Practitioners

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Lisa Grierson

BKin, RMT

     Lisa has always had a fascination with the human body. Being an elite athlete in high school, she understood from an early age the importance of feeling strong and happy in her body and was shown how different therapeutic modalities greatly aided her recovery from injury.  This interest brought her to the University of Calgary where she completed her Bachelors in Kinesiology.  With this degree, she worked alongside a physiotherapist developing treatment plans and teaching exercises to clients. Throughout the years, Lisa travelled through Asia and Latin America and experienced firsthand how health and wellness is understood in other cultures.  She began practicing yoga, meditation, breathwork, mindfulness - realizing that there was much more to health than the physical body.  Lisa prioritizes living a balanced life, where physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health must all be addressed equally.

Eager to learn more and get more hands on experience, Lisa attended the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2017.  She loves massage therapy because she is able to build a relationship with her clients and educate them on how to take control of all aspects of their health.  Her treatments focus on calming the nervous system and treating the body as a whole with swedish massage, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, trigger point release and dynamic stretching.  Lisa likes to create a treatment plan that focuses on getting her client back to what they call their normal, whether it’s playing a sport at an elite level, walking their dog daily or playing with their grandchildren without pain.  How we live our life and carry out our passions is important, and Lisa is here to help her clients get back to what makes them happy!

You can book a massage with Lisa online here:

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Alison Peia Stadnyk

R.TCM.P, R.Ac, Dpl.Doctorate of TCM,
Owner of Pine & Needle Wellness

Registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, cupping, tui-na massage, and moxibustion.  Also offers electro-acupuncture, acupressure, sound therapy and apitherapy.

During a session with Alison, we will go through a history of your own personal health and constitution, where we will discover patterns from a Chinese medicine based diagnosis which may be affecting your wellness.  From here Alison will develop a treatment that is tailored to your own unique needs, utilizing acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, herbalism, tui-na massage, or any other TCM techniques that are indicated for your healing journey.

Alison also incorporates dietary counseling and Chinese herbal therapy as a support protocol for her patients when desired or necessary.

You can expect to leave your session feeling relaxed, aligned and empowered with tools to motivate you towards a lighter and healthier self.
 

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Rhianna Debrayanna, RMT

Rhianna’s approach to massage reflects both her background and her approach to life; a blend of science, spirituality, and art. She grew up between California and the Okanagan, and has become enamoured with the mountains of BC. While in California, she attended an outdoors boarding school and received scholarships within the theatre and arts programs. Nevertheless, sciences and athletics were her passion, and she went on to pursue medical school and received scholarships for running. At the collegiate level, she raced for the women’s cross country team at UBC while studying kinesiology. During this time, an overuse injury granted her access to UBC’s incredible sports doctors, physiotherapists and RMT’s. She was awed by the therapeutic effectiveness of massage and delved into the healing arts. She attended the Vancouver School of the Healing Arts in 2014, wherein she was introduced to an abundance of cultural approaches to healing. She learned about Ayurveda and Indian head massage, Shiatsu and reflexology, hot stone massage and hydrotherapy, as well as the incredible importance of the mind-body connection. Wanting to ground her holistic view of massage with a scientific foundation, she undertook more schooling at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2017 as an RMT. 

 

Massage, to Rhianna, is a beautiful and therapeutic art form, made more fascinating by her individualized approach to each client. Her treatment style blends therapeutic techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular technique, joint mobilizations, breathwork, and swedish massage to deliver a treatment that is both effective and relaxing. 

 

She strives for the freedom that comes from feeling physically able, strong, and flexible in one’s body and aims to co-create this freedom and mind-body connection with all of her clients. Outside of her massage life, she teaches breath work and Pilates, and practices yoga, qi gong and meditation. She has the spirit of a traveller and adventurer, and frequents the Amazon to learn from the native shamans and plant medicine, and has a deep reverence for all that has been shared with her from these experiences. She’s an avid writer, runner, dancer, and is obsessed with all things mountain related.   

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