Remedial Massage Therapist
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I’m an ex soldier, who became a tradie, who became a strongman athlete. These experiences made me familiar with discipline, and with the pain that can come from training, especially if the needs Of the body aren’t taken into account. Finding myself in pain I went to a Remedial therapist and found immediate relief. I always wanted to take a path of service and this felt like the perfect fit for me. I want to share my knowledge and experience with you. Let me show you how to maximize not only your performance through my treatment but also by provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach your highest potential.
My mission is to provide the optimal treatment for you and your needs. I enjoy working with people from all areas, office workers, parents, athletes. I combine my training experience in both my role as a soldier and athlete and my skills as a Remedial Therapist to not only relieve pain and tension but also set you on the path to achieving better results.
In the hands of a skilled therapist it can mean the difference between living a life that just gets you by, and living the life that you choose.
Bsc Myotherapy, Senior Remedial & Pregnancy, Yoga Instructor
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Ever since my younger years I’ve been interested in oriental philosophy. I admire the belief that a person exists on many different levels – physical, intellectual, energetic etc. That’s why I started to explore those healing systems that have a holistic approach and work on the whole person.
I started practising yoga in 2004 and became a certified yoga teacher in 2010. After a few years of yoga instruction and numerous workshops on movement therapy I decided to deepen my knowledge of human anatomy and physiology by taking a course in Musculokeletal Therapy. Very soon I was captivated by the amount of knowledge and skills that this degree offered. The ability to help people live a healthier life is very rewarding.
What are my treatments like?
I use a holistic approach in my assessment and treatment, addressing both symptoms and causes of pain. Following a functional medicine model of treatment, I look for underlying imbalances that may contribute to the development of illness, such as sleep, diet, exercises, stress, social environment etc. I also believe that collaboration between a client and a therapist is very important for the achievement of the desired health goals.
I constantly advance my skills to make my treatments as effective as possible. Among the treatment techniques that I use are: joint mobilization, myofascial release, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), neural manipulation, taping, dry needling and electro needling, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Vagus nerve stimulation, exercise therapy, etc.
Some of the many conditions that I treat:
I believe that part of a being a therapist includes educating the client on how to eliminate existing symptoms and how to prevent future injuries. Therefore, my treatments continue outside of the clinic walls by encouraging you to cultivate body awareness and by performing a prescribed exercise program. This is where my experience as a yoga teacher is very useful.
Remedial, Oncology, Lymphatic, Pregnancy Massage
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Since the age of 3 I have been singing, acting and dancing and from 2005 I have worked professionally as a dancer in the busy world of The Performing Arts, so I am no stranger to all the aches and pains in the life of a performer.As well as performing I have also worked as a therapist for the cast of a number of high end Qpac productions including Grease, Dirty Dancing and Anything Goes. I have also worked with a number of musicians from the Brisbane festival “Big Sound”.
I hold Fitness qualifications and have worked as a fitness Instructor since 2008 and have taught a verity of fitness classes including Spin, , Step, Pump, Body Conditioning and many more. I have also been lucky enough to work with the Irish Rugby Team of 2009 where they went on to win the six nations of that year. (I’d like to think I had a part to play!) So I feel I have excellent knowledge of the fitness world and the injuries that go with it.
From my experience of being a performer and fitness instructor I had noticed the many differences in the body shape of people from all walks of life, how they stand, how they walk and how easy it was to get injured by just having bad posture and not knowing how to hold yourself. As much as I loved performance I also wanted to know how to help more, how to treat a muscle problem and take the pain away. I wanted to make a positive change in people’s lives. In 2010 I received my Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy in Ireland on arrival in Australia I continued my studies receiving my Diploma in 2016.
I believe that the body is impacted not only by how we use it and what we do every day but also by our mental and emotional state. My treatments are deep tissue with a combination of different techniques to mobilise, strengthen and stretch the body with a touch of healing for both body and mind. I like to treat all walks of life from the performer, the athlete, the office worker to the full time parent. I welcome all. I’m a big believer in looking after your body and mind. As they say “The show must go on” and for that to happen so must the body I say.
The opportunity to help improve someones’ life is important to me. Pain can be debilitating and as a performer and being involved with helping people improve fitness I know what a difference it can make to a persons quality of life to feel good. I feel a strong desire to help people in their health goals.
In 1994 I had a severe car accident that required four years of surgery to recover from.
My 24 year rehab journey has exposed me to many fine Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Exercise Physiologists and Chiropractors. For over a decade before my studies in health care commenced, I was being treated by an amazingly talented and skilled Massage Therapist. This man kept me walking and functioning so well, that people have troubles believing that my limitations are as severe as they are.
I believe that my style is unique and effective because it has been formed from the experience of seeing what has worked to take away my own pain and restore my confidence.
