Christina’s biggest inspiration and introduction into the world of massage therapy came from her grandmother, who she remembers throughout her childhood to have displayed a very loving and skilled hand at the craft. Dedicated to learning more of the holistic approaches she observed, she became determined to fulfill her desire to help others improve their mobility, minimize pain symptoms, and replenish their emotional and mental well-being.
Christina began the Registered Massage Therapy program in 2017 and graduated from CDI College in South Surrey in December of 2019. During her enrollment at CDI College, Christina earned a job position at a spa in Burnaby where she dedicated
roughly 8 hours every week working as a bodyworker, in addition to her full time academic schedule. This job allowed her to advance in her practical skills in terms of understanding soft tissues of the body and assuming confidence in Swedish and relaxation techniques, as well as improving her communication skills. By the end of November in 2020, she began officially working as an RMT in South Surrey, BC before moving to Gastown. Christina has since decided to settle her independent practice in the Downtown Vancouver area.
Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Christina developed a background in Psychology at Langara College before she decided to enroll in a more hands-on program. The RMT program has provided her with the necessary tools to treat and assist with the management of a multitude of medical conditions and injuries. Christina has been able to utilize a wide variety of skills and knowledge due to her experience in numerous settings. Some of these modalities include – but are not limited to – Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and muscle energy technique (MET).
Throughout the majority of her practice, Christina has worked with a considerable number of ICBC patients during the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, as well as assisting with postural re-education due to occupational factors. Through adequate special testing and pre-treatment assessment, she can provide all of her patients with the same level of accurate and consistent care, as well as the ability to utilize this data to formulate safe and effective long-term treatment plans.
Based on her knowledge of human anatomy and kinematics, as well as her ability to utilize the extensive knowledge she has had the privilege of learning, Christina focuses on addressing the specific needs of each patient. She does so by detecting the source of their complaint, whether it be a repetitive strain injury due to unnoticed occupational habits, an inability to shoulder check directly after a motor vehicle accident, or simply due to emotional stress. By determining these sources, she can treat and/or refer the patient out to the necessary health care professionals if needed.