Marni graduated from Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary, Alberta in 2004. She has completed several courses through The Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy (CST), which is truly where her passion lies. CST is effective for every age, from pediatric to geriatric!
Marni began her career in a prestigious spa and hotel in Vancouver Island as a Registered Massage Therapist, but was extensively trained in customer service and management. She came to realize that the best way to provide an exceptional client experience is to provide a supportive environment for therapists. She chose to found Muscle Elements in 2007 to create a holistic healing centre that provides the quality of care of a clinic, with the peace and tranquility of a spa.
Marni believes that for a person to be healthy and happy, all aspects of an individual need to be in harmony: physical, mental and spiritual. She supports her therapists to lead by example in working on their own holistic health and to always be learning so that they can better support their clients. Making small changes adds up to big results over time.
“I chose to become a Registered Massage Therapist because I felt it was my calling. When I was 7 years old, I used to massage my grandfather’s feet, who had Multiple Sclerosis, believing that I could help him walk again. It was inspiring when he could wiggle his toes!”
Carleen graduated from the MacEwan University Acupuncture program in 2006 and has been practicing as a Doctor of Acupuncture (D.Ac) and a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) since then. She continued her education with courses with AcuSport Education & Sports Medicine Acupuncture and is also a Lactation Counsellor (LC). Over the past decade, she has focused on treating musculoskeletal health, mental health and wellness, endocrine disorders, pre- and post-natal care, birth, and fertility.
She works as a Registered Acupuncturist because she loves people and has always been drawn to helping others. She loves working at Muscle Elements because she works alongside a group of health professionals who are just as invested in helping others, and who get just as excited when they achieve progress with their clients. It makes coming to work very easy. Best of all, she can facilitate a person’s path to the understanding of their personal health through her own passion for health and wellness.
Carleen’s personal journey into natural health began in art school. She studied the inner workings of the body and movement, which inspired her to learn more. Her philosophy has evolved to empower people to feel in control of their personal wellness. Her practice allows her to educate her clients on their health so they can be empowered in their own healing. She provides compassionate care in a supportive environment to meet her patients’ physical and mental health and wellness needs.
“I firmly believe that collaborative medicine is the most integral part of true healing education is the root to health.”
Katherine is a Doctor of Acupuncture (D.Ac) and a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac). She recently graduated from the Acupuncture Program at Reeves College in 2020, and she graduated from the 3000-hour Massage Therapy Program from Makami College in 2013. She has taken many continuing education courses, such as Orthopaedic Massage with James Waslaski, and soft tissue/ PNF stretching with Dr. James Mally. In addition to that, she has achieved a certification in myofascial cupping and vacuum cupping.
She specializes in digestive issues, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions and much more, such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports injuries, sports massage, relaxation massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, soft tissue release and cupping massage.
In her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, spin and spending time with friends and family.
JeeSun completed the manual osteopathic therapy program at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in Edmonton, Alberta in 2019. She also completed a 2,200-hour massage therapy diploma from the MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in 2009. She has continued her education by studying stamina massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, myofascial cupping, and Physiokey training, a non-invasive neuro-stimulator for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
JeeSun loves working at Muscle Elements because of the warm atmosphere and because of the leadership and mentorship of the founder, Marni Way. She grew up in South Korea where traditional Chinese medicine and conventional medicine co-exist in harmony. She learned that supporting the body as an integral unit could help regain its normal equilibrium of form and function, in health and strength. She believes that good health means that a person is well-balanced in all aspects: physical, biological, and psycho-social. Thus, health is true wealth.
“I have learned, witnessed and experienced that we can prevent and resolve some of our health concerns through therapeutic methods, such as massage and acupuncture, and I want to pass on my knowledge to my clients – a core value of mine and of Muscle Elements. I see myself as a facilitator who can encourage and assist people to take better care of themselves.”
Carrie is fascinated with fascia and is especially passionate about myofascial release and the deep fascial effects that CranioSacral therapy (CST) can have, which is why she was drawn to become a student of Manual Osteopathy. She is skilled at looking at the body as a whole and excels at integrating CranioSacral therapy with therapeutic massage to facilitate deep change within her clients. Carrie is intrigued by and continues to learn how energy and physiology go hand in hand.
