Hello! I have been a registered massage therapist since 2007. I graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon BC. I have additional training as a certified Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapist. I am fortunate to have helped many unique and wonderful people from all walks of life live their best life possible. It is my belief that regular massage integrated with healthy lifestyle choices will reduce stress and promote a more balanced life. See you soon!
I am based out of Flow Lymphatic Health Clinic; located at W Broadway & Willow Street in Vancouver. This reputable and charming 5 room clinic offers both registered massage therapy and manual lymph drainage. Additional services include osteopathy, nutrition, life coaching, & acupuncture. A balance of friendliness and professionalism makes it an ideal place for you to de-stress and get a personalized treatment for your individual needs.
Unit 1803 – 805 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1H2
Monday & Friday 2:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 7:00am - 2:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at
Honey & Garlic Health Studio
What are the benefits of a massage?
- eases joint and chronic or acute muscle pain
- improves restricted range of motion and flexibility
- assists with structural misalignment and posture imbalance
- eases headache and jaw pain related to muscle tension
- assists with sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression
- generally improves mood and feelings of well being
- focuses on muscle imbalances related to pre and post pregnancy
- supports sport enthusiasts, car crash and work related injuries
- decreases pain and tightness from upper/lower body crossed syndromes including seated office posture
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many other conditions!
What are the benefits of manual lymph drainage (MLD)?
- general breast tissue health
- minimize swelling and pain from ankle or knee sprains
- improves wellness when the body feels sluggish or needs an immune boost
- helps with belly bloating and water retention
- aids in reducing edema, bruising and fibrosis post liposuction surgery
- helps prevent lymphedema after lymph node removal surgery
- prepares lymphatic system pre and post surgery to help with recovery
- assists with pregnancy related swelling
- gentle care for headaches, concussions, TMJ and sinusitis
- And much more! Go to lymphatichealthclinic.com for additional information!
For the treatment of:• chronic and acute pain
• restricted movement and muscle/postural imbalances
• headaches and general muscle tension
• sports and motor crash injuries
Whether sitting long hours at the office or pushing yourself a little too hard at the gym, a therapeutic tissue massage is a fantastic way to deal with aches and pains. My treatment breaks down adhesions between skin, fascia, muscle fibers, ligaments and tendons, without continuous, heavy pressure. Instead, quick and deeper stripping motions are used to reduce unhealthy restrictions and knots in deep and superficial muscle tissue. This improves blood flow to the muscles, relieves pain, improves muscle function and movement.
For the treatment of:• sleep disturbances
• anxiety and depression
• general stress and wellbeing
• acute and chronic pain
• general muscle tension and headaches
Life can be stressful and demanding. A relaxation massage is the perfect gift to yourself to re-energize and relax! It not only relieves muscle tension, increases circulation and reduces stress, it also improves mood, sleep and boosts energy levels. From a soothing head to toe massage or a deeper therapeutic approach, this technique offers benefits for everyone.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
For the treatment of:• reducing risk of lymphedema after cancer treatment
• lessening swelling due to lymphedema
• minimize swelling and inflammation post surgery or injury
A gentle, oil-free massage technique which helps improve healing by bringing oxygen and nutrients to compromised areas. Rhythmical, circular and precise hand movements are performed. It works by stretching skin towards lymph flow, if necessary re-directing it to a different area in the body. Lymphatic massage helps remove harmful substances, scar tissue, and pain-causing chemicals. If you are curious about this technique, a combination of lymphatic and Swedish massage can be combined for an individualized treatment depending on your needs.
For the treatment of:• restricted range of motion
• conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and adhesive capsulitis
• general muscle tension and stiff joints
Stretching is a safe and efficient way to enhance both active and passive range of motion of joints. Methods range from static stretching (by placing the limb in a pain free lengthened position) to Contract Relax stretching which involves contracting the opposing muscle followed by an isometric contraction of the shortened or tightened muscle. Stretching is helpful for everyone who wants better flexibility, less pain and a better quality of life to do what makes you happy.
For the treatment of:• low back pain and headaches
• disrupted sleep and general wellbeing
• anxiety or depression
• general aches and pains with changing posture
Congratulations on this wonderful time in your life! Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to mom’s body, especially in the first and third trimester. My treatment will be tailored to how you are feeling that day and is geared to provide you with some well-deserved relaxation and increased comfort. Pregnancy cushions are used if desired on the table.
For the treatment of:• muscle pain and tension
• postural and muscle imbalances
• stiffness and limited flexibility
By using a sustained pressure or light stripping motions, tender “trigger points” in the muscles are treated to reduce pain and protective guarding. A positive change will increase blood flow, reduce pain, nerve compression and improve postural biomechanics.
For the treatment of:• muscle and soft tissue pain
• restricted range of motion
The entire body is made of connective tissue - including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin, which can store physical trauma for a long time. The body is full of layers, the myofascial layer is on top and sometimes needs to be treated before the deeper muscle layers can be massaged. Myofascial release is a relatively gentle way to relax these restrictions and improve overall health and function.
