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 is registered as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) and Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA). In 2014, Ellissa graduated from the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC. She participated in additional TCM clinical internships in Kunming, China. Ellissa has a specific interest in women’s health and in TCM gynecology. She is also passionate about the potential for sound and vibration to access the emotional body. Ellissa is an Ohm Therapeutics™ practitioner in sound healing with Tuning Forks. In addition to her private TCM and Massage clinic, she works at the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (formerly ACOS) as TCM teaching-assistant and Chinese herbal dispensary clerk.
Ellissa holds a Bachelor of Arts with options in International Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. An experienced Bodyworker, she has offered massage services since 2004 formerly in Montreal, QC and currently in Nelson, BC. Ellissa developed an affinity with 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. Ellissa is a member of the Canadian Association of Therapists in Complementary Medicine (CATCM) as a certified Bodyworker.
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 200 hour 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.