ABOUT

Massage therapy has a deeply personal significance to me.  In 1995, I discovered that I had extensive degenerative damage in my neck (cervical spine), most likely due to playing football.  In 2005, I had a herniated disk that protruded into my spinal cord in my neck.

With the threat of becoming a quadriplegic, I was scheduled to have surgery seven months later, but through the efforts of physiotherapy, massage therapy, exercise, prayer, and my own determination, I was able to avoid surgery.

From a young age I have always been involved in sports, including football, baseball, track and field and soccer.  From the age of fifteen I became very interested in anatomy, and bodybuilding.  I was inspired to maintain and improve my physical strength in order to play football.

During my football years, I sought help for various injuries from chiropractors and physiotherapists.  This, in addition to discussions with my own caregivers, led me to begin my education at West College of Massage Therapy in 1994.

A prerequisite for entering massage therapy school is a two-day massage course.  It was at this point that I realized: “Wow!  I can help other people feel this good.” From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be in this profession in order to help others.

Because of my own history of injuries and ailments, I can relate to the pain that so many of my patients experience and why they come to me for treatment.  Besides massage therapy, my clients also receive life style counseling, in addition to exercise and dietary coaching as part of their treatment.

Besides being a Registered Massage Therapist, I am married , with a son and a dog.  Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family, cooking great food, and being active with regular gym and/or bike workouts. In the summer, I keep a garden and love spending time camping in my 1972 VW van.  I am also an avid snowboarder during the winter season.

Experience

I have over 15 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist in Vancouver.

Location

Glow Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Yaletown.
1008 Homer Street, Suite 410, (at Nelson), Vancouver, BC V6B 2X1

Phone: 778.786.2517

'Todd has helped me get off my pain killers and maintained my quality of life. I am lucky to have found him.' - Krista

SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports Massage

This form of therapy is used to improve performance or rehabilitate injury.  I use a variety of techniques, depending on the requirement of the patient.  This includes traditional Swedish massage, Shiatsu (applied regularly), pre and post event treatment, as well as maintenance techniques, to facilitate optimal results and recovery.

CrossFit

Squeezing out round after round of power snatches might make you very happy!  Unfortunately, it can sometimes do the opposite to your lower back.  All those kettle-bell WOD’s can also do a lot of damage to your shoulders.

Performing at your optimal level requires taking good care of your body.  Sports massage therapy can help by decreasing inflammation while maintaining or increasing your range of motion.

Benefits:
  • Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Reduction
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Reduction In Muscle Tension
  • Increased Flexibility, Mobility and Stamina
  • Pain Relief
  • Breaking Down of Scar Tissue

'Without a doubt, Todd has turned out to be one of the most influential contributors to my success.' - Sylvain Cyr, Amateur body builder and Elite Personal Trainer

POST SURGERY

Post-Surgery Massage

Repeated therapeutic massage treatments following surgery can be very helpful.  We can often achieve reductions in pain, noticeable and measurable improvements in tissue texture suppleness, and increases range of motion.  

Benefits:
  • Reduce Pain
  • Decrease Inflammation
  • Improvement In Joint Range Of Motion
  •  Decreased Recovery Time
  •  Improved Flow of Oxygen and Nutrients
  •  Relaxed Muscles

'Not only does Todd provide immediate relief for my current symptoms, he works hard to understand the root causes of my symptoms and explores various long term treatment options with me.' - Adam

DEEP TISSUE

Deep Tissue Massage

Chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders are commonly relieved through deep tissue massage.  This technique focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.

Benefits:
  •  Reduces Chronic Pain
  •  Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
  •  Improves Blood Pressure
  •  Stress Relief
  •  Improved Flexibility
  •  Reduce Chronic Pain and Stiffness

'I was in a car accident 14 years ago and my doctor recommended I try massage. With Todd's experience and knowledge I healed quite quickly and I have now incorporated massage into my regular routine. I truly believe I'm in a better physical condition due to regular massage treatments.' - Randy

RELAXATION

Relaxation Massage

We live in a society that can be hectic, fast-paced and stressful at times.  Stress is a known factor for a wide range of health problems, in addition to affecting the quality of sleep and enjoyment of life.  While some might think of relaxation massage as a luxury, it can actually be a very effective treatment for many people.

Benefits:
  •  Stress Relief
  •  Improved Sleep
  •  Better Resistance to Illness
  •  Increased Energy
  •  Improved Concentration
  •  Relieves Headaches

'In addition to his professional skills and abilities, Todd is a genuine and approachable massage therapist. Todd is well versed in ancient healing practices as well as in the latest scientific findings in his field. Todd holds high integrity and his world view is holistic. I highly recommend his services.' - Suzana Dujmic, MC, RCC, Principal and owner at Power Within Counselling Inc.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial Release

Connective tissue known as “fascia” can become tight and painful.  By applying mild, sustained pressure with my hands, I gently stretch and soften the fascia to restore normal alignment and function, and reduce pain.

Benefits:
  •  Decreases Pain
  •  Strengthens the Immune System
  •  Improves Nerve Function
  •  Reduces Fatigue
  •  Improved GI Function
  •  Increased Range of Motion

'It’s hard to find a really good Registered Massage Therapist. Todd's knowledge of anatomy, wellness and fitness makes for an amazing RMT. He can tell where the issues are and address those issues as well as advise how to either stretch or treat the problem areas post treatment. Todd was recommended to me and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of Massage Therapy. ' - Pamel Lee, Principal, Creative Director at Multiple, Inc

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Hours

Glow Acupuncture and Wellness Center:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays: 11am to 8pm
Saturdays: 10am to 7pm

Anytime Fitness:
Thursdays:  11am to 7pm

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Glow Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Suite 410, 1008 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2X1
Phone:  778.786.2517

Anytime Fitness
489 W 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Phone:  604.559.8463

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