Massage Therapy

Balancing the body as a whole, integrated massage treatments can benefit any age group:

Chronic pain sufferers, fibromyalgia, chronic neck and back pain, injuries from accidents, headaches, migraines, TMJ, frozen shoulder, scoliosis, chronic pelvic pain, sciatica, sprains/strains/muscle spasms, joint mobility, arthritis, ADHD, PMS/menopausal symptoms, respiratory problems, bladder incontinence, pregnancy, digestive problems, bloating and constipation, acid reflux, PTSD, anxiety, depression and many more.

The source of discomfort might be structural or emotional, coming from internal organs, joints, the craniosacral system, general toxicity, reaction to food, stress in our lives and more. By getting in touch with the body and trusting a person’s internal ability to heal and self-correct, treatments create increased feeling and awareness in the body, restoring the proprioceptive feedback loop between the tissue and the central nervous system. This results in a restoration of the body’s ability to function and regulate the immune system, digestive system, nervous system, metabolic processes and internal organ function. The structural release happens as a result of the precise manipulation of tissue and the communication between practitioner and client.​​

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY gently releases restrictions in the soft tissue around the brain and spinal cord, improving the correct flow of cerebrospinal fluid and thereby detoxifying and nourishing the central nervous system. This therapy enhances the system’s functions including hormonal metabolism, brain function, immune system function, spinal health and the body’s ability to self-heal.

VISCERAL MANIPULATION is a precise manual therapy that helps release tension in internal organs (such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, stomach, lungs, esophagus, gall bladder, pancreas, heart, uterus, bladder) and their ligaments. This allows them to function properly and alleviates abnormal points of tension throughout the entire body.

THAI YOGA MASSAGE is an ancient healing art of Thai medicine, based on yoga, martial arts and Ayurveda. Incorporating passive yoga stretches, acupressure, rhythmic joint mobilization, pressing along energy lines and breath-work, Thai Yoga Massage creates a slow, flowing ‘dance’ with and around the body.

In addition to stretching and toning the muscles, this unique bodywork also can improve blood and lymphatic circulation, relieve muscular tension and spasms, help expedite the metabolism, improve postural alignment, boost the immune system and balance the body energetically, restoring the body and psyche to a calm, harmonious state.

Thai Yoga Massage has always been considered a spiritual practice done in a meditative state with the spirit of loving-kindness and compassion (“Metta”).  It’s performed on a floor mat wearing loose-fitting and comfortable clothing.

CHI-NEI-TSANG is a deep abdominal massage using guided breathing. It helps clear negative and unhealthy energies, along with various toxins, from internal organs (such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, stomach, lungs, esophagus, gall bladder, pancreas, heart, uterus, bladder), tissues and bones. This massage aims to transform and recycle these energies to instead promote physical, emotional and spiritual health.​ In this treatment, a client will be guided in using breathing to release holding patterns in the belly and diaphragm, along with all abdomen organs and adjacent structures including internal organs above the diaphragm and deep lines of tension in the abdomen and the entire body.

ABOUT

IRINA BONDAREV,

Wholistic Massage and Manual Therapy, RMT, WORKING WITH ALL BENEFITS.

In 2005, I finished at the Foothills College of Massage in Calgary and took initial courses in Shiatsu, Myofascial Release,Visceral Manipulation and CranioSacral Therapy. These courses opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me in healing.

Since this formal training, I continued to study Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation. I am intrigued by fascia (or connective tissue) and exploring its many faces and functions. As a major movement conductor in the body, fascia serves as the body memory, both physically and emotionally.

In wishing to introduce more movement and mobilization into my treatments, I took my first course in Thai Massage – and this quickly became a foundation for a lot of my treatments. The wisdom of whole body treatment using simple but inspired ancient techniques allows clients to achieve another dimension of healing, bringing the body and psyche into a self-healing mode.

Still intrigued by the belly, the emotional brain of our bodies, I took my first course in Chi-Nei-Tsang. This added new power to Visceral Manipulation techniques! When doing guided Chi Gong breathing, the client is in control of releasing his or her own tension, energetic blockages and emotional memories.

I’ve spent quite a few years gaining more knowledge in CranioSacral Therapy. It is a gentle and very precise way of releasing deep tensions in the body and allowing it to relax and self-correct, improving function of the central nervous system along withthe health and performance of the whole body.

I’m always on the path to learning more and am very grateful to my mentors, colleagues, friends, and most of all to my clients who are my best teachers.

I treat the body as a whole, respecting the numerous deep interrelationships on all levels with a spirit of loving-kindness and compassion. I know and trust that I can’t fix anyone, but everyone of us can heal ourselves. I am simply providing a safe space for healing to happen and facilitating the healing process by encouraging body-mind-spirit communication and self-awareness.

EDUCATION:

 

Russian Sportive Massage, 1987
Foothills College of Massage Therapy, 2005
Craniosacral Therapy intro, 2006
Myofascial Release intro, 2006
Shiatsu intro, 2006.
Visceral Manipulation intro, 2006
BodyTalk Access, 2006
Nerve Touch Thai Massage, by Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage, 2007
Thai Massage level 1, 2007
Body Talk level 1 and 2, 2008
Chi-Nei-Tsang level 1a, 2008
NHPC conference, 2008
Integrated Fascial Release, Steven Goldstein, 2008
Orthobionomy. Basic Phase 4, 2008
Lumbo-Pelvic Course. Myofascial Assessment and Treatment. An integration of Myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy and Visceral manipulation, 2008
Visceral Manipulation Abdomen 1, 2008
Integrated Fascial Release intermediate, 2009
Visceral Manipulation: the Thorax, 2009
Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 2 , 2009
First Aid course, 2009
Chi-Nei-Tsang level 1a (visceral work of Chinese/Thai origin), 2010
Chi-Nei-Tsang level 1b (visceral work of Chinese/Thai origin), 2010
Chi-Nei-Tsang level 3 (visceral work of Chinese/Thai origin, somato-emotional release), 2010
Orthobionomy. Basic Phase 4, 2010
Female Treasures Chi-Gong (used in Chi-Nei-Tsang), 2010.
Myofascial approach to the Assessment and Treatment of the Shoulder complex. An integration of Myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy and Visceral manipulation, 2011
Visceral Manipulation: Listening Techniques, 2011
Cranium, TMJ and C-spine. Myofascial Assessment and Treatment. An integration of Myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy and Visceral manipulation. 2011
Visceral Manipulation, Listening Techniques, 2011
Reiki level 1, 2011
Reiki level 2, 2011
Chi Nei Tsang Fundamentals, The Chi Nei Tsang Institute, 2012
Chi Gong, Fusion of the Five Elemental Forces, 2012
Chi Nei Tsang, Somato-Emotional Processing, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy 1, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy 2, 2013
Craniosacral Therapy, Somato-Emotional Release 1, 2013
Chi-Nei-Tsang, Advanced, 2014
Craniosacral Therapy for Longevity, 2014
Craniosacral Therapy, Somato-Emotional Release 2, 2014
Craniosacral Therapy, Mastering the Inner Physician, 2014
Craniosacral Therapy, The Brain speaks 1, 2015
Craniosacral Therapy, Mastering the Inner Physician, 2015
Embodied Awareness, 2015