A twenty seven year career as a Registered Massage Therapist has allowed Steve to develop a unique style and ease of treatment with people. The client assessment and treatment is based on best practices in massage therapy and uses many different methods and theories of treatment.
Treatment goals may be based on physical outcomes but the treatments are also designed to produce a relaxation response in your body. Although producing a relaxation response may sound like a very simple process it does have an immensely profound effect on your body. The American Medical Association believes almost 80% of all disease has a relation to out of control stress levels
Steve's training began at the University of Calgary where he received a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree and continued at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy where he became a member of the College of Massage Therapist of BC which has the highest standard for massage therapy in North American.
His academic background combined with many, many years of clinical work as varied as sports massage with the Vancouver Canucks to palliative care with the Comox Hospice Society allows Steve to provide you with a treatment tailored to what you vision a massage therapy session should be.
Community Volunteer Involvement
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
Comox Valley Hospice Society
What to Expect at Your Visit
Please come early to fill out a Health History Form. We will review the history form together to clarify your issues and begin to understand events in your history that may still have a bearing on your condition. I will conduct some muscle or orthopedic tests as a part of your assessment. If we determine that massage therapy is indicated for you we will establish an appropriate treatment plan. I will leave the room while you prepare for your massage treatment. You will be advised on what clothing you may need to remove. You will be fully covered with a sheet and/or blanket during the entire session with only the area being worked on uncovered. My most important concern is that you are comfortable and your privacy respected.
During the treatment, you may want to talk or remain quiet - the choice is yours. It is important, however, to let me know anytime you feel uncomfortable, if for example I am using too much pressure or not enough. Communication is the key to receiving the most benefit from your massage treatment. At the end of the session, I will leave the room so you may get dressed. It is important to take a few moments and get up slowly to allow your body to return to a more active state.
I will offer home care suggestions to help you manage at home and advice on follow up visits. You will also be given a receipt for your payment at the end of your appointment which you may use for extended health benefits or your taxes wherever appropriate. Following your visit it is important to drink water and keep hydrated. It is not uncommon to feel a bit tender or stiff the next day but this should lessen within the first 36 hours after treatment. If you have any concerns, however, please call me. I am available to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment or home care.
Home visits are available. I will make visits to CVSV and Glacier View. If you know a resident in long term care offering a gift certificate is a wonderful gesture to someone who has passed the need to acquire things.