DSC00737.jpg

Owen Giroux

Registered Massage Therapist

I want to empower my patients so they are not solely dependent on a therapist, but instead have the ability to progress with a skill set of their own to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

As a born-and-raised Vancouverite with a passion for health and wellness, I developed a fondness for yoga and a deep respect for resistance training. Years of yoga practice have taught me the benefits of mobility, mindfulness, and relaxation, and over a decade of strength training taught me a fluency with fitness styles which helps me with rehabbing my patients. Combining these experiences with my RMT training, I often focus on developing strategies with patients for symptom management and injury prevention while still delivering an effective and relaxing massage.

 

After graduating from Langara College’s 3200 hour Registered Massage Therapy program (Vancouver, BC), I returned for a year teaching students in the Langara Student RMT Clinic. With advanced classes in spinal and regional orthopedics, myofascial techniques, cadaver labs, and sports rehab, I have become fascinated with the intricacies of our bodies. My training has taught me how the breath, posture, nervous system, and even the immune system all play a critical role with one another. Through a personalized assessment and treatment plan, I aim to help you achieve your goals by treating the body as a whole, using techniques to address these systems as needed.

20170823_063613.jpg

Education

Diploma of Registered Massage Therapy, Langara College, BC

Graduating in the top of my class in 2016, the program offered advanced classes in spinal and regional orthopedics, myofascial techniques, sports rehab, cadaver labs, and further supplemental courses for a more well-rounded foundation. At over 3200 hours, it has the most classroom time of any currently available RMT program in Canada.

Registrant with the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario

Transferring from BC, I am dual registered in both jurisdictions

Registrant with the College of Massage Therapy of BC

I have been a registrant in good standing with the CMTBC since passing the board exams in 2016.

 

In British-Columbia and Ontario, RMTs are mandated to continually expand their knowledge with courses on manual modalities and professionalism.

20210826_080445.jpg
Mountain climber silhouette
Weight Lifting
Image by Toomas Tartes
Downward Dog
Physical Therapist

Work Experience

I began my career in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, working at a luxury spa downtown. Spa Utopia was my home for several years where I honed my skills in therapeutic relaxation. Each treatment included hydrotherapy components (the use of hot towels and stones, steam rooms and saunas), and often aromatherapy, too.

After several years, I wanted to return to more clinical work and found my place in an award-winning multidisciplinary clinic, Marpole Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Working with physios, acupuncturists, and kinesiologists, cases tended towards car accidents and workplace injuries, pre- or post-op surgery cases, and athletics, all of which put my clinical brain and weight lifting background to good use.

Throughout these years, I offered private tutoring sessions to RMT Students preparing for their board exams, focusing on orthopedics, assessment, and physiology. I enjoyed this tremendously and progressed to being a Clinic Supervisor in the student clinic at Langara College – likely one of the most fun and rewarding jobs an RMT can do. Sadly, at the beginning of 2020 with COVID-19, my clinical and teaching roles were interrupted by lockdowns and I ultimately decided to move to Vancouver Island to escape the city and experience different scenery.

I landed in a beautiful multidisciplinary clinic, Eden Therapy, in Courtenay, BC, which incorporated yoga and acupuncture into their massage-dominant caseload. I carved out a niche using my experience with car accidents, athletic injuries, and my blend of therapeutic relaxation. I loved the community-draw Eden Therapy had toward yogis, rock climbers, and mountain bikers.

For another, more dramatic change of scenery, I moved to London, Ontario, where I was welcomed into PhysioHaus, a leading multidisciplinary clinic with Massage, Physio, and Chiro on their roster. With their specialties in pelvic health, vestibular rehabilitation, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, running, and climbing, they attract a diverse crowd of unique patients. I missed the instructional element of my practice and also began working with the governing body of RMTs in Ontario, the CMTO, as a Tutor and Mentor for therapists returning to practice. I find that combining clinical work with an educational role gives me the most rewarding balance of my time and keeps me at my best for my patients and community.