes: Offered by all RMTs.

BOOK NOW

90 Minute Treatment

Rate: $180
Time: 90 Minutes
Notes: Offered by all RMTs.

BOOK NOW

Our Massage Therapy Staff


RMT Availability

Bio

Shaina’s calling to care for others started early. As a child, she loved babies and animals, and with three younger siblings, she was always mama’s helper with the little ones. This gift for nurturing others planted the seed to hold space for people via massage therapy. Even her first career as a chef focused on nourishment with healthy food. A back injury in Shaina’s early 20’s turned into chronic back pain, and led her to many therapies in a quest to heal herself. Massage and yoga were the practices that helped the most, and Shaina followed these paths to become both a massage therapist and a yoga teacher. She attended the West Coast College of Massage in New Westminster, graduating in 2013, and has been practicing in Vancouver since then. During massage school, and in her practice afterwards, she noticed that some clients responded well to massage and healed quickly, but other people, including herself, had chronic tension and pain that was only helped temporarily by massage. Through a variety of professional training and her own healing journey, Shaina has found that chronic tension and pain responds to a reassuring and gentle hands-on approach, with the addition of mindful movement and focused breathing. This way of working allows holding patterns to unwind naturally, and helps the nervous system settle and release stress. Shaina’s massage practice aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all people, and she works slowly and mindfully, encouraging feedback and communication. She combines Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Release, Myofacsial Release, assisted stretching, and guided breathing and relaxation. She enjoys working with pregnant and post-partum parents, those recovering from car accidents and other physical trauma, chronic pain and headaches, and anyone who is curious about feeling ease in their body.

Shaina works every Monday alternate 9.30am-5pm and 1.30-8.30pm ,Thursday 9.30am-5pm and Friday 12.45 – 6pm.

Testimonial

“I had the pleasure of experiencing Somatic work with Shaina. The combination of massage to bring the physical body into a relaxed state and then the deeper somatic touch work was a benefit to me working through some physical/emotional trauma I experienced in my past. Shaina provided a safe and comfortable place to express and experience healing work in a very unique and effective way. After my sessions with Shaina I always felt calm and ready for the day. The pain seemed to subside miraculously and lasted for quite some time. Every session brought greater peace and relief. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience what Shaina has to offer. I would recommend this work to anyone looking for relief from pain and trauma.” – Leah Austin, business owner and mom


RMT Availability

Bio

Rebekka has been fascinated by alternative healing arts from a young age, learning from her mother how to use herbal medicine and poultices for ailments and minor illnesses. After giving birth to her first child at home with a doula and midwife, her interest in women’s health was ignited and she took the birth doula training at Douglas College. Rebekka supported a handful of women and their partners through their birth experiences before taking some time to travel abroad extensively with her family. After giving birth to her second child, her interest for supporting people on their paths of healing was sparked again, and she completed her schooling at the Vancouver School of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Rebekka started her career as an RMT in 2016. It is her goal to support her clients in healing injuries as well as providing space for relaxation and peace from daily stresses. She has experience working with children and teenagers, and enjoys working with people during pregnancy and post-partum. In her practice she uses a combination of manual techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular tenchniques, muscle energy techniques, trigger point release, joint mobilization, Swedish relaxation massage, as well as manual lymph drainage techniques.

Rebekka works every Thursday and Friday 9.30am-5pm

Testimonials

“Amazing experience! Rebekka’s approach was very professional and caring. She asked many questions to understand what my body needed at that moment. I was able to understand more about scar tissue and how you can work on it to prevent more pain. The space makes you feel that they really want to focus on your body and help you to release tension. I can’t wait to my next appointment!” – Paola Q. C. “Hi Rebekka, I’m writing this to offer you my appreciation for the treatments I’ve received recently. Not knowing if they would be helpful beyond the immediate release of painful tensions has turned to considerable surprise. The loss of range of motion that restricted painfully many everyday activities has begun to improve. The often great discomfort stretching my arm has begun to ease, and reaching , as when closing a car door or picking up things doing dishes and cooking is much improved. The overall discomfort in my upper back has lessened noticeably too, especially around the shoulder blades where you have been working. I like that you offer your perspective on what you find and your willingness to listen to my comments about what is happening for me, and that you let me know what you want to work on in response to my comments. I’m really pleased with these changes since receiving the treatments and want to continue hoping for further improvements.” – Willie “I saw Rebekka for recurring pain in my shoulder, from which I had been suffering for 10 years. Rebekka is extremely thorough and professional. She took care and time during our consult to determine possible causes for my pain and discussed options with me really clearly. The following massages dealt with the issue better than any treatment I had sought out in the 10 years prior. Rebekka is an excellent massage therapist and I have no issue with recommending her whole heartedly. My shoulder has never been as bad again, and if I need to see a massage therapist for it ever again I will absolutely choose to see her.” – Caitlin Hertzcarrick


