About Jeannine

In my final year at UBC where I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree, I had some decisions to make about “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” Such introspection led me to an article on how the healing power of touch was helping premature babies with AIDS [click here for a similar article]. Immediately, I was hooked.

Three years later, I had graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) and was treating patients out of the Pacific Physical Health Clinic in Kitsilano. I also established a practice at Douglas College in New Westminster, treating the staff and students over several years.

Fate being what it is and fueled by my passion to inspire others in the field of massage therapy, in 2002 I found myself back at WCCMT as an instructor. While no longer active at the college (family commitments), I cherished every moment I had to advance the profession and sharpening the skills of tomorrow’s therapists.

In 2003, I relocated to Maple Ridge to start a family of my own.  The commute from Maple Ridge to Kitsilano being what it was, it was always my intent to relocate my practice to the community that I now call home. And thus, in the spring of 2005, the Rock Ridge Massage Therapy & Education Center was born.

Today, I remain as passionate for the profession as the day I started school. And likewise, I am dedicated to teaching patients about the benefits of massage while helping every student/patient maintain and achieve their optimal physical health.

 

Treatment Style

When many people think of massage, they often think of Swedish style massage with long, superficial strokes and lots of oil. While I occasionally do perform Swedish-style treatments, I prefer (and find greater success) in using other methods. The treatments I provide differ from patient-to-patient and depend greatly on the individual ailments or needs of every person. As such, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint “my style”.

However, if I was to summarize my approach it would be this: “I let the body and muscles guide my hands. Primarily, I use a combination of myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, and muscle energy technique (MET).” I ensure that education is part of every visit. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these styles, I would encourage you to read more about them in the techniques section of this site or ask me for more details.

 

Education & Training

  • Bachelors of Science, University of British Columbia
  • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
  • Numerous continuing education courses