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)
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.
Tania Haqq – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT, MS)
Tania has a keen passion for the healing arts. She is sensitive to the needs of not only the body, but also of the mind and the spirit, believing that none can be separated from the others. She believes every individual is unique and tailors each treatment specifically to each client. Tania also takes time for client education, as she strives to empower each individual to be an active participant in their healing.
In 2010, Tania graduated from the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy. Although her post-graduate education has focused primarily on myo-fascial release techniques, she employs several others, including swedish massage, trigger point therapy, passive and active stretching, joint mobilization and muscle energy work. She has been fortunate to have studied under Marjorie Haynes, RMT, who developed a technique called CoAT (Course of Applied Tensegrity). This gentle fascial technique enables the practitioner to access structures deep within the body, including muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels.
Some of the conditions Tania has been successful in treating include headaches, postural and alignment conditions, edema, nerve compression disorders (including sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome) and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Tania has also focused on post-surgical breast care, improving her clients’ range of motion and lymph flow.
Prior to being a massage therapist, Tania worked in a variety of medical and scientific settings, including nine years in clinical trials. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.
Andrea Andrusko – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
“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.
Vajeh-Dasht Laali – Registered Acupuncturist (BSc. RAc.)
Vajeh studied at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver where she completed a 5 year doctorate program. Her interest in alternative medicine began with her own personal experience with chronic health conditions and fatigue. This led her to become curious about health and well-being.
Vajeh was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s holistic approach to heal the mind and the body as one entity, and to treat the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms. Her two greatest passions in life are good health and true happiness. It is a great ambition to aim for optimal health and happiness, yet it is not that easy to achieve at times. We do not have to try to manage alone; health practitioners are here to help.
Vajeh has a background in biochemistry and microbiology, giving her a vast knowledge across both Western and Eastern interpretations of the body and health. She takes the best of both worlds to offer an individualized treatment for her patients. She has a specific interest in the relationship that stress and emotions have with physical health. Therefore, she particularly enjoys treating conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, muscular tension and fatigue. She also has a special interest in cosmetic acupuncture. It is very rewarding for her to help patients feel the best they can, inside and out. She believes health education and lifestyle choices are as important as what happens in the treatment room. The best results come from the practitioner and patient working together as a team.