Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues, fascia and joints of the body to augment physical function, reduce tension and relieve pain. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation.

Registered Massage Therapists are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. All therapists at Equilibrium Massage Therapy are Registered Health Care professionals. Massage Therapy at Equilibrium Massage Therapy is evidence based, educational, and therapeutic. Our therapists come with extensive experience and knowledge. Each therapist has a vast knowledge of anatomy, and has taken many hours of continuing education beyond their licence requirements. We strive to provide the best and fastest way to get back to the things you enjoy.

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Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the principal branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete, holistic and non-invasive medical system that has evolved over 3000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Acupuncture is a procedure which promotes health and alleviates pain.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (chee) and blood through energetic pathways in the body referred to as meridians. Qi is the animating force that gives us our capacity to move, think, and feel, in other words, our “vital force”. Meridians circulate life-giving nourishment in the form of Qi and blood to every part of the body.
In acupuncture, certain points on the body act as gateways to access and regulate the Qi in the meridians via the insertion of very fine needles. Qi regulates the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harmony of the body by keeping the energetic flows in balance. Imbalances and blockages of the body’s Qi are the root of disease processes. These imbalances may be caused by physical and emotional trauma, lack of excercise, poor nutrition, and chronic stress. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the energetic system of the body and supporting the body’s capacity to heal itself. By alleviating symptoms and treating the underlying cause of disease, acupuncture returns the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.

Fees are covered by most extended health insurance plans. For those with MSP Premium Assistance, a portion of the fee will be reimbursed. Members of Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and the Canadian Forces get Acupuncture treatments covered.

Prepare for your appointment just as if you were going for a massage.

View all Registered Acupuncturists and Treatments

Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy was named after Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Victoria in Australia. It is a type of soft tissue manipulation which works with the mind-body connection. A Bowen therapy treatment consists of sets of soft tissue manipulations on muscle, nerves and tendons, punctuated by brief, necessary pauses to permit the body to integrate the effects.

The sensory-motor systems of the body repeatedly react to trauma and everyday stresses via our muscular reflexes. As long as the body’s defences, our sympathetic nervous system, are overreacting, healing can not take place.

For effective healing, we must honour and work with the body’s requirements for healing. Bowen Therapy gently resets the physical body and encourages the brain to rewire and return to patterns that preceded injury and reclaim its natural state of health. Bowen therapy will create and initiate the framework and provide the environment where the body can best begin this healing process.


Bowen therapy stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and the proprioceptors, sending information through the central nervous system to the brain. The spindle cells and Golgi tendon bodies reset the muscle’s resting tension level. Surrounding fascia will become more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue, thereby enhancing nutrition to, and waste removal from, injured or dysfunctional tissue.

In short, Bowen therapy initiates a communication process by which the body will address shifts as needed. This generally occurs over a five to seven day period.

Bowen Therapy is a manual therapy, so when it is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist it is covered by your Extended Health Plan under your RMT benefits.

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Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues, fascia and joints of the body to augment physical function, reduce tension and relieve pain. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation.

Registered Massage Therapists are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. All therapists at Equilibrium Massage Therapy are Registered Health Care professionals. Massage Therapy at Equilibrium Massage Therapy is evidence based, educational, and therapeutic. Our therapists come with extensive experience and knowledge. Each therapist has a vast knowledge of anatomy, and has taken many hours of continuing education beyond their licence requirements. We strive to provide the best and fastest way to get back to the things you enjoy.


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Max Alexander

If being physically well is vital to you Max is here to help. Whether you wish to prehabilitate (prevent injury), recover from injury, or... Read More

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Jessica Baldwin

I am a graduate of the 3000 hour program from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. I bring my passion of human anatomy and desire t... Read More

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda has 23 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist. She was introduced to Massage Therapy while involved in Varsity Voll... Read More

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Trisha Cardinal

Trisha’s desire to work in the field of massage therapy blossomed while co-owning a personal training studio in Alberta. She took the bo... Read More

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Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark is an experienced RMT, practicing since 2010. She's a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) Vict... Read More

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Ashley Cooper

Ashley has been working with Equilibrium Massage Therapy since early 2013. She is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therap... Read More

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James Dobby

James Dobby grew up on Vancouver Island's central coast where he explored many outdoor activities and participated in various sports. Fro... Read More

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Jenny Fitterer

Jenny Fitterer is a recent graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. She has been fascinated by the human body... Read More

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Stevie Garman

Stephen was born and raised in Victoria. He graduated from Victoria’s WCCMT in 2014. His love of sports, and the many injuries that come ... Read More

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Sarah Goble

Always being kinesthetically inclined, Sarah became drawn to the body and how it moves, right from the start. As a youngster she was draw... Read More

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Meagan Gwilt

Meagan graduated from Victoria's West Coast College of Massage Therapy in August 2016. During her time in the student clinic, she had the... Read More

