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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

Registered Massage Therapy:

  • Initial & Subsequent treatments

  • ​Pre/Post natal massage

  • Bio-Dynamic Fascial Integration

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Laura

Registered Massage Therapy:

  • Initial & Subsequent Treatments

  • Pre/Post natal massage

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Crystal

Registered Massage Therapy:

  • Initial & Subsequent Treatments

  • LOCUM RMT August 19-30

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Jen

Registered Massage Therapy:

  • Initial & Subsequent Treatments

  • Pre/Post natal massage

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Kirsten

Registered Massage Therapy:

  • Initial & Subsequent Treatments

  • Pre/Post natal massage

  • Post breast/top surgery massage

  • Post C-section

  • Kids Massage

  • Baby Massage

  • Labour Massage Lessons

Tara Miller
Registered Massage 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.

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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

Contact Tara at tara@cumberlandwellness.ca

Jen Ridout
Registered Massage 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.  

 

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Laura Schroeder 
Registered Massage 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 Massage Therapist (RMT)

Kirsten, owner of Cumberland Village Wellness, is an experienced Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) based in Cumberland since 2009. Residing within the traditional unceded territory of the K’ómoks, Eiksan, and Pentlatch people, Kirsten is deeply connected to the community where she lives and works.

 

With over two decades of experience, she's committed to client wellness. Certified in Aromatherapy Massage in 2001, Kirsten then completed the three-year RMT program in 2008 at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

As a skilled RMT and compassionate guide in therapeutic care, Kirsten offers a mindful approach to treatments for various surgeries. She has completed all levels of training with the Mastectomy Guide for Health Professionals and is actively involved in the MG mentorship 6-month program.

 

Kirsten provides thoughtful care for pre and post-surgical services for breast, chest, oncology and c-sections, supporting individuals through their surgical and healing process with expertise and empathy.

Kirsten is happy to offer pediatric massage for Kids Under 12. Kirsten understands the unique needs of children and tailors her approach to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Parents, you're welcome to stay in the room—it's all about making massage a positive experience.

Kirsten teaches lessons in infant/toddler and labour massage. In her 1:1 lessons you will learn the benefits and techniques to massage your loved one. In Kirsten's community classes you will be at ease and learn in a comfortable group setting the delights of baby massage or the hands on help for your partner to prepare for labour & birth.

Her goal as an RMT is to provide physical relief and calming support while empowering clients to actively participate in their self-care.

Outside work, Kirsten cherishes family moments in the Comox Valley, actively contributing to the local business community.

Additionally, Kirsten provides business coaching for Wellness Practitioners, assisting them in achieving balance and wellness in both their personal lives and businesses.

Kirsten's warmth and expertise create a nurturing space for your well-being path. 

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  • International Association Infant Massage Instructor 2009

  • 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)

  • Mastectomy Guide for Healthcare Professionals:

    • Foundations: Therapeutic Breast Massage

    • Level 1: Post- op Complications

    • Level 2: Post- op Complications

  • The Science of Scar Tissue Course

  • MG Full Mentorship Program 2024

  • Cumberland Business Association Chair Board Member from 2020-2022

  • DEEP NIC Digital Training

Contact Kirsten at kirsten@cumberlandwellness.ca

Crystal Cook 
Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Locum August 19-30

I graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program in 2013 and have been practising full-time in the Vancouver area ever since.

In my 11+ years experience I have treated many conditions from Postpartum, post-surgery, chronic pain, desk posture and tension, sports injuries, weekend warrior injuries, MS, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, TMJ dysfunction, post MVA injuries and many more.

I have a patient centered approach to treatment and I prefer to use therapeutic modalities. I am very passionate about helping people and try my best to get you back to optimal function. My spare time is spent taking courses and learning more about these meat suits we call human bodies :)

I have spent many years in the health and fitness industry and I have played many sports and outdoor activities. I don’t sit still for long! Travel and adventures are what I live for.

 

Carpe Diem!!

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Contact Crystal at crystaldc13@hotmail.com


Learn more about our Registered Massage Therapists
 

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

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