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Registered Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy 101

Registered Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy is an important element of optimal health for many of our clients overcoming chronic conditions, dealing with post-surgical pain, rehabilitation, or simply battling the rigors of a taxing training regimen, our massage therapists have a broad understanding of their field and a diversity of understanding and techniques.

Massage Therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Epoch’s RMTs work with a wide variety of patients and clients in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation, and disability. Massage therapy can be beneficial to a wide variety of conditions and is an excellent addition to your everyday health regimen.

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RMT Services Include:

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage centers on realigning the deeper layers of connective and muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the tense areas, either following or going across the fiber's of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage involves long, kneading strokes combined with rhythmic tapping strokes and movement of the joints. This type of massage targets the uppermost layer of muscles and aims to relieve muscle tension.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy or cranial osteopathy is a form of alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium.

Trigger-Point Release Therapy

Trigger point myotherapy also known as neuromuscular therapy or sometimes massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is applied with the fingers, knuckles, and/or elbow in ten to thirty second intervals to effectively alleviate the muscle spasm.

Pre/Post Natal Massage

Prenatal massage is a technique involving deep bodywork to improve circulation, take strain off muscles and joints, and help during prenatal and postpartum pregnancy phases. Massage therapy can help minimize the discomforts of pregnancy.

Our Therapists

Owner & Founder, RMT

Ollivor (Olli) Dickson

Owner and Founder of Epoch Integrated Health, Ollivor (Olli) Dickson is a second-generation massage therapist who graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2019. Growing up in the Okanagan, Olli grew up playing high-level sports before leaving home at age 16 to pursue a 5-year junior hockey career that landed him in the WHL, AJHL, and KIJHL. Following his hockey career, Olli turned to managing, coaching, and scouting in the junior hockey ranks. Olli attributes his success at the rink to massage therapy as a recovery method for training and injuries he sustained over the course of his career.

In 2018, Olli moved from the South Okanagan to the Lower Mainland to pursue his passion for massage therapy. During his time in school, Olli worked in many different areas of practice, some of which included Friends for Life Society in Vancouver, Canucks Place, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and Last Door Recovery Centre. Olli is trained in Swedish Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Joint mobilization as well as Pregnancy Massage.

Olli believes in a holistic and hands-on approach when helping his patients improve their quality of life. To help his patients achieve their treatment goals Olli incorporates active homecare modalities into his treatment plans. Olli also incorporates active, passive, and resisted ranges of motion into his practice with the hopes of maintaining or enhancing his patient’s mobility.

With a patient-focused approach Olli’s treatments start with a thorough assessment of his patients, this allows for Ollivor to find the best treatment plan for that particular treatment with the patient’s consent. During treatment time Olli continuously assesses and re-assesses his patient in order to confirm said treatment plan is working. After treatment, Olli then reassesses his patients and prescribes them with homecare modalities as previously mentioned. Olli’s area of focus has been treating patients with acute, chronic pain and dysfunction, and he also has had experience working with both amateur and professional athletes throughout his career.

Ollivor’s approach to therapy is to treat the body as a whole, not just addressing the immediate symptoms, in order to facilitate healing at the origin of the problem. Olli is a passionate and caring person as he helps his patients embark on their healing journeys.

Massage Therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

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Candace Racanelli

My interest in becoming a RMT stemmed from personally benefiting from massage therapy. Massage helped me as I trained for a half marathon and overcame an MVA injury. Such experiences motivated me to learn how I could help others prevent and recover from injuries and meet their personal goals.

I believe that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. My goal is to determine the underlying issue through clinical assessment and to make corrections through clinical treatment and home care such as strengthening exercise, stretch and hydrotherapy.

I work with each patient, creating an individualized treatment plan, and view the recovery process as a team effort. I believe effective massage therapy can provide lasting change for a healthier you. I work with your individual needs and goals so you can be at your best!

Candace is a graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program. She is also certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Lymph taping and Graston’s technique.

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Jessica Bernath

My name is Jessica, I am a graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy competency-based mastery level program, graduating in august of 2022 with academic excellence. During school I enjoyed learning the intricate anatomy and physiology of the human body, with particular interest in Muscle anatomy.

I enjoy working on a variety of cases having particular interest in sport rehabilitation, headaches / migraines, and deep tissue massage. My Focus with each treatment is to help get every patient back to optimal and pain free function. My typical treatments involve techniques such as general Swedish massage, Muscle stripping, trigger point release, and active stretching.

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Lois Reyes

Lois is a skilled massage therapist with a passion for helping people feel better. She has an intuitive touch and the ability to tailor each session to meet the unique needs of her clients. Lois reaps great satisfaction from helping people with their problems and is always looking for new and improved ways to help with her patients healing.