MS, RMT Availability

Bio

Tania has a keen passion for the healing arts. She is sensitive to the needs of not only the body, but also of the mind and spirit, believing that none can be separated from the others. She encourages healing on a holistic level. Tania graduated from the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy in 2010. She is passionate about her practice and is excited by the current research pointing to the many benefits of massage therapy. She is a very compassionate, calm, grounded and gifted therapist. Tania believes every individual is unique and tailors each treatment specifically to each client. Tania enjoys treating individuals with a wide variety of conditions. She employs several massage therapy techniques in her practice, but her primary practice involves use of myofascial techniques, including Course of Applied Tensegrity (CoAT). This is a very gentle, subtle, yet effective technique. Client education is also integrated into her sessions, as she strives to empower each individual to take charge of their health. Prior to being a massage therapist, Tania worked in a variety of medical and scientific settings. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. With her unique combination of education and work experience, Tania plans to ultimately contribute to clinical research in massage therapy. She acknowledges that she provides her services on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Testimonial

“Last summer I was enjoying a Cuban at English Bay and a good book. After 3 engrossing hours of Vancouver beach and waves, I was a little stiff and tender. I thought nothing of it. The next day I went for a quick run around the Olympic Village seawall. The Vancouver sun glistened off the water. Amazing. I love this city. Next stop, Grouse Mountain. I completed the accent in under 1 hour and I felt amazing. The view…spectacular. The next day, my body was not happy. I was stiff and sore. As a trainer, no problem. I can figure this out. I stretched out, got on my foam roller; hamstrings, quads, glutes, IT bands, and other muscles only a few know of. I will be fine. No problem. Next day…even worse. I called Dr Paul up. I need help, my back is not working well. I can’t move well. I need help. Dr Paul, adjusted, worked his magic and gave me some exercise. After a few session, he said, “Your back is angry with you. It needs to relax.” Immediately I thought Tania, she can help this. In our first session, she went through an initial assessment. Asked questions. Really got to know the problem, the issues, and the potential cause. She determined, my back was not happy as well. After 1 hour or treatment. I felt amazing. My back was relaxed. I could move again. Tania gave me a few stretches, which I was not aware of, and sent me on my way. I see you in a few days. Second session. I showed up to Serene Massage Therapy, on Broadway, stressed. Work was overwhelming. 16 hours days. “Tania,” I said, “I am stress. Can we forget about my back and just decompress? I need to relax.” No problem was her response. 5 minutes later, I was sleeping. 50 minutes later show woke me up saying we were done. I had felt like I had been sleeping for hours. I was refreshed, energized, and more importantly, my back felt amazing, best it had felt in a long time. She’s a wizard I thought! Tania, was exception in my treatment and is phenomenal in her craft. Some words I would use: exception, attentative, accommodating, healing, and intuitive. She paid close attention my concerns, and was aware and addressed issues I didn’t know I had. Her intuition allowed her to work through my requests as well as treat my physical issues I had. I always left her felt relaxed and energized. Tania is amazing, and unique in what she does. A great quality in the health industry. Amazing!!!”


RMT, BCST Availability

Bio

My approach to healing work involves a deep gratitude for the ways in which our bodies have developed around our limitations, even though it is these patterns that typically bring us into the treatment room. I see my role as a facilitator in the process toward deeper connection and embodiment. It’s no easy task being in a body. We live in a world where we are encouraged to be disconnected from ourselves/each other/the earth and I believe it is a powerful, subversive act to develop relationship to self. For myself, moving toward my own body began when I started practicing yoga in 1999. Since then I have been a typical gemini, dabbling here and there and learning various things along the way, until my hands discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Game changer. I completed a 2.5 year in-depth training in Portland in 2012 and have been practicing since then. This work transformed (and continues to transform) my relationship to my body, my compensatory patterns, my family and community. Becoming an RMT has greatly deepened my knowledge and respect for the body, as well and allowed me access to a whole host of tools for assisting each individual’s healing journey. I am grateful for the excellent education I received at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

Sid works every Wednesday 1.30-8.30pm.

