Annika

Annika Samuelson

LMT
asamuelson@innovaphysicaltherapy.com

 

I graduated with academic honours from the massage therapy program at Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ontario) in December 2017. The 24-month (2000+ hours) program provided me with a solid foundation in human anatomy, physiology, pathology, assessment and massage techniques, and gave me the opportunity to work directly with special populations including individuals with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury. After graduation I moved to Redmond to join my husband, and launch my massage therapy practice in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I'm happy to be joining the team at INNOVA.

The values that guide my massage therapy practice are authenticity, communication and education. I enjoy when my patients are curious about their treatment and forthcoming with input and questions. At the beginning of your session we’ll take some time to talk about what’s going on, and agree on therapeutic goals and a plan of care. Your comfort is essential to the success of the treatment, so you can be fully dressed, partially dressed, or undressed and covered by sheets that I will provide for the massage. I will be considerate of your preferences and tolerance, and select techniques that are appropriate and effective for you. During the treatment I will encourage your awareness and participation through breath work and mindful movement.

The first career I was passionate about was wildlife biology. I have a master’s of science from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), and thoroughly enjoyed the decade I spent working as an ornithologist (person who studies birds). I've also worked as a certified Paddle Canada level 1 sea-kayaking instructor and have guided multi-day sea-kayaking trips on Georgian Bay. I get outside often, but I don't mind being inside because that's when I can bake, sew and practice yoga. I volunteer at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Centre in Redmond, and with Adaptive Yoga Northwest in Seattle.

Whether it's because we have shared values or interests, or that you consider my experience and skills well-suited to your therapeutic goals, I look forward to meeting you and hope I can be of assistance.