At Ocean Breeze Health & Wellness Centre, we favour an integrative healthcare system, which recognizes both the excellence and advancements of 21st century medicine whilst allowing and supporting individuals with the opportunity to seek alternative options where conventional therapies cannot help. This is only truly achievable when health-care practitioners of all modalities can respect and interact with each other for the greater good of the patient.
Catherine Richard, who also has a Kinesiology degree from the Université de Moncton, has been practicing massage therapy since 2009. She graduated with honours from ICT Northumberland College, Halifax where she currently works as a part-time Instructor in Pathophysiology and Anatomy. Her approach is a firm yet gentle application of sustained pressure where restriction and pressure are felt, patiently working with the body’s innate abilities to heal.
Having suffered from back pain from a young age, and never finding relief from conventional therapies, Catherine realized what could yield much more effective and powerful results: The warmth and energy of hands guiding your tissues to the natural and balanced state they are seeking.
Finding inspiration in the philosophy of body-mind connection and awareness, Catherine has furthered her studies and specialized in myofascial release. She believes that guiding and educating her clients are an essential combination in reaching optimal health.
Halifax native Holly Wicks graduated from Crandall University in New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2007. During her time at Crandall she played on the womens and mens soccer teams and acted as the athletic trainer for the Crandall varsity soccer team. This sparked her interests in the field of injury rehabilitation and massage. Holly began working in group homes for adults with disabilities while she was university and continued after graduating. After returning from spending time abroad, she pursued her interest in massage therapy.
Holly graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in June 2014 and is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia. During her time at school she gained practical experience in pregnancy clinics and neurology clinics while working with a variety of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, strokes and spinal cord injuries. She also took part doing massage for community events such at the Bluenose Marathon and Bust-a-Move, Relay for Life.
Holly chooses to look at the body as a whole. She personally strives to achieve and maintain optimal health and this is the same goal that she has for her patients. As a believer in both wellness care and injury prevention, she uses a diverse and holistic approach. She is a strong believer that an active lifestyle and positive attitude go a long way for healthy living and is eager to assist with the healing touch of massage!