I have also been fortunate to have worked in some of the best rehab clinics in Brisbane and have been mentored and critiqued by many of my role models.
I am a sensitive and determined therapist. I am able to adopt my style to the needs of any clinical situation. I have worked as both a Rehabilitative therapist and a Relaxation Super-Star. If you are suffering from a chronic condition I am a good choice for you.
As a MYOTHERAPIST – My tool kit includes first class diagnostic and assessment capabilities, Cold Laser Therapy, Swedish and Relaxation styles, Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger-point work, Corrective Exercise, Complex Stretching Protocols and Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Inversion Pressure Cupping or “Cupping”, Dry Needling, TENS and Electro Therapy and Expert Deep Tissue Remedial Massage work.
My style can be nurturing, powerful or anywhere in between.
Myotherapy empowers clients to address the cause of their problems – not just their symptoms. Myotherapy involves rigorous assessment, manual therapy and usually some level of corrective exercise to empower people to reduce their dysfunction themselves. Emphasising self-empowerment means that ultimately MYOTHERAPY is a cost effective approach to pain and physical dysfunction.
I love that massage affects both our physical symptoms and our emotional well-being.
My therapist has helped me walk pain free, taken away headaches and shoulder tension as well as lifted me from the depths of despair.
This is what I love about massage and Myotherapy.
Advanced Diploma Myotherapy
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As I was growing up I always loved helping people and massage was something that was always present in my everyday life. Most of my family works in healthcare as physiotherapists, massage therapists or nurses so I was always exposed to alternative healing techniques from all over the world. I would have to say that I’ve learned the most from my aunt that was doing Reflexology 30 years ago and gaining her knowledge from monks in Nepal it was always something that I was really attracted to and wanted to learn more.
But the career path led me into finance. In 2010, I decided to change my career and pursue something I have always loved doing. Obtaining a certificate in the field of massage started my healing and life journey I’ve never could have dreamed of. From 2012 to 2015 I had successfully managed my own massage salon in Europe. My goal was to improve client’s lifestyle on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. I have had numerous satisfied clients and I have always treated my clients with patience, respect and utmost care. In 2012 I had an opportunity to work on European veteran Handball championship in Ljubljana (Slovenia) with sportsmen where I expended my knowledge and achieved great results. In 2015 I accepted a challenge to move to Australia and continue working as massage therapist. In 2016 I received my Australian Diploma of Remedial Massage and since then I have expended my knowledge on different fields, including an opportunity to work with Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby Club. My passion is helping elite athletes and I had a pleasure to work with rugby players, soccer players, marathon runners and other athletes with great results. I’m currently still working with and supporting a top soccer player for Brisbane Roar.
I’m really passionate about my work and helping people in a holistic way so I’m always looking to expend my knowledge and upgrade my skills. The most important thing I’ve learned throughout my life and my career is that our bodies are intelligent and they have innate ability to communicate whatever is out of balance and they also have a remarkable ability to heal and repair as long as we give them the right environment to thrive.
I’m a true believer that our bodies work on an emotional, physical and energetic level. When we are out of balance and in a state of dis-ease we truly need a holistic approach to healing.
This is why I love massage because our bodies are like a doorway to our inner world and they can tell us a lot about our physical, emotional and energetic state. By applying different techniques and listening to the body react we can find solutions to resolve the problems. I have a great sense of listening to your body and sensing where energy is stagnant and where the pain is residing so we can focus on the source of the problem, addressing both symptoms and underlying causes of pain.
In my treatments I provide different techniques and massage styles:
I believe knowledge equals empowerment and as a therapist I feel it is my responsibility to share my knowledge with people so they can empower themselves to live a healthier and pain free life on all levels.
Did you know that your feet reflect every organ in your body? Well they do and Reflexology supports their healthy function.
Reflexology is an ancient natural therapy that addresses pain and promotes healing and wellness throughout the whole body by applying pressure to related “reflex” points in the feet, hands, or ears. Each of these corresponds with an organ or part of your body. There are 86 main reflex points on each of your feet. When a part of your body is unbalanced or diseased, crystalline or granular deposits may build-up at the corresponding reflex point on your foot. These points may feel tender, sore or painful to touch. By gently stimulating and applying pressure to these points, it helps to reduce the congestion or blockages in the affected areas of your body, as well as stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system.
I love massage because our bodies are like a doorway to our inner world and they can tell us a lot about our physical, emotional and energetic state and by applying different techniques and listening to the body react we can find solutions to resolve the problems. Helping people is my passion and when I see improvement in client’s life it gives me immense pleasure to continue doing what I love doing anyway. Finding the source of pain and working with clients to realise it and supporting them in changing their health goals so they can truly thrive is why I love the work that I do.