Testimonial

“Sid is an excellent, highly skilled and highly effective massage therapist, craniosacral practitioner, and healer. Sid is a trauma-informed practitioner and made me feel very comfortable and safe during our sessions. As a brown, fat, and queer person, finding practitioner with a justice-based lens on bodywork is a challenge and I love that Sid consistently steps up to the plate. Sid is knowledgeable about how mind, body, and spirit interact, and has made space for me to explore both bio-physical aspects of treatment that are grounded in scientific research, while simultaneously integrating psycho-emotional/spiritual aspects through the body. I would highly recommend Sid to anyone looking to work with a gifted healer.” – Ada D.

Shaina Loos

Shaina’s calling to care for others started early. As a child, she loved babies and animals, and with three younger siblings, she was always mama’s helper with the little ones. This gift for nurturing others planted the seed to hold space for people via massage therapy. Even her first career as a chef focused on nourishment with healthy food. A back injury in Shaina’s early 20’s turned into chronic back pain, and led her to many therapies in a quest to heal herself. Massage and yoga were the practices that helped the most, and Shaina followed these paths to become both a massage therapist and a yoga teacher. She attended the West Coast College of Massage in New Westminster, graduating in 2013, and has been practicing in Vancouver since then. During massage school, and in her practice afterwards, she noticed that some clients responded well to massage and healed quickly, but other people, including herself, had chronic tension and pain that was only helped temporarily by massage. Through a variety of professional training and her own healing journey, Shaina has found that chronic tension and pain responds to a reassuring and gentle hands-on approach, with the addition of mindful movement and focused breathing. This way of working allows holding patterns to unwind naturally, and helps the nervous system settle and release stress. Shaina’s massage practice aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all people, and she works slowly and mindfully, encouraging feedback and communication. She combines Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Release, Myofacsial Release, assisted stretching, and guided breathing and relaxation. She enjoys working with pregnant and post-partum parents, those recovering from car accidents and other physical trauma, chronic pain and headaches, and anyone who is curious about feeling ease in their body.

Shaina works every Monday alternate 9.30am-5pm and 1.30-8.30pm ,Thursday 9.30am-5pm and Friday 12.45 – 6pm.

Testimonial

“I had the pleasure of experiencing Somatic work with Shaina. The combination of massage to bring the physical body into a relaxed state and then the deeper somatic touch work was a benefit to me working through some physical/emotional trauma I experienced in my past. Shaina provided a safe and comfortable place to express and experience healing work in a very unique and effective way. After my sessions with Shaina I always felt calm and ready for the day. The pain seemed to subside miraculously and lasted for quite some time. Every session brought greater peace and relief. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience what Shaina has to offer. I would recommend this work to anyone looking for relief from pain and trauma.” – Leah Austin, business owner and mom

Rebekka Brandli

Rebekka has been fascinated by alternative healing arts from a young age, learning from her mother how to use herbal medicine and poultices for ailments and minor illnesses. After giving birth to her first child at home with a doula and midwife, her interest in women’s health was ignited and she took the birth doula training at Douglas College. Rebekka supported a handful of women and their partners through their birth experiences before taking some time to travel abroad extensively with her family. After giving birth to her second child, her interest for supporting people on their paths of healing was sparked again, and she completed her schooling at the Vancouver School of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Rebekka started her career as an RMT in 2016. It is her goal to support her clients in healing injuries as well as providing space for relaxation and peace from daily stresses. She has experience working with children and teenagers, and enjoys working with people during pregnancy and post-partum. In her practice she uses a combination of manual techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular tenchniques, muscle energy techniques, trigger point release, joint mobilization, Swedish relaxation massage, as well as manual lymph drainage techniques.

