Massage therapy is a safe and effective solution to treat muscle tension, sprains and tight tissues. It involves the manipulation of muscles and tissues to relieve pain and discomfort. It can be beneficial for a variety of conditions when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist. Our massage therapists are well-trained and versed in stretching techniques, remedial exercises and gentle mobilization.
For effective massage therapy treatment book an appointment with our Registered Massage Therapists in Victoria.
Registered Massage Therapists
Nathan Garrison, the owner of Saanich Massage Therapy & Wellness Ltd, formerly known as Gordon Head Massage Therapy, graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005. His 10+ years of massage experience include working with Canada’s Olympic track and field team.
Nathan is a calm, dedicated and responsive massage therapist, focused on treating and relieving pain, and restoring function. He has honed a gentle, deep tissue technique that is especially effective at targeting deeper layers of tension with minimal discomfort.
"I believe we each receive the challenges in life that allow us to grow and evolve. Sometimes, however, we need help in overcoming these obstacles. We can carry the disharmony of mental stress and physical trauma of these challenges deep within our bodies as muscle tension. The deeper work needed to release this tension does not have to be painful. Every treatment I do is unique and sensitive to you and the challenges you face. I know that massage therapy can be a profound and extraordinarily regenerative experience, one that can bring the body and mind back into balance."
Melissa Pavlicic is a skilled and dedicated massage therapist, who works at Saanich Massage Therapy & Wellness Ltd. Having graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy's 3.000-hour RMT program, she is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC). As a competitive athlete, Melissa's experience with massage for injury prevention and rehabilitation inspired her to pursue a career in massage therapy.
Melissa offers a massage that is effective and relaxing, by combining elements of myofascial release, Swedish massage, and various therapeutic techniques. While adapting her treatments to suit the unique needs of each client, Melissa is committed to working with her clients to reach their health potential. She advocates massage and self-care as being integral parts of overall wellness.
Xana is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. She has experience with a wide range of conditions and pathologies including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, circulatory and respiratory conditions, postural dysfunction, conditions involving the head and neck, systemic concerns and others. Xana has found a particular interest in treating stress and anxiety, pregnancy, chronic pain, and head and neck injuries. She provides a safe space for all clients.
Xana was born in Nelson and raised in Victoria. She enjoys writing music and creating art, exploring nature and practicing yoga. Xana decided to go down the path of massage therapy because of her fascination with the human body and her love to help people. The most rewarding part about being a massage therapist is connecting with individuals, helping them to reach their goals and educating them along the way; allowing them to feel stronger and more in control of their bodies.
Derek Chan graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2016 and received his Diploma in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2018. Currently registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, he has maintained an active practice since 2018. Derek has focused his continuing education in areas including pain science as well as deep tissue therapy.
Derek appreciates working with all members of the community, from treating and preventing injury and pain, to providing a relaxation focused massage. His treatments are centered on the use of deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, PNF stretching, trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage. Outside of work, Derek spends his time staying active through racquet sports, snowboarding, kickboxing, and hiking.
Theresa enjoys treating all areas of concern and types of conditions, and will work with you to create a treatment plan that is unique for your body, and addresses your complaints no matter how big or small they may be.
She believes in providing a positive outlook, a calming nature, and a focused intention to identify and address all aspects of symptoms. Her treatments are deep, therapeutic, and relaxing.
Theresa takes the time to get to understand your lifestyle and provides education and a home care plan that involves practical adjustments to improve your quality of life.
Areas of interest: treatment of low back, lumbosacral, and sacroiliac pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, rib and thoracic pain, nerve impingement, sports/activity related injuries, postural related symptoms, and shoulder dysfunctions.
Techniques of interest: Myofascial release, trigger point release, general swedish, muscle energy, joint mobilizations, and stretching techniques.
Genevieve completed her massage therapy program in Ottawa, Ontario in 2010. Her treatment philosophy is focused on patient-centered care. She has advanced training in myofascial release and post-surgical scar tissue therapies. Genevieve is certified in sports taping and has taken additional courses in aquatic rehabilitation during her time working for a water physical therapy clinic. She also possesses extensive experience with post-surgical joint replacement patients and high level endurance athletes.
Outside the clinic, you will find Genevieve participating in obstacle course races, triathalons, circus aerials, and long hikes with her dog.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jessica graduated from WCCMT in 2015. After graduation, Jessica has devoted her time to understanding the connection between the mind and the body. She has experience and interest in treating a wide range of conditions, including overuse injuries, persistent pain, ankylosing spondylitis, and pregnancy (both pre-and postnatal).
Jessica uses an integrative approach with evidence-based modalities, including movement, Swedish massage and dermoneuromodulation. With an active interest in the science of pain, Jessica hopes to help individuals understand what pain means and how to move through it.
Jessica is always involved in some kind of continuing education and enjoys challenging her mind, whether through reading, music, adventure, or a fun gaming session.
Our therapists will help you alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday stress, injuries and illness. Get in touch with our registered massage therapists in Victoria today! Appointments can be made directly without a referral.
Manu graduated from WCCMT in Victoria 2022 and has been a student of a variety of healing arts for the past decade. He has trained in modalities such as Vinyasa Yoga, Regenerative Detoxification & Fasting, Reiki, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Conscious Connected Breathwork, and has facilitated men's circles weekly for the past 4 years.
Manu's background in energy work and healing arts makes him an attentive and intuitive listener, with ears, eyes and hands. His preferred style of practice is with a therapeutic intent, focused on fascial tension, and deep, specific techniques with passive and active movement to unwind muscle tension. Manu has aspirations to train in craniosacral and manual lymph drainage and to work with clients who have post-concussion symptoms.
What Our Patients Have Said About Our Staff
Best I have Ever Worked With
Nathan is great! He is the best massage therapist I've ever had work on me and I recommend him to my friends and family. He is very professional and does a great job. The session always ends with me wishing it was longer.
- Michelle T.