Daris Tendler - Bio

I am a passionate and knowledgeable movement practitioner originally from Saskatchewan. Hockey and dedication to fitness ventured me down this path of safe and effective movement, first attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and later graduating from Clarkson University in Upstate New York. Like most Personal Trainers out there, my initial thought was “I want to train only athletes to be faster, better, stronger.” As it would turn out, my path guided me in a different direction. I realized it is not normal to feel pain every time you exercise or to avoid certain exercises because of impingement and discomfort. There is a reason for it. A lot of times I would just want the symptoms treated without looking at the entirety of the body and figuring out the root of the issues. I have been gifted sprained ankles, a broken wrist, an AC Separation, a Shoulder Surgery and an ACL Reconstruction among other more minor injuries that allow me to better understand injuries and help you.

Since graduating, I have dedicated my life to continuous education in Medical Exercise and Fascial Stretch Therapy. I am always learning and want to share that knowledge in every class and one-on-one session. I have worked with a variety of clients from young athletes to chronically pained adults. We can’t stop the aging process but we can slow it down with consistency. The everyday wear and tear we can’t control but the recovery process we can. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS is the biggest thing I have learned through my own recovery efforts. It is hardwork.

By focusing on what we can do, it will take the mind off things that we have a hard time doing.


"To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear" -Buddha


You have to do the work, do the therapy and start from the very basics and that is how I design my programs. I understand that accomplishment looks different for everyone. It may be developing strength, sleeping pain free, increasing movement, regaining range of motion from a recent or past trauma, fixing dysfunctional movement patters or even minimizing stress in your life. When creating programs, it is my personal philosophy that there isn’t anything you can’t do.  The modifications may look different but the outcomes are the same. I really am grateful to be able to help individuals to stay happy, healthy and moving.

Fun Facts:

I have been discovering new ways of movement since graduation, gaining mentors from around the world that I have gotten the privilege to learn from. Movement isn’t just physical it is mental as well.

  • I have completed a marathon
  • I love to hike: My favorites on Vancouver Island so far would have to be Cape Scott or Landslide lake.
  • I studied FST in Toronto and Arizona with amazing teachers
  • I have taught movement classes in Italy!
  • I have travelled to over 8 different countries
  • I played Division 1 hockey on a full hockey scholarship
  • I currently still play hockey and rugby
Daris Tendler
Daris Tendler, M.E.S. , F.S.T.


Bachelor of Science
Medical Exercise Specialist, MES
Healthy Back Practitioner
Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST) - Level 3
Basic Asana Yoga Instructor
Postpartum Exercise Specialist