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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.

 

Dena McDonald RMT

Background
Dena began practicing at Left Coast Health after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2008. Upon graduation, Dena began a practice that focused on injury management and rehabilitation. She now has almost 10 years of experience in this field. While practicing massage therapy she obtained a Health Sciences degree from Thompson Rivers University and is now working towards a Masters Degree in Public Health. She joined Left Coast Health in the summer of 2016.

Philosophy
Working with patients in rehabilitation has allowed Dena to recognize that an
individualized approach is needed when addressing each particular injury. She believes that communication with patients is key and that the patient and therapist must work together to design an appropriate treatment plan.

Approach and Techniques
Her treatments and techniques focus on deep tissue massage, soft tissue release and joint
mobilization. Dena believes that treatment should be focused on individual patient goals.

Outside of Practice
Dena enjoys hiking, taking out her paddle board and experimenting with new recipes in her
kitchen. Other spare time is spent volunteering as a board member for the Victoria
Women’s Transition House.

 

Nathan Skirrow RMT

Background
As a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3,000-hour RMT program in 2009, Nathan has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients with an array of treatment needs.

As a Massage Therapist, he has worked at the international level with elite athletes and leaders of other health care professions. These collaborations have continued to spark his unparalleled drive to excel in the area of sports rehabilitation and performance.

Philosophy and Approach to Treatment
Nathan draws on the above mentioned experiences during treatment to help patients realize their personal health goals. Utilizing an orthopaedic approach with a focus on isolating dysfunctional stability and alignment, he has found a style that is both physically and mentally beneficial for his patients.

Outside of Practice
Nathan comes from a high performance background in soccer, competitive swimming, and swim coaching. In his spare time, he is a practicing photographer and is finishing his B.H.Sc. degree.