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.
Clair moved to Vernon with her family in 2016, and they love the lifestyle that Vernon has to offer. Clair has worked in the healthcare field as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for 12+ years in rural settings of BC and the Northwest Territories. She currently employed here, in Vernon, as a community care nurse.
Since 2013, she has gained a specific interest in trauma and the effects it has on the body. Clair has taken additional training and acquired certifications in wellness to advance her knowledge of how to use the body as a healthy resource for resilience and healing. In 2015 she acquired her 200 YTT certification and has completed the Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma & Resilience program at Langara College. Clair has recently graduated from the 600 HR Yoga Therapy Certification Program from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, offered out of Vancouver, BC. She intends to continue on the C-IAYT track, so that she can offer 8-week group programs and work with couples.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy facilitates the client’s authentic experience of body, mind and emotions in present time and space with the use of embodied mindfulness, breathwork, gentle somatic exploration, client-centered dialogue, and the cultivation of a trusting therapeutic relationship.Some of the benefits of receiving a 1:1 yoga therapy session include: improved ability to self-regulate the emotions of anxiety &/or depression, to help manage the imprints of trauma, to process grief, to cultivate ones’ own compassion for self and others, and to promote a deepened awareness of your own body’s meaning of well being. Yoga therapy is an excellent therapy on its own, or as a conjunctive therapy with other modalities.
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside of you.”
~ Bessel van der Kolk
Dominique moved to British Columbia in 2011, and instantly fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle.
She studied at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon. Her treatment sessions combine a variety of techniques including myofascial release, Swedish massage and joint mobilization. She focuses on promoting well being, restoring postural balance and client education.
Dominique, also instructs at OV College of Massage Therapy. She teaches courses in musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroanatomy, and research. She is inspired by the complexity of the body and its natural ability to heal.
In her free time, Dominique enjoys adventuring with her family, cooking and knitting.
Jamie is a certified Spa Therapist completing her training in 2014 from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. Since then she has gained experience and added to her training at various spas throughout B.C, developing her techniques in Deep Tissue Massage and spa treatments. She is also certified in Hot Stone massage and Reflexology, offering Indian Head massage sessions and Relaxation facials as well.
Jamie practices Deep Flow Massage level 1, an innovative and alignment-based approach that allows her to connect and weave together a wide range of modalities. Each session is specifically designed for the client on the table from gentle relaxation to a more deep tissue approach.
Jamie also offers reflexology which is a fantastic alternative for those who do not like full body massage. Reflexology is used to calm the nervous system and can help gently stimulate the organs and endocrine system. Indian Head massage (IHM) originated in India. This style of Ayurvedic head massage promotes rejuvenation and relaxation of the whole being with an emphasis on scalp scalp and hair health. IHM helps to calm the nervous system addressing shoulder and neck tension as well. The practice can help relieve insomnia, headaches, eye strain and muscular tension while bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the brain through increased circulation. Jamie uses IHM techniques during her relaxation facials to help encourage nourishment to the surface of the skin.
New to Vernon, Janelle was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon but spent many idyllic summers visiting family in the Okanagan Valley as a child.
In her early 20s, while studying anthropology and dance and becoming a mother, life felt very stressful. Physical tension and emotional distress combined with nightly tooth grinding, grief, chronic fatigue and a sense of being old and sad led her to the healing arts, and eventually to the field of Hellerwork Structuration Integration (similar to Rolfing Structural Integration).
As she worked her way through the 11-session Structural Integration Series, she learned that deeply held emotions were bound up in her body; as physical tension was released, so was emotional tension, and she grew in self-awareness.
Difficult experiences in her life had hardened places in her body into a sort of character armour. For the longest time she thought she had incredibly tight physical restrictions – in her hips, upper back, shoulders, neck and jaw – that were permanent. It was such a relief to learn that she didn’t have to live with them.
