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.
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.
Daniela Jones – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Born in Mexico, Daniela made Vancouver her home in 2008. Daniela was inspired to pursue a career in Massage Therapy after she experienced its benefits while rehabilitating from a cycling accident.
The release from pain and the body awareness that she gained through these treatments was so profound, her passion was ignited to help others through Massage Therapy and to pursue a career practising this effective healing art. Daniela enrolled in Massage Therapy School in 2014 and received the first Vancouver College of Massage Therapy Scholarship, awarded for her history of successful academic achievements and her leadership qualities.
In 2016 she was the recipient of the Heart Award, given to the graduating student who displays an innate ability to be compassionate, caring, humble and truly attentive to their patient. On her journey to becoming a Massage Therapist Daniela noticed a gap in pediatric-specific massage therapy in Vancouver resulting in this becoming one of her areas of interest. She is passionate about providing massage therapy to children, teens and adults. She firmly believes that finding the root of pain or dysfunction is more important than solely treating the symptoms. Daniela is committed to providing an individualized therapy program based on client education and body awareness, and fostering an appreciation of one’s body in order to prevent injury and begin pain-free living. Her areas of interest are rehabilitation from and prevention of musculoskeletal (muscle, tendon, ligament, bone) motor vehicle accident injuries, neurological, developmental and genetic disorders, as well as headaches, neck, back pain and spinal conditions, such as scoliosis. Outside of the clinic, Daniela enjoys running and hiking with her dog Beni, as well as cycling, exercising, practicing yoga, meditation, and reading. She also loves learning languages and after a summer of studying in Montreal, is currently learning her third language – French.
Lauren Ullett – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Lauren is a recent graduate from West Coast College of Massage who, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, went on to complete the Massage Therapy Program in the summer of 2017.
Lauren enjoys the challenge of treating a variety of conditions, including sports related injuries, TMJ disorder, orthopaedic conditions, pregnancy, and stress-related conditions. Lauren customizes her massage to suit the needs of her patients and practises Swedish, Sports or Pregnancy massage while incorporating trigger point and myofascial release therapy and joint mobilizations. Lauren believes that coaching patients in homecare and specific exercises can be just as effective and important as the therapeutic massage itself. She has a wide range of techniques she teaches that help relieve discomfort and correct imbalances of the body that may be contributing to a client’s complaints. As a strong proponent of balanced wellness in body and mind, some of Lauren’s passions include weight training, hiking, cooking, meditating and reading.