Therapeutic massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues in the body such as muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Registered Massage Therapists in British Columbia have the highest standard of education in North America. They undergo an accredited program and must pass a licensing exam, written and practical, set out by their governing body, the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Even after licensing, we have mandatory continuing education requirements to keep our skills relevant, effective and safe.
Massage therapists are trained to evaluate individual health needs, provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions. We also act upon the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems to improve health.
Registered Massage Therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions:
Pregnancy, migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
Our therapists are active members of the:
College of Massage Therapists of B.C.
Massage Therapists Association of B.C.
Priya Sharma RMT
Priya Sharma, RMT, is a 2014 graduate of Massage Therapy Program of Vancouver Career College and is the 3rd place winner of the August 2014 Clinical Case Report Awards by Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). Her article "Massage therapy and essential tremor: to abate the symptoms" has been published and can be viewed on RMTBC's website.
Priya is passionate about how the body heals innately and how it functions in the presence of diverse stressors. She believes that supporting the body’s ability can restore its strength and balance in areas of injury and pain.
Priya loves that massage therapy gives her the opportunity to work with a various group of patients and to assist them as they work toward their goals for good health and balanced lifestyles. She has worked with people involved with but not limited to motor vehicle accidents (MVA), pregnancy, geriatrics, pediatrics, and sports related injuries. To help see people heal and be their optimal self has always been an interest to Priya.
To meet each patient’s individual needs, Priya blends a diverse set of modalities and techniques including but not limited to: a thorough assessment, swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point release, myofascial release (MFR), joint mobilization technique, and muscle energy technique (MET). Priya has also recently taken a course with Rock Tape for fascial taping. Taping helps stabilize joints and also aids in reducing pain.
Gavin Kc Lau RMT
Gavin Kc. Lau, RMT is a 2014 graduate of Massage Therapy Program of Vancouver Career College and is the 2nd place winner of the August 2014 Clinical Case Report Awards by Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). His article "Therapeutic and intra-oral massage for treatment of post unilateral sagittal split osteotomy temporomandibular joint dysfunction: a case study" has been published and can be viewed on RMTBC's website.
Gavin believes in the natural healing power of the human body and this is what inspired him to become a Registered Massage Therapist. Massage therapy facilitates and hastens the healing process in the body and restores the body back to optimal functionality. With a background in national competitive cycling, he learned that rehabilitating injuries is a long and demanding process and that injury prevention can make one’s life easier and much more successful.
Gavin is fluent in English, Chinese and Japanese, and is excited to serve the communities with his lingual talents.
Gavin has experience of treating different population ranging paediatrics to geriatrics, numerous conditions such as TMJ dysfunction, HIV, diabetes, disc herniation, dislocation, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, pregnancy, tendon rupture, various overuse injuries, etc.. As a member of Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA), he is pursuing to be a certified sport massage therapist, SMT(c), in order to participate in future national and major sport events in Canada.
When Gavin takes a break from his busy life, you can find him making himself a cup of latte in a cozy neighbourhood café, drawing fascinating and creative pictures with his pastels, or enjoying the tranquil scenery of Vancouver on the top of some mountains with his road bike.
Leanne Gall RMT
Leanne is a 2018 graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Her passion of working with people along with years of weightlifting experience and rehabbing her own injuries made the choice of being an RMT a fulfilling career for her.
She believes that every patient is unique and responds to types of modalities used in treatments differently, therefore develops treatment plans specific to each individual patient to optimize their goals. She works with patients to help speed the recovery process from acute and chronic injuries, conditions, to aid in relieving stress, improve posture, optimize sports performance and also for the maintenance of good health. She treats a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions, but also treats many neurological conditions.
Throughout school, she was very fortunate to have had the opportunity of working with a variety of patients at outreaches such as the Multiple Sclerosis In-Reach, SPEC In-Reach (Parkinsons, Cerebral Palsy, etc), with the UBC Varsity Team, and BC Women's Hospital.
Her practice focuses on combining swedish massage with trigger point release, IASTM, myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, stretching, and often the use of hydrotherapy, in which hot stone therapy may be incorporated depending on each individuals needs, how their body responds, and the patients preferences. Her treatments are therapeutic yet relaxing.
In Leanne's free time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, going to the gym, cooking and volunteering.
Lawrence Komicho RMT
Lawrence is a recent graduate from VCMT where he obtained his diploma with honors in Massage Therapy. His interest in the health sciences originated from his experience with injury and rehabilitation in competitive sports. Lawrence grew up playing basketball, soccer and combat sports such as kickboxing. He became fascinated by the use of soft tissue manipulation creating a better overall wellness of the human body and mind. This inspired Lawrence to pursue a career helping and caring for others with therapeutic touch, as well as providing an opportunity for focused education about exercise and body awareness. Lawrence believes that massage therapy is beneficial in improving the function of human movement as well as reducing pain and stress intensity by helping stimulate the limbic system and the production of endorphins.
Vivian Chia RMT
Vivian graduated from a 2800-hour accredited Massage Therapy program. During her practicum she gained experience working at various outreaches including BC Women’s Hospital, City Centre Care Society and Positive Living BC.
Vivian’s goal is to inform, educate and provide the best evidence based treatment to all of her patients using a variety of techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Joint Mobilizations.
Outside of the clinic, Vivian enjoys staying active through weightlifting, walking her dog and pilates