Nanaimo born Jenna LaFleche is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage Therapy and is registered in good standing with the CMTBC. Currently living in Victoria, BC, she began her massage therapy education in 2009 while studying abroad in Munich, Germany at the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Massage am Klinikum Großhadern.
This unique experience has given her an immersive education in the science and art of therapeutic massage. In both Canada and in Europe she has had the oppourtunity to work with many different people from all walks of life to help her better understand the healing process and to further develop her skills in the nature of pain management, manual therapy, connective tissue therapy, and therapeutic exercise.
Jenna has expanded her knowledge and skillset in
completing Level 3 of the Dr. Vodder Method of Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in 2019. She offers custom compression garment fitting and local resources to better aid her patients who are managing Post-surgical swelling, Lymphedema, Lipedema and Venous Insufficiency.
In 2021 Jenna has accepted a position to serve on the Board of Directors of the BC Lymphedema Association (BCLA - www.bclymph.org), a non-profit organization that lobbies to help further support this demographic by raising awareness, serving on the fundraising and medical advisory committees by providing education on patient self-management.
The most fundamental aspects to Jenna, with regard to massage therapy, is understanding body awareness and the crucial effect that awareness has on our perception of pain, our mobility and in turn, our day-to-day quality of life. Providing patients with the resources to learn self-management tools (through exercise, self-massage and home care), and by providing a safe, non-judgemental space for relaxation and healing is of utmost importance to her practice.
In her spare time Jenna enjoys discovering new hiking trails on our beautiful Vancouver Island, traveling, Ashtanga yoga, powerlifting as a member of the Canadian Powerlifting League, cooking, gardening, meditation, painting and spending time with her fiancé Branden & their black cat Nikki.
Jenna plans to continue expanding her skillset through continuing education by keeping up with the latest research in the field of massage and manual therapy. She has a specific interest in a biopsychosocial approach to managing pain and in reframing Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Scar tissue mobilization & desensitization, Thai/Yoga massage, Lomi-Lomi, Connective Tissue Therapy (German: “Bindegewebstherapie”), Fascial Manipulation, Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) and Craniosacral therapy through an evidence-based and patient-centered lens.