Rebekka works every Thursday and Friday 9.30am-5pm

Testimonials

“Amazing experience! Rebekka’s approach was very professional and caring. She asked many questions to understand what my body needed at that moment. I was able to understand more about scar tissue and how you can work on it to prevent more pain. The space makes you feel that they really want to focus on your body and help you to release tension. I can’t wait to my next appointment!” – Paola Q. C. “Hi Rebekka, I’m writing this to offer you my appreciation for the treatments I’ve received recently. Not knowing if they would be helpful beyond the immediate release of painful tensions has turned to considerable surprise. The loss of range of motion that restricted painfully many everyday activities has begun to improve. The often great discomfort stretching my arm has begun to ease, and reaching , as when closing a car door or picking up things doing dishes and cooking is much improved. The overall discomfort in my upper back has lessened noticeably too, especially around the shoulder blades where you have been working. I like that you offer your perspective on what you find and your willingness to listen to my comments about what is happening for me, and that you let me know what you want to work on in response to my comments. I’m really pleased with these changes since receiving the treatments and want to continue hoping for further improvements.” – Willie “I saw Rebekka for recurring pain in my shoulder, from which I had been suffering for 10 years. Rebekka is extremely thorough and professional. She took care and time during our consult to determine possible causes for my pain and discussed options with me really clearly. The following massages dealt with the issue better than any treatment I had sought out in the 10 years prior. Rebekka is an excellent massage therapist and I have no issue with recommending her whole heartedly. My shoulder has never been as bad again, and if I need to see a massage therapist for it ever again I will absolutely choose to see her.” – Caitlin Hertzcarrick

Tania Haqq

Tania has a keen passion for the healing arts. She is sensitive to the needs of not only the body, but also of the mind and spirit, believing that none can be separated from the others. She encourages healing on a holistic level. Tania graduated from the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy in 2010. She is passionate about her practice and is excited by the current research pointing to the many benefits of massage therapy. She is a very compassionate, calm, grounded and gifted therapist. Tania believes every individual is unique and tailors each treatment specifically to each client. Tania enjoys treating individuals with a wide variety of conditions. She employs several massage therapy techniques in her practice, but her primary practice involves use of myofascial techniques, including Course of Applied Tensegrity (CoAT). This is a very gentle, subtle, yet effective technique. Client education is also integrated into her sessions, as she strives to empower each individual to take charge of their health. Prior to being a massage therapist, Tania worked in a variety of medical and scientific settings. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. With her unique combination of education and work experience, Tania plans to ultimately contribute to clinical research in massage therapy. She acknowledges that she provides her services on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Testimonial

“Last summer I was enjoying a Cuban at English Bay and a good book. After 3 engrossing hours of Vancouver beach and waves, I was a little stiff and tender. I thought nothing of it. The next day I went for a quick run around the Olympic Village seawall. The Vancouver sun glistened off the water. Amazing. I love this city. Next stop, Grouse Mountain. I completed the accent in under 1 hour and I felt amazing. The view…spectacular. The next day, my body was not happy. I was stiff and sore. As a trainer, no problem. I can figure this out. I stretched out, got on my foam roller; hamstrings, quads, glutes, IT bands, and other muscles only a few know of. I will be fine. No problem. Next day…even worse. I called Dr Paul up. I need help, my back is not working well. I can’t move well. I need help. Dr Paul, adjusted, worked his magic and gave me some exercise. After a few session, he said, “Your back is angry with you. It needs to relax.” Immediately I thought Tania, she can help this. In our first session, she went through an initial assessment. Asked questions. Really got to know the problem, the issues, and the potential cause. She determined, my back was not happy as well. After 1 hour or treatment. I felt amazing. My back was relaxed. I could move again. Tania gave me a few stretches, which I was not aware of, and sent me on my way. I see you in a few days. Second session. I showed up to Serene Massage Therapy, on Broadway, stressed. Work was overwhelming. 16 hours days. “Tania,” I said, “I am stress. Can we forget about my back and just decompress? I need to relax.” No problem was her response. 5 minutes later, I was sleeping. 50 minutes later show woke me up saying we were done. I had felt like I had been sleeping for hours. I was refreshed, energized, and more importantly, my back felt amazing, best it had felt in a long time. She’s a wizard I thought! Tania, was exception in my treatment and is phenomenal in her craft. Some words I would use: exception, attentative, accommodating, healing, and intuitive. She paid close attention my concerns, and was aware and addressed issues I didn’t know I had. Her intuition allowed her to work through my requests as well as treat my physical issues I had. I always left her felt relaxed and energized. Tania is amazing, and unique in what she does. A great quality in the health industry. Amazing!!!”

