Education is the foundational aspect of treatment. Sarah is passionate about teaching you about your body, how it is designed to work and what is contributing to the dysfunction that brings you into her office.


Change is necessary and it happens through movement! Exercise follows education – once you understand what is happening in your body, exercise is designed to create change. No-one needs to live in pain forever and with the correct exercise prescription- painful physical experiences can be radically transformed.

Manual Therapy

There are times when manual therapy is indicated to change or impact muscle tension patterns. This service is typically provided through trigger point muscle release, soft tissue massage, tissue distraction release (cupping) or joint mobilizations.

Rehab Orthotics

When rehabbing your feet or lower limb, rehabilitative orthotics can be a great adjunct to treatment alongside an appropriate exercise program.  Rehabilitative orthotics are flexible compared to the standard rigid orthotic and are designed to retrain your feet and rebalance the lower limb muscle mass. By promoting natural food mobility, strength and power, they can reduce stress on the intrinsic tendons, plantar fascia, AND help to engage your body’s power muscles (think core and glutes!) to help support and stabilize during your activity.

By optimizing the foot’s joints motions through gait, rehabilitative orthotics greatly aids proper alignment of the foot, ankle, knee and hip. Also, by reducing stresses to your joints, they allow you to stay active and healthy for longer.

Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) is a series of exercises that induce a natural reflex  “tremor” mechanism of shaking or vibrating within your body. This natural mechanism releases muscle tension related to injury, stress or trauma and acts to calm the nervous system. These exercises and subsequent shaking activated through TRE allow the body to release tension over time in a safe and controlled manner, to return to a natural state of balance.

TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, an international expert in trauma intervention and conflict resolution.  His education as a Massage Therapist, Psychoneurologist, and Doctor of Social Work informed his observations of how individuals hold and release tension in their body tissues.  He saw that these natural shaking mechanics are the body’s built-in system for releasing muscle tension, thereby calming the body and mind.  This is supported by recent research that demonstrates the physical and psychological nature of muscle tension.

When muscles become overly tight or stressed, they will begin to tremor (shake) – when the body doesn’t organically shake, chronic muscle tension patterns develop. TRE initiates the release of these muscle tension patterns that develop from injury, accidents or periods of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual stress arising from lifestyle choices, stressful workplaces, difficult life events, repetitive movement patterns, or poor ergonomics.

While TRE is not a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychiatric/psychological nature, it can supplement other healing practices and can be a highly effective complement to the exercises given by your physiotherapist or body worker.

Individuals who have physical or psychological conditions that require strict regulation, individuals with fragile psychological defenses, a complex history of trauma or restricting physical or medical limitations should be informed by and work with Certified TRE Provider in performing these exercises.

More information on TRE, including research, training, and development, can be found at TRE Canada or David Berceli’s website.

Reported Benefits Include:

  • Reduced Muscle and Back Pain
  • Healing of Old Injuries
  • Improved Sleep
  • Decreased Worry & Anxiety
  • Improved Energy and Endurance
  • Improved Athletic Recovery Time
  • Decreased Workplace Stress
  • Reduced Symptoms of PTSD
  • Greater Emotional Resilience
  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Decreased Relationship Conflict
  • Improved Marital Relations
  • Decreased Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Lessened Anxiety around Serious Illness.

The following videos provide more Information on how TRE can supplement your healing process. 

Animated video describing TRE
Interview with Dr. Melanie Salmon, former GP who explains how TRE can be used to aid recovery from sport related injuries and operations.

Meet your Instructor

Sarah Ronhovde, Physiotherapist, Advanced TRE Provider, Certification Trainer

Sarah Ronhovde is a registered Physiotherapist and Advanced TRE provider, living and working out of Campbell River, British Columbia. Sarah completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia.  Completing her TRE certification through TRE Canada with Joan McDonald, Sarah has been fascinated by the restorative nature of the tremor mechanism. Through daily utilization of TRE fundamentals in her life and physiotherapy practice, she has seen the benefits first hand – in her own experience and in the wellbeing of her clients. Sarah is passionate about the many benefits TRE has to offer, and is excited to guide you on your TRE journey!

When not working and teaching, Sarah can be found writing, running the trails near her home, practicing the piano, cooking wholesome meals, enjoying quality time with loved ones, and discovering new dimensions of nervous system regulation from the best teacher she has had thus far… her 3 year old daughter!