Alia Ridley, RMT
I have always believed that having a healthy mind, body and spirit is the best way to achieve optimal health and performance. These interconnected aspects of what makes us a complete healthy person however are often challenged by the everyday stressors we can experience in life. I have found massage therapy to be an extremely beneficial modality to help navigate and even help alleviate these stressors by allowing us to reconnect to our bodies.
Growing up I was introduced to various types of therapeutic modalities from Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture and the value of physical exercise in my life. My early experiences helped me in developing a sense of how a “whole body” holistic approach improves and enhances my being both mentally and physically.
After spending a year at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia pursuing a liberal arts and sciences degree my interest in the healing arts called out to me. With this in mind, I decided to attend the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and completed it’s rigorous 3000 hour program in April 2016. I wrote my provincial board examinations in September 2016 for my Registered License and passed on my first attempt.
I was drawn to massage therapy in particular because I truly believe that it is a wonderful way to reconnect yourself to your body, decrease stress, and help aid in the recovery of other physical ailments. In addition, I have always had a passion for helping others and massage therapy has become a great outlet to help fulfill this passion.
My treatment style includes many different techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy, gentle joint mobilizations, stretching, and more depending on each patient’s specific needs and how their body is presenting. My pace is usually slow and rhythmic as I use Swedish Massage techniques to help induce relaxation and support patient’s into the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows patients to fully rest and unwind while also keeping the massage effective.
I sincerely hope to be of service and support you through your health and wellness journey!