Massage and bodywork

Our program participants often tell us that the bodywork they received at The Haven was an integral part of their transformative experience. 

Our bodyworkers have extensive personal connections with Haven programs, both as participants and facilitators, and will work with you respectfully and relationally in support of your learning.

Please contact our bodyworkers directly, shortly before your program, to book a session.

Bodyworker

Modalities

  • Massage Therapy
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy
  • Abdominal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Acupressure
  • Reiki
  • Lomilomi Hawaiian Bodywork
  • Thai massage
  • Zen Shiatsu
  • Four-handed Lomilomi Massage
  • Transformational Movement Therapy
  • Yoga classes and Yoga Therapy
  • Morning movement 

Yoga and morning movement

Start your day by attending our popular Morning Movement Class with Elfi Dillon-Shaw or a Yoga Class with Kelly Price. Are you registered for Come Alive? These morning movement and yoga classes are complimentary for Come Alive participants. All other program participants can inquire at the front desk or contact Kelly or Elfi directly. 

Yoga - Kelly is a Registered Yoga Teacher. To confirm that yoga is available during your program, contact Kelly at 250 713 6082 or kellypriceyoga@gmail.com.

Morning movement - Elfi created the Morning Movement class in 1986, to complement our programs at The Haven. Morning Movement is designed to give body enjoyment to people of all fitness levels, ages and body shapes. It is a mixture of meditation, restorative exercises from eastern and western approaches, experiential anatomy, dance, breath and movement.  On specified days the class takes place from 7-8am and costs $15 per person. To confirm that Morning Movement is available during your program, contact Elfi at 1 877 247 9504 or elfi@shaw.ca.

Bookings and fees

Please book shortly before your program by contacting the individual bodyworker, or book at the Front Desk as soon as you arrive at The Haven. Prices range from $100 to $180 plus GST depending on type and length of session.

Integrative Bodywork: Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, abdominal massage, Reiki

Elfi Elfi Dillon-Shaw
1 877 247 9504
elfi@shaw.ca
Elfi Dillon-Shaw DipC has worked at the Haven as senior Bodyworker since 1984. She offers Integrative Bodywork including Craniosacral Therapy, abdominal massage, Reiki and other modalities. In addition to her massage work, she assists in Haven programs and teaches workshops on sexuality, body practices and stress management, frequently with her husband Gary Dillon.

 Lomilomi Hawaiian massage and transformational movement therapy

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Gary Kekoa Dillon
250 247 9504
jacobdill@shaw.ca
Gary Kekoa Dillon MA offers Lomilomi Hawaiian massage and transformational movement therapy. He has studied Esalen massage and Lomilomi Hawaiian shamanic bodywork, as well as psychology, theology, and is an artist at home in his studio on Gabriola Island.  He also offers four-handed Hawaiian Lomilomi style massage with his wife Elfi and together they teach Sexuality workshops for Couples.

Reflexology

Suzanne Suzanne Partridge
250 668 9937
spfootsie@gmail.com
Suzanne Partridge is a Certified Reflexologist and has worked at The Haven since 1992. She first came to attend Come Alive, the Phase programs, and many others. Reflexology as practiced by Suzanne is a gentle manipulation of life energy through the Chinese meridians, seeking to maintain balance and optimum functioning. Energy in this idea is created by the flow between opposites, depicted as yin and yang. She embraces and works with the Chinese five element theory. A session with Suzanne also provides a guided tour of the body’s energy flow from the eyes to the internal organs - all from the soles of your feet! She will often suggest a picture or a word that can more fully describe the sensation or constriction and in this way may assist you to understand your situation and take the responsibility of dealing with or appreciating yourself more effectively.
Brin

Brin Jackson
250 247 8577
brinjackson@shaw.ca

Brin Jackson, Gabriola’s own Foot & Hand Reflexologist, has agreed to serve as Suzanne’s locum at the Haven, which means when Suzanne takes a break, Brin will step in. Brin is a Registered Certified Reflexology Therapist™, licensed and registered with the Reflexology Association of Canada. Brin has taken all of The Haven’s Core Programs, and many other offerings here -- we know you are in good hands!

Acupressure 

Martie Martie Robinson
250 247 9576
martie.gabriola@gmail.com
Martie Robinson BEd, DipC is a registered acupressure practitioner. Working in alignment with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Martie will gently guide you towards accessing deeper awareness of your BodyMindSpirit. Wherever you are holding tightness, sensitivity, or numbness in your body, is reflective of where you may be holding similar patterns in your life. Through acupressure work, you may improve breath and body awareness, and your Chi will flow more smoothly. This Energy can support you in making shifts that you choose to make in your life. The work is deep, and you will likely feel very relaxed, nourished and comforted. Accessing your body's wisdom in this way will compliment your Haven experience. Martie has been doing personal work at The Haven since 1997.

Private Yoga Therapy and Yoga classes  

Kelly Kelly Price
250 713 6082
​kellypriceyoga@gmail.com
kellypriceyoga.ca
Kelly Price is a Certified Yoga Therapist (Diploma of Yoga Therapy, Pacific Rim College), Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and a Media Artist (BMA, Emily Carr University). Her teaching integrates advanced training in the therapeutic, technical and spiritual applications of yoga with an in-depth knowledge of eastern/western anatomy, patho-physiology, movement rehabilitation and somatic & transpersonal psychology. Additional training includes: Yoga for Trauma/Addictions, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Thai Massage and Ayurveda. Kelly is a registered member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists and The Yoga Alliance, and a Yoga Therapist and teacher at The Haven.

 

 

 

   
I have never had a Lomi Lomi massage before and I must say, I left my experience full and peaceful. Gary created a comfort and connection that was respectful from the first moment. As he stepped out of the room to allow me to get prepared I already felt like an energy had begun to work within and through me. The next hour was filled with singing and quiet, a communing of sorts, and while I didn’t understand the language he sung in, intuitively my body and soul softened and surrendered as though they were called into it by the words. The movement of the massage was as though I as inside a wave…the contours of my body being shaped and invited into the contours of Gary’s hands, the chanting, the calling forth to a surrender in my muscles and fascia. This experience left me riding a wave I didn’t know existed. It was an experience I would seek out again. Gary has a gentle, clear and respectful way of inviting a deepening. So grateful!
Anna Lisa