a vital part of your health care
a vital part of your health care
Vitality Treatment Centre has several therapists on staff. In accordance with provincial regulation, all of our therapists are licensed and in good standing with their respective licensing bodies, College of Massage Therapists of BC and/or College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC
Alison is a Registered Massage Therapist who successfully completed the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2009. In her work Alison focuses on releasing soft tissue restrictions, which allows for greater tissue mobility and flexibility. Improper movement patterns and immobility often affect the body as a whole, creating postural and muscle imbalances, which often lead to dysfunction and pain. The body has an inherent ability to heal and will constantly attempt to realign and restore balance on its own. It is important to encourage this self-healing ability through adding awareness and activities to our daily lives to support this equilibrium.
Alison's goal in treatment is to provide personalized care based on the patient's individual needs, and to assist them in achieving optimal health and function. She looks to treat the root of the dysfunction rather than just the symptoms to provide long term resolution. Alison encourages her patient's to be proactive in their healing process by educating them and customizing a home care regime that may include stretching, strengthening and remedial exercises to facilitate the recovery process.
Growing up in Victoria, she takes full advantage of living on the west coast by mountain biking, hiking, gardening and playing outdoors with her family. Alison has worked for Catalyst Sports massage at the Trans Rockies bike races, a seven day mountain bike race through the Rocky Mountains. She also works part time at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant.
Alison offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.
Christina graduated from Victoria's West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2013. She has since taken foot massage classes in Thailand and worked at a summer resort fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii. Christina is passionate about bringing her therapeutic knowledge to the table, creating individualized treatment plans and home exercises based on client wellness goals — assisting in the shift from pain and stress to mindful breathing and movement. Christina joined Vitality's dynamic team of therapists in 2014.
Christine Grimes RMT has developed a successful, evidence-based practice since graduating from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2012 and is starting a new practice in Victoria, welcoming new patients! As a therapist she is adaptive, focused, and compassionate and is determined to find the right pressure, pace, and treatment type for her patients. She generally uses Swedish techniques only where indicated or requested and tends towards using less oil for better traction to address deep fascial restriction, ischemic areas and trigger points drawing on her research, John Barnes Myofacial Release and structural integration approach.
A dedicated therapist, community member and life learner with over 10 years of meditation and yoga practice, 8 years of martial arts training, and ongoing personal and professional studies in psychology and health, Christine has become an excellent therapist. She is more than happy to talk with you before you make an appointment to answer any questions you might have! She has had great success treating nerve compression issues, tendonitis, managing chronic pain, headaches, whiplash, old injuries, rebalancing postural issues and helping ease symptoms of trauma. Christine is a Clinical Instructor at Victoria's West Coast College of Massage Therapy, holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, and is taking undergraduate and graduate level courses to deepen her understanding of health, working towards a post-graduate certificate in pain management.
While living on Salt Spring after graduation, she was involved in environmental and social justice work as a volunteer, governmental commissioner and NGO board member and is now volunteering in Victoria within the local sustainability movement. Christine sees health holistically, interconnected with our relationships, the environment, community, culture, and the individual psyche. She is especially interested in how we heal from trauma, recognising how our familial, personal and cultural histories can contribute to both our resilience and pain.
Christine offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.
Corinne graduated from Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and, after a travel hiatus, came back to Victoria to practice massage. Her interests are deep tissue release (trigger points), sports injury prevention/maintenance and over use injuries. Corinne joined the Vitality family in 2010.
Elizabeth was born and raised on Salt Spring Island and always had a passion for massage. After graduating from high school, she went directly to study massage at the West Coast Collage of Massage Therapy. She has worked in spas, a wellness center and started her own mobile business as a Registered Massage Therapist. Elizabeth has had the opportunity and experience of treating young children from the ages of 4 to 10 and she enjoys working with prenatal clients. Using a wide variety of therapeutic techniques including deep tissue, myofascial work, isolytic release, and trigger point therapy, Elizabeth ensures that each client receives a custom treatment tailored to his or her needs. On her downtime, you can find her curled up with a good book or spending time with her family.
Elizabeth offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.
Elvina graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009. Although her approach to massage therapy is multi-faceted; her main focus is myofascial release as well as incorporating cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation. Elvina is passionate about assisting patients as they work toward their goals for health and she believes that this is possible by supporting the body's innate ability to restore it's strength and balance in areas of injury and pain. Elvina attends courses on an ongoing basis that focus on myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation.
