Owner/operator of Muscle Elements, Marni has has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 19 years.
After graduating from the Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary, Alberta, she obtained employment with a prestigious spa located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. After a few years of valuable experience working with talented therapists and challenged by seeing new clients daily, she headed back to Edmonton. Her passion lies in craniosacral therapy (CST), having trained with the Upledger Institute in several courses.
After the death of her mother, she was determined to create a healing sanctuary, where mind and body were able to find a path towards healing. With this intention, she opened Muscle Elements 14 years ago.
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.”
JeeSun is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, Massage Therapist and Physiokey Therapist.
Every client coming into the office is unique. Each and every body tells a different story.
Years of experience in massage therapy has taught her that our body is like puzzle. The body shows symptoms, however, the source of the problems might be far from where the symptoms are present. This is possible as all systems in our body are interconnected and interdependent through our fascial network.
This complexity led her to take the training for Manual Osteopathy, which assesses and treats the body as a three dimensional structure as it should.
She has also broadened her knowledge through additional extensive education in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Balancing and Neurovascular Release for Lumbosacral Stability and Freedom.
JeeSun is particularly intrigued by our main control center, our nervous system. In cases of irritated nervous systems, she incorporates PHYSIOKEY (bio adaptive impulse device) into her manual therapy to interrupt prolonged, overly sensitized nerve firing to redirect nervous system to calm pain signals. PHYSIOKEY effectively downregulates the nervous system, resulting in less pain and inflammation.
Her therapeutic interest lies in TMJ dysfunction/neck and its connection with your pelvis, upregulated nervous system (such as migraines), headaches, and myofascial pain. Furthermore, the ‘gut-brain’ (our second brain) relationship and its influence on the musculoskeletal system. She emphasizes on organ-specific fascial mobilization (Visceral Manipulation) not only to increase mobility and motility of organs, but also to decrease the symptoms in muscles and joints.
JeeSun grew up in South Korea where western and eastern medicine co-exist with harmony. Respecting and encouraging our body’s inherent ability to heal has been a big part of her life.
She takes great pride in facilitating clients’ health concerns, assisting them holistically to get better.
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.”
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
Lacey is a loving, intuitive soul that has a passion for helping others reach their fullest potential. She graduated from the 3000-hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program at Makami College with awarded distinction in her class. Trained in a variety of healing modalities, she strives toward creating a space for clients to embody inward focus and foster mind, body, and spirit balance. Her philosophy is that clients know themselves better than anyone, and that they are both their own, and her, best resource when it comes to successful treatment. Her areas of expertise include myofascial release, deep tissue techniques, Swedish, and Neuromuscular therapy. In her free time, Lacey enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, creating art and spending time with friends.
Pamela is a registered massage therapist who recently graduated from Makami College in Edmonton, although her passion for healing and serving people is extensive. She has a background as a medical doctor in Argentina, specializing as a neonatologist. In 2014, when Pamela was in Argentina, she started to study holistic medicine. This is where she began to find the answers to why our bodies become sick with illness. This fueled her passion to further her skill set in training in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure, reflexology and also aromatherapy.
She is trained in many different massage techniques, such as deep tissue, cupping, hot stones, reflexology and pregnancy massage, Each treatment she offers is tailored to your unique needs.
Your healing ignites her passion to support and facilitate your journey!
James is both a massage therapist and a manual osteopathic therapist, and has a passion for holistic health and an ambition to learn. He graduated in 2015 from MH Vicars School of Massage and again in 2020 from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada (MOCC). He has recently retired from municipal government work as a civil engineering technologist for transportation and engineering services, and is excited to enter this next chapter of his career.
James has completed his certification in the techniques level in Upledger craniosacral therapy (CST-T) after having studied extensively with the Upledger Institute (see here). He is also part of the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) as a teaching assistant. His passion lies in craniosacral work, with visceral manipulation as a close second, and he has taken Craniosacral Therapy for Pediatrics in March 2011, and Craniosacral Therapy for Pediatrics 2 in September 2012. He treats newborn babies up to 6 months old, and will refer out to another practitioner for older children.
James is fascinated with the light touch techniques that have created profound and lasting results with his clients. He is often able to assist his clients in achieving deep releases, which facilitates their healing journey back towards a more holistic state. His long term goal is to continue teaching with the Upledger Institute and eventually become a full time educator.
Romesh is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education at the University of Alberta. He graduated from Makami College with a 3000hr Advanced Massage Therapy Diploma and has over four years of experience working with a variety of different clients, helping them to achieve wellness. Being a professional athlete representing Canada in the Men’s National Cricket Team, he has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the importance and benefits of a good massage for pain relief and recovery. Romesh will work with you to assess your injuries and plan treatments that will improve your range of motion and recovery. His goal is to help you become pain-free and get back to performing at your best. He looks forward to working with you soon!
Areas of Focus & Specialized Modalities:
– Deep tissue massage
– Myofascial techniques/cupping
– Swedish/relaxation massage
– PNF stretching
– Trigger point treatment
– Joint mobilization
– Orthopedic assessment
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, and caterer.
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.
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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