From Amateur To Professional: How I Became a Massage Therapist

My massage career began before I even realized it– as an amateur.  My path was paved to be a sports massage therapist by my heavy participation in sports with my friends. After an activity, they would always conveniently position themselves for me to rub their shoulders or back, and I loved giving them comfort for their sore and aching muscles.

Time & again I was told I should make massage my chosen career as I was a natural –I could find tight & sore areas they never knew they had. Finally, after years of dismissing the idea, a weekend massage therapy course changed my mind.

Our two year massage therapy program was comprehensive with in-depth study of anatomy, physiology & kinesiology along with Swedish massage techniques & more muscle specific focus through trigger point therapy & neuromuscular techniques. With all the different massage avenues, as well as my love of sports, sports massage therapy was a natural fit.

25 + Years Experience as a Sports Massage Therapist for Pros & Amateurs

My extensive knowledge of sport, along with 25+ years massage experience has been sought by a variety of clients from the everyday fitness enthusiast to amateur & professional athletes (see the list of professional athletes and teams I have helped below).

My belief in a pro-active approach to body health through therapeutic & sports massage has allowed me to work in a variety of clinical settings along side other health care professionals in the field of chiropractic & physiotherapy as well as injury rehabilitative facility.  I also have extensive experience in with quadriplegic & paraplegic populations in both a home & hospital setting.

There is a rewarding challenge that comes with teaming up with my clients and trouble shooting as to what their needs are and then designing a personalized sports massage program.  The rewards are in knowing that through sports massage treatment and patient education, my clients will get back to the sport or activities they love to do as quickly as possible.

Specialized Sports Massage Clients

Professional Athletes

Ryan Whitney (Edmonton Oilers)

Heather Nedohin (Team Canada – National &World Bronze Medal Curling Champion)

John Morris (Olympic Curling Champion)

Karrick Martin (Team Bottcher)

Dana Ferguson (Team Sweeting)

Sports Events & Teams

2018 World’s Longest Hockey Game – Sherwood Park – Sports Massage Therapist

2017 Ford Men’s World Championships – Edmonton – Team Van Dorp (Amsterdam)

2016 Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup – Sherwood Park – Sponsor & Sports Massage Therapist

2015 Senior Canadian Curling Championships – Edmonton (Team B.C.)

2013 Tim Horton’s Brier – Edmonton

2012     Women’s Ford World Curling Championships – Team Canada –   Heather Nedohin

2012    Scott Tournament of Hearts – Team Alberta – Heather Nedohin

2010 – 2012  Provincial Playdowns –  Alberta  Scotties – Team Kleibrink & Team Nedohin

2009     Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings – Olympic Curling Trials –  Team Kleibrink

2008     Tollwood Stables – Equestrian Riders

2006     Kia Cup Men’s Provincial Curling Championships

2001     Nokia Brier Men’s National Curling Championships – Team British Columbia & Team Ontario

2001     Scott Tournament of Hearts – Ladies National Curling Championships – Team Saskatchewan

2001     Edmonton IAFF World Track & Field Championships

2000     Scott Tournament of Hearts – Ladies National Curling Championships – Team Ontario & Team Manitoba

1999     Labatt Brier

1998     Women’s Ford World Curling Championships – Team Canada – Cathy King

1998     Scott Tournament of Hearts- Ladies National Curling Championships – Team Canada – Cathy King

1998    Provincial Playdowns- Scott Tournament of Hearts – Team Alberta – Cathy King

1997   Olympic Curling Trials –  Team Alberta  (Kevin Martin & Cathy King)

1997   Scott Tournament of Hearts – Ladies National Curling Championships – Team Alberta

My Love of Sports

I am an avid sports fan & a fitness enthusiast. Through my passions for competitive curling, weight training & cycling I know first hand the physical demands  & challenges of a regular sports or fitness routine.  For myself, I need fitness goals to keep me motivated to train.  So through my weekly spin classes I decided to combine cycling for a charitable cause without the pressure of a race.  My first commitment was the MS Bike Tour from Leduc to Camrose which was amazing & on a personal note, I continued & completed three tours of The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Giving Back to My Community

 I am proud to be your Massage Therapist in Edmonton for over 25 years, and I take great pride in being an active member in our community.

I believe in making the world a better place by actively giving back through supporting a few charitable organizations that are known for making our community stronger.

Exposing & giving learning opportunities to children through sport has long been a passion of mine. I have supported The “Rocks & Rings” program in a few Edmonton Schools, where the Olympic sport of curling is introduced to elementary school kids in their school gymnasium. This is a perfect way to give back to the sport that has given me so much.

 Massage Therapy Credentials

Graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver, BC

Professional member of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta

Whether you are a professional athlete or someone who simply loves an active lifestyle, my goal is to get you physically active again as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a sports massage therapist who can implement a treatment, maintenance and/or prevention plan to keep you top shape, contact me to book an appointment.

DarleeAnn Mathieson provides sports massage therapy to sports and fitness enthusiasts. She is based in Edmonton and focuses on helping her massage therapy clients prevent and heal from injuries as well as optimizing their performance.