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Our Team – Strong Hands, Warm Hearts

Our goal is simple: to contribute to community wellness by delivering professional, individualized massage therapy treatments in a relaxing, supportive environment.

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Tara Miller
Registered Message Therapist (RMT)

As an active outdoor enthusiast with a physical occupation, Tara understands greatly the need for self-care and mind/body balance. The desire to achieve health and wellness in her own life, ignited a passion to help others enjoy optimal quality of life and gain greater ease and mobility in daily activities – both at work and play.

Tara’s journey as an RMT began 15 years ago, and has involved continuous learning and expanding her knowledge. In recent years, she became fascinated and curious about fascia and the complex and dynamic healing ability of the body. This led her to study Bio-Dynamic Fascial Integration (BFI).  

BFI is a holistic approach to treatment that looks beyond the site of injury and/or pain, integrates structure anatomy and function throughout the whole body and considers how they are interdependent to one another.


Tara will assess for mobility and ease in the tissues and understands when and how to integrate techniques such as fascial mobilization, visceral manipulation and cranial-fascial osteopathy to induce a change, increased mobility as well as a sense of ease in the body. Often the patient has a greater sense of well-being, increased quality of sleep, and movement.

This treatment approach has proven effective for headaches, back and neck pain, stress, repetitive strain injury and whiplash, as well as post concussion syndrome, digestion issues and womens health concerns, including endometriosis, dysmenorrhea and pre/post natal concerns.

While full body relaxation massage is not usually part of Tara’s treatment plan, she feels that unveiling and addressing these issues in the body to be the most effective form of stress relief. After all, these chronic areas of tension are often where we hold stress in our bodies.

Ready to dive deep into this journey with Tara? Book an Initial BFI treatment online today. Curious but not too sure, book an Initial Assessment or 60 minute subsequent Massage therapy appointment and Tara will blend this approach with some standard massage techniques and tailor a treatment just for you.

When Tara is not busy helping her patients stay mobile, pain free and performing at their best, she can usually be found enjoying her other life’s passions, mountain biking in the trails, sliding down a mountain on her snowboard or skis, practicing yoga or simply enjoying a forest walk with her dog.


  • Visceral Manipulation 1

  • Visceral Manipulation 2

  • Introduction to Osteopathic Techniques

  • Biodynamic Fascial Integration Training 9-course series (Natale Rao RMT, Heather Gittens RMT):

    • Course 1 - Craniosacral Therapy (Cranio-Fascial Mobilization)

    • Course 2 - Visceral Connections

    • Course 3 - Fascial Mobilization and Release

    • Course 4 - Cervical spine-TMJ-Cranium Region

    • Course 5 - Lumbo-sacral Region

    • Course 6 - Thoracic Region

    • Course 7 - The Extremities

    • Course 8 - Advanced Visceral Connections

    • Course 9 - The Tie that Binds – A Culmination of the Series

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Jen Ridout
Registered Message Therapist (RMT)

Jen is a 2008 graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy.  During treatments, Jen enjoys fostering a relaxing, quiet space to de-stress while at the same time working with a therapeutic focus. She uses a variety of techniques including myofascial release, cranio-sacral, trigger point therapy and swedish massage to help patients tap into their body’s innate wisdom to heal itself.  She looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your health goals. In her free time Jen enjoys surfing, camping, dancing and spending time on the trails with her dogs Piper and Roscoe.  



Laura Schroeder 
Registered Message Therapist (RMT)

Laura graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster in 2009. She has also been working towards her Diploma in Osteopathy Manual Practice for the past five years. She has taken many Myofascial, Cranio-Sacral, Visceral manipulation, and joint mobilization courses which she utilizes in the majority of her treatments. 
She will take into account the whole body when assessing and treating people, for the location that pain is felt may not be the only contributing factor. She works specifically to create movement between adjacent tissues be it muscles, bones, ligaments, or organs to maintain or restore functional movement.
She understands how pain affects a person’s daily life as she has learned a lot from rehabilitating her own chronic pain problems. 

Laura is looking forward to meeting you and helping your body restore its optimal health.


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Kirsten Werner
Registered Message Therapist (RMT)

Kirsten is the owner of Cumberland Village Wellness. She is currently off work and recovering from a MVA. She encourages you to see the other skilled RMTS at Cumberland Village Wellness.

Connecting with and caring for others has always been part of Kirsten’s life. It was through her work as a doula that she learned about the many benefits of massage and uncovered a passion for it as a therapy.


Kirsten has been helping clients of all ages achieve wellness through massage for over 20 years. Initially certified in Aromatherapy Massage in 2001, following the birth of her second child, Kirsten enrolled in the three-year RMT program through West Coast College of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2008.


Kirsten offers different modalities based on individual needs, including Swedish massage, pre- and post-natal massage, post-Caesarean section massage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. In addition to providing RMT services, she offers one-on-one lessons in both infant/toddler massage and labour massage for expectant couples.



As an RMT, Kirsten’s objective is to provide physical relief and calm support while working with clients to educate them about their treatment plan and help them participate in their self-care. As a small-business owner, her aim is to contribute to the local business community and create valuable collaborations within it.


Outside of work, Kirsten loves spending time with her family making the most of the Comox Valley’s cultural and recreational richness.


  • Cumberland Business Association Member

  • International Association Infant Massage Instructor

  • Continuing Education Training (Paula Jaspar, MEd, RMT):

    • Part 1: Pregnancy (14PE)

    • Part 2: Labour, Birth and Postpartum (14PE)

    • Part 3: The Complicated Pregnancy (12PE) 

    •  Part 5: Post Caesarean Section Treatment (12PE)

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New to us? Please call (250) 336-3244 to schedule your appointment.

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