Sid Hawkins

My approach to healing work involves a deep gratitude for the ways in which our bodies have developed around our limitations, even though it is these patterns that typically bring us into the treatment room. I see my role as a facilitator in the process toward deeper connection and embodiment. It’s no easy task being in a body. We live in a world where we are encouraged to be disconnected from ourselves/each other/the earth and I believe it is a powerful, subversive act to develop relationship to self. For myself, moving toward my own body began when I started practicing yoga in 1999. Since then I have been a typical gemini, dabbling here and there and learning various things along the way, until my hands discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Game changer. I completed a 2.5 year in-depth training in Portland in 2012 and have been practicing since then. This work transformed (and continues to transform) my relationship to my body, my compensatory patterns, my family and community. Becoming an RMT has greatly deepened my knowledge and respect for the body, as well and allowed me access to a whole host of tools for assisting each individual’s healing journey. I am grateful for the excellent education I received at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

Sid works every Wednesday 1.30-8.30pm.

Testimonial

“Sid is an excellent, highly skilled and highly effective massage therapist, craniosacral practitioner, and healer. Sid is a trauma-informed practitioner and made me feel very comfortable and safe during our sessions. As a brown, fat, and queer person, finding practitioner with a justice-based lens on bodywork is a challenge and I love that Sid consistently steps up to the plate. Sid is knowledgeable about how mind, body, and spirit interact, and has made space for me to explore both bio-physical aspects of treatment that are grounded in scientific research, while simultaneously integrating psycho-emotional/spiritual aspects through the body. I would highly recommend Sid to anyone looking to work with a gifted healer.” – Ada D.


MEd, RMT Availability

Bio

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good). She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her at interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC. Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy. Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.

Testimonials

“Paula has been my therapist for a decade. She is an amazing practitioner who not only knows how to assess and provide what my body needs, she always listens with intent and care. Paula is extremely knowledgable in pre- and postpartum treatment and is a smorgasbord of invaluable advice and information” – Lena L. “I did a continuing education course with Paula last year. She was amazing! Very informative, easy to understand, clear communication, course was laid out nicely for the two days. On time and well organized great at initiating discussions, practical advice, techniques that could be used to a target group of patients or diversified. I’m counting the days till I can attend another course with Paula. I would highly recommend going to see her and learn some new skills or how to adapt a skill in a new way!” – Samantha P.


RMT, MLD Availability

Bio

Rachel graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and acquired her full certification in the Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)/Decongestive Therapy in 1996. She was also fortunate to receive training at the Vodder Akadamie International Institute in Walchsee, Austria in 2000. She has over 15 years experience treating a wide variety of orthopaedic and soft tissue issues, including complex scarring and edema (swelling), post-surgical recovery and women’s health. Her MLD techniques have helped many patients recovering from mastectomies, reconstructions, knee/hip replacements, and acute sports injuries. Rachel has a good understanding of performance injuries as she used to be a Sports Med Trainer and former competitive athlete. She has had the privilege to work as both a sports med trainer and massage therapist for the Canadian National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Douglas College Badminton Team. As an athlete, Rachel is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist for badminton in the National CCAA Championships. She also played in an exhibition tour through Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in 1993. In 1999, she received the All Canadian Athlete award from the CCAA. She has also been involved in tennis, dragon boat racing, beach volleyball, softball, and Aikido. In giving back to her profession, Rachel taught for 5 years at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She was a senior instructor of Jurisprudence, Manual Skills, and examiner of students preparing for the government board exams. She now teaches at Langara College, occasionally TA’s for continuing education courses and currently sits on the Patient Relations committee of the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Rachel prefers a gentle, non-aggressive approach to create tissue change from superficial fascial work to deep tissue. Patient care and comfort are of utmost importance to her. Rachel works every Tuesday 9am-4pm and Wednesday 8.15am-1pm.


