Alyssa Watkins, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Alyssa graduated from OVCMT’s 3,000hr program in 2009 and moved to Chilliwack where she started her career as an RMT in a multidisciplinary clinic and later a home-based practice. Recently relocating to Kelowna, she still enjoys treating clients with many different acute and chronic conditions with a focus on correcting postural imbalances that can often be root cause of their issues.
Techniques primarily include trigger point therapy and myofascial release interspersed with Swedish massage and educating the client on what they can do on their own to correct their condition.
In her spare time, Alyssa loves trail running, hiking, skiing and camping with her family because to put it simply, it’s better outside!
- Back and Neck Pain
- Muscle Spasm
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neurological Conditions such as Stroke, Muscular Dystrophy, MS
- Work Related Injuries
Why Choose a RMT?
British Columbia has the highest professional standards for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in North America.
Registered Massage Therapists are more than hands-on professionals. They will also help you correct your posture, they will provide strengthening and stretching exercises that will help improve your condition and RMTs will instruct you on proper ergonomics at home and at the office, providing tips on desk, chair and computer adjustments. By correctly positioning your workstation or table and stretching, you can avoid painful problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
RMTs can help recognize conditions you have yet to notice. Tumors or potential skin cancer are just two of the disorders your massage therapist is trained to identify. Upon their discovery, your RMT would send you directly to your physician. Registered Massage Therapists have stringent education requirements to protect you.
Registered Massage Therapists are different than those who call themselves masseuses or body workers. There is even one person who has come up with the term "Masseologist". When you are looking for a massage therapist, find a Registered Massage Therapist. Their high-level of training makes them an expert in hands-on treatment, injury rehabilitation and prevention. The term "Registered" informs you that the person has three years of training and is regulated by the CMT.
People without the "Registered" designation cannot bill to the BC Medical Services Plan and do not have to follow regulations on professional standards, ethics, scope of practice and advertising. And if something goes wrong - for example, your injury or condition could actually be made worse - you would likely have no recourse against the service provider.
British Columbians can be sure that they are receiving the highest quality of care available. RMTs in BC are governed by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). This regulatory body is the profession's equivalent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The CMTBC ensures that the public receives safe and ethical care by establishing and enforcing standards of education, qualifications and the quality of practice for all RMTs.