Healthy Living – Awareness Through Movement Classes and workshops teach people how to move and use their bodies more intelligently. Victoria News November 20th 2015
New Location for ViVi Therapy, Times Colonist Oct 14th 2014
ViVi Therapy, which has been providing massage therapy, acupuncture and other services since 2006, is officially opening its new location Oct.18 at 1271 Pandora Ave. The event will feature live demonstrations by owner Roxanne Derkson, a registered massage therapist for 26 years and certified Feldenkrais practitioner. “I want to inspire people people to learn a variety of massage techniques in a fin and engaging way. Practising and receiving bodywork supports human understanding and benefits psychological and physical health,” said Derkson. An original 1940s electric massage table will be displayed at the 11a.m to 4.30p.m event to make for an amusing demonstration while comparing modern day tables to those in the far past. ViVi Therapy’s original location at 1608 Camosun St. will also be featuring demonstrations.
ViVi manufacturers its own line of massage tables, chairs , accessories and oils.
Learn to Massage Press Coverage, Victoria News
“Free classes spread healing, one massage at a time”
By Erin McCracken, Feb 16, 2011
A Victoria massage therapist is hoping her free massage movement will one day spread from the sidewalk outside her clinic to the rest of the world.
Roxanne Derkson is hosting free massage classes outside the front door of ViVi Therapy in Fernwood every Tuesday until the end of March. She calls her initiative the Massage Exchange Movement, and hopes her “feel-good movement” will one day be global.
“It’s a way to nurture the people in your own environment,” Derkson said of the role massage can play in fostering more compassion and human kindness in the world. “I want people to learn how to do this for themselves.”
Touch therapy, she said, can help people on various levels, from the emotional to the physical, and if people learn how to massage, the world becomes a better place. From helping along the healing process to addressing postural problems and tackling depression, “body work is really good for that.”
“We really truly help people feel better (and) feel good,” said Derkson, who has about 20 years of registered massage therapy experience behind her, and offers more in-depth classes at her clinic.
To add to the therapeutic environment of the free workshops, there will be tea offered, incense burning and music playing. Up to eight massage chairs will be on the sidewalk outside her clinic.
She will be teaching a new technique every week that can be used at home on willing family and friends.
From the ‘c squeeze’ to spinal walking, Derkson will take her pupils, which can be kids to seniors, on a hands-on educational journey featuring kneading, squeezing and stroking techniques.
“You can actually make a difference in somebody’s day and how somebody feels physically about themselves,” she explained. “Often people leave here feeling inspired even if they’re struggling in their lives.”
Massage lessons are every Tuesday until March 29, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at ViVi Therapy, 1608 Camosun St. For information, please call 250-298-4484.