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!

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Edmonton, AB T5P 4S1



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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.

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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.

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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.

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Naomi Holmstrom, RMT HHP

Naomi Holmstrom is a graduate of Grant MacEwan's Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma programs. Naomi has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist for sixteen years and is a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. Naomi provides deep tissue, therapeutic, pre/post natal and infant massage, and relaxation massage. Naomi utilizes a variety of techniques, including Acupressure, trigger point work, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, reflexology and passive stretch. Naomi is also an Advanced Reiki practitioner. Naomi recently took a Doula training course, and is happy offer additional support to prenatal clients.

Her other interests include spending time in nature, activities with her young family, hiking, and the occasional perusal of literature with a good cup of coffee.


Currently Naomi will NOT BE AVAILABLE April 16, 2020 through to July 2020, and is NOT taking bookings during that time. There is a possibility those dates could change, so check back often to ensure you get in for treatment. This is a temporary unavailability, and Naomi will be back to regular scheduling September. 

Should you require additional information or assistance in this regard, you may email Naomi directly at:

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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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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-worker and was a very teachable practicum student here at Body Balance. She is happy to help people, because it make’s her 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.

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Karen Rojo,  a STUDENT but very experienced RMT

Karen has received formal training in the field of massage therapy in the Philippines. She has approximately 5 years of experience specializing in Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage.

Karen is currently working on obtaining her Alberta Accreditation which she should quality for within this calendar year.

Please note:   Karen is an excellent alternate  if our client is not insured for massage or their benefits have run out. Clients must understand that until Karen has her RMT Certification, they CANNOT be reimbursed for an insurance claim. Karen has great experience and offers a great massage and soon she will be able to service clients that have insurance coverage.  Clients without insurance coverage should definitely request Karen!

Karen’s hours will be:  Monday - Saturday 9 am - 9 pm

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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.

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Please note:  Myriam is retiring at the end of August, 2020