As the founder of Qi in Motion, Dr. Ellissa Crête’s mission is to provide quality health services in TCM Massage and Yoga stewarded by the wings of knowledge and compassion.
Dr. Ellissa Crête offers individually-tailored treatment plans that integrate Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuning Forks, and Massage.
Ellissa holds a Bachelor of Arts with options in International Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. She has offered massage services as a bodyworker since 2004. Ellissa developed a keen interest in the meridian-based modalities of Zen Shiatsu and Thai-Yoga Massage. She was a teaching-assistant to her mentors Oda Sati Bogaire from Integrated Zen Shiatsu, Jeanne Cronin from Dragon & Phoenix Shiatsu School, and Itzhak Helman from Sunshine Network of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage.
In 2010, Ellissa moved to Nelson BC to pursue her dream of studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In 2014, Ellissa graduated from the five-year Doctor of TCM Program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS). She participated in additional TCM clinical internships in Kunming, China. Ellissa is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist. She is continuing studies in gynecology and sound healing.
Since 2015, Dr. Ellissa Crête’s Massage practice has blossomed to include her new TCM skills in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has also worked at the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (formerly ACOS) as TCM Teaching Assistant and Herbal Dispensary Clerk.
Ellissa’s journey in the healing arts has paralleled her personal exploration of the mind body connection through Yoga asana and Vipassana meditation. While traveling in India in 2005, she was introduced to the Iyengar Yoga method, which focuses on therapeutic postural alignment and the efficient use of props. In 2010, Ellissa completed a yoga teacher training inspired by both Iyengar and Ashtanga methods under the guidance of Hart Lazer at United Yoga Montreal. She has participated in additional yoga rope intensives to deepen her understanding and experience of this yoga prop. Ellissa has been teaching weekly Yoga classes in Nelson since 2010. Currently, Ellissa’s Iyengar-inspired Yoga classes dynamically weave together an exploration of postural alignment and yoga ropes.