Connections Wellness Studio in Pemberton, BC, is a unique team of highly qualified specialists working together to create the perfect balance for body, mind and spirit through Therapeutic massage, Cranial Sacral / Visceral Therapy, Naturopathic Treatment and Spa Therapy.
Cheray Brandt – RMT/Owner/Yamuna Ball Rolling Instructor
Cheray Brandt is a B.C. Registered Massage Therapist and a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapist In Vancouver in 1994. Previous to Massage Therapy she studied in Kinesiology at U.B.C. and graduated with a bachelor degree in Physical Education. She then went on to work in the spa’s in Whistler before starting her own business the Pemberton Therapeutic Massage clinic ( now operating as Pemberton Valley Wellness) and managed it for 12 years.
Her Specialty is Hands on Sports Therapy and biomechanical assessment. Combining her techniques of Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and hands on Yamuna body ball release she has uniquely developed her own style of injury specific sports massage and rehabilitation therapy. She is also a Certified Yamuna Ball Rolling Instructor and teaches one on one private sessions and group classes to encourage her clients to learn more ways to explore safe stretching and strengthening of the core to prevent injuries.
Cheray is available for RMT in the studio on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Personally healing from my own injuries from a MVA accident, I can now relate and help educate clients on how body awareness of movement after an injury is the key to recovery. Massage therapy is not the only way to break up scar tissue, holding patterns, and help with the stress of getting over trauma in deeper tissue layers. Learning what specialty massage techniques work best during stages of healing along with learning proper, safe strengthening, stretching exercises through exercise rehabilatation helps prevent incorrect movement patterns and bad posture and keeps the body moving pain free.
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Ali Richmond – Registered Massage Therapist
Welcome New to our Pemberton studio! Ali has called the Sea to Sky corridor home for over 20 years and has just received her diploma certificate from Langara College in Vancouver and RMT licence for medical receipts. She thrives on working with clients to improve mobility or decrease discomfort. She believes strongly in sharing her observations with clients so that they learn more about their bodies and are active participants in the healing process. Ali works with the individual to determine what the best treatment needs are. She is trained in Swedish massage, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, manual lymphatic drainage and Rood’s techniques. She has a keen interest in working with the musculoskeletal system to improve respiration and mental well-being and has completed a comprehensive case study on the effects of massage on PTSD by improving respiratory ventilation in first responders. Prior to her career as an RMT she worked in communications and management in cultural and sport not-for profits. Ali is an avid sea kayaker, skier, snowboarder, swimmer, hiker, and walker of her dog Chainsaw!
Ali is available in the studio on Mondays & Saturdays.
To book an apt. book online or email: Alisonrichmondrmt@gmail.com
Sandra McLaren – Registered Massage Therapist/Cranial Sacral/Visceral Therapist
Sandra received her diploma certificate of graduation from West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2005. She has gone on to study many other modalities. Her other passion combines Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Fascial work to help clients achieve a better quality of health. Since graduation Sandra has had the privilege of working at two top spas in Whistler and is currently expanding her clientele now in Pemberton her home town.
Her unique specialty in integration of three modalities promotes self healing and awareness and effectively treats clients individually and holistically working with the mind, body and soul. She does not see her clients and their aliments as challenges but instead welcomes each client as an opportunity to learn and in turn, educate. She is a B.C. Registered Massage Therapist and is covered by extended medical plans, ICBC, and RCMP claims.
Sandra is available in the studio on Wednesdays & Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
I believe the body has a natural ability to heal and I am merely the facilitator to help my clients find balance within their own body. I feel privileged to aid and witness the process of healing, which inspires me and drives me every day to learn more!
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Dr. Andrew Eberding: Naturopathic Doctor
Anybody who knows me, knows I love to help people. I was raised on a farm in the Cariboo district. This is where I learned many of the values and skills I use as resources every day – problem solving, the power of the natural world, the value of hard work and perseverance (to name a few). My life’s journey prior to naturopathic medicine included forays into a wide diversity of fields; from cancer research to delivery driver, from the ancient craft of timber-framing to biotechnology, from production labourer to tower design. It is this broad spectrum of experience that allows me to have some insight into most of my patient’s daily lives: the struggles and inspirations inherent to them. It was my role as a parent which led me into naturopathic medicine. As a young man holding my own children, I felt the scale and significance of the responsibility with which I was facing. I wanted to do as much as possible to support my sons as they grew. I learned about health and treatments that were not part of the healthcare model; I became impassioned to bring them to those in need. I could not learn enough; I knew I had found my calling. My road to naturopathic medicine was long and convoluted. Balancing family life and getting an education was a challenge. With the seemingly unending support of my wife Laura, I managed to earned a in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UNBC, a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UBC and, finally, a Naturopathic Doctorate from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Functional, individualized medicine is something that I feel privileged to provide for my patients. Every day I feel fortunate to spend time with my patients who are reaching ever higher levels of health. Naturopathic medicine is rooted in giving the patient the tools to heal themselves. This can mean many things, but overall it boils down to ensuring nutrient availability, supporting adequate elimination functions, reestablishing structural balance and managing integration within the environment at all levels of self: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social.
I treat people with many different conditions and I enjoy the full spectrum of challenges that my patients bring to me to help them resolve. I have specialized training in prolotherapy: an injection-based therapy that targets chronic joint injuries. No matter what area pains you, I have had success treating it; from headaches to plantar fasciitis. It is a powerful therapy to remove unresolved injuries and pains. Another focus I have had success treating in my practice is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have seen dramatic shifts in both adults and children The great part of treating children is they heal so quickly. Adults take longer to come around, but I have seen amazing improvements in behaviour and performance in them as well. Regardless of where you are on the health spectrum, I help you become one step better.
Dr. Andrew Eberding is available Fridays in the studio starting Dec 1, 2017.
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Janice Lee – Cold Laser Skin Treatment Light Therapy
Janice is Certified in Esthetics and is specially trained to work at the cellular level using her special light therapy machine to oxygenate skin cells in the tissue and promote healthy skin renewal. Her treatment involves a one hour facial with microdermabrasion, a cleanse with organic natural herbal products and relaxing upper body massage. She is working on Tuesdays and you can book online or email her directly to find out more about this fantastic natural way of caring for your skin.
Janice Lee is available in the studio on Mondays & Tuesdays.
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