Life is a continuous learning process, whereby we learn about ourselves and about others. Our lessons become skills, which then become tools in our life-long process. The more we learn, the more intricate tools we acquire giving us a greater perspective on life, offering us the chance to make a difference in our own and, hopefully, someone else’s life. Knowledge makes us more efficient in our ability to understand each other and to choose the best tools for interaction. This is especially true for health practitioners, those who work in close, intimate, physical and mental contact with their patients. It is important for health practitioners as we can directly influence the lives of our patients in so many ways. We possess a very powerful tool and need to be very careful in how we use it. Therefore, we are responsible for our patients, as they put themselves, literally, in our hands. In my opinion, the only way to be safe, for both us and our patients, is to open our hearts and minds, and to be honest and true to ourselves and others. At the same time, we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn from our patients. They give us experience in understanding others, their needs and hopes, as well as our own strengths and weaknesses.
In 2009 Alexander successfully completed the massage therapy program at Everest College of Arts and Technology in Toronto, Ontario and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. In 2010 Alexander enrolled in the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Toronto to pursue the Diploma in Osteopathy (Manual Practice), where he successfully completed his Second Year of studies. After moving to Vancouver in June 2012, he became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Beautiful British Columbia and transferred to the Vancouver Campus of CCO, where he aspires to complete his studies in Osteopathy.
Areas of Practice
Alexander has experience in a wide range of treatment styles. Having had the opportunity to work in different environments, both in spa’s and wellness clinic’s, he is well versed in both relaxation treatments as well as more specific therapeutic treatments, which may include the development of a treatment plan and home care routines, depending on the needs of the patient. Alexander’s treatments may include Swedish and deep tissue massage, Myofascial release, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, circulatory work (to improve blood circulation and drainage), therapeutic stretches (including PNF) and cranio-sacral therapy.
With his recent pursuit in a degree in Osteopathy, Alexander has a deeper appreciation for the interconnection within the body as a whole. The principles of osteopathic medicine emphasize the interrelationship between structure and function of the body and recognize the body’s ability to heal itself; it is the role of the osteopathic practitioner to facilitate that process. One just needs to learn to hear the story of the patient’s body. Alexander looks forward to the development of this area of practice and the assistance his patients will provide in furthering his learning process.
Alexander was born in Russia and raised in the Ukraine. From an early age Alexander has always loved reading books about adventures and going on fishing trips with his dad, camping overnight in wild places. He took judo for several years and at the end of high school he performed ten parachute jumps. After graduating from high school Alexander enrolled in the Ukrainian State Flight Academy, graduating in 1998 as a commercial airplane pilot with a degree in engineering. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the opportunity to continue with his pilot career, first due to the difficult economical situation in Ukraine, and then because of his decision to move to Canada. In 2002 Alexander moved to Toronto, where he lived for 10 years. It took some time and effort to settle in Canada and to discover his new passion, Massage Therapy, and to turn it into a career. In 2012 he made the move from Toronto to Vancouver and now happily lives by the ocean with his girlfriend Carola. Alexander enjoys hiking and water sports and one of his biggest goals in life is to get his Canadian pilot license and fly over English Bay.
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