Throughout her career, Lois has helped clients of all ages and backgrounds find relief from a wide range of physical and emotional issues, from chronic pain and injury recovery to stress and anxiety. She takes a holistic approach to her work, recognizing that the mind and body are intimately connected, and works to create a relaxing and supportive environment for her clients to heal.

With her warm and compassionate nature, combined with her extensive knowledge and experience in massage therapy, Lois is dedicated to helping her clients achieve optimal health and wellness, one massage at a time.

In her free time, Lois enjoys travelling with her family and trying out new food.

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Kelsey Hari

Kelsey graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in December of 2019, where she gained hands-on clinical experience treating a diverse range of individuals and conditions.

She leads an active lifestyle and takes pride in choosing a career that helps people get back on their feet. When she isn’t working you can find her on the soccer and baseball field or exploring our beautiful province. Along with her keen interest in learning about human anatomy, Kelsey’s passion for health and wellness brought her to a new rewarding career path as a Massage Therapist.

She tailors her treatments to each individual and is always up for a challenge. Her techniques include deep tissue, trigger point release, active stretching, neuromuscular and facial techniques tied together with flowing swedish massage to achieve treatment goals. She is welcoming new patients and is looking forward to being a valuable part of your health and wellness.

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Sarah Lanner

Sarah graduated with honours from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2022.

She grew up in Chilliwack and began long-distance running in high school. Having encountered many injuries throughout her time as an athlete, she has experienced firsthand how massage therapy can aid in recovery, both physically and mentally.

Sarah has always had a passion for helping others, which has led her to pursue a career as an RMT. She uses a client-centered approach to develop tailored treatment plans, integrating various modalities of massage to promote healing. Her treatments include a balance of Swedish relaxation techniques, along with orthopedic methods such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, and neuromuscular techniques.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

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Samantha Boyd

Samantha graduated from CDI’s Registered Massage Therapy program in November 2020.

Samantha has grown up playing sports and spending time outdoors. Her passion for health and fitness is what lead her into choosing the career of massage therapy. She believes manual therapy plays an important role in not only injury rehab but also in daily activities of living. Her treatment style includes deep tissue, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage. Her treatment plans are uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual.

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Ekdeep Sekhon

Ekdeep Sekhon was in the Sport Science program at Douglas when she found interest in pursuing registered massage therapy. She is a graduate of the Registered Massage Therapy Program at CDI College. She’s always had a passion for helping improve physical and emotional health and commits to providing the best care for her patients.

Ekdeep’s areas of expertise are:

  • Trigger point Release
  • Myofascial Release
  • Athletic/Sports Treatment
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Active Release

With experience treating a wide demographic of patients, from young children up to senior citizens, Ekdeep’s goal is to help improve mobility, reduce pain, and improve mental awareness. Ekdeep also has experience working with athletes. She especially enjoyed working with the Fiji national rugby team when they came to Vancouver for Rugby Sevens World Series in 2016.

Ekdeep loves to spend time in the outdoors and also loves to travel. She’s travelled to Europe twice and hopes to explore other countries in the future.

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Yukari Vanstone

Hi, my name is Yukari Vanstone and I have been an RMT for over 3 years.

Before becoming an RMT, I had been working as a bodyworker for over 15 years specializing in Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, aromatherapy, Thai massage, and more. From that experience, I’ve learned to make clients comfortable, safe, and relaxed. On top of that, I am excited to work with clients using therapeutic skills such as joint mobilization, trigger points, neuromuscular technique, active release, PNF stretching, and IASTM.

Originally from Japan, I have spent the past 20 years living in Canada with my husband and two children. I love living here.

I look forward to seeing you with my enthusiasm for customer care.

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Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee has worked as a physiotherapist in hospitals in South Korea for more than 10 years. He has a background in rehabilitation and treatment of disc disease, strain, MVA, scoliosis, and postural dysfunction cases. Daniel Lee is a person who is very focused on a patient-centered mind because of his career. In Canada, he graduated from the Vancouver Career College and earned his registered massage therapist license. He has a commitment and a passion for all of the clients that he treats. He also has well-trained manual therapies and massage techniques such as fascia release, trigger points, active release, position release, etc.

When Dan isn’t treating patients, he loves watching movies and hanging out with his daughters. He has a plan to continue his education in massage techniques and is willing to learn new concepts and treatments.

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Student RMT

Jocelynn Buurman

My name is Jocelynn, I am a graduate of CDI’s massage therapy program. As an active participant in health and wellness over the past 4 years as a personal trainer, I have always had a strong driven passion to help others with their health. It has always been important to me to continue to learn and grow, so I can always provide the best for my clients and help them no matter where they are in there journey.

What drew me to massage therapy was wanting to expand my knowledge with rehabilitation so I’m able to help as many people as possible through their injuries, and gain better control of their body to restore optimal function. As someone who has been active her entire life I can empathize with how hard it is to face a set back.

As I await to take my board exams in September I can provide a variety of relaxing techniques to help manage stress and reduce muscle tension.

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