She is trained in CranioSacral therapy (CST), myofascial release, Access Consciousness bars, relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, Reiki, and is constantly furthering her education.
Heather graduated from MacEwan University’s Massage Therapy program in 2005 and has continued her education by studying orthopedic and therapeutic massage, myofascial cupping, hot stone massage and deep tissue massage. She specializes in migraine and headache treatments, motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, and chronic pain.
Heather always knew that she wanted to work in health care, and she decided to study massage therapy as it allows her to spend more time with her clients treating the whole person. One of her favourite moments is seeing a client looking forward to their therapy and feeling rejuvenated at the end of her treatment. Heather loves working at Muscle Elements because the environment is supportive to her clients and to the team of therapists, which allows her to provide the best quality of care to her clients.
According to Heather, the key to health is a balance from within. A person’s body knows how to heal itself, which can be facilitated with supportive health and wellness treatments. Holistic health is achieved through daily habits of eating well, being active, breathing deeply, and smiling often. She also loves to bake cookies with her daughter!
“I absolutely love what I do, and my training and skills have taught me to get to the root of the issue and find the right solution for my patients.”
Melissa completed the massage therapy program at Makami College and is a Registered Massage Therapist. She has also completed continuing education in deep tissue massage, fire cupping, relaxation and pre-natal massage.
Melissa loves working as a massage therapist because it provides her with an opportunity to help people and make them feel better. She’s worked in a seniors assisted-living home, providing compassionate care to our aging population. She loves working at Muscle Elements because it’s a supportive atmosphere with a great team that is passionate about helping others.
She believes in staying healthy and living an active lifestyle, as there’s no greater feeling than an energized body and sharp mind. This philosophy transcends into her work, as one of her favourite moments is in helping her clients alleviate their pain. Melissa believes that life is a gift, so it is important to enjoy every day.
“Keeping healthy and fit brought about my passion for health and wellness as it makes a person feel good and sharp. I am a naturally very caring and honest person, which helps me to provide the best care for my patients.”
Crystal completed the Alberta College of Massage Therapy program. Since then, she has also studied dynamic cupping, pregnancy and post-natal massage, as well as Access Bars. She completed an oncology massage program in March 2019 to help treat her clients that are going through cancer treatments.
After meeting with Marni, the founder of Muscle Elements, and her team of health and wellness professionals, Crystal felt excited to join the team. She’s confident that she can grow and learn so much from Muscle Elements and her team of colleagues, offering her clients the best quality of care.
Health and wellness is an essential part of her life, as it affects everything. For her, holistic health includes the body, mind, emotional and spiritual well-being. If something is out of balance, clients will feel it within their body. Learning to listen to the wisdom of our bodies helps facilitate our own inner healing. Every person faces challenges in their lives, from struggling with depression and anxiety, feeling insecure about body image or weight, managing stress and dealing with physical and mental pain. Crystal provides a safe space for her clients to leave their stress at the door, and become open to allow the healing to begin.
“I have become a registered massage therapist because I love the knowledge and science behind it; I enjoy making a difference in someone’s day, and because it’s what suits me.”
Sarah completed the 3,000-hour massage therapy program at Makami College in 2011 to become a Registered Massage Therapist. She specializes in manual lymphatic drainage, and has also taken the Access Bars course through Access Consciousness.
Sarah is inspired by the management team and the supportive therapists at Muscle Elements, who solely focus on doing what’s best for their clients.
Sarah believes in maintaining balance in body, mind and spirit.
“I chose to work in this profession for three reasons: my own health and wellness; because I am very interested in the science behind the body; and also, to help others. At Muscle Elements, I have been welcomed into a team with huge support system whose belief in self-care for its employees ensures we are always at our best for clients.”
Angela completed the 2200 hour program from MH Vicars in 2007. Since then, she has worked alongside many other modalities, and has gained much knowledge and perspective from them.
She is trained in therapeutic, deep tissue, relaxation, prenatal, hot stone, lymphatic drainage, an Access Consciousness Bars practitioner and completed her level 2 in Reiki. Her passion is helping women gain control over pelvic floor imbalances, which is why she became certified in Core Confidence, which specifically focuses on strengthening and enhancing the pelvic floor.
