OUR REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Meet the Dream RMTeam
Joanna Sulzycki RMT, BHSc (c)
Important: Direct billing: CINUP, Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance, ClaimSecure, Cowan, Desjardins, First Canadian, Great-West Life, Green Shield, GroupHEALTH, GroupSource, Industrial Alliance, Johnson Inc., Johnston Group Inc., Manion, Manulife Financial, Medavie Blue Cross, Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life Financial, and SSQ Insurance. Payment: Cash, debit, credit, and bitcoin (shoot me an email before coming in if you plan to pay with bitcoin — I’m a fogey and would need a refresher from Paul on how to do this!). WCB/ICBC: I do not treat WCB cases. I do not direct bill ICBC (i.e., you’ll have to pay up-front and submit the receipts yourself).
Treatment style: My manual approach is grounded in deep tissue and fascial work with passive tissue stretching and joint manipulation. My treatments are moderate-deep pressure combined with smooth flow and relaxation techniques, but I can also give a mean deep tissue. Whether you’re coming in to decompress or have an injury or imbalance that requires more detailed assessment and treatment, I’ll be able to create a unique treatment for you. If you’re interested in take-home exercises, I can also create a customized plan to help you achieve your goals. My practice focuses on healing through manual treatment and movement education. I like to educate patients in anatomy, physiology, as well as prevention and remedial treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. I see and help many women dealing with various postpartum issues. I also empower patients managing chronic pain (fibromyalgia, central pain sensitization, etc.) and repetitive strain injuries, and help people with integrating positive movement into their daily lives. My goal is to develop a positive, working personal health system for you that you can get excited about and that will be doable for you, even on your “worst” days.
About me: I am a massage therapist and fourth-year Bachelor of Health Science candidate. My personal approach to treatment is practical and rooted in resolving physical dysfunction in a very doable way that works for the patient within their current lifestyle.
Availability: At the time of this writing (April 2019), I am working Fri-Mon, but I generally work around the other therapists and so my availability rotates every few months. Please check out the schedule or contact us to book.
Paul Sulzycki MSc, RMT
Important: I do not treat WCB cases, I direct bill only Pacific Blue Cross, and in addition to regular payments I also accept bitcoin.
Treatment style: I’ve had particularly good results treating stubbornly tense muscle, trigger points (eg: tension headaches, sustained “stabbing” back/arm/chest pain), pain-anxiety-tension cycles (eg: frozen shoulder, chronic low back/neck pain), and nerve impingements (eg: sciatica, piriformis/carpal tunnel/thoracic outlet syndromes, limb/extremity numbness/coldness). Treatments consist of 2-5m intakes and sendoffs with the remainder being hands-on. I dive right into problem areas securely but intensively. My depth is moderate-to-deep and my style integrates classic massage with flowing/rocking techniques, often involving exercise and movement. My treatments are most effective over 2-3 weekly 45m sessions, and if it’s your first time, I recommend a 45m treatment to start if you’re complaining of pain in one area, and 60m if you have discomfort in two or more.
About me: I’ve been massaging for 15 years, the last five of which I’ve focused on more clinical work, especially on treating chronic muscle pain and tension. Suffering from (and having resolved) the same myself has given me deeper insight into these issues. I’ve worked across five provinces and have taught massage therapy at WCCMT up the street as well as at a few universities abroad. I hold a BSc (bio) and MSc (sport psych), wrote a thesis on trigger points (spmx.ca/trp), and have been doing judo for almost 25 years, now teaching it at SFU. Outside of work and sport, I volunteer teaching biology at the aquarium and am wrapping up more school, this in cryptocurrency.
Contact: spmx.ca/contact (I usually respond in a day or two, unless I’m traveling).
Desiree Taylor RMT
Important to note: I do not treat WCB cases. I’m happy to provide direct billing to PBC and accept cash or credit as payment.
Since 2009, as a Registered Massage Therapist, I have had the privilege of working with people on their path to wellness. I strive to create a welcoming space of healing where I not only assess the physical symptoms but also listen to each individual story and narrative. Every injury has a different history of physical complications and emotional ups and downs that I promise to consider while I create a treatment plan that is best suited for you.
Whether your aches and pains are derived from a physical imbalance or emotional turmoil, my intention is to encourage the body to move into a state of ease. In my practice, with the help of my intuition, I use a number of different techniques such as hot stone massage, hot/cold stone massage, Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, joint play, dermoneuromodulation and gentle lymphatic drainage to encourage a healthier and more relaxed state of being.
I have an immense respect for the way our emotions, memories and traumas can be held physically in our body and I work well with those suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. To have you entrust me with your challenges is an honour that I do not take lightly and as your massage therapist, I promise to help you to the best of my ability.
Treatments/Availability: I offer both 60 and 90 minute treatments, with the option of hot stone. For the remainder of January 2019, I am available on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Beginning in February, I will be available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.