Certified Bodywork Practitioner
on Bowen Island
and West Vancouver
Covid update September 17, 2021...
Currently the practice is on pause due to chilly weather and continued covid uncertainty. Check in with me next spring when we can have the windows open!
Karen Shea is a Holistic Bodywork Practitioner and is certified in the Trager Approach™ and Relaxation Massage. She has been a practitioner and healer for 25 years both in Vancouver and Bowen Island. As well as completing her various massage and Trager® trainings, Karen has been a student of energy healing, African percussion, Vipassana Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Taekwondo, Nutrition, Pilates, Meditation and Dance. She has made Bowen her home since 2002 and is raising two beautiful daughters. Prior to moving here from Vancouver she worked as a Naturopathic Assistant in clinics in Kitsilano as a Colon Therapist and Nutritional Counsellor - then founded and operated her own clinic, Vestta Whole Health Centre from 1993 to 2001.
Originally trained and certified in the Trager Approach®, Karen went on to add other techniques to her repertoire such as Shiatsu, Reiki, Body Alignment Technique, Colon Hydrotherapy, Relaxation Massage, Aromatherapy, Lymph Drainage Massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy.
Her technique generally is a combination of the gentle approach and soothing joint release movements of Trager® bodywork and the deeper flow of aromatherapy oil massage. This combination of techniques can create deep relaxation, which can allow the body and mind to achieve a state of balance and integration.
In Karen’s sessions, you will experience a profound feeling of peace and let-go through her flowing style of gentle compressions, deep tissue with oil, acupressure and the hypnotic rocking movements of of the Trager® technique.
Look forward to peeling off layers of unneeded tension, opening up locked joints and tissues and letting your energy flow more fully for a greater sense of well-being.
Teach the body, Reach the mind, Free the spirit!
What Clients are saying...
"Karen is the best. Her massages are relaxing and a treat, plus she can help solve some of those troublesome spots. The best part is she comes to you with her table and music."
- Oydis Nickle
"I had the privilege of receiving my first session with Karen, and a week later my body is still tingling and aglow! Her kindness and knowledge was apparent in every touch and she takes the time to educate and guide, leaving me with a greater understanding of my body and a lightness and ease that wasn’t there before. She is a true healer and bodywork magician! I will absolutely be seeing Karen again and HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who is looking for a beautiful gift for the mind, body, and spirit."
- Maya D.
"I have had the pleasure of receiving treatments from Karen numerous times. I find her treatments have lasting power to give me the relief I need and I benefit from throughout the week ahead. Her gentle approach to pregnancy massage was amazing and I trust her intuition with depth and pressure."
- Felicity Buskard
"Karen is both professional and personal at once. I have been her client and I have also been very happy to recommend her to my guests at the Bowen Island Hideaway B&B. They have told me they loved their in-house relaxation massage, even better than at an expensive spa! She is able to create a calming atmosphere and a feeling of respect and security. After your massage you will feel relaxed and your body will feel balanced."
- Heidi K.
"I really enjoyed my session with Karen where she applied the gentle rocking and bouncing motions used in Trager work combined with gentle pressure massage. It was very relaxing and not invasive at all, which was important to me as I recently had back surgery. Her work helped calm down my nervous system and left me relaxed and rejuvenated. "
- Surati H.
"I had booked Karen Shea for an in house treatment, as a gift for my husband. When the massage was complete he stated "I feel so relaxed like I am floating...she has healing hands!" Thank you Karen for your amazing work."
- Marie N.
"I found Karen’s Trager bodywork and massage to be particularly helpful in clearing shock and reintegrating my energy body after sustaining severe injury in a car accident."
- Joanne Fallow
"I know Karen to be a very caring, warm-hearted person and friend. This warm energy was transferred through her hands during my massage with her, and I felt very cared for and nurtured. I especially enjoyed her knowledge and use of the Trager Approach, and found this method to release the tensions I had been carrying. Karen also has an intuitive touch, which I found deeply healing and relaxing! I highly recommend treating yourself ~ you will float away afterwards."
- Leah Serna, RHN, RYT
60 min $100
75 min $125
90 min $140
A customizable session according to your needs. Using organic coconut oil and/or your choice of
All services are professional and
Payment accepted: visa, mastercard, etransfers, cash
Re-boot your immune system with this one hour treatment using hot and cold wet towels while receiving foot reflexology and head/neck massage. Followed by an epsom salts bath in the comfort of your own suite.
1 hour $100
combine with 1 hour massage $180
PARTY OR GROUP RETREATS
On a romantic weekend together and want to erase the stresses of the week to help you be more present and open to each other?
Book this double session with
2 x 60 min $180
or two (depending on availability)
2 x 60 min $200
For 2-4 female clients on retreat together
ie. bridal showers, family reunions, yoga or writers' retreats, spiritual sabbaticals and
$90 per person
second practitioner subject to availability
advance bookings only, mobile service