Claire MacDonald is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and is licensed as a Registered Massage Therapist in B. C. Passionate about health science and the process of healing, Claire has also developed an experiential knowledge of the body through the study of yoga. Claire is pleased to serve a diverse population – from youth to elders with varying needs. It is her goal to assist you in realizing the highest level of health, well-being and vitality possible for you.

Hours of Operation: Treatments are by appointment. Please call 250-325-5544 to arrange a time and date.

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Massage is one of the oldest healing arts:

Records dating back 3,000 years document its use for many ailments, and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of pressure and friction for joint and circulatory problems.

Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial for many chronic conditions including:

Hot Stones

Will be offered during your massage treatment as a therapeutic tool. Benefits of using hot stones include increased circulation, promotion of tissue healing and decreased muscle tension. Heat has a sedating quality that allows the nervous system to unwind, bringing the body and mind into deep relaxation.

Therapeutic Yoga

Massage therapy and Yoga are complementary sciences that have a fortifying effect on each other. One-on-one sessions include hands on assistance, cultivating greater body and breath awareness within a private setting. Keeping your goals in mind, you will be guided in a practice appropriate for your current state of health and specific needs.

Yoga forms that may be used:

Hatha - A slow-paced, mindful yoga practice emphasizing postural alignment. Benefits include enhanced muscle strength, flexibility and breath awareness.

Restorative - A deeply relaxing practice using props to support the body to fully release into seated and reclining postures. Suitable for those healing from injury, managing disease or suffering with mental, physical or emotional stress.

Yin - A meditative, slow-paced yoga practice utilizing long-held, deep stretches to enhance flexibility and mobility. Steady the mind and cultivate a sense of calm with techniques that include breath awareness and mindfulness.