RMT Availability

Bio

Born and raised in Vancouver, Catalina appreciates the value of wellness and regards herself as a continuous learner so she can best support others in their wellness journey. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015 and has been working with prenatal and postnatal women since then. She was first introduced to massage when her dad developed a spinal stenosis. Following his surgery, Catalina witnessed firsthand the benefits of regular massage treatments; it improved his range of motion in hips & low back, increased circulation and decreased his pain. Inspired by this, she decided to begin her own journey into massage therapy. Catalina focuses on creating a calm environment with a specific treatment plan for each individual. She integrates Swedish massage, myofascial release & trigger point therapy, and deep tissue, with stretching & strengthening exercises. Her goal is to decrease pain, improve postural alignment, and maintain tissue integrity. While Catalina regularly works with a broad range of patients, she is currently exploring perinatal, post-surgical, and pediatric fields. She maintains an active and healthy lifestyle, while recognizing the importance of down time. When she’s not in at the clinic, she’s biking the sea wall (weather permitting), practicing yoga, or catching up on a Netflix British crime show.

Catalina works every Monday 9.30am-5pm and Thursday 12.15-8.30pm.


RMT Availability

Bio

Rhiannon treats with a slow calm pace, always moderating pressure and technique to try and tailor treatment for each individual. She uses a variety of techniques including myofascial, Swedish massage, ligament articular strain (LAST), dermoneuromodulation (DNM), and stretching. She has worked to help people during the pre and postnatal period, during recovery from motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, for stress management, supporting people managing chronic pain as well as with general aches and pains that occur from daily life. Before becoming an RMT she earned her BFA from UBC and then spent 3 years teaching English in Japan. She then realized that she wanted to combine her desire to help others, work with her hands and interest in anatomy and biology together, graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. She has been giving back to her profession as a teacher since 2012 and currently teaches at Langara College. While not a particularly gifted athlete she loves to keep active. She currently does kickboxing to keep fit, but has also in the past practiced Jujitsu (earning a black belt), windsurfed for several years, and worked as a lifeguard. Always interested in learning, she is always happy to answer questions to the best of her ability and to work with people to determine the best way to support them as a massage therapist.

Rhiannon works every Tuesday morning.

ON MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL JANUARY 2020.

Paula Jaspar

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good). She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her at interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC. Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy. Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.

Testimonials

“Paula has been my therapist for a decade. She is an amazing practitioner who not only knows how to assess and provide what my body needs, she always listens with intent and care. Paula is extremely knowledgable in pre- and postpartum treatment and is a smorgasbord of invaluable advice and information” – Lena L. “I did a continuing education course with Paula last year. She was amazing! Very informative, easy to understand, clear communication, course was laid out nicely for the two days. On time and well organized great at initiating discussions, practical advice, techniques that could be used to a target group of patients or diversified. I’m counting the days till I can attend another course with Paula. I would highly recommend going to see her and learn some new skills or how to adapt a skill in a new way!” – Samantha P.

Rachel Shiu

Rachel graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and acquired her full certification in the Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)/Decongestive Therapy in 1996. She was also fortunate to receive training at the Vodder Akadamie International Institute in Walchsee, Austria in 2000. She has over 15 years experience treating a wide variety of orthopaedic and soft tissue issues, including complex scarring and edema (swelling), post-surgical recovery and women’s health. Her MLD techniques have helped many patients recovering from mastectomies, reconstructions, knee/hip replacements, and acute sports injuries. Rachel has a good understanding of performance injuries as she used to be a Sports Med Trainer and former competitive athlete. She has had the privilege to work as both a sports med trainer and massage therapist for the Canadian National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Douglas College Badminton Team. As an athlete, Rachel is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist for badminton in the National CCAA Championships. She also played in an exhibition tour through Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in 1993. In 1999, she received the All Canadian Athlete award from the CCAA. She has also been involved in tennis, dragon boat racing, beach volleyball, softball, and Aikido. In giving back to her profession, Rachel taught for 5 years at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She was a senior instructor of Jurisprudence, Manual Skills, and examiner of students preparing for the government board exams. She now teaches at Langara College, occasionally TA’s for continuing education courses and currently sits on the Patient Relations committee of the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Rachel prefers a gentle, non-aggressive approach to create tissue change from superficial fascial work to deep tissue. Patient care and comfort are of utmost importance to her. Rachel works every Tuesday 9am-4pm and Wednesday 8.15am-1pm.

