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Approach Cranial Sacral & Massage Therapy Clinic
Robin Goldfarb RMT

Robin Goldfarb RMT

Owner of Approach Cranial Sacral and Massage Therapy Clinic and Registered Massage Therapist since 1990. At Approach I work with people of all ages from infancy to adulthood. My goal is to help each person reach their optimal well-being. I work with a variety of non-invasive techniques to help eliminate your pain and discomfort. As a therapist I respect and listen to my clients, offering them my hands-on experience, compassion, intuition and empathy.
Manual Therapy can treat a variety of injuries and discomforts such as:
  • Low back & hip pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Neck pain & whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Concussions
  • Rib dysfunction
  • TMJ (jaw dysfunction)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Sinus problems
  • Vertigo
  • Colic in babies
  • Cranial nerve dysfunction
  • I use a variety of non-invasive manual therapy techniques, including:
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Manual therapy for cranial and spinal nerves
  • Muscle energy
  • Positional release therapy
  • Sacral occipital technique
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Ergonomics and posture training including stretching exercises
  • Fee $120
    One Hour Appointment
    • Most treatment sessions require a minimum of one hour.
    • Payable by cheque, cash or interact email.
    • GST is included.
    • 48 Hour cancellation notice is required, client responsible for the full fee.
    Fee $100
    Forty-Five Minute Appointment
    • Please note a forty-five minute treatment is not always possible.
    • Payable by cheque, cash or interact email.
    • GST is included.
    • 48 Hour cancellation notice is required, client responsible for the full fee.

    Clinic days

    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

     

    Hours 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Cranial Sacral Therapy

    Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, calming technique experienced by the whole body.

    Palpation is the process of using the hands to assess the body, especially while feeling for restrictions, disconnection and misalignment. It’s equally important as a diagnostic tool and as a therapy.

    It’s mostly sensed at the head and sacrum and through the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

    With a very light touch the practitioner listens to the body and CSF feeling for motion, rhythm and restrictions and then gently helps to facilitate movements that release and restore the body to a place of comfort.

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    Manual Therapy for Cranial and Spinal Nerves

    Did you know that you have twelve cranial nerves that have unique, specialized and hyper-sensitive impacts on our cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual state of being?

    And did you know that specific activation, clearing, pacifying or integration, depending on your needs, can create subtle changes to our entire being?

    This process is called ‘Manual Therapy for Cranial and Spinal Nerves’. It’s a non-invasive, touch based modality, to the nervous networks of the head and whole body which are often delivered while you recline in a chair or relax on my table, to receive.

    It gently helps us restore and rebalance from physical and emotional traumas and supports the brain, central nervous system, cerebral spinal fluid and dura (membrane) that protects and nourishes the brain.

    Know that you have the wisdom and physical memories to welcome healing.
    But yes, sometimes we need someone skilled to give our body the nudge and remind us of what wholeness feels like.

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    Muscle Energy Technique

    Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a gentle method of manual manipulation used to align the whole skeletal system such as the spine, pelvis, sacroiliac joints and ribs. The goal of Muscle Energy is to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system in postural balance.

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    Positional Release Therapy

    Positional Release Therapy (PRT) is also known as Strain Counter Strain and Structural Relief Therapy. It is a passive technique that corrects muscle, bone and joint dysfunction. This is done by placing the body in an ideal condition of comfort, shortening the muscles and reprogramming the jammed signals of the muscles to and from the brain.

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    Sacral Occipital Technique

    Sacral Occipital Technique involves changing the alignment of the pelvis. It is extremely beneficial in relieving discomfort from sciatica, disc protrusion, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and all other types of low back pain.

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    Visceral Manipulation

    Visceral Manipulation is a gentle technique used to improve organ function. When one organ doesn’t move in harmony with its companionable viscera (organs) due to a variety of reasons such as abnormal tone, adhesions or surgery, it works against the body’s other organs and structures. With a gentle touch Viscera can be shifted and vitality improved so they can work at their optimal well being.

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    Massage Therapy

    Massage Therapy aids in releasing muscles and deeply held patterns of tension. It also helps to remove toxins and encourages the muscle to operate at full capacity.

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    Myofascial Release

    Myofascial Release is the subtle manipulation of the sheet of tissues that covers the muscle. The focus is to release the fascia and restore the body to its normal position.

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    Ergonomics, Posture and Stretching

    Ergonomics, Posture and Stretching are important factors in helping people achieve more comfort in their bodies. Learning how to adapt our work, chores and play spaces, as well as improving our posture can result in a lifetime of better health. Learning how to properly stretch can prevent injuries, decrease pain and is a very important factor in maintaining a healthy body and mind.

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    Call me anytime 604-731-7838

    Let’s talk about what is happening. There is no time like now… to step up, make the changes, adjust the body, calm the soul and reach out for help.

    As a Registered Massage Therapist I’m accepted on most extended health care plans.

    • I go for regular check-ins, as my job is physically taxing as a pilates and yoga teacher and I have a sensitively balanced system, with a long list of past injuries. I preach and practice self-care and couldn't think of a better compliment to my mental and physical regimes than Robin’s diverse and subtle healing methods.

