Patti Molfenter has been a registered massage therapist in British Columbia for the past 13 years. Originally Molfenter was interested in completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology before moving into the massage therapy field.
“I found it was mostly about plants and parasites and that was not what I wanted to learn about. I wanted to be involved with humans and the health care system,” she said. “I chose massage therapy because I was able to help people.”
Molfenter was part of the first class that went through a three-year program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon.
“I am glad that it was three years because it was less rushed and they added more courses,” she said.
In her career she has worked at six different spas and had her own practice as well before starting up again in the Golden area.
She said it is very important for people to realize just how many different things a massage therapist can do.
“That there are various different modalities of massage. It is not just rubbing the muscles. There are so many different techniques that encompass massage,” she said.
Molfenter also explained that part of being a massage therapist is constantly upgrading and taking new courses. One of the things she can do for people is called Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
This process deals with the lymphatic system of the body instead of the blood vessels. It is an extremely light, relaxing technique that helps move fluid through the body, and because of this, it also helps with the immune system. Molfenter gave some of the many examples where this special process could help.
“This is for people who have broken their ankle and have swelling around their ankle or have had radical mastectomy. If they had lymph nodes removed and their arm swells up after the surgery,” she said. Examples of other indications are acne, post plastic surgery to reduce bruising and swelling, and reducing scar tissue.
Molfenter believes in consulting with people before they start receiving treatments from her. This interaction with people is important to her.
“People ask what I do…In a way it is like going to a hair dresser. It is not just the massage aspect of it. It would be awkward to sit there in silence but you get to know your hair dresser fairly well because you go to the same one month after month. In massage you get to know you therapist fairly well.”
The business is at her home with an office set up on her own property just south of Nicholson on Highway 95. Anyone interested in learning more or booking an appointment can call Molfenter at 250-348-2498.