Elvina grew up in Victoria and moved to Vancouver to pursue a job in the film industry. After seven years of camera assisting in the busy, but fruitful Vancouver film industry, she started the Massage Therapy program in New West. She worked as an RMT in downtown Vancouver for 3.5 years before returning back home to the Victoria to be close to her family. Elvina enjoys playing badminton, hiking, gardening, and riding her bicycle. She is glad to be working at the Vitality Treatment Centre.
Monica graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2002, where she later participated in teaching fascial, cranial sacral, and visceral-based portions of the WCCMT curriculum.
Monica uses a set of assessment techniques to decipher what areas of physical restriction and adhesion (several structures facially bound together, creating density, lack of circulation, lack of mobility, pain, and discomfort in the body) are presenting with greatest priority. She uses a combination of cranial sacral therapy (adhesions in the central nervous system), myofascial release (muscular adhesions), and visceral manipulation (working specifically with organ misalignment and adhesions) to free these structures and work toward pain relief and body alignment.
Monica understands how pain can impact, shape, and distort a person's life and their experience of reality. She works to share information and to help people move toward a pain free, aligned experience in their body.
Sabrina is a Registered Acupuncturist with a passion for providing her clients with deeply relaxing treatments. While acupuncture and relaxation might seem an odd pairing, what could be more relaxing than having that nervous stomach or muscle knot unwind? Suffering nauseating migraines frequently as a child, Sabrina is particularly excited about how well and how fast acupuncture treats most headaches.
Sabrina Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s Spa Practitioner Program in 2006 and provided massages at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe for over 5 years, Sabrina incorporates Swedish Massage, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy in her hands on assessments and treatments.
Always curious about how things work and why, Sabrina earned a Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College and a BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria. She interviews each client, looking at current challenges, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view and a biomedical perspective.
Sabrina loves dance and movement therapies from Foxtrot and Pilates to Poi Spinning and Tai Chi lessons. When not dancing Sabrina is often reading, playing board games or trying out new massages. Clients are offered useful advice for reducing pain and stress but not pressured to adopt habits that don't fit their lives. She offers 20 minute free consultations in person or by phone to anyone feeling curious or nervous.
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Sabrina offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.
Sanae is a Registered Massage Therapist, graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Originally, she moved to Victoria from Japan in 1994 to study English. Sanae is a calm, dedicated and caring therapist, focused on treating a body as a whole with gentle yet specific techniques. Sanae feels privileged to join the team at Vitality.
"Touch is the essential ingredient of massage therapy. Touch is known to communicate a sense of caring. I see magic -- almost a miracle -- in having a goal to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being integrated with the academics of anatomy and body function. If, in a small way, I can assist in someone's personal life style choices that will lead to a better balanced life style, it will make my life-time choice worthwhile."
Following the completion of her B.Sc. at UVic in 1994, Sandra graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in the summer of 2000. She has been practicing at a sports therapy clinic in Victoria and joined Vitality part-time in May of 2003. Sandra's approach to treatment focuses on Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. In her free time, she is an active kite-surfer and enjoys camping and running.
Sarah graduated West Coast College of Massage Therapy in April 2014. She is passionate about massage therapy and was excited to join the Vitality team in the spring of 2015.
Prior to her massage therapy education she spent four years in New Brunswick, at Mount Allison University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in English.
What she enjoys most about massage therapy is the wide spectrum of people she gets to meet and conditions she gets to treat. She understands the importance of treating each new client as a whole person and she loves the challenge of uncovering the root of dysfunction or pain, rather than simply treating symptomatically.
In her treatments she uses a combination of fascial work, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy and passive and active movement in order to reduce pain, increase function and increase overall well-being.
She is well versed in a multitude of musculoskeletal and systemic conditions; however, she is particularly interested in treating chronic neck and low-back pain, tension headaches and stress and anxiety and TMJ dysfunction.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, hiking, yoga and reading.
Susan started practicing full time at Vitality in November 2007. She also works part time at her alma mater the West Coast College of Massage Therapy as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant. Providing a relaxing atmosphere, Susan works with moderate depth of pressure to release muscle tension and improve overall health. Special interests include Scar Tissue Release and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria, Susanne pursued a career as a research technician. She quickly realized that she wanted to be more involved in the personal aspect of healthcare. She attended the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2012 as a Registered Massage Therapist. Susanne believes that massage therapy is an integral part of healthcare and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients to help them reach their treatment goals. Susanne enjoys hiking, cycling and gardening in her spare time.
Jan is a Radiation Oncologist and Medical Acupuncturist. He obtained his medical degree in England and practices at a Victoria Hospital. Jan trained in Medical Acupuncture in 2000 under Dr. Steven Aung and works part-time at Vitality to treat Oncology patients.