email Niki Boyd
Niki (Boyd) West RMT MT
After going back to University to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree, Niki graduated
with honours from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy of Utopia Academy.
Having completed the RMT program, Niki realized her desire to help people recover
more effectively from chronic and acute pain and/or injury, and started learning
techniques to promote structural integration. Structural integration is a type of manual
therapy that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body, and is used to
relieve trauma, stress, postural imbalances, chronic and acute aches and pains, while
integrating the body/mind connection.
To complement her knowledge and clinical practice, Niki completed a two and a half
year mentorship program in Manual Therapeutics (MT) with an advanced Rolfer, where
she learned effective fascial techniques that promote structural integration.
Niki also has training in Visceral Manipulation (VM), which is used to locate and solve
problems throughout the body. VM encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms
to improve the functioning of organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance
mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and
influence general metabolism. VM also assists functional and structural imbalances
throughout the body, while increasing the proprioceptive communication within the body,
thereby relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Niki is passionate about her role as a healthcare provider and her main objective is to
facilitate the body's natural healing process and return each patient to a pain free
lifestyle. Niki provides a holistic, individual approach to assessment, treatment planning
and home care and is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of each patient.
Niki utilizes a wide variety of techniques during treatments, including dynamic deep
tissue fascial release, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises to promote
structural integration. She has experience in both pre-- and post natal massage and
treating patients with various orthopaedic concerns, such as headaches, whiplash,
thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome and sciatica,
degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, scoliosis, scar tissue,
tendinitis, sprains, strains, frozen shoulder, temporomandibular joint dysfunction
(TMJD), neurological conditions such fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, and other
acute and chronic pain related conditions.