30 minutes of massage therapy
45 minutes of massage therapy
60 minutes of massage therapy
75 minutes of massage therapy
90 minutes of massage therapy
Want to make life a little bit easier? If you forget to provide this information prior to your first massage appointment, no problem I can bill your next appointment for you.
Billing available for Pacific Blue Cross, Medavie Blue Cross, all plans under the Telus Health Group, Green Shield, SSQ, and Empire Life.
Unfortunately for reasons beyond your control, you may need to cancel your appointment. To keep things fair for both parties, the cancellation policy is as follows:
- More than 24 hours notice of your appointment, there is no charge
- For Less than 24 hours notice, late cancellation or no show appointments, you will be responsible for the full cost of the treatment.
- You may cancel or reschedule your appointment through the online booking system up to 24 hours prior to your appointment. Otherwise you will not be able to cancel your appointment online.
Q: Can I book my appointments online?A: Yes, this is a digital office. You will receive a welcoming email for using the online booking system, a confirmation email and a reminder 2 days prior to your appointment.
Q: How early should I arrive before my appointment?A: If you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early, you will have enough time to relax and use the washroom. With respect to social distancing, 6 people are allowed in the clinic’s open spaces. Please do not bring companions or dogs with you. Remember to fill in your online health intake forms before your appointment!
Q: How is your office managing with Covid-19?A: Worksafe BC has guidelines in place on cleaning and sanitation. Between each appointment, all surfaces in the treatment room will be sanitized, and linen changed on the massage table. Social distancing is kept in place by limiting the number of practitioners and clients in the clinic’s open spaces. There is hand sanitizer, or if you prefer, sinks in most rooms to wash your hands. With each treatment I will need verbal consent that you are healthy and not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask during my massage?A: It is preferable both client & RMT wear a mask at all times. With lymphatic massage to the jaw and face, the client will need to remove the mask.
Q: Is the studio wheelchair and walker accessible?A: Yes, but you will need to leave your wheelchair or ambulatory aide outside of the treatment room.
Q: Am I expected to talk during the massage?A: This is your scheduled massage time. If you want to be quiet and relax or chat during the session, I will follow your lead.
Q: How much clothing do I need to remove for my massage?A: As much as or as little as you want. You are covered by a top sheet and need to be comfortable for the massage.
Q: Can a massage hurt?A: It depends on your general health and how sore you are to begin with. Some people may feel tender up to 48 hours after a massage. Communication is important, please let me know during the treatment if you want me to lessen my pressure or change my hands on technique.
Q: Should I ice or use heat after a massage?A: Ice is helpful when muscles feel sore or inflamed. Heat such as a shower or Epson salt bath may help relieve tired achy muscles.
Q: If I miss my appointment can Catherine direct bill my extended health?A: Unfortunately no, it is fraudulent to direct bill your insurance company for missed or late cancelled appointments. You will be responsible to cover this cost.
Q: Do you direct bill for ICBC, WorkSafe BC or Medical Service Plan?A: No, you are responsible to pay for the full cost of the treatment. You will be issued a receipt which you can then submit and receive monies back.
Q: Can I change, cancel or reschedule my massage appointment online?A: You are able to alter your upcoming booking online up to 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Less than 24 hours, you will need to call the office.
Q: Can I fill in my forms online?A: When you make a first time booking, an email will arrive with a health intake and a direct billing form attached. The day of your appointment a pre covid symptom form will be emailed to you. All applicable forms need to be filled in and returned via email. When we meet in person and have discussed your massage needs, I will have you sign a consent form.
Q: Do you have receptionist?A: No, however if you leave a phone or email message, one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: If I miss my appointment can my extended health cover the cost?A: Unfortunately no, it is fraudulent to direct bill insurance companies for missed or late canceled appointments. You will be responsible to cover the fee.
Q:What forms of payment do you accept?A: Direct billing, cash, debit, MasterCard & Visa.
Q:Why do I need to give my credit card information when I make a booking?A: This reserves your appointment, your credit card is not charged unless you cancel last minute or miss your appointment.
Q:Do you offer parking?A: There is both underground and metered street parking on Willow Street. Some people park at Whole Foods, which is a walk 4 blocks away. Whole Foods will reimburse parking if you spend a minimum of $10 on in-store purchases.
Q:How do I enter the building?A: The main entrance doors off of Broadway Street (same complex as the TD Bank) open from 7 am - 4 or 5 pm. The underground parkade entrance off of Willow Street is open from 6 am - 10 pm. From the underground, take the P2 elevator up to the main floor, get off, proceed to the lobby and take an elevator up to the 18th floor.
On the weekend and statutory holidays, the main entrance doors will be closed. You will need to enter via the underground parkade. To exit the building you can use either the front doors or the P2 elevator to the underground parkade.