Body Balance Therapy
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Announcing our newest student RMT!
Francesco is currently is in his 2nd year of MH Vicars 2200 Hr Remedial Massage Program. Francesco likes to incorporate therapeutic techniques such as: deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial release. All of which, he credits in helping him grow as a student, practitioner and human being.
Francesco is passionate about movement, holistic lifestyle and music production.
In 2008, his holistic journey started with yoga instructor training in India and continued studies in Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Thai Massage.
Our staff is a tight-
Body Balance is a collective of sub-
Sandra Strangman, RMT -
Sandra has been the owner of Body Balance for 25 of her 27 years as a registered massage therapist. Over the years, Sandra has worked with many groups including women’s hockey, Olympic 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 seeing patients but is personally involved in a formal 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. Some of these students prove to be so good that we keep them!
Erin Martinez, RMT
Erin is a long time practitioner at Body Balance. She is a Registered Massage Therapist having graduated from the Grant MacEwen program with 2200 hours.
She is trained in Facial Reflexology and practices Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Relaxation as well as Maternity massage.
She is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
When not at the clinic, her interests include traveling as well as fitness coaching.
Erin added a baby boy to her family on November 30, 2015 and is currently working Fridays and Saturday's only to accommodate her clients.
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-
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.
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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.
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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.
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-
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!
Jay (Jashan) Naidoo , RMT
Jay is a graduate from Makami college's registered massage therapy program. Jay has also trained with Body Balance in our mentoring program. Jay is also continuing towards his 3000 hours diploma after achieving the standard 2200 hours required to practise as an RMT. We highly recommend his services.
He is certified in Swedish relaxation, Deep tissue, Myofascial cupping, Sports massage, Hot stone massage, Myofascial release, Trigger point therapy, Herbal compress and Cyriax frictioning. Jay is trained in TMJ dysfunction and inter-
Outside of work Jay is interested in fitness, travel and Edmonton's summer festivals.
Jay is visually impaired and has the sweetest service dog named Elsa (yes like the Disney princess from Frozen).
Jay is a competitive Dragon boat paddler, and paddles on Edmonton's first visually impaired Dragon boat team. He has been to two Canadian national championships and also won a gold medal at the world championship.
His positive attitude and sense of humour is contagious.
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-
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.
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 -
Cheryl is a student from Makami College, just completing her first year. Currently, she is enjoying deep tissue, relaxation massage, prenatal massage and baby massage. Cheryl is looking to expand her skills and learn more types of massage as well as improving her techniques.
Cheryl’s goal is to help her clients feel like they can forget about their busy life for at least an hour and just take care of themselves by enhancing their overall health and well-
She enjoys spending time with her four children and husband, hanging out in nature and Cheryl has found a new passion for running and has, recently, tried out the 5K Foam Fest.