Agnes Hombach is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and certified Shiatsu therapist.
Her career in healthcare started in 1985 as an emergency paramedic for the BC Ambulance Service. Experiences in this field sparked her interest to pursue more holistically oriented healthcare studies.
In 2003 she completed her training as a certified Shiatsu therapist; and in 2008 graduated as a certified craniosacral therapist, both through Langara College in Vancouver.
Agnes was introduced to the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy during her studies, and completed the foundation training in March 2012 with Bodyintelligence in Vancouver.
After practicing in Vancouver and Vernon, Agnes enrolled in the Somatic Experience Professional training program to deepen her understanding of trauma and its effects on the nervous system. She completed her training in March 2015.
After attending the ‘Mothers, Babies and Children’ craniosacral post-grad seminar in June 2016, Agnes has extended her practice to include working with moms and babies.
Christopher Wallace is well trained in the healing traditions of Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy & Integrative Energy Healing, holding certifications in all modalities and a Diploma of Eastern Therapies and Bodywork from Pacific Rim College. The impetus of his healing journey started with his own transformative healing process. In accessing the Eastern healing traditions, he found powerful ways to address his own ails; which yielded deeper purpose and meaning in his life. He provides clients with the best possible care he is capable of, and ensures a safe environment in which people can come to release their tensions. Being truly passionate about aiding in the alleviation of people’s distress, his intentions center on enhancing the client’s quality of life. An empathic, attentive, compassionate and sincere person, he brings a depth of presence and warmth to his sessions.
Christopher’s main modalities are Thai Massage and Ayurvedic Massage. Thai Massage is done fully clothed, and incorporates acupressure techniques with passive yogic stretching. This is performed on a massage floor-mat. It is a delightful and holistic approach to bodywork, relieving tension and creating greater ease within the body and mind. Ayurvedic Massage uses gliding oil massage techniques and the treatment of pressure points. The massage motions follow along main nerve pathways and energy lines of the body. Both these massage modalities may be complimented by assigned yoga techniques and/or energy healing for enhancement (at the client’s request). However, Yoga Therapy and/or Integrative Energy Healing may also be offered as stand-alone practices. His treatments are skillfully designed in response to the specific needs of the people who seek him out for therapeutic massage and healing support. There is an underlying holistic framework and integrative approach to the practices he uses.
Courtney Kafka is a Certified Bowen Therapist.
Courtney's journey started when she experienced a traumatic bike accident as kid. After that accident, she dealt with headaches, backaches, and insomnia for years. Around the age of 17, the pain in her body led her to desperately seek a chiropractor.
Although the Chiropractor helped to relieve some of the discomfort, the treatment did not resolve the issues causing the pain. Courtney was then introduced to an NST practitioner.
Not long after, many of the issues were resolved and the headaches dissipated. At that time, Courtney took up strength training to further help relieve the pain she felt and fix her posture issues. Courtney wanted to help others like herself, so in 2015, she started her studies to become a Personal Trainer.
Her pain journey did not end there. While working at a gym in Vancouver, she hurt her back and lost the range of motion she once had. She was diagnosed with Myofascial Tension, so she was recommended to see a Physiotherapist. After three months of treatment, her pain and range of motion did not improve.
Desperate, she tried to find another NST practitioner but there were none. Instead, she found a Bowen therapist. Curious, and desperate, she tried it. After three sessions, the pain had gone, and she had mobility in her back again.
She decided she needed to learn Bowen Therapy to help others like herself. She completed her training in June of 2018 and opened a practice in Kamloops, B.C, before she and her husband moved to Vernon, B.C in 2020.
When not working Courtney can be found working out in her living room and researching interesting aspects of the body.
The heartbeat behind every detail of operations for our Healing Arts Studio, Emily comes from a background in the health & wellness and service industries. Employing a thoughtful and articulate approach she has been developing our Events Coordinator position since 2019. Her organic enthusiasm and welcoming spirit make her the perfect host for this sacred gathering space. As a highly sensitive person Emily has found great healing and growth through the many modalities offered at Tidal Elements, but her top pick would be Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
To book our space or for general inquiries into rental of the Studio, please contact Emily by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Float Therapy, also known as R.E.S.T. (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves laying in a large tub of water filled with over a thousand pounds of Epsom Salts, in a lightproof and soundproof tank, which allows you to float in an environment that is free of sensory stimuli. With a saltwater density, that is denser than the Dead Sea, the body remains effortlessly buoyant providing the sensation of being weightless and unperturbed by the physical pressures of gravity. These float tanks were originally used in the 1950's to test the effects of full sensory deprivation.
Many positive side effects were observed in addition to sensorial rest, attributed to the high levels of magnesium sulphate in the saltwater solution, which is known to provide significant reductions in muscle tension, joint pain, to improve physical function, and allow more ease of movement. The soundproof and lightproof float tank contains both saltwater and air which are measured to be the same temperature as your skin, providing a sensation of being unified with this darkened and silent environment. Additional benefits of resting in this kind of environment have been documented as reducing stress and anxiety, increasing feelings of relaxation and well-being, increasing sustainable energy levels, and helping to regulate mood. There are a variety of physiological, psychological, emotional, attitudinal and behavioural benefits that have been noticed and studied via R.E.S.T. / Floatation Therapy.
