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Owen Giroux

Registered Massage Therapist

CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer

I want to empower patients so they are not dependent on a therapist, but will instead have the knowledge to foster their own active and dynamic 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 both have taught me the benefits of mobility and mindfulness, and a fluency with fitness styles. Complimented by rigorous RMT training and subsequent Personal Training certification, I strategize with patients for symptom management and injury prevention while still delivering an effective and relaxing massage.

 

After graduating from Langara College’s leading RMT program, I've maintained an educational role throughout my career; first with privately tutoring new-graduates followed by instructing in the Langara Student Clinic, and most recently with the Ontario governing body mentoring therapists. I've taken advanced classes in spinal and regional orthopedics, myofascial techniques, cadaver labs, sports rehab, and I have pursued an advanced personal training certification.

I believe in focused, diagnostic care while not ignoring the broader holistic view. With experience in leading multidisciplinary clinics, I've enjoyed working with competitive athletes, car accidents with concussions and whiplash, as well as many surgical recoveries. Through a personalized assessment and treatment plan, I aim to help you achieve your goals by treating the body as a whole, using advanced techniques to address your concerns.

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Education

Diploma of Registered Massage Therapy, Langara College, BC

Graduating in 2016, the program offered advanced classes in spinal and regional orthopedics, myofascial techniques, sports rehab, cadaver labs, and further supplemental courses. At over 3200 hours, it is the most comprehensive program currently available in Canada.

Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer

CSEP proudly stands as the gold standard in exercise science and personal training in Canada. CPTs use evidence-informed tools to assess an individual's aerobic fitness, strength, sleep, and diet to best prescribe programs to improve your health. 

Active Registrant with the College of Massage Therapy of BC

Formerly Registered with the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario, ending in Oct, 2023, upon returning to BC

Currently Enrolled in TRU's Bachelors of Health Science Program

Nearing completion, with an ongoing aspiration for further education.

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Clinical work

I currently enjoy working with fellow RMTs, counselors, and acupuncturists at Grounded Health Collective in Courtenay, BC. My current clinical focus includes car accidents, sports rehab, and general orthopedic care, however I love working with more complex presentations that I often saw in my years in physiotherapy clinics.

I began my career in my hometown of Vancouver working in a luxury spa downtown, Spa Utopia. After several years of honing my skills in therapeutic relaxation and hydrotherapy (the use of heat and cold), I found my place in an award-winning multidisciplinary clinic, Marpole Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. With physios, acupuncturists, and kinesiologists by my side, I worked with many car accidents and workplace injuries, pre- and post-surgery cases, and athletics. Through 2019, I also enjoyed instructing in the RMT program at Langara College.

​COVID catalyzed the end of my time in Vancouver and a move to Vancouver Island where Eden Therapy welcomed me in Courtenay, BC, hosting yoga, acupuncture, and massage. After a year on the island, I moved to London, Ontario. I landed at PhysioHaus Health and Wellness in London – a leading multidisciplinary clinic offering massage, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care. PhysioHaus specializes in pelvic health, vestibular rehabilitation, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, running, and rock climbing. During this time in London, I worked as a  mentor and tutor for other RMTs with the governing body of RMT in Ontario, the CMTO.

Educational Roles

At the onset of my career, I offered private tutoring sessions to new-grad RMT students preparing for their board exams, focusing on orthopedic assessment and physiology. After several years, I progressed to working as a Clinic Supervisor in the student clinic at Langara College and was excited to expand my teaching roles further before COVID prompted my departure from Vancouver. I  continued my role as an educator in Ontario as a Mentor-Tutor for the CMTO, mentoring registrants who require remediation and tutoring clinicians returning to practice after an extended leave-of-absence.

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