Her upper shoulders and back regained sensation – in places she didn’t even realize were tightly bound – places where the tension was so chronic it felt normal to her. As sensation returned, old emotions surfaced, and as she noticed them and let them go she was able to experience a sense of physical and emotional freedom beyond anything she could have imagined.
Her flexibility and agility improved, which was immediately noticeable in dance and yoga classes. Her emotional range broadened from sad and lonely to include lighthearted, open and joyful.
The Structural Integration Series changed the direction of her life, and she’s been working as a practitioner since 2007.
Janine was first introduced to Massage Therapy after suffering from severe whiplash, following a motor vehicle accident. After experiencing the numerous benefits and pain relief from several massage treatments, she decided that she wanted to become an RMT. After many years of travel, and working in the tourism and food service industry, she finally decided to settle in Vernon, and graduated in 2006 from the 3 year Massage Therapy Program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. In addition to her private massage therapy practice, Janine has also worked at OVCMT as a clinical outreach supervisor.
During a treatment session, Janine utilizes many techniques and modalities, including Myofascial Release,Trigger Point Release, Swedish Massage, and Applied Somatics. She also believes that the benefits of Massage Therapy are greatly enhanced through client education, awareness through movement, and the development of a personalized self care plan. Janine also offers Direct billing.
Janine is currently completing her studies in Ayurvedic Medicine, and loves being a mom, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time in India.
Note: Katherine is presently off from work due to an accident. We will change this status when she returns to work.
Katherine has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003. She has been refining her skills with a technique called Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 2007 under the mentorship of an osteopathic doctor. CST fascinated her with its ability to normalize the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhance the body’s ability to self-correct. She is certified in Craniosacral Levels 1 & 2 and SomatoEmotional Release 1 through The Upledger Institute. She has also completed a 2 year diploma program through Body Intelligence, making her a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist®. Katherine has always enjoyed explaining about the body and how it works, so it was a natural progression when she began teaching practical classes at the local Massage Therapy College, OVCMT from 2008 to present. She believes teaching has been a wonderful partner in her learning process. Katherine also teaches a CST & MET course in Las Mulas, CHILE with her colleague Sheryl Hamilton, RMT. She has assisted in teaching the 2 year diploma program of Body Intelligence in Victoria, and is currently assisting with the training in Vernon as well.
Kjara is excited to be joining the growing Tidal Team and is looking forward to expanding her practice in Vernon. As a current member of Osteopathy-BC her work is covered under many extended health plans that recognize Osteopathy.
Kjara began her career in health and wellness instructing in the fitness industry beginning in 1993. Then in 2002, some personal health concerns led her to begin studying Craniosacral Therapy. She was astonished at the results and developed a great passion for the concepts and for the work itself. Upon learning that Craniosacral Therapy was only a part of Osteopathic Medicine, she immediately enrolled in the BC School of Osteopathy-Vancouver and graduated 5 years later in 2009. All the while maintaining a Craniosacral practice in her home town of Salmon Arm. She presented her thesis in Montreal in 2011 and has since gone on to do some teaching in the field as well as for Equine Osteopathy. Kjara has post grad training in pediatric osteopathy and enjoys the opportunity to work with pregnant moms and infants as well as children of any age.
Kjara also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, x-country skiing and trail riding with her horses. She also teaches Equine Assisted Learning programs.
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.
Lucille received certification as a TimeWaver Practitioner in 2013 (TimeWaver Academy), as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2015 (Vancouver Island College of Natural Wellness), and certification as a BioResonance According to Paul Schmidt Practitioner in 2017 (Paul Schmidt Academy of Learning). She has personally experienced illness and allergies that could not be recognized or assisted by conventional methods. Energetic healing modalities have proven very effective and she now practices computer-assisted BioEnergetic therapies combined with holistic healing methods. Lucille’s practice utilizes a safe, non-invasive, holistic healing approach with a focus on BioResonance therapy and frequency based modalities. BioResonance therapy using the
Rayonex Polar PS1000 tests for and desensitizes allergies, balances organs and tissues, stimulates the immune response as well as detoxifying environmental pollutants. The TimeWaver utilizes energy based hair analysis, further identifying energetic imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Holistic Health Counseling services are also available to assist in developing a holistic, individualized plan towards self-regulation. Lucille is passionate about her work in this progressive area of energy-based therapies. She is excited to have the opportunity to offer these services to the Vernon area.
