Read about the latest news and events from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage.

How and Where to Apply Reiki

A challenge for many people developing a new Reiki practice is knowing how and where to apply your new skills. Colby Gaudet, an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, says that once you have the basics of Reiki down, the applications are wide-reaching. “You’re only limited by your own creativity and comfort levels,” Colby said. Japanese researcher Dr…

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Keeping your Bodywork Practice Alive

The ability for a bodyworker to infuse a variety of techniques into their practise is an important skill to have. “It keeps the bodywork alive, not stagnant. It allows a practitioner to respond to a client’s needs, making each treatment individual, creative and customized.” Marie Salton – Program Director of the Spa Therapy Course at VSBM.

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Call Your Authentic Self Out To Play

Perfect Timing – A Reflection of the VSBM Experience by Sue Oberhoffner. “And then, my washing machine broke. It was the final straw of two years of difficult major life events, occurring one after the other, which included news that I would be laid off of my long-time job.”

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Finding Mindfulness and Self-Care Through Bodywork

Originally from Worcestershire in England, Marcel Patrick started his career in the field of Engineering. His love for travel led him to Australia where he studied a shiatsu and oriental therapies program that peaked his interest in western traditions of bodywork.

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Combining a Passion for Wellness and Travel

Emily Ray Henderson’s passion for travel and her desire to help others has inspired a broad, internationally spanning career based around the mind body spirit connection. “That’s what attracted me to VSBM… I like that we went deeper than the physical aspects of massage and looked at what’s going on for the whole being.”

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The Benefits of Table Shiatsu

After graduating from a Spa Therapy program, many spa practitioners will find themselves delivering treatments on a traditional massage table in a spa environment. This can make it difficult to incorporate the techniques of shiatsu, which is traditionally performed on a mat on the floor and uses the practitioner’s body weight to apply pressure to…

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A Lucky $20 and a Fresh Start at Spa School

Amber Waite was born in Mission, BC. At the age of 6 she and her older brother were put into foster care where they continued to live in Mission in the care of their foster family for 12 years. After graduating from Heritage Park Secondary School in 2015, Amber worked two jobs over the summer until she started school in September in the hopes of becoming an RMT.

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From Sports to Skeletons and Spas

Mike O’Donnell, a Vancouver local, is a self-professed “sports-guy” who travelled around the USA and across Europe playing semi-professional hockey. A bad break-up pushed Mike to get out of his comfort zone and do something new. Mike said he always enjoyed giving and receiving massages and so decided to enrol in a Weekend Introductory Massage course at VSBM.

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Responsibility, Trust and the Amazing Human Touch

Cassidy Williams grew up in Cloverdale in Surrey, BC where her mom raised Cassidy and her three siblings “pretty much by herself”. With a family strongly involved in the healthcare industry – her grandpa is a chiropractor with his own clinic and her older sister is studying to become a doctor – Cassidy said “It…

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Seeking a Personal Path of Wellness

Catherine Hayward has been involved in the alternative wellness industry for over 30 years. She was born in Vancouver but grew up in Japan where she says massage, shiatsu, and other forms of bodywork are very common. “So too, is an acute awareness of body-mind connections and deep spiritual meaning to life and actions,” Catherine…

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Carving Out Sacred Time With Reiki

Colby Gaudet is no stranger to the busyness of life. The Usui Reiki Master/Teacher is currently studying an MA in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies, running a successful holistic health practice and teaching Reiki classes. Colby says the two subject areas are not as separate as one might assume. “Indigenous Studies is similar to Reiki in…

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Finding the Path to Tofino

Michelle Hall is a graduate from the part-time spa therapy program who now runs Cedarwood Cove, a popular wellness and recreation retreat in Tofino. “My first client was a teacher at VSBM. I cannot tell you how nervous I was! Luckily for me, that teacher was Fernando Cabrera who is still one of my role…

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The Synergy of Student Clinic

“There are two things stand out for me about the student clinic. The first is seeing the transformation of students from the first clinic to the last. It’s amazing to watch their personal growth and how they develop confidence in their skills and interactions with clients.” Sarah Cepeliauskas, Clinic Director at VSBM

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Starting Your Own Bodywork Business

Student Story by Yvette Cabuco, VSBM Graduate from June 2016

“While I was at work today, I glanced up at the framed certificates hanging on my wall and I thought about VSBM. As I reflected, I thought it would be nice to share what I have been up to since graduation…

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Indian Head Massage course a bliss-fest!

Spurred on by her love of Ayurvedic philosophy and self care, Glynnis Osher discovered the joys of Indian Head Massage over 10 years ago while watching a CBC documentary. After completing training in Vancouver with Bliss Prema and an advanced training in New Mexico with Narendra Mehta of the London School of Champissage and marma…

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Q&A with Marie Salton

Since graduating from VSBM in 2005 my career has continued to be in the spa industry. I’ve been a body-worker in spas, remote lodges and 5-star hotels. I’ve taught courses and workshops at VSBM and had roles as a spa receptionist, manager and owner.

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Vaya Karakosta – Student Story

Vaya Karakosta, an honours graduate of the full-time Spa Therapy Program and the Shiatsu Program at the Vancouver School of Bodyworks and Massage, migrated to Canada just one year ago. Vaya is originally from Greece, where she explained there is a rich cross section of eastern and western cultures. It was this and her interest…

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Disproving Pregnancy Myths with Massage

As more people understand the value of educated touch and massage, the demand for pregnancy massage is on the rise. Pregnancy massage is based on a solid understanding about what changes are occurring in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Whilst pregnancy massage is not a special modality or technique in itself, it draws from the trainings…

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The Art of Hawiian Healing – Lomilomi

From humble beginnings in Hawaii, the unique art of Lomilomi massage has spread across the globe. The style is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and has a strong energetic component, which focuses on connecting with the receiver to allow the body to heal itself from within, rather than the therapist ‘fixing’ specific problem areas. Linda…

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What is Reflexology?

“I see the energetic body as a river, and reflexology can assist in restoring a lovely, even flow.” Natalie Gold, Certified Reflexologist Reflexology is an ancient practice thought to have been passed down through an oral tradition making its origin and history is difficult to track. It was possibly first recorded as a pictograph on…

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For the Love of Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a method of bodywork that works by helping to harmonize the energy and vitality of the body and mind. It is an ever-evolving style and continues to grow and develop as its roots in Oriental medicine are explored more deeply. Fernando Cabrera, a Registered Shiatsu Therapist and a member of the Shiatsu Therapy…

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