RMTs in British Columbia
Vancouver, BC’s Registered Massage Therapists are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body. They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education.
RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
In British Columbia , over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) – and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients’ conditions. Today, RMTs use a blend of modern science and ancient philosophies, utilizing specific techniques and modalities to treat many conditions.
Massage therapy is also remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. Some examples of general wellness care include pre or post-natal care (pregnancy), infant massage, stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Learn more about the different Massage Therapy Techniques that we offer.
Ryan wears many hats here. He is a registered massage therapist as well the managing owner of Spruce Body Lab spa in Vancouver. Ryan studied at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, graduating in April 2002. He then went on to successfully challenge the board exams and began to practice as an RMT in September of the same year. Since graduating, Ryan has continued his education to further enhance his skills and understanding of the human anatomy (which is always a focus of review). He has also studied Myo Fascial techniques and trigger point release. Recently, Ryan attended the Facial Congress and Pain Management conference where a great deal of research on soft tissue pain and disfunction was presented and discussed.
Ryan has a personal approach to treating his clients. His careful assessment and active listening are key to tailoring each treatment, building a relationship of trust and open communication. Ryan’s massage style is a blend of traditional Swedish relaxation techniques with other modalities such as Myo Fascial release, deep tissue, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release.
When Ryan is not at Spruce, you can usually find him hiking the mountains in the summer and skiing down them in the winter. He also fills his down time with cooking, movies, music and spending time with good friends.
Dave graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2004. He was working as a Registered Massage Therapist in one of the leading physiotherapy clinics in Whistler before joining Spruce in 2009. Working closely with physiotherapists, he is experienced in the rehabilitation of many sports related injuries, as well as motor vehicle accidents and overuse conditions.
The modalities of treatment that Dave incorporates into a massage therapy are deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point release, Swedish massage, and joint mobilizations. His goals are to relieve pain, restore normal range of motion, improve tissue quality and circulation, and educate his patients on home care.
Dave loves the outdoors and nature . When he isn’t at the spa, you can find him x-country mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, working out, horseback riding or travelling.
Marla has been practicing massage therapy since 1998. She brings a wide range of skills to her treatments and aims to meet your individual needs. From rhythmic full body relaxation to clinical assessment and focused treatment, Marla will customize your time at Spruce so that you leave more informed and feeling better than when you came in!
Marla is a certified practitioner of Structural Integration (also known as “Rolfing”)
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Victoria graduated from the 3000 hour Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College in 2005 and has been practicing for ten years.
She has experience in both spa and clinic environments which has given her a well balanced approach to Massage Therapy. She most frequently uses a combination of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Swedish and deep tissue massage to address the individual needs of the patient after a brief assessment and discussing patient goals. Victoria often treats postural corrections, general stress management, car accidents and sports injury rehabilitation.
Outside of work Victoria enjoys time with friends, yoga, running the sea wall, and exploring different parts of the world every chance she gets. Her New Year’s goals are to break her 10k record and fuel her creative side.
Alexis attended the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and has been a massage therapist for over ten years.She is a dedicated and skilled therapist with a wide range of experience, she strives to help clients enhance and achieve their optimal health. Her goal is to focus on the individual and care for their specific needs.A North Shore local, Alexis loves snowboarding and surfing and practices yoga almost every day. For her, leading a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority.
Arthur graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2014.
Arthur uses a blend of techniques, incorporating principals of Swedish massage, and Myofascial manipulation, combined with his detailed knowledge of functional anatomy, he can find and eliminate the root cause of your pain and discomfort.
Arthur is a highly intuitive therapist and has had success treating individuals requiring light, gentle treatment, as well as those who need a very strong pressure to affect the deepest layers of tissue in the body.
He also brings the benefits of over 20 years experience in strength training and research to his practice, so he can detail self-care for his clients to bring balance and pain free function to the active, and not-so-active physique.
Combining a background in psychology with her love for yoga, Wendy enjoys incorporating deep breathing with therapeutic manual techniques to reduce your muscle pain, release tension and connect deeper with your body.
Wendy is particularly effective in treating chronic pain, headaches, TMJ syndrome, overuse injuries and pain arising from postural dysfunction. Calling on a variety of techniques, Wendy uses Swedish, trigger point release, myofascial, lymphatic drainage, stretching, joint mobilizations and active release to help you reach and maintain your goals.
Wendy recharges by spending time in the mountains; hiking, camping and capturing their beauty with her lens.
Rachelle graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2014.
Rachelle uses a number of techniques and likes to take a slow, rhythmical approach to encourage communication with the affected tissue. Her favourite modalities include Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, active release and deep tissue massage. Whether you are suffering from musculoskeletal pain or just need to distress and relax, Rachelle can provide a treatment tailored specifically to you.
Asa graduated at the top of her class as valedictorian from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2013. She is a passionate therapist who treats every individual with a customized and dynamic management plan. Her focus is to maintain structural integrity and soft tissue health, whether you struggle with an overuse injury, chronic pain, or acute dysfunction, she will find the source and provide appropriate treatment. Treatments will vary based on your assessment and special testing. The techniques most commonly used are: classic Sweedish massage, myo-fascial release, trigger point release, lymphatic drainage, and a combination of active release techniques and joint mobilizations.