Adrienne Jackman, RMT
massage therapist in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Living in Vancouver imparts a passion for nature and a motivation to stay healthy for many of its residents; I know that has been true for me! Whether cycling the seawall, snowboarding in the local mountains, or enjoying a yoga or pilates class in town, I believe that it is important to stay active and mindful of both the body and spirit to maintain true health.
Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) was a natural progression for me. I respect the balance of scientific knowledge and holistic intuition it requires. As well, I appreciate the effects it can create on both the body and mind. I believe each of these tiers is as important as the last.
As a graduate of the 3000 hour program of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005, I have been trained in an orthopaedic approach to massage. However, I quickly learned that a person's emotional state had an important role in their healing process. Anxiety, depression, or even just feeling 'stressed out' can have a physical impact on the body, and it can also act to hinder a massage treatment. As a result, I work to create a single massage treatment that incorporates both orthopaedic techniques (to address physical concerns) and traditional 'relaxation' techniques (to help counteract a stressful mind state).
Intensive techniques such as Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Facilitated Stretching or Joint Mobilizations may be combined with Swedish Massage and Progressive Breath to achieve maximal effect. "Deep tissue" massage and "relaxation" massage together in one treatment! Common short term goals include reducing pain and increasing range of motion, while long term goals will focus on recreating postural balance and structural strength. I will also work with you to create a home care plan that is ideal for your schedule and activity level to achieve these goals.