Student Award Winner

Please join the MTAA Board of Directors in congratulating the first recipient of the Peter Martin Award of Excellence


Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter, a therapeutic massage therapist, is the owner of Hunter Massage in Strathmore, AB and is a member of the team at the Calgary Muscle and Soft Tissue Clinic in Calgary, AB. Sarah has had the pleasure of working with patients from all walks of life including pro athletes from the CFL, triathlon/marathon runners and professional musicians. She finds great gratification in helping clients reduce and manage chronic pain syndromes and deal with the emotional trauma that presents with bodily pain symptoms.

Sarah has been an Equine Massage Therapist since 2013 and her diverse experience has provided her with a unique perspective when interpreting feedback from her client’s tissues. Sarah’s preferred methods of practice are focused around working with the body’s autonomic nervous system as well as treating the physical tissues. Using these various techniques she finds that breaking through the sympathetic nervous system first encourages the parasympathetic nervous system to take over thus, promoting healing of the body more effectively.

While obtaining her Massage Therapy Diploma, Sarah performed exceptionally well over her 2200 hour practicum receiving 2 Massage Therapy Awards for Excellence. Sarah further went on to obtain her Dynamic Cupping Certification believing that continued education better equips all practitioners in providing clients with beneficial treatments to reduce and manage pain.


One of the requirements to apply for this award is that all applicants were required to submit an essay that details why they select to join the profession of Massage Therapy. Along with Ms. Hunter's letters of recommendation she provided an excellent essay that we would like to share with all of our members.

Click Sarah's Essay to read her submission.