To accommodate individuals that prefer an experience that isn’t fully deprived of sensory stimuli, there is always the option to include soothing lights and gentle music during your float as well. Escape from the over-stimulation of our fast-paced, busy world of sensory overload, and let go into the experience of weightlessness. REST your way to wellness.
A recent OVCMT grad, Jamie has been ebbing and flowing with Tidal since 2018. Empathetic and kind, Jamie is always someone that brightens up the Tidal world. She is dedicated to the approach of holistic self care in all forms. Her keen attention to detail provides an impeccable standard of freshness in our Float Therapy Tank and beyond. Combined with her sparkly, friendly sensibility, you’re sure to sail into your next RESTorative session awash with a sense of comfort and consideration.
For any questions regarding Float Therapy, please contact Jamie by the direct Float line at 250-306-3613 or by email at email@example.com
Julie Roberts is an intuitive healer dedicated to helping people feel better and experience more ease and flow, inside and out. Since the early 2000s she has been drawn to holistic health, nutrition and yogic practices for her own personal development and healing. Julie is trained in a variety of services/modalities including massage therapy, myo-fascial release, trigger point release, hot stone massage, yoga and yoga therapy, Ayurvedic dosha specific massage, Northern Thai yoga massage and Jap-Sen (“nerve touch”) Thai massage, Reiki, colon hydrotherapy, Access Consciousness, EFT and ecstatic dance.
In 2007 she graduated from the massage therapy program at Mount Royal College in Calgary and shortly thereafter dove into studying Ayurveda and completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Since moving to the Okanagan in 2008 Julie has taught several styles of yoga, worked in healing clinics and spas, and taken numerous courses and training. Her style of bodywork integrates techniques/modalities to customize treatments. She is passionate about facilitating deep healing and always expanding knowledge through personal and professional development.
Julie finds space and freedom in dance and is an aerialist, flow artist/fire dancing performer. Inspired by all of the elements in nature and the magnificent BC landscape, she can be found on a beach soaking up the sun or skiing on the mountains enjoying all the Okanagan has to offer.
Lani has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001 and is a graduate of the 3-year Massage Therapy Program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She has worked at OVCMT as an instructor and Clinical/Outreach supervisor since 2004. She currently instructs Massage Theory and Practical 1 and 2 and the Maternity Preparation course for the Year 1 students, supervises the Maternity Outreach practicum and is the Teacher Assistant for Infant Massage. Lani is very excited to be working at Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio. Her preferred areas of practice are CranioSacral Therapy, Pre and Postnatal massage, Breast massage and Infant massage. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and 2 through the Upledger Institute. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.
An integral part of Tidal since 2017, Leslie is the caregiver of the group, utilizing her sociable sensitivities and inclusive insights to ensure everyone finds their flow at Tidal Elements. Not sure which modality or practitioner is most appropriate for you? Leslie will help you connect the dots to find the right fit for your unique needs. Her uncanny ability to relate with people positions her as a prime welcoming presence in our Healing Arts Clinic!
Contact Leslie at 250-306-9283 to book a session today or for specific questions about the modalities that we offer.
Sara Magner is a child and family counsellor, serving as a guide, mentor, and support for families facing struggles within their family system. This may be anything ranging from: struggles parenting behavioral children (ages 5-17), or managing anxiety, depression, or other trauma. She utilizes a style that differs from traditional approaches to facilitate lasting and internal changes in the youth and the family system. She uses a combined approach of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. With combined experience in residential treatment facilities, behavioral analysis, trauma work, and clinical counseling, she is able to reach even the most challenging at-risk youth and struggling families. Sara has a double-major in Psychology and Family Child Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) from Sul Ross State University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma-focused therapy and uses this modality when it fits the need for the client. She has been helping families with crisis intervention since 2012. She has helped families transition into and out of and while attending residential treatment facilities, adjust to hard life situations in the home (e.g., new school, job, social group), assisted youth with drug/alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, helped oppositional youth and compliance in the home, self-esteem issues, communication difficulties, and more. There is no limit to how counselling can help your family.
On a more personable note: Sara is originally from Miami, Florida, has lived in a variety of states in the United States and is a new comer to the Okanagan Valley (2021). She enjoys time with her family, being outdoors (hiking, kayaking, camping), and opportunities to practice self-care.
Shauna has been practicing massage for 9 years after completing 3000 hours with Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 2011. Accepting a massage position with a local Heli-ski company was a dream after graduation. Skiing and being in the mountains feels magical and complete. In 2012 Shauna embarked on a trip to South East Asia where she toured 5000 kms by bike through 5 countries. While overseas she obtained her level 1 Thai Massage in Chang Mai, Thailand. In 2014 life took a turn in a different direction when a serious health issue was diagnosed. Health was placed front stage and during this time Shauna embraced many natural and holistic healing modalities to help bring the body back into balance and health. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy was a major influence in her healing journey and she had many profound and deep experiences while receiving sessions. The biggest was learning that health is always present even when we are experiencing illness. In November 2017 Shauna became a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist after completing a 2 year part time diploma program through Body Intelligence. She wrote the BC registration board exams and became a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia December 2017. Helping with intuition and skill of massage she has taken Reiki levels 1 and 2 and has enjoyed studying Ayurvedic medicine – yoga’s sister science and one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. Shauna’s passion is to live life to its fullest, bring ease to life, smile and laugh a lot!
