Body Balance Therapy
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Our staff is a tight-
Body Balance is a collective of sub-
Sandra Strangman, RMT -
Sandra has been the owner of Body Balance for 26 of her 28 years as a registered massage therapist. Over the years, Sandra has worked with many groups including women’s hockey, Olympic weight-
She has a keen interest in athletics and enjoys augmenting her clients’ athletic performance. While Sandra has a wide and varied clientele, many of her clients are Masters Athletes who benefit from her wide range of massage techniques including kinesio taping.
Sandra’s first love is running, having competed at the university level. She is a devoted student of Bikram Yoga which has been instrumental in managing a fractured neck injury from 1998. She now swims recreationally but well into her university years, she taught swimming and was a lifeguard for the City of Edmonton.
Due to a series of knee surgeries, Sandra is not currently practising as an RMT but she is devoting herself to the BBT mentorship program for aspiring student RMTs. Sandra is instructor to 2 or 3 students per term. These students are rigorously interviewed and only the best are chosen. All of their work is under the scrutiny of her expert tutelage. Some of these students prove to be so good that we keep them!
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Francesco Maio , RMT
Francesco is a direct-
He completed Remedial Massage through MH Vicars (2200 Hr Program) and is certified in Thai/Orthopedic massage (which follow naturally from his background of teaching yoga).
His holistic journey started in 2008 and he continues to study different modalities, incorporating techniques like deep tissue, trigger point, cupping and myofascial release.
If you wish to book with Francesco directly, please click on the link below.
Christian Prieb, RMT
Christian is a fully licensed Massage Therapist with a 3000 Hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy diploma which is well above industry standards.
He is a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
He is trained in many different modalities including Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching, joint mobilizations, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Dynamic Cupping, as well as prenatal and therapeutic massage.
Christian believes each treatment should be as individual as the client. His goal is to be effective with minimal discomfort.
Christian is a calm, attentive, professional therapist whose aim is to have his clients feeling pain free, relaxed and rejuvenated.His truest passion is to encourage and promote the body’s own natural healing abilities through massage.
Dr. Sahar Halbi, MD, acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine
We are proud to have registered acupuncturist, Dr. Sahar Halabi, under the Body Balance umbrella. She is an inspiration to our staff and our clients and she is an exceptional healer.
Dr. Halabi, who is also a medical doctor, uses acupuncture to diagnose and promote health by stimulating the body’s own healing powers. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical system that includes the insertion of needles to help the body realign or redirect its network of interrelating energies.
Dr. Halbi studied at the Kharkov Medical Institute and Grant MacEwan University and currently is an instructor at Reeves College, Edmonton.
Myriam Van Diest, RMT
Having graduated from the Massage Therapy program from Grant MacEwen Myriam has an established clientele here at BodyBalance. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Acupressure techniques.
She is trained in the use of kinesio taping and 3 levels of Cranio Sacral therapy as well as face reflexology. When not at the clinic, she brings her over 27 years of experience as a Cosmetitian for the Clinique line of cosmetics.
Myriam is deeply interested in natural health and fitness as she trains for between 2 and 3 marathons and 2 triathlons each year. She recently completed the May 2010 marathon in Victoria Australia.
She also continues to volunteer for the “Look Good Feel Better” program at the Cross Cancer Institute since 1995.
Serina Cote, RMT
Serina graduated from her 2200-
With over a decade of experience in the profession, Serina offers deep tissue, relaxation and pre-
Serina is a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and is currently working towards her Level 1 Reiki certificate.
When not at the clinic, Serina enjoys cooking and live theatre.
Naomi Holmstrom, RMT HHP
Naomi Holmstrom is a graduate of the MacEwan University Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma programs. Naomi has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist for twelve years and is a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
Some areas of focus that Naomi provides include: deep tissue, therapeutic massage, pre/post natal and infant massage, recovery from motor vehicle collisions and injuries, as well as relaxation massage.
Naomi utilizes a variety of techniques, including: acupressure, triggerpoint therapy, myofascial release, myofascial cupping, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and passive stretch. Naomi is also an advanced Reiki practitioner and has recenty started offering a massage-
Her other interests include: continued learning for personal and professional development, spending time in nature, activities with her young family, hiking and the occasional perusal of literature with a decent cup of coffee.
Sara Szabo, RMT
Sara is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Massage Therapy program with 2200 hours of training including modalities such as: hydrotherapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage and more. She has also completed one-
Sara particularly enjoys providing deep tissue and therapeutic massage to her clients. She loves to travel and practice yoga and is very interested in health and fitness.
Sara is a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and is excited to pursue further education in the future.
Stephen Tate, RMT
Stephen is a graduate of the 2200 hour Massage Therapy Program at Grant MacEwan University. He has experience in hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, manual lymph drainage, joint mobilizations, sports massage, therapeutic exercise and more. Stephen has undertaken a significant career change with the goal of helping clients alleviate pain and return to healthy active function.
He has a keen interest in maximizing the performance and recovery needs of athletes. He volunteers regularly with track and field athletes and swimmers to assiste with their training and competition goals.
Stephen also has training in Thai Massage, myofascial cupping, Kinesio-
Stephen is happy to offer all of the above services to his clients.
Outside of work, Stephen is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for fly fishing in Alberta's pristine streams. He also stays active playing hockey, cycling, skiing, practicing yoga and running with his dog.
Anna Nefedova, RMT
Anna is a Registered Massage Therapist graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy.
For decades she's been involved with different types of Body Work starting from her years at Odessa State University studying BioScience and then being a Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Coach , Nutritionist, Metabolic Analysis Practitioner and carrying various certificates in different modalities of treatment, rehab, mobility etc.
She's constantly attending and participating in seminars, symposiums and conferences in Treatments, Rehabilitation, Training and Nutrition around the globe and taking private lessons from the best specialists in the industry. From that she brings home latest knowledge, innovation and techniques to let us treat our clients better.
Anna is a current active member of NHPCA (National Health Practitioners of Canada Association), CSMTA (Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association) and SWIS (Society of Weight training Injury Specialists)
She's on her way obtaining International Diploma of Sport Massage Therapy and involved in volunteering at the provincial and national sport events and competition such as Longest Hockey game, Alberta Winter Games, Volleyball Nationals, Fort McMurray Powerlifting Open to name a few.
Aside if her full time in BB clinic and sport events Anna is a art time superviser at the student clinic of her Alma Mater -
Her primal treatment focus is Pain Management, Scar Release Therapy, Special Orthopedic Conditions and Injuries.
Anna is a bully breeds advocate, she treats dogs as family, passionate about martial arts, power and extreme sports, firearms lover, photography and design enthusiast and when actually has free time, plays online video games.
Student Massage Therapists in our Mentorship Program
On a regular basis, Body Balance Therapy mentors and trains student massage therapists, to help them qualify for their registration. The hours they spend with our clients are supervised and the fees charged for student services are at a reduced rate. Sandra is the primary student instructor, so you know they are in good hands!
Body Balance Therapy is currently accepting resumes for students this August and September for our Fall Mentorship Program.
Olga Ishanova, RMT
More about Olgas credentials and where she studied are to follow.
Olga is a hard-
In her spare time, Olga likes to play the piano and guitar. She also enjoys participating in sports activities such as: cycling and down hill skiing in winter. She also relishes sitting by the campfire or fireplace and dream. Olga also loves animals and she feels that they are honest beings that love unconditionally.