Catalina Ferrari

Born and raised in Vancouver, Catalina appreciates the value of wellness and regards herself as a continuous learner so she can best support others in their wellness journey. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015 and has been working with prenatal and postnatal women since then. She was first introduced to massage when her dad developed a spinal stenosis. Following his surgery, Catalina witnessed firsthand the benefits of regular massage treatments; it improved his range of motion in hips & low back, increased circulation and decreased his pain. Inspired by this, she decided to begin her own journey into massage therapy. Catalina focuses on creating a calm environment with a specific treatment plan for each individual. She integrates Swedish massage, myofascial release & trigger point therapy, and deep tissue, with stretching & strengthening exercises. Her goal is to decrease pain, improve postural alignment, and maintain tissue integrity. While Catalina regularly works with a broad range of patients, she is currently exploring perinatal, post-surgical, and pediatric fields. She maintains an active and healthy lifestyle, while recognizing the importance of down time. When she’s not in at the clinic, she’s biking the sea wall (weather permitting), practicing yoga, or catching up on a Netflix British crime show.

Catalina works every Monday 9.30am-5pm and Thursday 12.15-8.30pm.

Rhiannon Dawson

Rhiannon treats with a slow calm pace, always moderating pressure and technique to try and tailor treatment for each individual. She uses a variety of techniques including myofascial, Swedish massage, ligament articular strain (LAST), dermoneuromodulation (DNM), and stretching. She has worked to help people during the pre and postnatal period, during recovery from motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, for stress management, supporting people managing chronic pain as well as with general aches and pains that occur from daily life. Before becoming an RMT she earned her BFA from UBC and then spent 3 years teaching English in Japan. She then realized that she wanted to combine her desire to help others, work with her hands and interest in anatomy and biology together, graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. She has been giving back to her profession as a teacher since 2012 and currently teaches at Langara College. While not a particularly gifted athlete she loves to keep active. She currently does kickboxing to keep fit, but has also in the past practiced Jujitsu (earning a black belt), windsurfed for several years, and worked as a lifeguard. Always interested in learning, she is always happy to answer questions to the best of her ability and to work with people to determine the best way to support them as a massage therapist.

Rhiannon works every Tuesday morning.

ON MATERNITY LEAVE UNTIL JANUARY 2020.


RMT Availability

Bio

Amanda has always had a desire to help people, protect them and create a positive impact on everyone around her. It was this
motivation that inspired her passion both as a Registered Massage Therapist and a Doula. Her enthusiasm for a healthy and holistic
lifestyle starts at home with her husband and three young children and is something that she brings into both practices.

While studying to become an RMT, she discovered a whole new world of holistic lifestyle options through instructors and classmates.
The “bonus” education was a life-changing experience, beyond acquiring my diploma. she learned about holistic health care options,
informed choice, and developed an interest and value in women and family centered care.

As her massage therapy practice and her own family grew so did her interest in working with families. She began focusing her post graduate education on courses to help her while working with pre and postnatal clients and children. Her own births and massage therapy work with pregnant women and new mothers then created a deep interest in birth work, so that is where her doula career began.


RMT Availability

Bio

Lorisa chose to pursue a career in Registered Massage Therapy because she wanted to understand the human body at a deeper and more educational level. She graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2013 learning that the most effective way of treating the human body is as a whole unit.

Her training consisted of two years of intense study of anatomy, physiology, clinical sciences, orthopedic assessment and massage therapy techniques. These styles of treatment include Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, fascial release, sports injury treatment and pregnancy massage. She is knowledgeable and precise with lower back and neck injuries as well as treatments working with mothers during their childbearing years. Lorisa also has a passion for working with children and infants and is continuing to gain knowledge and experience working with them. As a mother of two young children she has seen the positive effects that massage can have on their mental and physical wellbeing.

Lorisa uses myofascial techniques that progress into focused deep tissue massage followed by fluid, flushing strokes. Her intentions are to slowly unwind and release restrictions in muscle and connective tissue as the pain we feel in one place may be caused or reinforced by a pattern somewhere else. She tailors her treatments and depth of pressure specifically to the individual needs of the patient.

Lorisa has since continued to build knowledge and skill through continuing education courses and her hands-on time at work.