Diploma of Remedial Massage
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Member of MMA
My first experience of massage left me relaxed, calm and at peace. I knew that I wanted to provide that for others so I did a 3 month Swedish Relaxation course with an excellent teacher in my early 20’s. After much travel and a few failed uni attempts I decided to pursue more massage training in 2003 and undertook 3 levels of Ka Huna training. Ka Huna really built the foundation of massage for me and I still incorporate many aspects of it in my massage style today.
As I was training I saw a chair massage business for sale at my local shopping centre and away I went. After doing mobile corporate massage for 5 years I felt I wanted something more and chose to start a clinic in Elizabeth Street in 2008. I completed Diploma of Remedial Massage, Certificate of Pregnancy Massage and the clinic kept growing. In 2015 our unique old building was sold and so we moved to our current lovely location.
I like to combine the analytical side of Remedial Massage with the intuitive flow of Ka Huna. Ka Huna uses long flowing strokes, limb movement and is generally firm but also very relaxing. It is a style that flushes the muscles and lymph as well as providing a deep treatment. You let your hands feel and move with the tension in the body.
Remedial provides a counterbalance through analytical assessment of muscle function, movement and restriction. I find that people respond well to a combined treatment as many are in pain and tight due to stress as well as physical reasons.
I believe that massage can be firm and a bit painful when needed and also soothing and relaxing in the same session. I always want a client to come out feeling more relaxed and centred than when they went in, but also feel that something useful happened for them.
Anyone in pain, stressed, depressed, anxious or feeling just generally tight and fatigued will benefit. I will assess and test, use Remedial techniques for specific pain and restriction including trigger point, mfr and met. Long deep strokes from Ka Huna help ease fascia, soothe the nervous system and promote the relaxation response.
I think that caring respectful touch is a very important part of good mental, emotional and physical health. I love seeing stress & pain leave a person and for them to walk out feeling as though they can cope better with the pressures of life. That is always a satisfying feeling.
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When I was younger I used to give my relatives neck and shoulder massages to help ease their pains, it just felt like the right thing to do. I enjoyed the feeling of helping people and massage seemed to be a natural career choice.
After completing my Remedial Diploma in 2011 I found that I naturally gravitated to a style that was both Remedial and Therapeutic. I added myofascial cupping to help my clients with chronic muscle tension and hot stone massage for a deeply relaxing experience.
I particularly enjoyed providing Pregnancy massage and felt that my pregnant clients would benefit from Lymphatic treatments as well. I found that by incorporating some Lymphatic Drainage into the treatments that my clients had great results. I decided to pursue further Lymphatic training so I could help those with more complicated Lymphatic issues.
Having a combination of Remedial, Pregnancy, Lymphatic and Balinese techniques allows me to create a treatment that is both effective in reducing or eliminating pain and deeply relaxing as well.
My Decongestive Lymphatic training means I can help with oedema and Lymphoedema caused from lymph node removal, as well as help with recovery from surgery and illness, detoxifying and general oedema issues. Anyone who has had liposuction, or tattoo removal can be helped with lymphatic treatments as well as after surgery or for oedema or lymphoedema.
My treatments are suited to those that need to destress and reduce anxiety and tension as well as reduce pain. I can provide Remedial/Deep tissue treatments that create that feeling of “good pain” but are also relaxing and effective. Hot stone and balinese for deep relaxation,
Pregnancy treatments that focus on particular issues experienced through each trimester and lymphatic treatments to support liposuction or tattoo removal, general detox, oedema and lymphoedema issues.
I love how rewarding it feels to see a decrease in stress and tension that clients have been putting up with. I appreciate how massage can improve your mood and make movement in your body a lot easier, and as a career it is satisfying to know that I have helped someone enjoy their day and their life more.
Intuitive Balinese Massage combines a variety of classic whole body massage techniques and the practitioner’s ability to tap into their intuition and create a meditative state of relaxation and healing for their client. These techniques include long flowing strokes, deep tissue massage and stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Balinese Massage may be helpful in treating:
Benefits of massage:
Balinese Massage After care:
To achieve full benefit of the massage, clients are asked to do the following for the next 24 hours:
It is recommended to let your body rejuvenate/recover in between massages, allowing at least 7-14 days between massages.
Diploma of Remedial Massage
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Throughout my life I’ve spent a lot of time talking to doctors as a patient. Having chronic kidney disease resulting in dialysis for a number of years, and two kidney transplants tends to make one consider mortality and quality of life. It was while I was on dialysis (dialysis is where you are hooked up to a machine that artificially filters your blood the same way a normal kidney in the body would) that I decided that I wanted to do something related to health. If I was going to be going through all the medical stuff anyway, why not make use of the experience.
