Barbara graduated from a full time, 2700 hour, two year program in Massage Therapy in British Columbia in 2016. Her practicum experience includes the UBC Hospital, Vancouver Women’s Hospital, and Positive Living in the Downtown Eastside, as well her case study (RMT required thesis) included using massage to mute some of the side effects of chemotherapy treatment.
She received a BA in Physical/Medical Anthropology in 2001 from the University of Victoria and attended biological/ecology field studies in various field locations in North and Central America.
“Some people find their passion in reading books; mine is reading the human body through massage. Bodies are my novels and newspapers. Our histories and daily lives are written into our physiology and our tissues. I am fascinated with fascia – the threaded wrapping that surrounds every tissue we have down to the cellular level. If you took away everything but your fascia, you’d look like a human shaped loofa sponge. Fascia can stick to surrounding tissue, which can cause problems like chronic pain or mysterious aches and pains that seemingly come from nowhere. Fascial issues can be caused by many things: injuries, surgery or from our daily habits.”
Barbara is a self professed globe-traveling science-geek with a passion for equality. She has been involved in different types of social awareness advocacy in Canada, United States, Central America, England and the Netherlands. “I am aware of the bigotry that many of us face in health care and I understand the judgement we get for our ethnicities, gender presentations, sexualities, body size, choices in family/partnership dynamics or our profession. I strongly believe in a practice that is non-judgemental of who we are and the choices we make in order to thrive.”
Fascial/connective Tissue Techniques
Myofascial Trigger Points
Muscle Energy Technique
Peripheral Neuro Facilitation
Static Pressure Techniques
Cross Fiber Frictions