Crystal Vera, RMT

I was born in Atlantic Canada and moved to British Columbia with my family as a teen. My first memory of recognizing massage as a healing practice was as a child watching my mother massage my Grandmother’s feet to sooth her when she was sick. Even at a young age, I could grasp the comfort that this care provided.

After graduating from West Coast College for Massage Therapy in 2016, curiosity compelled me to understand the link between how people move throughout the day and how they feel. I was intrigued by how the nuances of movement manifested in the body.

My practice began in 2017, at Broadway Physiotherapy and Wellness. Here, I gained experience working with all manner of injuries. However, I had a keen interest in gaining more experience in the perinatal realm. In 2018, Elizabeth Martin, Doula and RMT, hired me at Amethyst Healing on Vancouver Island. From her, I was encouraged to learn unique ways to assess and treat the female pelvis, including visceral manipulation for the uterus and bladder. I used my skills to facilitate support for women’s issues involving pelvic pain and conditions connected to inflammation and scar tissue. I returned to Vancouver to continue my practice at Therapy Health Studio, broadening my caseload to encompass perinatal, urban athletes, health care professionals, trades people, children, teens, seniors and desk workers. In 2022, I partnered with friend and colleague, Elizabeth Israel to open Paper Crane Massage Therapy. It was gratifying to help build a foundation for the clinic and watch the business grow.

My practice is further supported by courses involving breast massage, myofascial release, craniosacral and visceral manipulation.

I am thrilled to join the team at Foundation for Integrated Health, seeking a simplified life and an optimal work-life balance. Situated a short walk away from work, I eagerly anticipate becoming a part of the Lower Lonsdale community. With gratitude I look forward to becoming a part of a comprehensive health care team, dedicated to supporting our patient’s well-being. I use a patient centered, gentle approach to Massage Therapy. By encouraging mindful awareness, I guide patients to re-establish a mind-body connection.

During my free time, I enjoy a variety of activities including foraging, skateboarding, crafting, cycling, ocean swimming, snowboarding, sewing and observing the phases of the moon.

Bryce Adams, RMT

Having lived an active lifestyle my entire life, it has been inevitable that various injuries are something I’ve dealt with. I have experienced success in getting better and back to my activities through various manual therapies and was drawn to massage therapy. What I like about massage specifically is the hands-on time and the ability to affect real change in the quality of life for my clients.

After taking a few years off after high school to travel, volunteer, & work in customer service (mainly in the coffee industry), I went on to study Registered Massage therapy at Langara College and acquired my RMT designation in 2019.

My treatment style involves a variety of techniques with a focus on Swedish, trigger point therapy, active/assisted stretching techniques, and a focus on home care to empower the client in their healing process and work towards their goals.

In my own sports endeavours, I have played various sports including hockey and soccer competitively and currently pursue long distance trail and road running competitively. When not at work, I can be found either running the North Shore trails, on my road bike, or exploring one of Vancouver’s many third-wave coffee shops.

Alysha Connor, RMT

Growing up on the North Shore, I participated in many sports and active hobbies. From soccer and volleyball to running and hiking. Throughout my life I have had several different injuries and have had the opportunity to experience many different forms of rehabilitation. I have found that every modality benefited me and helped with my rehabilitation in different ways. Being able to experience the benefits of manual and active therapies for myself has encouraged a passion in me to pursue a career in this area. I was drawn to massage therapy and its ability to help heal through the combination of relaxation and therapeutic treatments.

I graduated in 2019 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. I worked as a Kinesiologist for two years before I began my journey at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in January 2021. I graduated from VCMT in August of 2022 and after completing my registration exams, I became a Registered Massage Therapist in November 2022.

During the past few years I have had the privilege to work in several different therapeutic environments such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, active rehab and chiropractic care. But I have felt drawn to the area of Massage Therapy in the way that it allows a focused and hands-on relationship between patient and therapist and the ability to encourage a holistic approach to rehabilitation. I enjoy being able to incorporate my active rehab background into my massage treatments. As an RMT, my treatments include a variety of techniques such as Swedish-relaxation massage, myofascial & neuromuscular techniques, stretching and active rehabilitation.

When I am not treating patients, you can find me running, hiking the North Shore mountains, playing soccer or reading a good book.

I look forward to being able to apply my skills to help you achieve your health goals.