Dawn Sells, RMT has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2006. She received her diploma in massage therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Previously, she received her undergraduate degree in speech communications from the University of Minnesota.
Dawn came to massage therapy after a career as a film and advertising producer. Being on the receiving end of massages, she had a great deal of respect for the RMT's that she knew. This, along with a passion for complementary health care and helping others, led her back to school to study massage therapy.
Dawn's focus is to help maintain and restore balance, alignment, and optimal function for women who are undergoing care for various reproductive health issues, such as fertility, pregnancy, postpartum care, and menopause. As a mom who had her two daughters a bit later in life, Dawn has a good perspective on the stresses and challenges that women face during their reproductive years. Dawn brings that understanding into the work she does as a massage therapist. In addition to women's health issues, Dawn is also interested in helping patients who struggle with chronic headaches, neck and jaw pain, insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
Dawn has taken a number of post-graduate courses to enhance her knowledge and clinical skills, including:
- Massage Therapy and the Childbearing Year:
- Part 1 - Pregnancy
- Part 2 - Labour, Birth, and Postpartum
- Part 3 - The Complicated Pregnancy
- Part 5 - Post Cesarean Section Treatment
- Female Pelvis, Female Issues
- Fertility Massage Therapy
- Fascial Integration Series, Lumbo-Pelvic Region
- Myofascial Assessment and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
- Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, Levels 1 and 2
In her treatments, Dawn's approach is holistic. She tailors her sessions to each patient's individual needs. She describes her approach to be on the gentle side, using light to moderate pressure, and her patients have repeatedly told Dawn that she's good at finding "the spots". She says,
"we are living in stressful times, and my approach is to offer my patients massage therapy support within that context. My goal is to give them some time to decompress. My hope is that they will leave my treatment room feeling relaxed, with more mobility, and less pain and tension than when they arrived".
Dawn's techniques include Swedish massage, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, trigger point release, and craniosacral therapy.
Dawn has been a part of BodaHealth team since 2012. When she's not working, her two daughters keep her busy. Dawn also enjoys travel, music, photography, Zumba, and yoga.