She listens to both the client’s needs as well as their body’s needs, and adjusts each treatment accordingly.
Melanie has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 4 years, graduating from MH Vicars here in Edmonton. With a new baby born only two weeks before completing school, Melanie’s focus and passion has always been towards maternity and children. Receiving many prenatal massages at Muscle Elements during her pregnancy, Melanie knew that she would eventually be a part of the team. She is certified in prenatal massage, dynamic cupping, and therapeutic Hot Stones massage. She includes hot basalt stones and hot steaming towels during each treatment to further enhance the therapeutic effect of adding heat during the massage.
Melanie is a busy mom of 5 energetic children, and her other passions include cooking and baking for her family. They enjoy camping and traveling during the summer, while making the most of the snow covered terrain in the winter.
“My goal is to help people live better lives by utilizing the healing benefits of massage.”
Cassandra has always been fascinated by the human body and how it operates. This curiosity along with the drive to provide a service that helps people feel their best is what initially landed her in the massage therapy program.
Cassandra graduated from a 2200 hour RMT program at Trillium College in Ontario and is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
She has a passion for providing quality treatments that are individually customized to clients in search of relaxation and relief of soft tissue pain / stress. She also loves helping clients improve sports performance, muscle recovery & injuries.
She is passionate about education and is consistently learning about the body and different modalities that can be beneficial for her clients.
Cassandra’s goal for each treatment is for her clients to leave feeling better than when they walked in. She aims to decrease pain, tension and stress while promoting relaxation and increased range of motion. She strongly believes that self care is the key to maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle and hopes that her treatments will aid in her clients achieving that.
Cassandra’s areas of interest include:
– Relaxation and stress maintenance
– Therapeutic deep tissue
– Trigger point therapy
– Cupping therapy
– Tension headaches
– Sciatic pain & TOS
Deanna graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy’s 2200 hour program in 2016. She has also since obtained certificates for cupping, craniosacral therapy level 1 (CST 1), and pre- and post-natal massage.
Deanna loves the supportive atmosphere at Muscle Elements and is inspired by the compassionate therapists that are part of the team. She feels that the team deeply cares about each and every client, which strongly reflects her passion for health and wellness, as well as her love for helping others.
Deanna’s sister planted the seed of massage therapy very early in her life, flowering into a passion for helping others. Deanna believes that it’s essential to stay healthy and live an active lifestyle. A strong mind and a strong body are helpful to live a happy and well-balanced life.
“I have a passion for remedial massage therapy because I like to help people and relieve them of their pain. Knowing they progress is a wonderful feeling, for both myself and the patient.”
Desiree completed the 2200 hour program from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, graduating in 2021.
A student for life, she has a background as a registered yoga teacher, personal trainer, and a mindfulness coaching certification. Desiree has a passion for holistic health and wellness, and advocates for integrative health. She also competitively horseback rides and has a keen interest in athletics and helping those with sport backgrounds.
Desiree believes finding a wholehearted lifestyle that is supportive to your mind and body, and can be maintained throughout the varying seasons of life, is key to being happy and healthy. She looks forward to providing you a warm, safe and inviting space to relax and restore.
Meredith graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Lakeland College in 2007 and is registered under the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association. Her focus is therapeutic massage to help her clients regain their health and wellness.
She is experienced in deep tissue, pre and post-natal massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. Her aim is to make people feel their best to enable them to perform their best in recreation or sport.
Outside of work Meredith enjoys creating music with her band, kickboxing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Theresa comes from a background of varied customer service and public service roles, including reception and admin support, day-home provider, community support worker for disabled adults, caterer and cafeteria manager.
In search of her own healing, Theresa has sought out many different types of treatment and found that new options are always being presented. That is what eventually led her to the front desk at Muscle Elements. She has discovered that this journey of self-improvement is ongoing and there is no end to the amount of healing and self-discovery that can be found. She believes that the body already knows how to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Being in the great outdoors among nature, wildlife and sunshine is her favourite way to do this. Especially when she is with her husband and sons.
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