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Bodywork Therapy Program Director Marie Salton

Marie graduated in 2005 from the Bodywork Therapy Program at VSOHA (formerly VSBM). Marie always remained involved with the school and feels very fortunate to be the lead instructor in Swedish Techniques, Integrative Bodywork, Joint Release and Hot Stone Massage.

Marie started her massage career in luxury spa and heli-skiing operations. In 2008 she bought the Sacred Stone Spa in Tofino, BC which she operated until 2013, when she sold her interest. Marie relocated back to Vancouver and to work with Sense Spa, a 5-Star Spa at the Hotel Georgia and to pursue work with private clients.

Marie has continued her training by studying Advanced Shiatsu, Thai, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy Massage and Restorative Yoga. In particular, Marie has become increasingly involved with Deep Flow and is now one of their lead instructors.

As Program Director of the Bodywork Therapy Program Marie wants to ensure the Bodywork Therapy Program continues evolving and meeting demands from an ever-changing spa industry. Her goal is a program that is highly focused and effectively delivered. Read more about Marie at

Fernando Cabrera Shiatsu Instructor VancouverShiatsu

Fernando is a Registered Shiatsu Therapist and a member of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of B.C. As one of Vancouver’s preeminent therapists, he began his practice of Zen Shiatsu (Masunaga style) in 1992. Fernando formerly taught Shiatsu Therapy at Source Point and Langara College. He is a long-standing faculty member at VSOHA teaching Shiatsu level I in the Bodywork Therapy Program, the Weekend Introductory to Shiatsu as well as acting as Program Director and primary instructor of VSOHA‘s 150-hour Shiatsu Program.

Fernando’s unique style combines techniques drawn from traditional Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang (international organ massage). After 20+ years, he passionately maintains a thriving practice in Kitsilano where he treats his loyal fan-base of shiatsu converts.

Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Self Care InstructorAromatherapy, Indian Head Massage & Self Care

Glynnis is a passionate teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner and published author specializing in the healing arts of Ayurveda, aromatherapy and aromanutrition.

Glynnis has partnered with a women’s herbal collective in Nepal co-creating authentic Ayurvedic self-care products. Her love for natural beauty and the aromatic herbs, spices, and plant essences led Glynnis to create, offering online learning experiences and products in the arts of aromatic Ayurveda.

Glynnis created the curriculum for and is teaching aromatherapy, Indian head massage and Ayurvedic self-care. She is recently on faculty at Langara College teaching Ayurvedic self-care in the YTT Program.

Glynnis is co-author of the book, Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work.

Jo Knight Reflexology Bodywork Massage FacultyReflexology

Jo brings decades of teaching experience spanning many sectors on land and on water. As founder of Paddleout training, Jo believes in combining skill, heart focused intention with the courage to “paddle out!”. Jo is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s global village and is preparing for a home build project in Kenya Africa.

Recently on travels to Nepal, Jo had the privilege of studying at Padma Healing Arts, learning Eastern rituals and healing techniques from Pema which she infuses into her lessons and sessions.

As a Nationally Certified Reflexology Therapist, professional member of and examiner for Reflexology Association of Canada, founder of Soulsurf Reflexology, Jo is devoted to the vibrant health of mind, body, spirit & planet and is stoked to be on the VSOHA team.

Kirsten Johansson Bodywork Massage FacultyProfessional Development, Body–Mind Integration

Kirsten is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. She holds additional certification in Relational Somatic Therapy as well as training in Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Kirsten has practised bodywork and massage since training at VSOHA in 2004. At the centre of her bodywork is the goal of emotional and psychological healing through touch and physical awareness.

Kirsten’s classes promote self-discovery and growth through body, mind and emotional awareness. Her extensive training has equipped her to teach Professional Development and Body-Mind Integration, a uniquely creative and dynamic course offering at VSOHA.

Kirsten holds a private practice in Vancouver. Through individual therapy and group workshops, Kirsten works with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and relationships. Her work draws from holistic counselling approaches including the arts, bodywork, mindfulness and cognitive therapies.

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Nancy began her training in 2001 at the Wellington School of Massage Therapy in New Zealand and continued her education at Touch Therapy Institute in Encino, California where she graduated in 2003. During her massage education, she fell in love with Anatomy and Kinesiology. In her private practice she specialized in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage.

She began teaching both Swedish massage and Kinesiology at Touch Therapy Institute in 2004. For the last 12 years, Nancy has worked in California at the National Holistic Institute, A College of Massage Therapy – one of the top massage schools in the United States. She has taught a wide variety of subjects, but her favorite is still Anatomy and Kinesiology. Having taught Middle School in Arizona from 1986-1990, Nancy realized the importance of teaching to the different learning styles of each student. She has spent the last 6 years at NHI sharing her love of teaching through Teacher Training Workshops and has had the pleasure of helping over 100 massage teachers improve their classroom skills.

Sheryl Watson Hydrotherapy Bodywork Massage FacultyHydrotherapy, Prenatal, Breast Massage, Sports Massage

Sheryl brings a diverse background to her students at VSOHA. Since launching her massage-based practice in Alberta in 1995 she has studied a vast array of modalities and had a variety of professional opportunities. Sheryl taught lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated techniques and hydrotherapy in the massage program at Grant MacEwan University for 14 years in Edmonton.

She also holds valuable business and professional knowledge from her experience as the sole proprietor of a women’s healing centre and from her tenure as the continuing education and examination chairperson for the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta. Her current practice in downtown Vancouver focuses on womb healing and sexual awareness and intimacy coaching, where she incorporates a multitude of modalities and shamanic techniques. She also leads on-line and in-person workshops. For more information about her work visit

Nick is a paramedic by trade and owns Critical Interventions, teaching CPR and First Aid to private clients in the Vancouver area.