Alexander (Sandy) Woodburn
Registered Massage Therapist
Sandy Woodburn is committed to helping you remain active and mobile throughout your life, through the ancient healing art of touch. His treatments blend an Eastern, holistic approach with Western, evidence-informed assessments and targeted treatments.
In his youth, Sandy was strongly influenced by Japanese literature and culture. He moved to Japan where he worked for many years as a translator while pursuing his passion for the martial art of Aikido. His martial arts studies led him to develop an interest in health and the human body, pursuing an education in shiatsu to become a Japanese government-certified shiatsu therapist in 2006.
Shiatsu is a holistic therapy that utilizes deep, gentle pressure on vital points throughout the body to promote blood flow, regulate muscle and nerve function, and restore optimum functioning of the organ systems, thus helping your body to return to its natural state of vibrant health.
After returning to Canada, Sandy enrolled at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, where he learned Western massage techniques such as injury assessment, trigger point release, active stretching, and joint mobilization. He attained Registered Massage Therapist certification in 2017 and has been helping people in Burnaby and Vancouver overcome injury and enhance their quality of life ever since.
Sandy believes in the ancient Chinese wisdom that ‘A wise healer treats illness before it takes hold.’ Regular treatments help your body regain its natural equilibrium before it gets too far out of balance, avoiding potential illness or injury and helping you to maintain optimum health and wellness in your daily life.
Sandy also holds an MA in Modern Japanese Literature and a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is a 5th-dan Kyoshi in Shohokai Aikido. He is fluent in English and Japanese.
I was expecting to feel a bit beaten and battered after Alexander worked on some tight knots on my back and shoulder but the next day - nothing but looseness and ease! AND I had a pain-free night for the first time in over a month! I hope this was the ticket to start and continue healing.
Superb & satisfied
Sandy is very respectful and professional. Good technique and pressure that helps effectively release muscle tension.
Proudly part of:
- College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
- Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia