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Lymph in Motion Therapeutic Massage Opens for Business

Colleen Hurst, an Alberta-trained Registered Massage Therapist, is excited to share that she is opening Lymph in Motion at the Bird Building at #101B- 5001 49th Ave in Olds, Alberta.

Hurst, a graduate of the Canadian Accredited Vicars School of Massage Therapy, specializes in a wide range of massage therapies and services including therapeutic massage, relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, therapeutic hot stones massage, and craniosacral massage CS1. Additionally, she holds a certificate in oncology massage, Isui Reiki level 2, and has completed a trauma-informed care course with AHS. Currently, she is in the final stages of obtaining her reflexology certification.

A standout specialization for Colleen is complete decongestive therapy certification, focusing on the Vodder technique, which she acquired through intensive training at The Academy of Lymphatic Studies in Florida. This certification equips her with the expertise to work effectively with clients dealing with lymphedema, lipedema, and other lymphatic issues. She also holds Level 1-3 manual lymphatic drainage certification from the Chikly Institute in Tucson, Arizona. With advanced manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) techniques, Hurst can address lymphatic concerns at a profound level.

Unlike the circulatory system, which pumps blood, the lymphatic system uses contractions to move lymphatic fluid through vessels and nodes. When the fluid is impeded from proper flow, issues such as swelling, fluid balance, toxin buildup, and immune system decline happen. MLD is a specialized massage technique used to stimulate lymphatic fluid flow and help bring the body back into alignment.

“Not many are aware of the functions of the lymphatic system,” says Hurst. “The Alberta Lymphedema Association is doing a wonderful job of educating the public about lymphatic issues and what to look out for.”

Hurst first got interested in offering lymphatic massage after she saw close family members struggle with complications from cancer.

“When a cancer patient’s lymph nodes are removed, lymphatic massage can really make a difference in their recovery and ongoing comfort,” Hurst shares. “I have also had friends that suffered from lymphedema in both legs. As I studied more into the specific massage modality to help lymphedema sufferers, I became aware of how beneficial lymphatic massage is for pre and post surgery, immune system building, and much more. The lymphatic system is a major regulator in the body.”

With years of training and clinic experience, Hurst is thrilled to open the doors to her own location.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, so now that I’m stepping out on my own, I’m absolutely joyful about it!” she shared with enthusiasm. “I’d like to thank the people of Olds and the surrounding community for the warm welcome and support that has been given. It is an honour to work with you and to get to know you. I look forward to continuing to walk with you in your wellness journeys for many years to come.”

Hurst looks forward to connecting with you at her new location in the historic Bird Building, which is located just off College Way. Visit in person or online to learn more. Appointments can be easily booked online and the clinic does direct billing for your convenience. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 6:30 pm. Lymph in Motion is also active on Facebook and Instagram.

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