Shauna’s journey into the health care profession began with her initial training as a Spa Therapist through Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2004. She had the opportunity to develop her skills in Spa and Health Resort environments and after a short break from practicing massage, she decided to further her education and completed the remainder of the Massage Therapy program in 2011.
Shauna’s treatment style combines a variety of techniques, including Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilizations, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Trigger Point Release and CranioSacral. She holds her Certification in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and will soon be continuing studies in Visceral Manipulation. Treatments are tailored to the individual and are geared towards finding the root cause of dysfunction while providing support to the nervous system to encourage a deeper healing process.
When she is not at work, Shauna enjoys cooking, yoga, paddle boarding and exploring local hiking trails and when she is not participating in those activities, she enjoys frequenting local farmers markets and artisan shops so she can best appreciate what her region has to offer.
Rio first went to massage school on Maui, where she had a great time hitchhiking around and doing homework on beaches. After 7 years of relaxation massage, fast food and cleaning jobs, she went back to school at OVCMT, graduating from the 3 year program in 2011. Working mostly in the Okanagan ever since, Rio has spent the last couple years doing mobile massage, and is excited to be a part of the team at Tidal Elements now. Rio also works at OVCMT, supervising students in the Outreach Program.
In her practice, Rio incorporates a mix of Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy, trigger point therapy, TMJ, lomi lomi, visceral and CranioSacral Therapy (CST 1&2). Rio enjoys working with clients of all ages, and will adjust treatment style and pressure to your preference.
When not at work, Rio can be found snowboarding, riding bikes, hiking, and going to the beach with her two kids.
Trixie was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion for wellness and helping others led her to pursue a career in traditional healthcare in 2011. She also began working for Kindale Developmental Association as a Community Support Worker in early 2013 and continues to work there part-time. This experience has made her comfortable with working with individuals of all diverse ability and adapting treatments as needed.
In 2014, Trixie was inspired by a patient to further her education and switch to alternate modalities of facilitating wellness and registered for school at OVCMT where she graduated in August of 2016 and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
Trixie uses her past experience and her passion for supporting people with disabilities or chronic pain and illness into a specialized career in Massage Therapy. She is interested in continuing to study how massage can be used as a natural wellness tool for people suffering from various health issues. Her empathic nature, experience as a care worker, and education in Massage Therapy have built her into a well rounded health care professional.
I am fascinated to observe how life invites us to explore ever new chapters to deepen and expand. Many health journeys are these invitations to grow.
My journey began in West Berlin Germany. After school I worked with kids and families living in extreme poverty in and around Paris France. I continued to do so back in Berlin as I decided to study education, anthropology and art therapy. Inspired by my yoga practice, I wrote my bachelors on art and embodiment and my masters about the history of embodiment and the educational system. By then I was teaching in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and finished my PhD with honours on embodiment, peer culture and technology.
From this academic life style in the wild years of Berlin during the Cold War till after The Wall came down, I moved to Armstrong BC of all places to live with my shining husband, some happily un-behaving kids and all kinds of animals to root into the earth of this stunning land. I began to offer yoga and meditation classes and sessions for several healing modalities that I gathered over the years. As cranio-sacral therapy found me, all these approaches weaved together in the biodynamic expression of emotionally integrated somatic healing, which I happen to love and adore so very much. I hope to see you there!
After growing up in the wilds of northern BC, doing a lot of traveling and living for some time in the Edmonton area,
Zabrina moved to the Okanagan Valley in 2009 to attend a holistic health school in Kelowna, fell in love with the area and never left. In 2010 Zabrina chose Vernon as her home and began building her practice of bodywork and energy healing for horses and people. A lifetime horsewoman, her equine practice allows Zabrina to combine her love of helping horses with her passion for holistic healing, and also allows her many glorious days of driving around the beautiful Okanagan and beyond, while her people practice allows her to follow her path of supporting people in seeking health and healing. Zabrina is thrilled to now offer Biodynamic Craniosacral sessions at Tidal Elements, as she believes this modality has such a profound impact on the healing journey, and at helping us to live our best life. In her Intuitive sessions, Zabrina will custom develop a session based on client preference and which modalities come up as priority that day, for example a session may combine intuitive swedish massage and reflexology, or perhaps chakra balancing with reiki and emotional clearing, finishing with some tuning fork sound healing.
Zabrina is passionate about recognizing the roles of all our systems (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) on our health and life, and also recognizing the gifts in an individual life experience, the resiliency of the physical body, and the magic and the mystery of the soul.
When not working Zabrina loves to practice hot yoga, hike, take care of her animals, study, get wonderful treatments from other practitioners, and enjoy the ride of life.