      When I arrive for treatment we sit and discuss any concerns I have then using Muscle Energy and PRT she gently realigns any of my vertebrae or ribs that have gone out of place. As a lifelong yogi and very hyper mobile person, this tends to happen to me.

      Previously when other practitioners have employed more forceful ways of realigning my body...it has not been happy. What Robin does simply feels right.

      My favourite of her treatment tools is Cranial Sacral Therapy, which makes me feel like there is a whole orchestra at play in my body and Robin is the conductor. With time we have become so attuned to each other, that treatment has taken on a whole new level.
      Amari, Client
    • Pain, pain and more pain is what my life was becoming. Injuries in my joints, pain in my back, frequent migraines and the clincher...pain every time after I ate. For approximately 9 months I searched for answers specific to my tummy problems through traditional doctors, naturopaths and well-intentioned friends/family. I had no results other than an increase in problems.

      Previously I’d seen Robin Goldfarb about my shoulder and back pain and received good results. I found out that this multi-talented, educated and skilled woman also did Visceral Manipulation and I’ve had great results and am pain free when I don’t eat the foods that bother me.

      As a result I’ve also lost weight and had less migraines and less pain in my joints, which I now know is related to the foods I’ve cut out and receiving Visceral Manipulation.

      When I was at a complete loss...frustrated, sad and feeling helpless, I received answers in the most unexpected way. Don’t give up on your health and please allow Robin to take you to the next level in healing. Her intention is pure and her focus and goal are YOUR health.
      Cathy, Client
    • After I had had my first hip replacement surgery and was waiting for the next one, I thought I could return to work as a teacher. I then started having severe pain in my back and called my massage who suggested that I see someone with more expertise and referred me to Robin.

      I had been in chronic pain for 15 years and had seen many specialists and therapists during that time. Each diagnosis was slow in coming as were treatment results.

      When I first met Robin she was able to give me an estimate on how long it would take for the pain to dissipate. I cried. She listened with so much compassion to my story. It suddenly became obvious to me that I was overwhelmed with not only pain but with the responsibility of going back to work so soon after surgery.

      She wrote down a list of suggestions to help me lower my pain and stress levels and suggested I learn how to ask for help. I completed everything on her list and my life changed for the better.

      I received more help, compassion and direction from Robin in just one hour than I had received from doctors in years.

      I continue to work with Robin for headaches and menopause symptoms. The Cranial Sacral Therapy works well for me and has reduced my need for medication.

      I can't imagine my life without Robin. Thank you!
      Susan, Client
    • As a veteran of many types of endurance sports, my body requires a lot of maintenance to ensure that it’s kept in optimal condition. Robin helps me by performing assisted stretching, aligning my vertebrae, correcting torsions in my core, and relieving tension in my neck and shoulders.

      I also have many chronic health conditions associated with my being HIV positive which Robin is able to alleviate through the use of Cranial Sacral Therapy work.

      All of these treatment techniques are very helpful in maintaining my health and well being.

      My sessions with Robin help me to deal with the many sources of stress that I encounter in my busy life where I attempt to balance a career in IT and excelling in endurance sports.
      Don, Client
    • I have been a client of Robin's for the past 7 years and she has helped me tremendously in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Robin continues to be one of the first practitioners I call upon when I need help, whether my body is going through a physical flare up or dealing with the emotional stress brought on by chronic periods of pain.

      Her expertise as a Cranial Sacral practitioner along with her compassion, intuition, and wonderful sense of humour has helped me maintain balance in my life and regain a sense of power of my body.

      Robin's thoughtful manner, inquisitive nature, and her ability to explore a person's situation fully within a short period of time, make for a unique client/patient relationship.
      Kay, Client
    • Manual Therapy for Cranial and Spinal Nerves
      Instructor Sheryl Hamilton, Vancouver BC
      2018
    • BioAcoustic Sound Therapy, Sound Health Options
      Albany, Ohio
      2010
    • Positional Release Therapy
      Instructor Taya Countryman, Licensed Massage Therapist, Washington State
      2001
    • Visceral Manipulation
      Instructor Dr. Alain Gehin France, Edmonds, Washington
      1995
      Instructor Annabel Mackenzie
      2015
    • Graduate of the Windwood Institute of Manual Therapy
      Treatment of the human body from a Craniopathic perspective

      Instructor Patricia Pucher, Vancouver BC
      1990-1995
    • West Coast College of Massage Therapy
      Muscle Energy: Assessment & Treatment of the Low Back

      Instructor Patricia Pucher, Vancouver BC
      1990
    • Graduated From the West Coast College of Massage Therapy
      Vancouver BC
      1990

    I have completed numerous courses, attended many lectures and am committed to continuing education in all my areas of interest.

    Please leave a message at the following number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Telephone

    Telephone

    t : 604-731-7838

    Email

    Email Address

    e : approachclinic@shaw.ca

    Clinic Address

    Clinic Address

    West side Vancouver, Fairview area






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