At West 7th Massage Therapy Clinic we listen to you carefully. We work with insight, skill and sensitivity. We are all Registered Massage Therapists (RMT). In addition to thorough training, each of us has decades of experience in working with people with a wide range of health needs.
Verna Wheatcroft, RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
- Graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1990
- Windwood Institute of Manual Therapy 1990-1995 (Craniopathy)
- Owner/Operator West 7th Massage Therapy Clinic 1996
- Ongoing Post Graduate Studies: Muscle Energy Technique, Cranial Sacral Technique
Verna is trained and experienced in Swedish Massage Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique (MET). She has years of experience treating people of all ages from infants to seniors. Her preventative and therapeutic practices include a special interest in neck, back and joint injuries. Verna’s approach to Therapy incorporates a variety of non-invasive techniques specific to each condition.
Other gentle modalities she uses are Strain/Counter Strain (opposite of stretching; resets short and painful muscles), Assisted Stretching and Mobilization with Movement (MWM is a painless modality used to correct faulty tracking in joints of the extremities). These techniques are especially effective for whiplash, headaches, overuse injuries, muscle spasm, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (jaw pain), sciatica and many others.
Verna’s skills also include designing individual programs that facilitate muscular balance, correct biomechanics, and postural alignment. These programs may also include strength and stretching exercises for various levels of fitness and/or rehabilitation that can be done at home or in the gym. Verna is dedicated to treating her clients in a holistic manner and supporting them towards optimal health and well being.
Lesli Smith, RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 1990
- Diploma in Honours Standing, Physical Education, University of Western Ontario, 1992
- Registered Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy, 1997
- Teaching assistant for:
- Cranial Therapy
- Simply TMJ (joint) Dysfunction
- Muscle Energy Technique for pelvis and spine
- Osteopathic Technique
- Postural assessment
Lesli graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She quickly recognized that this was just the starting point and there was much more to the human body and its complexities. To understand these complexities, she embarked on a journey to expand her knowledge and skill set to become an expert in a variety of treatment techniques. She is also a teaching assistant for many postgraduate courses.
Lesli is a caring Therapist that continually works to improve her skill set. Her interests gravitated towards subtler techniques, which can have profound systemic changes (affecting the whole being). Having a broad knowledge base allows Lesli to take a holistic approach. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs. It begins with a conversation about your concerns, followed up with an overall assessment and treatment plan. Lesli’s unique skill set allows her to assess her patients and determine the source of the issues. She encourages ongoing and open dialogue with each treatment. The long term goal is to encourage homeostasis, health and harmony.
Some of the techniques that she has studied and integrated into her practice include: Advanced Cranial Therapy/Biodynamic Cranial Sacral (effective for head trauma, headaches and TMJ/jaw problems), Visceral Manipulation, Muscle Energy Technique, Myofascial Release, Muscle Balance and Function, and Dermo Neuromodulation. To support her growth and knowledge base Lesli is involved in an ongoing study group that meets monthly with a mentor.
Before starting her career as a massage therapist Lesli attained a Diploma in Honors Standing in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Lynda L. Hydamaka, MA, RTC, CNMT, RMT
(Registered Therapeutic Counsellor & Registered Massage Therapist)
- Bachelor of Physical Education UBC 1982
- Masters of PE, Lifestyle Management UBC 1985
- Registered Massage Therapist 1988
- Certified Neuromuscular Therapist 1990
- Registered Focusing-Oriented & Complex Trauma Counsellor 2004
- Registered Therapeutic Counsellor 2014
Lynda graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver B.C. (2500 hour program) in 1988. Over the years she has taken numerous post graduate courses in order expand her knowledge of the human body. Among these are: Neuromuscular Therapy (St. John Method), Muscle Balance and Function, Thermo Therapy (hot/cold stone therapy), Sports Massage, Muscle Energy, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathic Technique, Fascia Release, Dermo Neuromodulation, and Visceral Manipulation. Lynda is committed to ongoing learning and educating others. She often refers to herself as an eternal student. She taught, nationally and internationally, for the St. John Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy for 10 years.
Lynda’s approach to therapy focuses on both structure and function. You can expect your alignment to be assessed and corrected and manual Massage Therapy techniques used that are appropriate for your presenting symptoms. Homecare will also be a part of your treatment plan.
Prior to Massage Therapy, Lynda obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and her Master’s Degree in Lifestyle Management, from the University of British Columbia. She was a Lifestyle Coach and private trainer before continuing on to study Massage Therapy.
Lynda also has a private Counselling practice. She graduated from the B. C. Centre for Focusing in 2004 with a certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy and PTSD. She is registered with the Focusing Institute in New York as well as with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists in British Columbia. She graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 2014 with a certificate in Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma. Her gentle, implicit approach to Counselling is client centered, and body centered. Her practice includes childhood and adult trauma, dreams, relationship issues, separation and family court support.
Portrait photos by Tracy Jean Wong