Massage Therapy

I’ve been working as a registered massage therapist since 2006. I have a special interest in headaches. My father and his siblings all suffered from terrible migraines, so I grew up knowing this kind of distress.

What I’ve learned since then is that there is so much that can be done to soothe tension in the neck and shoulders, where pain patterns can actually come from. These patterns refer to the head and manifest as a migraine. Sometimes we’re not actually dealing with a migraine, but a very bad tension headache, due to this referral pattern.

The good news about tension headaches is that they are solvable. And even where there is a true migraine present, focused massage techniques can reduce the incidence and severity of the pain.

But I’m interested in how it got there, so we’ll try to solve that puzzle together so that you can live freely, knowing the case and effect of various postural problems. It’s often posture, not injury, that brings us persistent pain.


In my coaching practice, my major interest is work-life balance.

Dashing through life (Photo: Brodie Vissers, Burst)

Often when we look at advice around work-life issues, it’s from the point of view of the employer, and the advice seems to go along the lines of be nice and support your people so that ultimately they are happier and you can get more out of them.

That’s not really my focus. 🙂

Happiness and satisfaction with life sometimes seems to just flow to us, and other times is completely elusive. Why, we wonder, do I feel unhappy when I “have everything”?

Or why do I feel so pooped and unwilling to “go for it” at the moment? Where’s my drive? Why can’t I get [this one simple (or important) thing] done?

Getting coaching during these times is like having a personal trainer help you over a particular hump in your workout life. They help you with a weight-loss or strength goal, present different approaches to things you’re already doing, or shed light on how things work. They jump start you back on your way.

Life coaching is personal training for your mind. There are usually brief periods where we get stuck and can’t seem to move forward. I can help you through those periods. We’ll examine together what’s keeping you stuck and then get you over the hurdle. You get a guide to offer emotional support, feedback and new ways of looking at things. Having a success partner helps to spur you on.


In both cases (massage and coaching), we’re dealing with something that is creating profound stress in our lives. Whether it’s physical pain or pain in the mind, it’s nice to have some friendly intervention. And most times, the pain in your body is wrapped up in a mental or emotional problem, that lead to the injury, that is manifesting in the body.

We all hate the word psychosomatic, because it sounds like we’re about to be belittled. But it simply means mind-body, and we’re all over that these days.

Rest and Relax (Photo: Matthew Henry, Burst)

Massage does so much for stress on a physical level. It’s capable of calming the nervous system – our fight or flight system. But it’s temporary. When I send you back out to face your life again, old habits and worries can quickly erase the benefits we’ve achieved on the table.

So coaching can pick up from there. When you’re stuck, even if you can’t feel the frustration or anger that may be tagging along, you can often feel the embarrassment or shame of not getting ahead in your personal or business life. Or we might recognize the procrastination that informs us of a problem of will or overwhelm. Never being able to get around to it, whatever it is, can make us feel weak.

So, start where you are. And get where you’re going.

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