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Our Practitioners

Kim Wilson, R.Ac

“ I have been both intrigued and obsessed with the body for as long as I can remember, and on a daily basis I am blown away by its amazing potential and capabilities. After completing my Jin Shin Do acupressure, and Certified Massage certificates I knew I wanted to go deeper so continued on in a four year program and completed a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001.

From here I continued my education and used my athletic background to go deeper with the body through the genius modalities of Stott Pilates and Yoga. These two practices deepened my knowledge and understanding and continue to teach me daily.

The best part for me is that all of these disciplines/practices are a fusion that have the capacity to meld together in accessing the bodies willingness to heal. For me they meld into one, and I hope you can feel my enthusiasm for this in my treatments and in the way that I teach. I am humbled and excited by how much there is to learn about the body and how most practices continue into each other.

To me starting Thrive was about holding a container where health, fitness, safety, openness, community, knowledge, and positivity could all come together in one space. I believe that has happened and is felt at Thrive. I am very excited and grateful to see how Thrive continues to grow and change.“

 

Emily Chernoff

Emily grew up in the small mountainous city of Nelson, BC. Being raised there, she was surrounded by communities of health, wellness and outdoor adventurists which first inspired her to learn more about human anatomy and its function as a whole.

In 2016, Emily graduated from the Okanagan College of Massage Therapy. She then relocated to Victoria, BC to begin her career as a registered massage therapist.

Emily enjoys being apart of the healing journey of her patients and holding a safe space for growth and healing in a comfortable environment. Through empowerment, she encourages her patients to experience their body’s innate healing capabilities. In each treatment she will listen openly to your individual needs, assess your conditions or concerns and create a treatment plan that best suits you. Her therapeutic techniques include myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, muscle energy and swedish relaxation.

In her free time, Emily enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, rock climbing, and exploring the various mountains of British Columbia.

Emily believes in living a balanced lifestyle to achieve harmony. She is excited to be apart of a community that fosters both health and wellness, and works together to facilitate balance.

 

Emily Kersey

Emily Kersey is a holistic, therapeutic Massage Therapist with a background in Ayurvedic and Thai Massage. She graduated from Pacific Rim College in 2013 with a diploma in Eastern Therapy Bodywork and from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy to become an RMT in 2016. While her techniques stay within the scope of RMT standards, her massage is inspired by Eastern principles. There is some cross over with pressure points, stretches, hydrotherapy and essential oils (when applicable).

While studying massage, Emily treated individuals with autoimmune conditions, peaking her interest in regular relaxation massage for chronic pain management. Emily has spent the past two years primarily working with MVA’s and office workers but is comfortable working with myriad conditions and concerns.

Home-care suggestions given to clients reflect Emily’s Yoga Therapy and Yin Yoga teaching background. She strives for clients to become more aware of their body mechanics to reduce pain and to find approachable ways to bring self-care into each day.

Emily practices Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Hydro Therapy, Trigger Point Release, Muscle Energy Technique, and Lymphatic Drainage.

 

Jude Torchuk

Jude Torchuk graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. Her desire to help others began by studying psychology and sociology, but after experiencing severe whiplash when she was 17, she discovered the world of holistic health and massage therapy. After graduating, Jude deepened her knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and related structures by taking Neuromuscular Therapy, providing deeper and more specific work to the muscles and tendons. Continuing with her post-graduate training, she added Craniosacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy to her skills, learning the same techniques that contributed to her own healing.

Jude completed her Advanced Craniosacral Therapy with Upledger Institute in 2011. She has experience working with head trauma (concussion), neck injuries, whiplash, insomnia and an overstimulated nervous system, fatigue, anxiety, stress, headaches, and general overuse, pain and tension within the body. Providing a safe and compassionate space for her clients, she incorporates her massage therapy skills with techniques that enhance the body’s innate wisdom and natural ability to heal itself.

Her techniques and treatments include CranioSacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger-Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Unwinding & Positional Release.