Massage effects every system of the body, aiding it to do its job more effectively. It promotes good health, a feeling of well being, helps prevent injuries and illness, as well as speeding up healing and recovery time. It is thought to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and is very effective in reducing stress, anxiety. It's effective in relieving back pain, treating migraines as well as many conditions too numerous to mention. If you have questions about your condition please be sure to ask.
I usually recommend three treatments close together if you want to change a nagging issue or symptom. One can experience a feeling of well being after the first treatment depending on how connected to their pain they are. Often if a patient has some deep seated issues that they have disconnected to and put off. Most very much enjoy the treatment and feel it was beneficial, but often the muscles can feel a bit bruised the next day as you become connected to the level of dysfunction actually present. This is known as a healing crisis and is necessary to progress and heal. It is also a getting acquainted session for both the therapist and patient to connect and discover the best treatment for them. By the next treatment the muscles have usually released and I can progress in depth and the patient usually notices a big difference...the third can cement the whole experience...and people will often then use massage as maintenance as they enjoy the feeling of well being. Though some difficult cases may require more treatments.
I often treat people suffering from chronic pain but I also work with people recovering from acute and sub-acute issues. Related to posture, repetitive strains from work or play as well as injuries. Massage Therapy is also regularly used for maintenance, stress reduction general well being and just for a treat!
book your appointment ONLINE or you can call me at 250-339-3444, if I am unable to answer your call directly, I will return it promptly so leave me a detailed message and your phone number and I will be happy to find a date and time that suits you. You can also text me at 250-898-4548 or leave a message here on my website.
Appointments are available Monday later afternoon/evenings 4-7:30,
Tuesday-Thurs 9-5, and Fridays 9-12:30. I work from my home-based clinic (2137 Towhee Crt)
Typically I book 1 hour (60 minutes) I do have other time options if you contact me directly, I can see how I can make something work for you. I rarely book shorter sessions unless the patient is adamant about only having a specific body part worked on. I believe that there is often other areas that are associated with this condition and find the 30 minute treatment times too short. Longer treatments give me more time to work on any of your problem areas adequately, yet allow time to work on the body as a whole so you can enjoy a bit of pampering as well. Session times include assessment, hands-on treatment and self-care education.
I am known for my Deep Tissue work, Trigger point release, Sport Massage Resisted Range of Motion, Muscle Energy ( a gentle non evasive Osteopathic Technique for spinal alignment) as well as massage for Relaxation and Pampering. It is also wonderful for women during pregnancy as well as post-partum. I am happy to coach you on the benefits of baby massage as well!
The Bowyer Massage Clinic accepts Cash , Cheques and E-transfers as well as Direct Billing for those with Pacific Blue Cross coverage, DVA and RCMP
The majority of extended healthcare plans cover registered massage therapy treatments, however each individual policy is different so it is up to each individual to check into their own plan. Otherwise the only way to have massage covered is to be on income assistance and then you only get $23 covered up to a maximum of 10 treatments a year to be shared between Chiropractic , Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Massage. One can also keep the receipt and claim them as a medical expense on your medical.
Most Plans do not require a doctors referral but it is important to check with your policy just to make sure.
I bill my patients directly for ICBC and WCB related injuries and provide a receipt for them to present to their provider. DVA and RCMP as well as to Pacific Blue Cross I will bill directly on your behalf.
Yes! To purchase your gift certificate for all occasions, please phone me at 250-339-3444 or send me an email at email@example.com I will reply to you ASAP to arrange your gift certificate purchase.
I ask for 24 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment, or 50% of your treatment fee will apply if I can't fill the appointment. Missed appointments will be responsible for the full fee. Please respect the time I have reserved for you.
The most important thing is to be as comfortable as possible. Please address any concerns you have as I want to make sure you have the best experience possible. I usually leave my patients to disrobe in privacy (usually to their underpants). You then lay face down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket provided. The table is usually warm and comfortable as is the room. I have and electric table that is easy to move up and down to accommodate those who may have more difficulty getting on and off the table. Many people like to close their eyes and I usually suggest they focus on some nice deep breaths to aid in the relaxation, bringing more oxygen to the muscles. Some people like to ask questions or share conversation and others are content to just zone out and enjoy...I leave it up the each individual. I encourage feedback during the massage as I really want to make sure you are getting the type of treatment you envisioned. Though I am pretty intuitive feedback is always welcome.
Usually one feels the full effects within 48 hrs of the massage. Your body has been brought into the Parasympathetic State which is the healing relaxed state of the body, this is important to help fight disease and dysfunction. It makes you feel a little spaced out, its good to take time to relax, have an Epsom salt bath to further detox and help prevent post massage tenderness. A little post tenderness is normal.
Unfortunately my practice is full at this time. If you are not an existing client however, you can contact me to be put on a cancellation list.