Our Therapists

Our registered Vancouver massage therapists have years of training in diverse types of treatment techniques and massage therapy. Have a look at our profiles below, and contact us to schedule an appointment.

Michele Lyle – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) / Owner

I was ready for a change that would allow me to give back to the community and make a real difference in people’s lives.

Michele recognizes the need and desire for resolving pain at all levels of the body. She appreciates and understands because she has walked through pain to health and wellbeing. She practices massage therapy in Vancouver to help you on your road to recovery.

Michele graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC in 1997. She continued her Post Graduate work in Postural Alignment, Trigger Point Work, Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release. Michele was a client and also worked as an intern at the Victoria Pain Clinic.

Some of the specific pain syndromes she has experienced success with are Sciatica, Hip and Frozen Shoulder problems. Using trigger point as the primary modality, Michele is able to have her clients participate in their therapy and be intimately involved in their own healing process.

It is Michele’s passion to help people resolve their pain syndromes; she has tremendous compassion, empathy and understanding for the process of healing and wellness. She recognizes the need for therapeutic treatments in resolving injury and pain, and values the art of relaxation massage. Michele takes the time with her clients to teach home care stretches and hydrotherapy thus ensuring understanding and involvement in their healing process.

Vanessa Coady – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

 therapists Vanessa CoadyVanessa graduated from West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2012, the culmination of a long-held ambition of working with the public in a health and wellness capacity.  She is a therapist who enjoys working with both swedish and therapeutic techniques, and believes that the combination of such is the most effective approach to alleviating pain and treating orthopaedic conditions.

Vanessa has successfully treated conditions such as thoracic outlet syndrome, pseudo-sciatica, headaches and many other musculoskeletal  disorders.  She is currently working on completing a Bachelors of  Health Science through Thompson Rivers University, and in the future plans to pursue certification in manual lymph drainage and temporomandibular dysfunction.

Tania Haqq – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

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Tania has a keen passion for the healing arts. She is sensitive to the needs of not just the body, but also of the mind and spirit, believing that one cannot be separated from the other. She encourages healing on a holistic level. Tania graduated from the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy in Vancouver in 2010. She is passionate about her practice and is excited by the current research pointing to the many benefits of massage therapy. For her, the best part of being a massage therapist is being able to see positive results after spending an hour with someone. She is a very compassionate, calm, grounded and gifted therapist.

She believes every individual is unique and tailors each treatment specifically to each client. Some of the types of clients Tania likes to treat include office workers, healthcare staff, and individuals with poor posture, tight neck and shoulders, edema, anxiety and depression. Some of the techniques she employs include Swedish, myofascial release, CoAT (Course of Applied Tensegrity), trigger point, joint mobilization, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching. Client education is also integrated into her sessions, as she strives to empower each individual to take charge of his/her health.

Prior to being a massage therapist, Tania worked in a variety of medical and scientific settings. She continues to work part time at Vancouver General Hospital in Hematology as a research coordinator. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. With her unique combination of education and work experience, Tania plans to ultimately contribute to clinical research in massage therapy, particularly regarding its potential use in mood disorders.

 Andrea Andrusko – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

IMG_1131“The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.”

Andrea has a strong appreciation for the human body. She graduated from Utopia Academy, Vancouver in 2009 to become a Registered Massage Therapist. Prior to that she worked as a Medic in the rural areas of Northern, BC. Andrea believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and that massage therapy is one of the many ways to help restoring health and wholeness to the body.

Andrea knows that no two sessions are alike. Everyone has their own set of life experiences and unique relationship to their body, which deeply affects their personal massage style preferences and needs. This understanding has enabled Andrea to utilize her training and life experience to tailor each massage session to the needs of her clients.

Andrea likes to blend styles and techniques to best fit the needs of her clients. She has found success in treating such things as headaches, TMJ (jaw pain), upper/low back pain due to poor posture, pre/post pregnancy massage and swelling requiring Manual Lymph Drainage.

Tina Elrick – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


Tina graduated in 2013, with honours, from Utopia Academy Massage Therapy program. Prior to that, she worked as a body worker at one of Vancouver’s top spas for eight years.

Tina believes that the body must be treated as a whole, and focuses on finding and treating the area of dysfunction to alleviate the symptoms often felt in other areas of the body.

To further her training in deep fascial techniques, Tina spent a year and a half with Advanced Rolfer Steven Radiloff as a mentor. Although she utilizes these deep techniques, Tina incorporates many modalities into her treatments, for she understands that no one technique works of every body in every treatment. These modalities include joint mobilizations, Muscle Energy Technique, Swedish massage, Visceral Manipulation level 1, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. She has experience in treating headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome, low back pain, as well as pre and postnatal massage.

Tina is interested in continuing her training in Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and the Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique.