Body Balance Therapy

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We’re a team effort

Our staff is a tight-knit group of professionals that work together in the spirit of collaboration and harmony.  Our aim is to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for every client, using our combined skills and resources.

Body Balance is a collective of sub-contractors and self-employed specialists in massage, acupressure and acupuncture.

Sandra Strangman, RMT - Body Balance Therapy Owner

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-lifting, ball hockey, women’s soccer and most notably, The Shumka Dancers.

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!

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.

Megan Kinnigurgh, RMT

Megan is a Registered Massage Therapist who has developed an expertise in deep tissue, therapeutic, relaxation and maternity massage techniques. She became interested in massage therapy as a natural evolution from her background in sports –particularly as a competitive swimmer for over 16 years. She continues to develop her practice and is pursuing courses in energy work modalities.

Megan has a deep passion for animals both in rescuing and in educating others in these issues. She will also be taking courses in animal massage in the near future.

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.

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-reiki comination treatment.

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-on-one training of deep tissue techniques with admin.

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.

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Serina Cote, RMT

Serina graduated from her 2200-hour massage therapy program at Foothills College of Massage in 1999.

With over a decade of experience in the profession, Serina offers deep tissue, relaxation and pre-natal massage for her clients. This fall she will be taking her Competency Equivalency Exam (CEE) with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, which will increase her hours of training to 2200.
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.

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-Taping and Aroma Touch Therapy.

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.

Janice Llagas , RMT

Janice is a passionate massage therapist with 2200 hours.  After completing her 2200 hours to achieve her RMT status, she is continuing to work towards her 3000 hours diploma which is well above the industry standard!  Janice completed 580 hours of practicum training with us at Body Balance.  We highly recommend her services!
She enjoys therapeutic deep tissue massage. She is also passionate about Swedish relaxation and prenatal massage.  
Janice is trained in TMJ dysfunction and inter-oral techniques.

Janice is also trained as a  Healthcare Aide that works with seniors.

When she’s not working she enjoys swimming with her daughter and, yes  of course singing Karaoke!

Christian Prieb, RMT

Christian grew up in the northern part of Germany and came to Canada in 2008, and that’s where Massage Therapy ignited his passion.

He is a fully licensed Massage Therapist with his 2200 hours, additionally he continues his studies to get his 3000-hour Diploma which is well above industry standards.

Christian is looking forward to increasing his arsenal of techniques with ongoing education in the future to better meet the individual needs of his clients. 

He is proficient in various techniques such as Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, PNF Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and other techniques.

Outside the clinic, he likes to be outdoors, go camping with friends and family, ride his motorcycle and ski in the winter time.

If you wish to book with Francesco directly, please click on the link below.

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!

Student rates are TBA

Student Massage Therapists - Olga Ishanova

More about Olgas credentials and where she studied are to follow.

I am hard-worker and very teachable. I am glad to help people, because it make’s me happy.

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.

Olga’s rates are $65/1hr and $90/1.5.  Olga provides clients a receipt but some insurance companies do not reimburse for therapists during their practicums. Please check with your insurer before booking with Olga if you wish to be reimbursed for massage services.

Francesco Maio , RMT

Francesco is a direct-billing provider and member of NHPC.  

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.  

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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 - Alberta College of Massage Therapy (ACMT)

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.

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