Michelle’s fascination with the human condition started when she was 17 years old. Her biology teacher offered a special class field trip to a morgue and teaching hospital where she and her class mates took part in an autopsy of a 24 year old. During the learning process each organ was put on separate trays. It was the brain that struck Michelle when she held it; she was awed in that moment. Michelle is a true healing artist who fuses her 25 years experience of massage and art training into classes, play shops, and healthy living. Her healing nature is nurtured from the wild. She has been in love with nature since born and plays with gardens everywhere she has lived. she sees each spirit as a plant and knows much about many healing modalities.
Massage can bring you back to your authentic self. The skin is the largest organ, it has the capacity to feed the nervous system the key integrative knowledge linking the body to your mind. Michelle’s
25 years of experience in the field combines knowledge from many models of massage. This combined experience and vast knowledge include subtle energies and physical structures to alignment our intricate human anatomy. Having studied cranial sacral, myofascial release techniques and bilateral realignment, she will help relax you and bring more balance to your being.
Michelle is trained in art from a few disciplines, via fine arts programs at U of M and advertising art , and her many years of playing with colour as an interior designer/manager within fine furnishings and decor. In the last five years she has introduced art as “expressive healing time well spent”. Michelle also teaches art to those who have acquired brain injury and recently hosts Mandela Moments and Power Pieces Art filled work / play shops , watch for more of her inspiring colour filled classes. Find her accomplishment in art through her creative writing on a blog linked to social change through ART.
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.
Tonya is a Seer and a vessel of Intuitive healing. As you sit with her or lay upon her LomiLomi table, she is listening to your body and seeing your authentic soul self. The true you emerges from under all the layers of programming and false notions.
If you are looking for a truly open-hearted/transformative experience from the cellular level upwards, then come spend time with this practitioner of the Hawaiian healing arts. She specializes in transitions and support. (Some reasons people have requested her: birthing & pregnancy, passing (dying transitions), trauma, womb healings and spiritual rebirthing). Tonya loves people heart forward, knowing this is her gift.
She has been a regular guest on Voice America & BBS Radio with Paula Vail (Reiki-wisdom birthing, frequency upgrades, Why I’m so happy www.bbsradio.com/whyamisohappy) Recently she was on Tyhson Banighen’s Podcast Wellness Show (Sacred Child) (I-Tunes, You-Tube) Tonya also has several published freelance articles on Spiritual Health and Holistic Wellness, (Sedona Magazine and Now Agora and Reiki News Magazine).
She is a certified Birthing Doula, LomiLomi and Laulima Practitioner (Hawaiian Traditional Healing).
What is a Birthing Doula?
Women and their partners now are more and more seeking the assistance of trained professionals in the area of Women’s medicine, Women’s health, the Specialists of Birthing. Midwives, Birthing Doulas and Reiki Doulas, Pre natal Yoga and a variety of other supports are being offered by the “Sisterhood.”
As your Birthing Doula, Registered with the BC Doula Association, Tonya will arrange for pre-natal consultation and post-natal visits. She offers advocacy, education and support as your doula, and is present throughout the birthing of your little miracle. Tonya attends your birth in hospital or in home.
Well versed in the healing arts, meditation, as a non practicing nurse, her training was through the Wise Woman Way of Birthing with Gloria Lemay.
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.
Zabrina Barteaux is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the Canadian Institute of Health and Healing (2010) and a Certified Equine Massage Therapist through the Art of Equine Massage in Colorado (2006). Since 2010 Zabrina has been living and working in the Okanagan, offering the different modalities she has trained in to people and horses all over the valley.
Zabrina is passionate about looking at the roles of all our bodies: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual on our health and our experiences in this life.