My journey in the wellness industry commenced in the early 80’s when a serious car accident left me with debilitating back pain. My doctors referred me to specialists for assistance with the management of the pain caused by my injury but none of the treatments which included medications and an 18 month cycle of periodic traction, provided me with any substantial or permanent pain relief. I found myself seeking alternative treatment modalities in order to find some relief. This led me to the Acupressure Centre in the heart of Melbourne and to my utter amazement, after a few treatments and without medication the pain began to subside.This ignited my passion for learning about complementary treatments via alternative therapeutic methods ever since.
Early 90’s – Obtained first formal qualification in massage therapies including relaxation, sports, remedial, pregnancy, trigger point and Thai massage therapies.
1996 – Studied acupuncture at the Open University in Sri Lanka whilst practicing in a hospital and clinic.
1998 – Went to Thailand to study Thai Massage at the WOT PHO Temple
2002 – Graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies with an Advanced Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which incorporates diplomas in Chinese Massage, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
2005 – Obtained internationally recognised certificates in Homeotherapeutics and Biopuncture.
2017 – Obtained certification for the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy
In order to ensure that my skills and knowledge remain up to date and to maintain my qualifications I attend various Professional Development Seminars throughout the year. I bring my extensive skill set and knowledge base as well as my many years of experience to any treatment in order to ensure the optimal benefit for my client. It is also a basic tenet of my practice that it is the person that I treat and not just the condition.
I experienced the benefits of massage from a young age, both on a physical and emotional level, in reducing pain, muscle tension and stress, while increasing well-being and healing. The awareness of this simple yet profound healing power of touch, and it’s associated benefits, led me on the path to becoming a Remedial Massage Therapist after graduating in 2017.
I grew up in a family that believed in prevention over cure and the healing power of nature. Shortly before I was born, my parents received a health scare which led them on a journey into nutrition, herbal medicine and massage – which was by no means as mainstream in the early 80’s as it is now. After discarding the deep-fryer for a more whole-foods based diet, nutritious meals became the norm. When unwell we were taken to an integrative doctor who prescribed traditional medicine before allopathic; namely Ayruvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I guess it’s no surprise my interest and passion in Holistic and Integrative Health and Well-being started at an early age and developed into a way of life and career that is is today.
I began studying Natural Medicine at Endeavour college after graduating high school. I became fascinated learning about holistic health and body’s innate ability to heal itself – the interconnectedness of the mind, body and spirit of the individual and the importance of taking all aspects into account for optimal healing. During my time at Endeavour I took the circuitous route, studying Nutrition and Mind Body Medicine, before graduating a Bachelor of Health Science in Herbal Medicine in 2011.
Complementing Remedial Massage, my repertoire of practice, study and interest includes Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Food as Medicine, Yoga & stretching, Thai Massage and Mind Body Medicine.