VSBM graduate, December 2004
The practice of massage has brought rewards and fulfillment beyond my imagination…
The most recent milestone that I have achieved is Self-Actualization, becoming exactly the person I admired in others. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not without flaws, I am still human, but I no longer wish I was good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, etc. I am exactly where I need to be in my life. Self-Trust is another life altering phenomenon I am experiencing. I no longer have the stress that I used to endure worrying about doing the “right thing.” I trust that everything is meant to be just as it occurs.
And finally I have freedom from the past. What I mean by this is that I am no longer physically or emotionally connected to the events of my childhood, adolescents or young adulthood that did not make me feel complete or divine. Through bodywork negative events that were stored in my tissues have been freed. I have truly had a chance to completely heal.
These personal triumphs, among other things, shape who I am as a Rolfer. I chose to take my massage practice into Rolfing because it resonated with me. There are many avenues that help humans evolve into the wonderful enlightened souls that we are. If I can help clear the way for a person to have their own “self-actualization”, I feel that I have completed a task that was assigned to me. It is my calling, my Darma, and it feels right.
Nicole Corona graduated from the VSBM Spa Therapy Program in December 2004. She has worked in high end spas, sports clinics and has opened her own business in Costa Mesa, California. Since completing her Rolfing training, her practice has evolved and is now focused solely on this powerful and profound form of bodywork.
VSBM graduate, December 2007
Since graduating from VSBM in December of 2007, I have been fortunate to fulfill my dream of blending a rewarding career with a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The diversity of training provided in the Spa Therapy Program combined with world-class instructors has provided me with an all-encompassing education to work confidently in a variety of settings.
Surrounded by many helicopter & cat ski operations in and around Revelstoke, B.C., the opportunity for employment with my level of training has been plentiful. I was hired with both Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing and Canadian Mountain Holidays as a Massage Practitioner, providing skiers with massage every evening to relieve tired muscles and prepare for the next day!
VSBM also provided me with all of the essential skills to start my own part-time practice from home. This has given me the satisfying experience of seeing the benefits of regular treatments integrated in clients over a period of time.
The holistic approach fostered throughout the program has not only enabled me to facilitate a healthier lifestyle with clients, but has enhanced this wellness in my own life as well. I was inspired to continue on with a Yoga Teacher Training course shortly after graduating, adding the perfect compliment to my career with massage.
As I continue along this path, the numerous opportunities for professional development keep me inspired to grow and expand in my role as a practitioner. I am so grateful for everything that the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage has brought to my life, and in turn, to the lives of others!
VSBM Graduate, May 2006
I would describe my experience at the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage as not only life changing, but life affirming. Throughout the course we learned not only the art of multi-modality massage, but also how to create a lifestyle that promotes longevity in the industry.
Upon graduation I knew that I had the tools to be able to create whatever it was that I wanted. I took some time to try different options including mobile massage, corporate functions and some in-home treatments. I had some fun combining massage and my other great passion, music, by working the Vancouver Folk Festival.
Ultimately in January of 2008 I decided to collaborate with my current business partner Leah Darling and thus the Heartstone Spa was born. We are a holistic, eco-friendly spa that treats each client as an individual. Having just celebrated our first anniversary at the spa, I can now unequivocally say that I have nothing but gratitude towards VSBM. The teachings I received are with me in every single treatment I give. I have business skills to help me promote my business, a method of massage that surpasses expectations, and a family of colleagues that are there to support when needed. I still continue to go back to VSBM on a regular basis whether it’s for a refresher course or to meet with the new students to share my experience of the great things that can come from your time at VSBM.
Choosing massage as a career has been such a gift to me. Working with my clients inspires me to be the best that I can be. We have a saying at the Heartstone – Walk in ~ Float out – and I can tell you that when I started at VSBM I certainly walked in, but upon graduating I floated out with the freedom to create whatever I want.
VSBM Graduate, May 2005
I enrolled in the Spa Therapy Program at VSBM in January 2005, and in doing so embarked upon a new life, career, and passion. After graduating in May I immediately dove into the One-Month Shiatsu Intensive, and by July, found myself employed at Sussurus Spa at Poet’s Cove on Pender Island, B.C. I was eager to work with as many bodies as possible using all of the modalities I had studied… and I was so busy!
By winter I felt I needed a break so I took off for Thailand to learn thai massage and to gain a little more “life experience”. Upon my return in February 2006, I worked at Last Frontier Heliskiing Lodge near Alaska. The fast pace and progression of skills learned in this environment were invaluable.
In May 2006 I found my way to the Sacred Stone Spa in Tofino, B.C. And although I made the move thinking it would be temporary, I am now Manager of the Sacred Stone and call Tofino home. I feel so blessed to work in a beautiful environment that supports my personal, financial, and professional growth.
I also have the fortune of intermittently working as a Teacher’s Assistant alongside the amazing instructors at VSBM, and in doing so I continue to grow as a practitioner. But perhaps the best part of my journey thus far is the quality of people I have met. I am surrounded by beautiful and inspiring people… it’s the nature of the industry and culture. Life is good!
VSBM graduate, December 2004
I began my studies at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in August of 2004. I can honestly say that not only did the school provide me with a world-class education due to the curriculum and brilliant instructors, but it also changed me as a person. During my time at the school I met some of the most interesting people who became a family to me, they all had a huge impact on my life.
I started my first job two months after graduating at Pleiades Massage in Banff, Alberta, which was a great entry into the spa industry. By spring of 2005, I was ready for adventure and landed a job with Steiner Transocean working on a cruise ship. After 4 weeks of training in London I was off to Orlando, Florida to board the Disney Magic. My first contract was eight months long. Although the work was hard, I spent my days off on the exotic beaches of the Bahamas, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico.
During my second contract, which commenced in February of 2007, the Disney Magic made her first trans-Atlantic journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Again I was able to explore many amazing ports, this time in Spain, Italy, and France.
With all of this experience and knowledge behind me, I now have employers willing to hire me all over the world. I was recently offered a job at the Six Senses Spa in the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, which belongs to the Ritz-Carlton group. Instead, I have decided to return to Pleiades Spa in Banff to spend some more time in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
I am so grateful for all that my practice in massage has allowed: I have traveled the world, met amazing people, and have incredible career opportunities. I will never forget that it all started with my family and roots at VSBM.