Meet Our Registered Massage Therapists
We have a truly gifted and qualified group of Vancouver registered massage therapists. All are trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and sports massage. Several are also certified in pregnancy massage (prenatal and postnatal) and infant massage.
Techniques utilized by our massage therapists during treatment include trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy, cranial sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage and joint mobilizations.
Click on each massage therapist’s image to learn about their expertise and areas of focus.
I discovered massage therapy through my own journey to recovery through personal injury. This process has been deeply intertwined with the development of a dedicated yoga practice and studying somatic movement therapy. After completing a yoga teacher training in 2011, it was clear that the next step was entering the health care field through massage therapy. I completed my studies at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. I draw on a variety of treatment techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue, cranio-sacral, myofascial release, neuro muscular therapy, trigger point release, deep tissue, and joint mobilizations. My approach is holistic, integrating mind and body, using breath work to develop awareness and healing. I also enjoy working with women’s health, providing support though out pregnancy and assistance with rebuilding balance after delivery.
Previous to my time in Vancouver I focused on studying fine art in the mediums of metalsmithing, drawing, and design. In addition, I apprenticed and mastered the art of craft cocktail bartending as well as pursued a career in event and restaurant management. I now find balance between my time as therapist, and as a working artist, often finding inspiration while exploring the great outdoors with my wolf friend.
Therapeutic Massage was introduced to me at a very young age, which has helped me establish a very unique connection to TOUCH & the human body.
I have been in practice since November 2010 and have had some of the most amazing experiences of my life while providing massage.
I am passionate about Self Care Education & believe that a human being’s willingness to learn more about themselves every day is the most vital component of preventative health care & day to day — moment to moment well being.
My massage therapy practice is heavily focused on Women’s Health Concerns, Pelvic Health Issues & Scar Tissue Care, but I welcome everyone!
I pride myself on being a versatile practitioner, and I have had wide-ranging experience & successful outcomes with:
Therapeutic Abdominal Massage
Chronic Low Back & Pelvic Pain
Painful Menstrual Symptoms
Constipation / Digestive Issues
Post-Partum Organ & Abdominal Tissue Restrictions
Post-Partum Pelvic Muscular Tension
Incontinence (urine leakage)
Eating Disorders / Body Dysmorphia
Post Miscarriage & Post Abortion Support
Pre & Post Partum Support –
Full body tissue & joint support as the body changes during each trimester
Breast Massage to help with breast changes, milk let down/flow, blocked ducts, galactocele inflammation, mastitis support & pectoral tension
Pelvic floor muscular stabilization exercise support & education
Post C-Section Scar Tissue mobilization
“4th trimester” body & stress support for both parents
Post Mis-carriage abdominal massage
Deep breathing education
Self Massage education
Self Care education
PREGNANCY IS A POWERFUL TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN BODY! LEARN TO THRIVE DURING THIS AMAZING TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
Scar Tissue Mobilization
Tissue health education, rehabilitation & support
INDICATED FOR —
Post abdominal/organ surgery
Post Laparoscopic surgery
Therapeutic Breast Massage & Tissue Health Care
INDICATED FOR —
Post breast augmentation support (implants & reductions)
Pre & post pregnancy breast changes (mastitis support, repetitive strain/tension with breast feeding)
Post-lumpectomy and post-mastectomy rehabilitation
Menopausal breast pain & congestion
Post “Top” Surgery aka Breast Tissue Removal
Focused Head & Neck Treatments
INDICATED FOR —
Jaw (TMJ) pain & tension
Headaches / Migraines
Ear Ringing (Tinnitus)
I have continued education training in:
Core Conditioning & Pelvic Floor Strengthening / Stabilization
Traumatic Scar Tissue Care
Massage is the biggest component of my LIFE. It is my most turned to self care practice, as it brings me closer & closer to my heart & soul every time I connect with my body.
OTHER REASONS I LOVE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE::
Massage helps your body heal itself. Massage helps you connect to your pain perception in an open, curious fashion.Massage is a gateway to self compassion, self inquiry, self awareness & SELF LOVE.
Massage has helped me learn to breathe, to be present & to BE QUIET.
Introducing Therapeutic Massage into your life as part of your Self Care regime, especially if you pay into an extended health plan, can transform your connection to yourself.
Many people live day to day, for years on end, with chronic, deep muscular pain, headaches, numbness/tingling in their hands & feet, restricted movement patterns from old injuries all because no one ever educated them that direct manual treatment and mobilization of the soft tissues of the body could help them.
We have been taught to adapt to our pain perception by ignoring it or masking it, but we can learn new ways of approaching our body with compassion and care. Some intended surgeries can even be postponed or completely avoided altogether with the application of massage therapy and an active participation in daily self care practices.
I believe it is vital that all human beings are educated about avenues where they can release the natural tension that has built up within their tissue systems.
Registered Massage Therapy & Self Massage are two of those avenues, and I am so grateful to help guide you on this powerful journey into the Self.
Are you in?
I look forward to meeting you!
Tessa will be seeing clients at SOMA West. Book your appointment today!
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