Ian Abbott has been a health care practitioner for more than 12 years. He initially began as a Massage Therapist, and, more recently, has added Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to his therapeutic tool kit. By training in these two different, yet complimentary disciplines, Ian has the advantage looking at disharmony within the body from both Western and Eastern perspectives.
Growing up in a very active family in Vernon B.C., health and wellness have always been a central part of Ian’s life. His treatment philosophy is a wholistic one that seeks to address both the branch and the root, the symptoms and their underlying cause, be it local muscle pain or systemic imbalance. Another key part of his treatment approach is to be gentle with the body. This does not mean that techniques like deep tissue work and fascial release are not used; rather, they are used in such a way that they do not add stress to the body.
Ian received his Acupuncture diploma from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria in April of 2008. In February and March of 2009 he completed a 1 month internship at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Sichuan province, China. He is currently working towards his 4th year of TCM studies.
Ian has completed his NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) training for the treatment of addictions in March of 2007. He also completed training in the Matt Callison Motor Point treatment approach for musculoskeletal disorders. In May of 2009 Ian completed further training in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy approach to health and wellness. In September of 2009 Ian completed a weekend course on ‘5 Element Diagnosis’ with world renowned 5 Element practitioner Lonny Jarrett.
Ian is a graduate of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon. In practice since 1998, he has had the good fortune to work with people from all walks of life from world champions to your average Joe. He has been able to hone his skills working with athletes from the track & field, cycling, triathlon, rowing and cross-country skiing Canadian national teams. Ian has traveled as the team therapist for the Ford Women’s Pro Mountain Bike team to numerous races in the southwestern U.S., and the Canadian Men’s national cycling team at the Tour of Hokaido in Japan.
Ian has worked extensively providing treatment and rehabilitation to individuals dealing with everything from sports injuries to motor vehicle accidents, repetitive strain injuries to general stress and tension.
Ian has worked to expand on his training, taking post-graduate workshops in running injuries, trigger point technique, myofascial release, muscle energy, abdominopelvic fascial and visceral manipulation. Currently, Ian is also working at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant.