Anna is passionate about the benefits of Massage Therapy, and wants to work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Whether you are looking for pain relief, rehabilitation, injury prevention, stress reduction or improved performance she will apply her knowledge and skills to personalize your treatment. Anna utilizes many techniques to achieve results including:
Muscle Energy Technique
Anna comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and many years of industrial leadership roles. A desire to pursue a career path that was more personally fulfilling has seen Anna realize her dream of becoming a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated in 2016 from Okanagan Valley Collage of Massage therapy with honors.
Out of the office Anna has a busy family with a husband and two active boys. She enjoys many sports, especially triathlon and is active in supporting the Youth Triathlon community in Vernon.
Sarah Robson has been practicing massage therapy in Vernon for 20 years since graduating from the 3,000 hour, three-year program of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in Vernon, BC in 2000. Prior to going to massage therapy school she graduated with an honours degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Guelph. In March 2020 she got her Ortho-Bionomy Practioner Diploma.
Sarah has taken additional training in myofascial therapy, arthrokinetic therapy, Ortho-Bionomy®, movement assessment and corrective exercise therapy, neurostructural integration, hot stone massage, cranio-sacral therapy, visceral massage, and Reiki Level 1. Along with working as a registered massage therapist, Sarah taught at OVCMT for 15 years. Her primary roles were teaching musculoskeletal anatomy, integrated sciences, and therapeutic exercise; however, she also supervised sports massage and hydrotherapy clinics, and was an examiner for practical exams.
Recently Sarah has taken her teaching to the next level and is developing and teaching continuing education courses for RMTs. "It has been great to reconnect with past students and meet RMTs from around BC." Sharing what she has learned through teaching and extra training combined with 20 years of practical experience. "Everyone brings something to these weekends and it has been a pleasure to facilitate these motivating and educational weekends."
Sarah's goal as a massage therapist is to help clients achieve pain relief, reduce tissue restrictions, improve joint mobility and thus restore quality of living. This is achieved through a combination of massage therapy and education on home care. Which includes stretching and strengthening exercises, hydrotherapy, and ergonomic changes at work or home. She can treat many conditions and provide activity or work-related modification advice. These home care tools will address the nature of postural imbalances and activity and work-related strains from faulty biomechanics.
Sarah is an active person who participates in many sports and has a lot of personal experience in sports-related treatments and injuries. She has worked with many athletes involved in Ironman and short course triathlons, mountain biking, BMX racing, hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and dance/gymnastics. She has massaged during weeklong cycling tours (Tour BC) and for a BC Bike Race team.
Sarah is passionate about helping others and is always eager to learn new ways to address her clients’ needs. Her goal is to help others feel and perform at their best.
John has been practicing Massage Therapy for 21 years after graduating from the 3000 hour, 3 year program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in 1999. After practicing in Kelowna for a few years, he made his way to the north Okanagan and back to the OVCMT, serving as a Student clinic Supervisor and eventually as a Teaching Assistant for Special Techniques. Over the course of 16 years he progressed to teaching 3rd year Clinical Theory and Practice, 1st year Clinical Assessment, 2nd year Joint Mobilizations, and as an Examiner for practical exams. He is currently teaching Joint Mobilizations, as well as participating in practical exams. Including teaching students, John has also developed and taught several continuing education courses for RMTs, and is planning more in the future.
John has taken additional training in Clinical Orthopedic Assessment, Myofascial and Visceral (organ) release techniques, Joint Mobilizations, Muscle energy technique, and Cranial Sacral techniques; he continues to develop his skills in these areas.
John's approach to Massage Therapy is to determine through orthopedic, neurological, postural, and functional assessments the underlying reasons and causes of a patient's pain and dysfunction. In understanding what the body has experienced and is currently experiencing (injuries, habits, work, recreational activities, etc) John uses specific techniques to target the issue. He works with the involved joints, muscles, and fascia to decrease pain, restore musculoskeletal balance, and improve function. John believes that stretching and targeted exercises are an important part of every treatment and includes these in the treatment and as homecare when needed.
As a longstanding Okanagan resident, John enjoys the numerous amenities that our region has to offer: hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and good food!
Christie graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon BC in 2000 and has been practicing Massage Therapy for 19 years. She is an active member of the College of Massage Therapy of BC and the Massage Therapist Association of BC.
In understanding that both physical and psychological health are needed to maintain balance Christie believes massage therapy can assist in eliminating blocks that may compromise the overall health of both body and mind. Christie has continued to educate herself with continuing studies of massage. With focus on, but not limited to Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Release, Soft Tissue Release and Deep Tissue Massage. Through blending these techniques, she is able to develop and provide an effective treatment plan specific to each individual patient’s needs.
Christie is dedicated to maintaining balance through a healthy, active lifestyle and recognizes massage as one modality that plays a large role in both health promotion and injury prevention/rehabilitation. Whether in need of alleviating the general stresses of daily life, dealing with work related injuries, recovering from an accident, or as an athlete looking to improve overall health; Christie is committed in supporting her patients to meet their personal wellness goals. She recognizes the importance of other disciplines and values an interdisciplinary approach to achieve overall health and well-being and will recommend other modalities and practitioners to best meet her patient’s needs when necessary.
After spending 12 years in the West Kootenays Christie and her family are excited to be back in the Okanagan. She looks forward to practicing in her new community and sharing her knowledge and passion of the health and healing of the human body.