Note: Rachel is currently on maternity leave until January 2020.
Rachel became interested in Massage Therapy at a young age when she was a high level swimmer and started experiencing back problems. Over the years, the sports and activities changed, and the aches and pains did too. Using pain as her teacher, she developed a deep connection with her body and was inspired to understand how it functioned at a more academic level. This led her to the West Coast College of Massage Therapy where she graduated with honours in 2010 from the 3000 hr RMT program. She had a successful practice in North Vancouver at Canopy Integrated Health for many years, however moved to Vancouver to start a family and work closer to home.
Rachel believes that healing the body takes special care and awareness from both the therapist and the client. She enjoys working with people to uncover the root cause(s) of their discomfort, listening to their stories and experiences, as well as gathering information through an ongoing assessment of the body. She combines this with her deep knowledge of anatomy to uncover restrictive patterns in the tissues preventing proper function of the body. It is her goal and her joy to see her clients enjoying life, without limitations due to dysfunction and/or pain.
Since graduation, Rachel has been most interested in myofascial release techniques, the mind-body connection, and visceral techniques. She is passionate about learning new tools and keeping current with therapeutic techniques. She has had much success with treating various conditions including frozen shoulder, whiplash, sports injuries, motor vehicle injuries, old injuries presenting as chronic pain, scar tissue restrictions, sciatic pain, numbness and tingling, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis to name some.
Rachel is currently completing her Bachelor of Health Science and is a teaching assistant for the Massage Therapy Program at Langara College. When she is not working, she is spending time with her family, working in the veggie garden, trying to get a hike or snowshoe in, and cooking up a storm.