Yaletown Massage Theparist, Todd Smith RMT
My twenty-five years practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist has offered me both personal and professional satisfaction. I have always been dedicated to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and enjoyed the improved spirit that good health has provided. My personal experience as an athlete and a patient has allowed me to use my passion to inspire my patient’s to become healthier, happier versions of themselves.
I have always been an avid sports lover and was inspired to maintain and improve my physical strength to reach my peak performance. For fourteen years, I played football at the top level through to University. My continuous participation in sports led to injuries from which I was able to recover through treatments I received from chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and physiotherapists. My treatment and care contributed greatly to my decision to pursue a career in healthcare, and the success of my treatments has allowed me to continue to challenge my physical fitness.
I began my education at West College of Massage Therapy in 1994 and graduated in 1996 with a Diploma of Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy. I have studied many modalities in post-graduate work and focus on Myofascial Release, End Range Loading and Joint Play, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Release, and Trigger Points to provide effective results for my patient’s.
My passion and dedication to my practice come as a direct result of personal experience with complimentary treatments. I was able to avoid surgery after a neck injury and the very real prospect of living the rest of my life as a quadriplegic by undergoing an eight-month treatment plan combining Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Acupuncture. These treatments helped me deal with the pain and lessen my need for pain medication.
Throughout my ordeal, I was able to participate in modified exercise to stay fit. I now compete in triathlons and cycling competitions thanks to my ability to stick with my treatment and the commitment of my caregivers. I use my own story as inspiration to show my patients what can be achieved with determination and the right team of health care providers. It also has shown me how my commitment to your recovery helps me see positive results as your healthcare provider.
I have benefited greatly when working alongside doctors of Chinese medicine throughout my career as it has expanded my understanding of how treating the whole body as opposed to just the symptoms is the key to exceptional health and wellness. As well, I have learned how different disciplines and medical professionals complement each other for the best results.
I have worked in private practice with a diverse clientele ranging from professional athletes to retired seniors and professional musicians to ballet dancers. I specialize in assisting competitive cyclists in their performance, and can apply my intense understanding of athletic performance to assist any person at any level of fitness.
I can also provide recommendations for complementary practitioners to help you reach your optimum health. When you are ready to discover the many benefits of massage therapy and wellness guidance, contact me to set up your consultation and get started on your path to wellness.