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Nichola Slade

Registered Massage Therapist

I gratefully acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, upon whose lands we gather, connect, and heal.

I was born and raised in Halifax NS, and migrated west during my career as a tree-planter where I lived and worked in the forests of Ontario, Alberta, and the interior and coastal regions of British Columbia. A desire to combine physical activity and critical thinking skills in service to my community led me to a career in massage therapy. I am grateful to have found a caring profession that creates a container for safe, boundaried physical connection and co-regulation. As humans, we are profoundly social beings and I believe the opportunity to connect in this manner gives massage therapy a unique role in the wellness and medical industry.

I am a trauma-informed practitioner and I have completed related additional training to expand my understanding and capacity to hold space for all clients. As a member of the LGBTQ* community it is deeply important to me to create an inclusive, affirming, and accessible space that feels welcoming and safe for all bodies.

My treatment approach is evidence-based, curious, intuitive, and attentive. I work with a range of pressures and techniques within the capacity and tolerance of the person on my table. I favour a moderate approach that is within physical comfort and ease but still challenges tissue restriction and behavioural habits. I believe one of the most beneficial aspects of therapeutic massage is facilitating a deepened awareness of our body’s tension holding patterns, areas of chronic restriction, and the often ignored areas of ease that frequently become overshadowed by focusing on pain, dysfunction, and “what’s wrong” with our bodies. Traditional knowledge and modern science are finally coming into agreement that our bodies have an innate wisdom and ability to bring us into a state of wellness, and I view myself as your guide on that journey. Building our capacity to notice our body’s states of comfort and distress is essential to gradually arriving at a place of greater ease and function in our lives. In my practice, I also focus on patient education and am always learning what I can about pain science, evidence-based practice, and expanding my repertoire of effective home-care exercises.

My educational background is listed below:

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