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Jesse Hansen

Jesse is a graduate West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000/hour Registered Massage Therapy program in Victoria BC. While studying ... Read More

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Gary Johnson

Gary is well received by clients who enjoy medium to deep pressure and specific work in their massage therapy sessions. His focus is main... Read More

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Kim Klinger

Kim is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in Victoria. She has had the opportunity of working with a variety ... Read More

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Barb Lambert

WCCMT Vancouver was the start of Barb's Massage Therapy career over 20 years ago.As a child playing Basketball,Softball ,Rugby, Piano an... Read More

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Colleen Liang

Colleen Liang RMT believes in providing optimal health by delivering evidence based massage therapy treatments. Growing up in Nelson BC f... Read More

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Matt Lovick

Matt graduated in 2011 from of the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia approved 3000 hour professional program. Post-graduat... Read More

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Nicolle Maloney

Nicolle Maloney is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in Victoria. Since graduating she has had the pleasure of... Read More

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Ali Mitchell

Ali Mitchell was born and raised in Victoria. She became interested in Massage Therapy through a coaching class she took part in during h... Read More

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Victor Morin

Victor has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 23 years and is Co-Owner of Equilibrium Massage Therapy. Victor comes from a sports ba... Read More

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Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen graduated from the 3000 hour Medical Massage Therapy program at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. After complet... Read More

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Andrea Nugent

Andrea has been practicing massage therapy for over 20 years after experiencing its positive effects as an Olympic swimmer for both chron... Read More

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Lisa Simpson

Lisa is a graduate of The West Coast College of Massage Therapy program in Victoria and is a Registered Massage Therapist in good standin... Read More

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Aimee Thompson

Aimee grew up in Creston, BC and then moved to Victoria, where she graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She uses a ... Read More

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Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson, RMT has been practicing for 14 years, and continues to advance her skills with post-graduate studies. Her primary goal... Read More

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Glen Timms

Glen has been in private practice as a Registered Massage Therapist for over 30 years. He has been an Instructor at the West Coast Colle... Read More

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the principal branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete, holistic and non-invasive medical system that has evolved over 3000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Acupuncture is a procedure which promotes health and alleviates pain.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (chee) and blood through energetic pathways in the body referred to as meridians. Qi is the animating force that gives us our capacity to move, think, and feel, in other words, our “vital force”. Meridians circulate life-giving nourishment in the form of Qi and blood to every part of the body.
In acupuncture, certain points on the body act as gateways to access and regulate the Qi in the meridians via the insertion of very fine needles. Qi regulates the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harmony of the body by keeping the energetic flows in balance. Imbalances and blockages of the body’s Qi are the root of disease processes. These imbalances may be caused by physical and emotional trauma, lack of excercise, poor nutrition, and chronic stress. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the energetic system of the body and supporting the body’s capacity to heal itself. By alleviating symptoms and treating the underlying cause of disease, acupuncture returns the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.

Fees are covered by most extended health insurance plans. For those with MSP Premium Assistance, a portion of the fee will be reimbursed. Members of Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and the Canadian Forces get Acupuncture treatments covered.

Prepare for your appointment just as if you were going for a massage.


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Select a practitioner below to see their full list of treatments and availability.

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Caroline O'Hara

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Kat Perez Ao

I practice an effective pain-free style that ends your cycle of aches, pains, and stress. My job is to get your body to circulate blood, ... Read More

Bowen therapy was named after Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Victoria in Australia. It is a type of soft tissue manipulation which works with the mind-body connection. A Bowen therapy treatment consists of sets of soft tissue manipulations on muscle, nerves and tendons, punctuated by brief, necessary pauses to permit the body to integrate the effects.

The sensory-motor systems of the body repeatedly react to trauma and everyday stresses via our muscular reflexes. As long as the body’s defences, our sympathetic nervous system, are overreacting, healing can not take place.

For effective healing, we must honour and work with the body’s requirements for healing. Bowen Therapy gently resets the physical body and encourages the brain to rewire and return to patterns that preceded injury and reclaim its natural state of health. Bowen therapy will create and initiate the framework and provide the environment where the body can best begin this healing process.


Bowen therapy stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and the proprioceptors, sending information through the central nervous system to the brain. The spindle cells and Golgi tendon bodies reset the muscle’s resting tension level. Surrounding fascia will become more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue, thereby enhancing nutrition to, and waste removal from, injured or dysfunctional tissue.

In short, Bowen therapy initiates a communication process by which the body will address shifts as needed. This generally occurs over a five to seven day period.

Bowen Therapy is a manual therapy, so when it is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist it is covered by your Extended Health Plan under your RMT benefits.


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Matt Lovick

Matt graduated in 2011 from of the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia approved 3000 hour professional program. Post-graduat... Read More


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