Sara is a graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, B.C. She is a life long learner and strong believer in the power of education and knowledge. Having obtained a business degree and accounting designation prior to her career in massage therapy, her true passion for connecting and caring for others eventually led her to a path in massage therapy. She completed the 2,200 hour diploma program right here in Victoria in 2020.
Sara believes in the mind-body connection and the numerous benefits massage therapy can provide, whether seeking deep relaxation or relief from chronic pain. She enjoys and welcomes individuals from all walks of life, with inclusivity as one of her core values. One of her most cherished aspects of massage is connecting and working with individuals to help improve their quality of life.
Sara uses a well-rounded and tailored approach to treatment, using a variety of deep tissue & Swedish massage, as well as active stretching and myofascial techniques. Sara also performs hot and cold stone massage therapy. This type of treatment is both safe and effective in treating many conditions and providing deep relief from tension, stress and pain.
Massage therapy is certainly not a new concept. Literature exists dating back thousands of years that describes various forms of massage techniques employed by our ancient ancestors to reduce pain, increase circulation or encourage well-being. From the ancient Greeks to the Chinese dynasty period, evidence can be found showing human touch as a healing modality (Basmajian, 1985).
While most places around the world practice some form of massage, in Canada, specifically in British Columbia (BC), it is a regulated healthcare profession that has a rigorous educational curriculum. Massage therapy today is often used in conjuncture with other modalities in treatment of injuries, illnesses and chronic pain management.
For those that see a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) regularly, they will know that there are many different styles and techniques that can be used to treat. While each specific RMT treatment may look or feel different from the next, all registered massage therapists operate within the scope of practice set out by the governing body. The practice of massage therapy in BC includes assessments and treatment of soft tissue and joints of the body through manipulation, mobilization & other manual methods for the purpose of maintaining, rehabilitating, relieving pain or promoting health.
There are specific activities that an RMT may NOT perform, those include:
›Prescribe or administer drugs or anaesthetics
›Treat a recent fracture of a bone
›Apply any form of medical electricity,
›Move a joint of the spine beyond the limits the body can voluntarily achieve using a high velocity, low amplitude thrust.
Regulation of the massage therapy profession differs across Canada. In British Columbia, the massage profession is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) . The CMTBC is one of several colleges in BC that acts as a health regulator under the Health Care Act. Registered Massage Therapists are required to complete a 2200-3000hr educational program by an accredited institution as well as successful completion of the CMTBC entry to practice requirements and exams.
Furthermore, RMTs must follow the industry's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Each year, a minimum number of professional development and continuing education credits to maintain his or her RMT status.
The following are protected titles in BC and may only be legally used by current registrants of the College:
For more information on how massage therapy & RMTs are regulated in British Columbia, please visit the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia website via the link below.
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