RMT Availability

Bio

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, in 2017 Amy decided to pursue her career as a healthcare professional. Although juggling motherhood and college, Amy’s determination and dedication has brought her to where she is today. Amy is now a 2018 graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster and completed her 2000 clinical practicum hours formed from outreaches such as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Royal Columbian Manor, UBC Varsity Athletics, Friends for Life, MS in-reach, and pre and postnatal to name a few.

Amy’s vibrant and optimistic spirit is contagious and provides a positive environment for patients. Her objective is to provide safe, ethical, and effective treatments to patients. On days spent away from the clinic, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


RMT Availability

Bio

After graduating from the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005, Jessika has focused her post graduate studies on gentle and holistic treatment modalities. Her intention is to work with her clients in a dynamic and inclusive way by stimulating their body’s innate ability to repair/restore balance. Her treatments are tailored to her individual clients and aim to integrate Myofascial, Craniosacral and Visceral techniques, along with a variety of other nervous system based modalities and traditional Massage Therapy. She also has a passion for Restorative Yoga and has attended over 400 hours of Yoga Teacher Training.

Currently her time is divided between her clients and as an educator with the Registered Massage Therapy Program at Langara College.

Amanda Logan

Amanda has always had a desire to help people, protect them and create a positive impact on everyone around her. It was this
motivation that inspired her passion both as a Registered Massage Therapist and a Doula. Her enthusiasm for a healthy and holistic
lifestyle starts at home with her husband and three young children and is something that she brings into both practices.

While studying to become an RMT, she discovered a whole new world of holistic lifestyle options through instructors and classmates.
The “bonus” education was a life-changing experience, beyond acquiring my diploma. she learned about holistic health care options,
informed choice, and developed an interest and value in women and family centered care.

As her massage therapy practice and her own family grew so did her interest in working with families. She began focusing her post graduate education on courses to help her while working with pre and postnatal clients and children. Her own births and massage therapy work with pregnant women and new mothers then created a deep interest in birth work, so that is where her doula career began.

Lorisa Strachan

Lorisa chose to pursue a career in Registered Massage Therapy because she wanted to understand the human body at a deeper and more educational level. She graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2013 learning that the most effective way of treating the human body is as a whole unit.

Her training consisted of two years of intense study of anatomy, physiology, clinical sciences, orthopedic assessment and massage therapy techniques. These styles of treatment include Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, fascial release, sports injury treatment and pregnancy massage. She is knowledgeable and precise with lower back and neck injuries as well as treatments working with mothers during their childbearing years. Lorisa also has a passion for working with children and infants and is continuing to gain knowledge and experience working with them. As a mother of two young children she has seen the positive effects that massage can have on their mental and physical wellbeing.

Lorisa uses myofascial techniques that progress into focused deep tissue massage followed by fluid, flushing strokes. Her intentions are to slowly unwind and release restrictions in muscle and connective tissue as the pain we feel in one place may be caused or reinforced by a pattern somewhere else. She tailors her treatments and depth of pressure specifically to the individual needs of the patient.

Lorisa has since continued to build knowledge and skill through continuing education courses and her hands-on time at work.

Amy Grifal

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, in 2017 Amy decided to pursue her career as a healthcare professional. Although juggling motherhood and college, Amy’s determination and dedication has brought her to where she is today. Amy is now a 2018 graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster and completed her 2000 clinical practicum hours formed from outreaches such as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Royal Columbian Manor, UBC Varsity Athletics, Friends for Life, MS in-reach, and pre and postnatal to name a few.

Amy’s vibrant and optimistic spirit is contagious and provides a positive environment for patients. Her objective is to provide safe, ethical, and effective treatments to patients. On days spent away from the clinic, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jessika Biajante

After graduating from the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005, Jessika has focused her post graduate studies on gentle and holistic treatment modalities. Her intention is to work with her clients in a dynamic and inclusive way by stimulating their body’s innate ability to repair/restore balance. Her treatments are tailored to her individual clients and aim to integrate Myofascial, Craniosacral and Visceral techniques, along with a variety of other nervous system based modalities and traditional Massage Therapy. She also has a passion for Restorative Yoga and has attended over 400 hours of Yoga Teacher Training.

Currently her time is divided between her clients and as an educator with the Registered Massage Therapy Program at Langara College.


"At Family Center Therapeutics we endeavor to create an environment based on communication, education, trust, and compassion."

- Paula Jaspar, Owner