Meet Sonia Brown, RMT & MLD Therapist

Massage Therapy is a therapy aimed at the body and soul, the whole person.  I love that massage promotes wholeness, integrating peace, health and healing.  At the deepest level, my basis for each session is that the body knows how to heal itself.  I simply listen, support and help encourage that healing.

I also love the science of anatomy and physiology and how the mechanics of the body work.  And as a puzzle solver at heart, I love to find out the root cause of any problematic issues.  Backed by 3000 hours of academic and hands on training (some of the most extensive in the world), I'm able to put together a specialized treatment plan to address each clients individual needs.  In addition to being an RMT, I very much enjoy having Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) as a focus of practise.

MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) is a gentle and light technique that has profound effects on the body by encouraging the lymphatic system to work harder and faster.  One of the main functions of the lymph system is the disposal of waste material from the body's tissues.  MLD is thought to bring toxins to the lymph nodes quicker where they can be neutralized.  The therapist stretches the skin just enough to assist and speed lymph flow and drainage of tissues thus decreasing inflammation and in many cases pain as well.  MLD is a indicated for use with these conditions: lymphedema, hematomas, muscle strains, sprains, post fracture, CRPS, scar therapy, tendinitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, migraines, Meniere's, venous- arterial- and diabetic ulcers and so many more.

Meet Dawn Carpenter, RMT

Dawn graduated from the 2400 hour program at Vancouver’s West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1985. Practising for more than 25 years in Vancouver, she has gained time tested experience working alongside accomplished massage therapists, and most importantly with her patients.  Dawn's long anticipated move to Vancouver Island in 2016 brings her breadth of experience to the Parksville and Oceanside areas.

Dawn has consistently expanded her training in modes of treatment including myofascial release, joint mobilization, deep tissue massage therapy, trigger point therapy, relaxation to reduce anxiety, and pre and post-natal massage.

Dawn shares: "My focus is on assessing and listening to you, the client, in finding treatment that works for you.  Whether helping you return to the activities you enjoy when recovering from an injury, or supporting you and your wellness goals, my aim is to effectively treat and educate every patient."

When Dawn is not working at the clinic, she is spending time with her husband and two teen daughters, marvelling at creation on a walk, hike or swim, and getting to know new friends.