REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Becky Uptgrove RMT, Reiki Master
Becky Uptgrove (Owner/Operator) has been a massage therapist for 17 years, graduating from Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington ON in 2005. Offering deep, therapeutic massage, Becky has worked both for herself and in chiropractic and spa settings. She started her career in Guelph ON, where she worked at Norfolk Healing Arts Centre for 10 years. This is where she was first introduced to and fell in love with reiki. She has taken Level 1, 2, 3 and master, becoming a Reiki Master in 2011. Becky fell in love with energy work and now offers treatments, such as Reiki/Massage combo and facilitating a yoga/reiki class. Both help bring clients to a deeper level of relaxation and peace for their self care and wellness needs. More recently, Becky has worked in Brantford and area as a Massage Therapist and Reiki Master for 7 years at various locations. She and her sister and business partner, Trish Leblanc, have always talked about opening a Wellness Centre for their local community, that would combine both their professional modalities of Massage Therapy and Yoga. They feel that by offering yoga classes as well as therapeutic treatments to the Brantford community, Sacred Spaces will be a safe and positive center for ANYBODY looking to nourish their mind, body and soul. We are so blessed to be able to open 'our dream' and bring the community together.
Viola Gabriel RMT
Before becoming an RMT, Viola spent 25 years in the fitness field, personal training and teaching a variety of fitness classes including yoga and 2nd degree black belt. Viola returned to college in 2013 to study Massage Therapy, graduating top of her class, and began working in the field immediately. Viola has a passion for running and cycling, as well as supporting anyone in the wellness field.
Laryn Hussey, RMT
I grew up in a small town and that meant when you were old enough, everyone worked in Agriculture. I have picked everything from corn to strawberries to rocks. I spent my high school years working in tobacco; many valuable lessons were learned during those cold fall mornings. I attended Guelph University and studied Psychology and then decided to join the automotive world. I worked at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Cambridge and Woodstock building doors for ten years with the last five years spent as a Team Member Relations Specialist.
When I had my daughter, I thought it was time to leave the corporate world and do something that fulfilled my passion of helping people. I went back to school to become a Registered Massage Therapist. I enjoy working with people of all ages, but especially children as well as pre and post natal.
My hobbies include traveling, reading and spending time with my dog and daughter outside in the sunshine.
Jamie Buszchak, Reiki Master / Tarot Reading
Jamie is a tarot reader and Reiki Master Teacher practitioner in the traditional teachings of Usui as well as Kundalini Reiki. She was introduced to Reiki at the age of 14 and has since made a lifelong commitment to expanding her knowledge and understanding of energy and energy healing.
In 2020, Jamie felt the push to incorporate energy healing and practices into her home-based business, opening up offerings such as Reiki healing, tarot reading, meditation workshops, and full moon circles. She is passionate about her work and her goal is to not only provide a space to stimulate the body's innate ability to heal itself through different techniques, but to within that space, allow her clients to expand on their own self-discovery; gaining insight and guidance through a lens they may not have otherwise been open to.
TESTIMONIAL FROM CLIENT: I don't think I've had a more spot on tarot reading before! The reiki was really amazing as well! It was nice to chat afterwards with her during the tarot portion and seeing all of the connections between what she was seeing during the reiki and what the cards were saying.
Shannon O'Connell RMT
Shannon completed her Massage Therapy studies at Westervelt College in Kitchener. Ontario where she graduated with honours. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
As a Massage Therapist, she aims to provide a therapeutic treatment while allowing the nervous system to gain the benefits of relaxation. Shannon's treatment style includes using various techniques such as General Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, stretching, GTO and fascial techniques.
Before becoming an RMT, Shannon worked as a Child and Youth Worker for several years. Through continuing education, Shannon is trained in Infant and Child Massage.
Shannon is also an experienced distance runner and is familiar with related injuries. She enjoys using yoga for recovery and maintenance.
SACRED SPACES YOGA INSTRUCTORS
Trish LeBlanc, Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Trish LeBlanc (Owner/Operator) is a Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor bringing 8 years experience as a Yoga Instructor and over 15 years experience in management.
Trish's passion for making Yoga accessible for ANY BODY has always made her aware that we are more than our body. Each of us has limitations, but we are not defined by these limitations. She believes everyone, no matter their ability, should have the opportunity to move with assistance, compassion and kindness. Trish prides herself in offering a safe studio space that welcomes ALL-Levels, ALL-Abilities and encourages healing, self care, growth, connection and community.
Trish looks forward to holding space for everyone at Sacred Spaces!
Viola Gabriel, RMT and Yoga Instructor teaches:
SACRED SUNRISE, Mondays 6:30-7:30AM
SELF-CARE SUNDAYS (yoga & massage), Sundays 7:00-8:00PM
Michelle Jamieson has been planning and facilitating recreational and educational classes that promote physical, emotional and mental health for ten years. With a background in health and aging, Michelle uses her creativity and leadership skills to create inclusive yoga classes and events that honour and celebrate the ageless spirit. Michelle believes yoga is any action that involves awareness of the connection between mind, body and soul.
Silka embarked on a wellness journey that led her towards getting her 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Hatha teacher training. This opened the flood gates to growing and learning as much as possible in yoga and wellness. Continuing growing she has completed her meditation certification and Reiki level one. As a mother of 2 delightful girls and seeing the strain the pandemic put on them, had her take the leap towards kids yoga teacher training. The benefits of kids yoga has been evident in her own children and those that have joined her class. Through her classes you will experience a little of each training, as well as her individual personality.
Yoga has helped me breathe in the new and exhale the old. It brings me serenity and a renewed sense of self and allows me to let go of any unnecessary stress. Nothing beats the sense of balance and well being after a relaxing or invigorating yoga class! My passion is to encourage you to find self love through affirmations, to guide you through your own journey and to find joy and beauty within yourself. I have practiced yoga for many years , but more recently completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2020. I am a mother of 2 teenage boys. I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love playing soccer and the violin. I feel honored to be facilitating your practice at Sacred Spaces.
Yoga Instructor, Mother, outgoing optimist, friend, amateur aspiring chef, bookworm. "Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists." As a yoga instructor, I strive to help beginner yogis feel comfortable in their practice, learn essential postures and ensure a safe practice for everyone. I feel called to share the benefits I have received from yoga and meditation.
PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT: To create, inspire and manifest peace and relaxation through breath, movement and mindfulness. To awaken, strengthen and find joy in our bodies and to appreciate what our bodies can do. Yoga to me means energy, lightness, intention and fun!
Rose teaches YOGALATES on Thursday evenings 7:00-8:00PM
Andrea teaches CLASSICAL SIVANANDA FLOW Friday mornings 9:30-10:30 AM