Meraki Bodyworks a one-stop-shop for wellness needs

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Shortly after Rebeka Bourque became a massage therapist, she started mentoring other massage therapists.

“I’m all about women helping women,” Bourque says.

Bourque’s been a massage therapist for five years and owned Meraki Bodyworks for four.

“I’ve just always had a passion for it (massage),” Bourque says. “I was accident prone as a kid, so it was something I needed a lot of.”

Bourque started out working from home, then moved to Magic Scissors for several years. In December 2018, she moved into her own location at 105 6 Ave SE next to Second Helpings.

Meraki has six subcontractors working under Bourque to provide various wellness services from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Including Bourque there are four massage therapists and three alternative wellness practitioners. Bourque mentored some of them.

Originally from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Bourque moved to Slave Lake when she was five. She’s lived here for most of her life. As an adult, she spent some time in Brampton, Ontario and studied in Edmonton at Alberta College of Massage Therapy.

“I’m more of a road-tripper than a mover,” she says.

Bourque has continued to take other massage courses. She does regular massage, raindrop, jade stone, and other types.

Raindrop combines massage and aroma therapy using essential oils.

Jade stone uses a set of 28 different sized jade stones. These are heated and cooled and used in manual massage and placed on key areas of the body.

The other three massage therapists also practice various forms of massage including deep tissue, Swedish relaxation, myofascial (muscle irritation) cupping, and prenatal.

In alternative wellness, Leah Beauchamp and Corrie Thorne are Reiki masters and Bourque also does Reiki.

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique which balances the energies within the body, which can be helpful with relaxation and stress relief.

Thorne is also a psychic medium and empowerment life coach. She offers workshops as well as one-on-one spiritual guidance and life-coaching.

The final member is online. Carly Turcott, in Kamloops, BC, offers health and life coaching, which can be ordered through Meraki.

Contact Bourque at merakibodyworks@outlook.com.

Massage therapists and alternative wellness practitioners at Meraki Bodyworks. L to r: Trinity Zatorski, Leah Beauchamp, Rebeka Bourque, Lindsay Weetman, and Taylor Duncan.

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