As a competitive gymnast from a young age, Christy Nichol saw her share of therapists. The first time she saw an Athletic Therapist, she was excited by the effectiveness of the treatment, and how it increased her motivation afterward.
When it came time to choose a career, it was evident to Christy that she wanted to be in a field that combined exercise with an understanding of the functioning of the human body. Athletic Therapy was a natural fit.
Christy is certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA). She has a degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University, accumulating over 1200 hours of field and clinical experience in Athletic Therapy before, passing the CATA National Board Exam. After spending several years as an Athletic Therapist working with high-level athletes, Christy wanted to offer her services to a wider variety of patients. She chose Nelson as a place to open a solo practice, with a view to helping people who, like herself, enjoy an active mountain lifestyle.
An avid snowboarder, she can understand the strong desire of those who are active and want to stay that way, even when they are injured. This shift in focus of her practice has coincided with a change in her approach to Athletic Therapy. Christy is now integrating aspects of yoga, breathing and the mind-body connection in to her work, in order to balance her experience of the art and movement of the body, with her knowledge of the science. She uses this approach to treat patients in a holistic combination.
Christy’s approach is very detail-oriented, and she is passionate about helping each client find the underlying cause of imbalances or injury, as well as treating specific symptoms. She believes that by respecting the body and moving with awareness, her clients can progress through previous limitation and build a better foundation for their active mountain lifestyles.