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About Thomasina

My Story

People often ask why I became a massage therapist, so I thought I would share my story. In the early 2000s, I was working in Tokyo as a journalist, mainly sitting at a desk for 13 hours a day, six days a week. I spent my vacations backpacking around Asia and my weekends out dancing. Everything I did put a compressive force on my spine, resulting in extremely sharp shooting pain down my leg. One day, the pain caused me to fall down and I couldn't get up. An ambulance took me to the hospital, where a doctor prescribed back surgery and morphine. Instead, I decided to try yoga, and after just a few months, none of my symptoms remained. That experience led me to become a yoga instructor, inspired to help empower others in pain. I moved back to Canada, completed yoga teacher training, and spent two years teaching yoga at studios, schools, corporations, and private locations. I was eager to learn more ways to help people in pain, and in 2011, I completed a 2300-hour massage therapy program, followed by about 2000 additional hours of advanced massage, osteopath, and physio courses. In 2013, I built and operated an award-winning massage clinic (The Health Hut), where I became a specialist in treating complicated pain conditions. My massage career expanded as I was invited to assist in teaching orthopedic massage and myoskeletal alignment therapy at workshops and conventions across North America. During my career, I began to recognize important connections between physical, mental, and emotional pain, which led me to pursue a Master's in Science in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health from King's College London and a Graduate Pain Certificate from the University of Alberta. In the summer of 2021, I closed my clinic in Canada and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to start a new life with my Danish husband and our daughter. I am currently continuing some studies - a master's level Clinical Psychotherapy program at the Gestalt Institute of Scandinavia and a Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice at the London College of Osteopathy. My dream is to build a practice in Copenhagen, with a holistic, multimodal approach to pain care and management.

My Credentials


  • Massage Therapy Diploma (2300-hour program) from the International Academy of Health Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario. Received The Executive Director’s Award for highest academic achievement at the International Academy of Massage, class of 2011. College courses included anatomy, physiology, pathology, neuroscience, assessments, techniques, remedial exercises, hydrotherapy, business, law, and ethics.

  • Registered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in November 2011. 

  • Regulated Healthcare Professional of Ontario.

  • Thai Massage Level 1 & 2 (December 2011).

  • Indian Head Massage (June 2012).

  • Ultrasound Therapy (September 2012).

  • Lomi Lomi (September 2012).

  • Advanced Myofascial Release (April 2013).

  • Cranial Sacral Therapy (May 2013).

  • The Psoas (April 2015).

  • Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation on the Cervical Region (April 2016).

  • TMJ and Swallowing (April 2017).

  • Foundations in Myofascial Release:  The Shoulder Complex (September 2017).

  • Scar Release Therapy for Women's Health (September 2017).

  • Deep Tissue Techniques for Pain Management (September 2017).

  • Integrated Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body (September 2017).

  • Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Five Day Intensive Seminar (December 2017).

  • Micro Point Stimulation Scar Release Therapy (January 2018).

  • Micro Point Stimulation Circuits for Pain Therapy (February 2018).

  • Awarded designation of Orthopedic Massage Therapist (June 2018).

  • Preferred Practitioner and Teaching Assistant for the Center for Pain Management (June 2018).

  • Completed the Aston Postural Assessment training at the Anatomy Trains Institute in Maine (July 2018).

  • NeuroKinetic Therapy Level 1 (September 2018).

  • Certified Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist (November 2018).

  • Myoskeletal Certificates in Posture, Pain & Performance; Dynamic Lower Body Treatments; Advanced Upper Body Treatments; Treating Trapped Nerves; Shoulder, Arm & Hand Techniques; Technique Tour; Ethics; Motion is Lotion; Art of MAT (October 2018 - February 2019).

  • Master Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist Diploma (March 2019).

  • Assistant instructor for Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (July 2019 ~ present).

  • PhysioKinetix Level 1 Mobility (July 2019).

  • Mobilisation of the Neuro-Immune System - NOI group (October 2019).

  • Taking the Complexity out of the Shoulder (February 2021).


  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology (May 2020).

  • Biomechanics of the Human Body (May 2020).

  • Gerontology (October 2020).

  • Medical Imaging (December 2022).


PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH COURSES (Master of Science Degree from King's College London)

  • Mental Health in the Community (November 2020).

  • Biological Foundations of Mental Health (December 2020).

  • Techniques in Neuroscience (March 2021).

  • Psychological Foundations of Mental Health (May 2021).

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Child Development (June 2021).

  • Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Application (August 2021).

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (October 2021).

  • Psychology & Neuroscience of Psychosis (November 2021).

  • Research Skills: from Reviewing and Critical Analysis to Research Ethics

  • Research Skills: from Methods and Procedures to Analysis and Reporting (April 2022).


  • Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers - Pain BC (November 2020).

  • Explain Pain - NOI Group (January 2021).

  • Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) Level 1 - University of Toronto (March 2021).

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Level 1 - The Mindfulness Institute Edmonton (March 2021).

  • Graduate Certificate in Pain from the University of Alberta (December 2022). Three modules included:  The Multidimensional Nature of Pain; Pain Assessment and Management; Integrating and Implementing Pain Management Models.


  • 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, certified by the Yoga Alliance (August 2008).

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training (January 2009).

  • The Yoga Conference (March 2010).

  • The Yoga Conference (April 2011).

  • Yoga Teacher Evolution with Sadie Nardini (December 2012).

  • The Yoga Conference (March 2013).

  • Wanderlust Yoga Festival for Continuing Teacher Education (August 2014).

  • Wanderlust Yoga Festival for Continuing Teacher Education (August 2015).

  • Yoga Is - Online Yoga and Wellness Festival for Continuing Teacher Education (April 2016).

  • The Chakras & Yin Yoga (March 2017).

  • Fit & Fierce Over 40 with Sadie Nardini (September 2017).

  • YogaShred with Sadie Nardini (April 2018).

  • Online courses with Heart & Bones Yoga (throughout 2019).

  • Began developing MYoga:  Myoskeletal Alignment-based Yoga (2019).



  • Zumba Basic 1 Teacher Training (November 2009).

  • Zumba Basic 2 Teacher Training (February 2010).

  • CanFitPro: Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist (November 2010).

  • Urban Dance (May 2011).

  • Zumbatomic Teacher Training (March 2012).

  • Certified Nutrition & Wellness Specialist (May 2012).

  • Certified Personal Trainer (November 2012).

  • Certified Piloxing Instructor (November 2012).

  • Barre, Boot Camp and HIIT Teacher Training (August 2013 & August 2014).

  • Zumba Kids Teacher Training (December 2013).

  • Certified Tabata Boot Camp Trainer (September 2014).

  • Certified Piloxing Knockout Instructor (March 2015).

  • Certified Piloxing Barre Instructor (March 2015).

  • Canadian Fitness Professional Convention (August 2015).

  • Canadian Fitness Professional Convention (August 2016).

  • Canadian Fitness Professional Convention (August 2017).

  • PhysioKinetix Level 1 Mobility (July 2019).


  • Bachelor of Journalism, Minor in Film Studies, from Carleton University (Class of 2000).

  • Current in CPR.

  • Police Record Check completed (in Denmark).

  • Infection Prevention and Control Certificates (May 2020):

    • Occupational Health and Safety

    • Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment

    • Health Care Provider Controls

    • Control of the Environment

    • Administrative Controls

    • Additional Precautions

    • Personal Risk Assessment in Acute Care

    • Personal Risk Assessment in Community - Clinic

    • Personal Risk Assessment in Community - Home

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