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Team

Registered Massage Therapists

Marcus Blumensaat BSc RMT SMT (c)

Background
Marcus draws on a comprehensive education, as well as wealth of professional and personal experience with the human body, to help his clients reach their optimal state of being.

In 2001, Marcus earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria (UVIC). Through his five years of study he obtained in-depth knowledge of exercise physiology, motor control and learning, care and prevention of athletic injuries and biomechanics. While at University Marcus also obtained his certification as a BCRPA Personal Trainer. During this time he also played for the UVIC Vikes varsity rugby team and the Canadian (Under 23) National rugby team.

This combination of education, certification, as well as training by the elite strength and conditioning coaches of Rugby Canada allowed him to quickly build a strong knowledge base for him to draw from as he began to prescribe his own exercise programs for the public in both the rehabilitative arena as well as the high performance arena.

Marcus then went on to complete the 3000-hour Registered Massage Therapist program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. This program is world-renowned for the breadth of academic material covered as well as a vast array of manual skills learnt throughout the training.

Upon graduation and certification in 2006, Marcus opened the Left Coast Health clinic and began to practice full-time. While working, Marcus acquired his certification as a Sport Massage Therapist from the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA). He is now one of only 32 professionals to attain this certification nationwide.

This certification has opened many doors for Marcus in the sports medicine field. He has worked with Canadian National team athletes from many sports including athletics, swimming, diving, triathlon and rowing. He worked as a massage therapist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio Olympics and many other international events. Marcus is currently a member of the Integrated Support Team (IST) for Rowing Canada Aviron’s senior National team.

Philosophy
Marcus recognizes that health is an incredibly complex concept as there are so many factors that influence it. He believes that health can be boosted with an active lifestyle, healthy eating, high-quality sleep, stress management, pursuit of a passion, as well as connection to nature and loved ones.

Approach and Techniques
Marcus doesn’t just ‘rub’ tissue…he firsts take a thorough history in order to fully ascertain all of the information that will help him to understand your case.  He then performs a comprehensive physical assessment to see your level of physical function.   Through this screening process he can rule out/pick-up on any red flags that would require a referral to your doctor or a specialist.  If no red flags are apparent, he proceeds by addressing the many factors that influence your health, performance and levels of experienced pain.  Marcus addresses them through client/patient education, advanced exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques.

At the conclusion of a session with Marcus he would expect you to feel empowered and inspired to get outside, move and live life to its fullest!

Outside of Practice
When not practicing, Marcus can often be found outside adventuring. Mountain biking and snowboarding are his two biggest passions but he can also be found playing disc golf, bocce, strength training, hiking and trail running. When he isn’t playing outside he can often be found cooking with his wife, deep in a good book, recovering in a yoga class, having a pint with friends, or puttering around the garage.

 

Bree Archibald BA RMT

Background
Bree began practicing at Left Coast Health after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009. Having first attained a B.A. in Psychology, Bree had previously worked in hospice care with families and with children.

Philosophy
These experiences have led Bree to adopt a holistic treatment approach and to recognize the importance of an individualized treatment plan to help optimize each client’s wellness.

She has a wide range of experience working with diverse clients including Olympic athletes, recreational athletes, seniors, and kids. Her practice includes sports injuries, pregnancy, stress and pain management, headaches, arthritis, frozen shoulder, sciatica, and many others.

Approach and Techniques
Her treatments and techniques focus on assessment, deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and therapeutic exercise. Bree draws on her Pilates instructor training and “personal training” courses to help clients with exercise prescription and the ergonomic demands of their daily lives. She believes in a collaborative approach that empowers clients to reach their health goals.

Outside of Practice
Bree likes being active, doing yoga, and often participates in running races of all distances. She and her husband enjoy cooking delicious food and taking their son for adventures in the wilderness.

 

Patty Smyth RMT

Background
Patty SmythPatty graduated in 2015 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. She became a Certified Lymphatic Therapist after completing the Manual Lymph Drainage Program Level 3 with the Dr. Vodder School International.

Philosophy
Patty believes that every day is a good day to improve and maintain health and wellness, and that the human body has a tremendous capacity to heal and thrive with very basic requirements.  Wherever you are in your current state of health, Patty is dedicated to playing a positive role and supporting you in achieving your best health.

Approach and Techniques
Patty takes a warm and compassionate whole-body approach. Massage techniques she utilizes include – active and passive stretching, trigger point release, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, relaxation and Swedish techniques.  Patty also employs Manual Lymph Drainage; a gentle and rhythmic massage technique that assists drainage of lymph fluid in tissue swelling, calms the nervous system, decreases pain, releases tension, and promotes healing. It can be used in numerous conditions including lymphedema, venous insufficiency, pre and post-surgery, acute injury, wounds, skin conditions, chronic sinusitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc. More information on MLD can be found at www.vodderschool.com/lymph_vessel_system.

Outside of Practice
Patty enjoys spending her free time walking and hiking along the beaches and trails of our beautiful West Coast. In addition to her love of the outdoors, she enjoys swimming, cycling, yoga, travel, time spent with family and friends, and is an avid reader of all topics related to health and wellness.