Bridgwater Massage Therapists

Across from Save-On Foods

Brianna Buchanan

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury Bridgwater

Brianna Buchanan at Elite Sports Injury Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy Winnipeg

Brianna is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2013. Since graduation she has worked in a Physiotherapy Clinic setting.

Upon graduation Brianna completed her training to be a Sports Massage Therapist. Training included Pre and Post Sports Massage, Soft tissue Release, Onsite Injury Management and Athletic Proprioceptive taping. She has also completed additional training in sports nutrition, exercise psychology, cupping and cranial therapy.

Brianna’s interest in sports rehabilitation began at a young age as she was very involved in soccer and loved staying active. That passion continued to grow and prompted her interest in Massage Therapy.

She enjoys incorporating assessment and exercise prescription in her treatment so she can create personalized plans to help clients reach their goals and to prevent further injuries.

Rob Dreger

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury Bridgwater

Rob Dreger at Elite Sports Injury Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy Winnipeg

Rob has been a massage therapist in Winnipeg for over a decade, in which he honed his skills in trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and relaxation techniques. He has worked in both clinical and spa environments and has also worked privately with a number of local professional athletes. Rob loves to help people work through both chronic overuse pain and acute injury and finds fulfillment in knowing he can help make a difference in patients lives. He personally lives an active lifestyle and believes it’s key to being healthy along with proper nutrition.

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Meadowood Massage Therapists

Across from St. Vital Centre

Jay Bachman

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury St Vital

Jay Bachman - Winnipeg Physiotherapist, St Vital

Jay is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2011. Since graduation he has worked with gyms, medical clinics and with a wide variety of manual therapists. He considers balance to be an important part of life, mind and body. His treatment-based approach revolves around finding asymmetries and working to bring a better understanding of one’s own body mechanics. He has found that the use of deep tissue and muscle energy techniques can oftentimes create quick and lasting results when dealing with tension; while focusing on the body’s compensations when instability arises. Jay has a special interest with pelvic/sacral and vertebral dysfunctions and has also completed courses in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Mobilization and Myofascial Release.

In his down time, Jay enjoys the outdoors, art and is heavily involved in the Winnipeg music scene.

Vanessa Dela Rosa

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury St Vital

Vanessa Dela Rosa - Winnipeg Physiotherapist, St Vital

Vanessa has been a part of the Elite team for over a decade and has enjoyed every bit of it.  She started her career with Elite Sports Injury as an Elite Professional cultivating her interest in patient care, education, and wellness.  Her position has allowed a seamless transition as a treating Remedial Massage Therapist.

She graduated in 2012 from the University of Manitoba from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, specializing in the Athletic Therapy stream.  She continued her education and passion for patient care and wellness to earn a diploma in Massage Therapy in July 2020 from the Evolve College of Massage Therapy.

Vanessa enjoys being as active as possible and is involved with the local dance community helping direct SIKAT dance company.  She grew up playing soccer and competing in rhythmic gymnastics but due to a few injuries her competitive career shifted focus to soccer, where she played at a premier level with the Bonivital Flames.  Now she enjoys staying active through recreational coed volleyball and soccer but still competes, occasionally teaches, and travels with dance.

Her passion for sport and helping others has created a practice that involves balancing the body.  She incorporates assessment findings with patient concerns and goals to create their treatment plan.  The focus of her work is to help reduce pain, restore balance, encourage movement, and of course relaxation. She specializes in therapeutic relaxation and treatment massage. Vanessa is also certified in cupping, both static and dynamic, through Cupping Canada. It can be added to any treatment and it is great for decompression, to help increase range of motion due to muscle tension, and pain management!

Learning is an exciting and never-ending journey. Through extended education courses she continues to explore different techniques to help her clients move better, move well, and be happy.

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Downtown Massage Therapist

In the Pinnacle Building on Graham

Alain Couture

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury Downtown

Alain Couture - Winnipeg Physiotherapist, Downtown

Alain graduated from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor of exercise and sport science/Athletic Therapy degree in 2005, and became a Certified Athletic Therapist. He continued his education becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2009 gradating from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba (Evolve College of Massage Therapy) where he has also been an instructor since 2009.

Alain is currently the Director of Health and Performance – Head Athletic Therapist for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club (CFL), and has been with the club for 18 years. In this role he oversees all medical and performance departments for both the Blue Bombers and Valour FC soccer team. His football experience also consists of working in the NFL as he has worked off-season training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers.

Alain holds certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2005, and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) in 2018.

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St. James Massage Therapists

Courts of St. James

Leana Virgo

Lead Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury St James

Leana Virgo - Winnipeg Registered Massage Therapist, St James Assiniboine

Leana graduated from The Massage College of Manitoba in 2000. She works five days a week out of the Courts of St. James and enjoys the challenges of new musculo-skeletal injuries. As a former bodybuilder, fitness instructor and MT for the military national volleyball team, she brings a wealth of knowledge in sports rehab and recovery. In her free time, Leana enjoys spending time with her family, weight training, swimming, reading, and tap dance. She has also taken courses in Cranio-Sacral Therapy 1, Raindrop Therapy, Myofascial Vacuum cupping, Dhyana Massage Therapy (deep scar tissue therapy), pre/post natal fitness instruction, osteoporosis and office ergonomics, psychological first aid, Rock taping 1&2 and Rockblading 1&2.

Aki Hada

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury St James

Aki Sukigami - Winnipeg Massage Therapist, St James Assiniboine

A seasoned graduate of Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy, Aki is dedicated to continuing her education in health by broadening her knowledge as a student of Hua Xia Acupuncture College. Her goal as a registered massage therapist is to address the needs of her patients and root causes of their symptoms through assessments, treatment, and communication.

Aki’s Special Interests: Shoulder tension and issues such as rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder, use of heat in hot stone massage, scar tissue management, pre/post natal massage, use of Kinesiology taping and cupping, muscle energy techniques, pain management for osteoarthritis, and use of lymphatic techniques.

Eric Barkman

Registered Massage Therapist — Elite Sports Injury St James

Eric Barkman - Winnipeg Massage Therapist, St James Assiniboine

Eric is a graduate of the Wellington College Remedial Massage program. Prior to beginning his career in Massage Therapy, Eric studied at the University of Winnipeg as a History major and completed his Basic Military Qualifications through the Canadian Forces. Eric has always had a strong desire for helping others and after suffering with severe back pain following a snowmobile accident at age 16 Eric found that Massage Therapy was able to relieve his pain. He decided that this was what he wished to study and pursue as a way to help others dealing with chronic pain. Eric has taken courses in pre and post sport massage, Breast Massage, Rib Mobilization and Introduction to Manipulative Therapy. His continuing education will include a Workshop in Craniosacral Therapy. Eric’s treatment plans focus on pain reduction and the balancing and alignment of the pelvis sacrum and lumbar as they refer to imbalance in the cervical spine. Using a global approach Eric assesses the whole body and looks for ways to ensure long lasting relief of pain for his clients.

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Recovery for all levels

Elite specializes in injury recovery for all sports and levels of athlete. Our team facilitates rapid access to complete recovery. Frequently, we see patients within a day or two of their physician exam when return to full function is critical. We immediately address acute swelling, pain and compensatory issues and initiate a home program to maintain strength and motion.

Your Part

In order to ensure a successful treatment and speed recovery, you need to be fully committed to your treatment plan. Your time in the clinic is only part of the process. The exercises and perhaps changes in your own behavior are a crucial part of your plan. We know how your body works; we may identify an underlying weakness, poor posture, work habits, or other factors that contribute to the problem.

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