At the time I was working at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane, in Pathology and had a fascination with the human body. And I also had a desire to help and it seemed a perfect fit when I found the Remedial Massage course at Endeavour College of Natural Health. I have been engaged in helping treat pain and discomfort in people’s bodies since 2014 and haven’t looked back.
My main objective is to bring balance and as much symmetry to the musculature as best as I can. My bread and butter is Trigger Point Therapy. This is where you apply pressure to certain points in the muscle to trigger a release. Trigger point is effective at providing relief in a short time. This type of therapy can be painful, the more tightness in the muscles, the more likely there will be discomfort. However, I do like to break up the treatment with softer, more flow type massage. I always like to end with something nice, like a foot massage or lighter Swedish techniques. Results generally consist of more range of motion and a decrease in pain and discomfort.
I just enjoy working with people because I enjoy seeing the relief that comes about after treating them. When you work one on one there’s an opportunity to really form a rapport based on trust. Massage can be quite interpersonal, so I feel honoured by the fact that someone has placed their trust in me, so naturally I feel I must honour that trust any doing the best I can. There’s something quite nice about being in the mood of service for people. It’s a satisfying and humbling experience.
My grandmother was a Naturopath and Massage Therapist, so I learnt of lot of the principles of these modalities from a young age. It instilled in me a desire to learn more and help others be proactive in their health. I also have a love of yoga and having completed 200 hrs of yoga training and having a regular practice I can help clients combine both the benefits of yoga and bodywork to achieve real and lasting change. It is really gratifying being able to guide people to make choices that help them over the long term, not just relieve their symptoms.
My treatments are tailored to the individual patient, and tend to be primarily remedial in nature. I take into account bio mechanics and range of motion to find the cause of the pain or presenting complaint, so that it can be addressed as directly as possible. Depending upon what is indicated, patients can expect a variety of treatment techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy technique (MET), dry needling, and kinesiotaping. After initial treatment I work with patients to formulate a suitable treatment plan. This incorporates lifestyle suggestions, and a range of exercises and stretches to assist patients to support themselves at home between treatments.
I love massage therapy because it is such a versatile alternative health modality. I continue to enjoy the variety of simple ways that I am able to assist my patients, and involve them in the healing process by teaching them about their bodies. When individuals better understand how the body works and produces movement, they are more equipped to care for it and prevent injury.
All Health Funds Available on Hicaps
Member of AMT
Kathie has been practicing yoga since 2008. She started at a university gym where her first teacher was well into her 80s. “Very quickly I realised there is something very special about yoga, I noticed both a mental and physical benefit to the practice”. When she teaches she likes to incorporate longer holds in her flows, giving one time to feel into their alignment. She also aims to teach the importance of breath to move and align the body and calm the mind. Kathie is experience in a number of yoga styles, which she weaves into her classes to complement the needs of the students. These include ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa, and yin. Kathie also has a PhD in psychology and has been trained to make her classes trauma aware. This means the classes are facilitated in a way that encourages individuals to develop a sense of empowerment in their practice and where space for meditation is supported.
Overall, she aims to hold space as people build both mental and physical focus, and dive deeply into self-discovery.
Registered Yoga Australia
I have been involved with Yoga and Yoga philosophy for the past 28 years. My yoga practice did not begin in the usual way in the West, which is doing yoga classes learning the asanas or postures. It began with the yoga philosophy that I came across in the United States in the 1980’s. I was drawn to the disciplined lifestyle of this philosophy which created way to live skilfully in this world. Yoga philosophy included every aspect of your life especially your interactions with others. Through this path I developed a focused mind and with a focused mind anything can be achieved.
In 1994 I enrolled into a 3 year Teacher Training program at a BKS Iyengar Academy in New Zealand. My extensive training in this program allowed me to understand the importance of watching the development of a student’s yoga practice and to view every class and every student with a fresh outlook. This means that I watch the development of our students and adapt classes to their changing needs and interest. No two classes are the same. I have taught in, Taiwan, United States, New Zealand and Australia opening a number of Yoga schools in different countries some of which are still operating many years later. I have taught in Brisbane for 15 and many of the instructors at various studios around Brisbane have been my students.
I believe that being a Yoga teacher is a calling for me, I want to demonstrate to others that their bodies can change and heal through a dedicated practice, even if that practice begins as one class a week and that we don’t need to age and suffer in the way many people do. I am always inspired to see the transformation of students as they develop their yoga practice, to see their bodies strengthen and become more flexible, to watch their stress levels and anxiety diminish, their minds calm down and begin to find some peace and see self-esteem improve.
My goal is not just to help people develop their yoga practice, it is to help them develop the discipline and focus to create the lives they aspire to and to work on being an example of this. Yoga and yoga philosophy offers and opportunity for people to grow at their own pace and in their own time and I feel privileged to be a part of that journey.