#1: What make you decide to be a massage therapist?
Massage Therapy is actually my second career; I previously trained and worked in the baking/pastry arts field, so I think I’d established that I liked to work with my hands and had a lot of attention to detail. I love helping others, and starting hearing about massage therapy while I was early in my culinary career. I ended up deciding to make the career change sooner rather than later, while I was still young. I started by taking a few prerequisite courses as part of the program application process. I loved what I was learning about the human body, so I continued with the process, and the rest is history! I’ve now been a practicing RMT for 7 years and love what I do.
#2: Where did you go to school?
I attended West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC
#3: What area of massage therapy are you focusing on?
I have a varied practice and treat patients from all walks of life, but I have a special interest in pre/postnatal care. When I was in school, I had the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized inreaches and outreaches as part of my clinical practicum. Two of those were the Pre/Postnatal Inreach which took place at the college, and the High Risk Pregnancy outreach which took place at BC Women’s Hospital. I was in love, and just knew that I wanted to focus on that demographic as a practicing therapist. In the near future I would love to take some advanced training in pediatric massage therapy, as I’m very interested in that, as well.
#4: What do you love about working in Maple Ridge?
I enjoy working in a central area of town. Maple Ridge is a great community, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the area a bit better (I live in Mission).
#5: What else would you like pregnant women to know about you?
I’d like expectant moms to know that I have taken several advanced courses in massage therapy for the childbearing year; they include Pregnancy, Labour/Birth/Postpartum, and Infant Massage. I’m very comfortable with treating women at all stages of pregnancy, from the first trimester right up to their birth, and beyond. I do have a table that accommodates each woman’s changing body and allows me to treat women while they lay face down, which most of them love! As someone who’s been pregnant and given birth twice, I feel that I can relate to my pregnant patients and empathize with how they’re feeling physically throughout their pregnancies.
I know that women have a lot of choice when it comes to prenatal care, and I feel very honoured and humbled when women entrust me with their care during such an exciting time of their lives.
Maple Ridge Massage Therapy
11777 224th Street
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