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Niki (Boyd) West RMT MT

After spending most of her life moving around Canada and living abroad, Niki moved back to Vancouver in the summer of 2009. As a single mother of two, she went back to University as a fulltime student studying Biology, Human Kinetics, and Education while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree, after which she attended and graduated with honors in 2013 from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy of Utopia Academy.

Along with her Massage Therapy degree, Niki completed a two and a half year mentorship program in Manual Therapeutics (MT) with an advanced Rolfer, where she learned effective deep myofascial techniques that promote structural integration, an approach to relieving trauma, stress, postural imbalances, chronic and acute aches and pains, while integrating the body/mind connection.

Niki also has training in Visceral Maipulation (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 your 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.

Believing massage therapy to be an effective complement in the healing process, Niki is passionate about her role as a healthcare provider. 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 homecare and is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of each patient.

Niki utilizes a wide variety of techniques during treatments, including deep tissue myofascial release, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises. She has experience in both pre-­- and post natal massage and treating patients with various orthopedic concerns, such as headaches, whiplash, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome, 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 chronic pain related conditions.

Outside of massage, Niki�s passions include a holistic and balanced approach to life. She loves traveling, cooking, being outdoors, stand up paddling with her dog Charlie, practicing yoga, hiking, working out, and sitting down with a great book.


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