registered massage therapy

Massage therapy optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Through the use of massage therapy physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; while physical dysfunction, body pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented. People use massage as a common physical therapy for a variety of health-related purposes, including pain relief, increased mobility, injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, increased relaxation, reduction of anxiety and depression, and general wellness. At the IV our expert massage therapists work with you to achieve optimal health and function.

Katherine Batho, Registered Massage Therapist

Katherine has experience treating a wide range of conditions including: sports injuries, scoliosis, TMJ, postural dysfunctions, high-risk pregnancy, neurological conditions and geriatrics. Techniques she enjoys using include myofascial release, neuromuscular technique, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, stretching, and Swedish massage.

Katherine’s treatments are the most effective and comprehensive I have ever experienced. Her professional approach, and focus on individualized care ensure that whatever massage needs you have are being met with every visit. She had no trouble finding all the problem areas in my back and neck, and she also left me with some homecare ideas to help get me in top condition. I highly recommend Katherine for your next appointment

—Adam Kautzman


Deep Tissue Massage

Whether you are working hard or playing hard, muscles can tighten up causing pain and limitation.  Deep tissue massage breaks down adhesions or muscle knots in deep muscle tissue to improve blood flow through the muscle, relieving pain and improving muscle function.  This type of massage works on both deep and superficial tissues to improve integrity of muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

conditions treated

  • adhesions and scar tissue
  • back pain
  • joint and muscle pain
  • muscle tension and spasms
  • poor range of motion
  • stress therapy
  • sports therapy
  • structural misalignment

Prenatal Massage

Alleviate the discomforts and strains inherent in an expectant mother’s body with a relaxing prenatal massage. Various discomforts typically associated with pregnancy such as lower back pain, poor circulation, insomnia and body aches can all benefit from regular prenatal massage therapy. Plus, mommy deserves it!

conditions treated

  • body aches and pains
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • lower back and neck pain
  • lymphatic drainage massage
  • poor lymphatic and blood circulation
  • posture
  • relaxation massage
  • sciatica
  • stress therapy

Relaxation Massage

Looking to treat yourself?  Sometimes our body just needs a little TLC. Smooth gliding strokes have a calming effect on the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body’s lymphatic system. Feel tension dissipate and your energy restored as the body’s stresses are released.

conditions treated

  • anxiety and stress
  • digestive disturbances
  • headaches and migraines
  • sleep disturbances
  • depression

Sports Massage

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete your muscles take a beating. Taking care to prevent injury with regular massage therapy is an important part of staying healthy. At the IV our registered massage therapists are specially trained to treat sports injuries ranging from muscle pain to muscle strain. Massage therapy before an event optimizes proper blood flow and muscle function and strength. After your event, massage therapy can ensure muscle healing and regeneration.

conditions treated

  • acute muscle pain and injury
  • back pain
  • chronic muscle pain and injury
  • muscle strain
  • muscle spasm
  • sports injuries

Biomechanical Misalignment

Are you an office worker suffering from shoulder or low back pain? Chances are your muscles are tight or being overpowered and pulling your body out of alignment. Tight hip flexors can pull on the low back, causing pain through the lumbar region, while having weak lower trapezius and rhomboid muscles can cause strain on the neck and shoulders causing the shoulders to round forward. The major culprit is usually from sitting for too long, hunched over a computer. Come let our massage therapists show you what muscles to strengthen and stretch to avoid the aches and pains of long office hours.

conditions treated

  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic pain and immobility
  • headache
  • hip pain
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain

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1060 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC   V6B 2X5
(604) 974-8999