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My treatments tailored individually, combining diverse massage techniques together with a variety of stimuli to promote body awareness through movement. The sessions I offer provide a long lasting effect and encourage self management, understanding and independence.


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The Myth of Relaxation

Posted on Dec 7 by

I have been contemplating the myth of relaxation for a long time. From birth we experience intense forces of gravity upon our bodies.   As custodians, it is our responsibility to “hold ourselves in space”. It is us who keep our heads high above our torsos, and our cores close to our interests. It is up to us to organise ourselves in the best way possible, to respect our anatomy and optimise the alignment of our body segments. Dumping our bodies like potato sacks is recipe for injury.  Everyday people ask me to “dissolve the knots on their shoulders/backs…”, so they can relax. Unfortunately, as of yet, there are no magic powers to counteract the long hours one sits bent over their iPhone or slouching back on the office chair or involved in their own repetitive daily actions. I can help, perhaps alleviate the symptoms temporarily, but the only effective path to wellbeing is to take ownership: develop awareness and take responsibility, honour the anatomy, understand the physiology and optimise the immediate environment through ergonomic adaptations. I propose that...



Posted on Sep 20 by

What is posture? What is posture if not a collection of functional attitudes? What is posture but the way someone goes about mundane tasks: like taking out the rubbish, answering the phone or using an eftpos machine? As a movement therapist I ask myself daily how can posture be broken into “chewable” bits?  How can a person can be taught, guided through a maze of experiences tainted by emotions and personal perceptions of environment and themselves? The challenge is to translate posture into an attainable gift that warrants autonomy and comprehension under varied circumstances of a fast changing reality. What paths lead to the complex result of achieving adequate posture, One that is comfortable and effortless? And would posture not be considered a reflexion of an inner existence? I was born in the 70’s, soon after LSD’s Peace and Love decade.  Being hippy was trendy.  Body was on the flow of “letting go”, yoga and enlightenment. During the 80’s, when I was growing up,  Body became robotic.  I witnessed a search for “solidity” in repetitive gym routines. Attempting to...


Massage in the time of COVID

Posted on Aug 15 by

When I was 14 years of age, my Japanese Grandfather taught me how to massage DO-IN points on the forearm.  Little did I know, it was the beginning of my life time journey as a Movement and Massage Therapist. Today, after more than three decades, I love to offer massages.  For me, it is the instance when the world goes quiet as thoughts slip from my mind.  My hands see, hear and feel as I respectfully untangle a web of muscular tension. I fall back on the anatomy and physiology knowledge acquired at University in order to provoke healthy responses in joints and internal organs.  In order to break up knots and lumps, I might use pressure or heat, but that is not enough. I receive massages myself and they often fall short of my expectations because squeezing a muscle that is suffering in knots is not therapeutic, in my opinion. Thankfully, I have learned many massage techniques along the years and the pathway differs in each case.  I like to contemplate stretching the length of that muscle from...


Let’s get Moving!

Posted on May 14 by

Bubble sweet Bubble! Lock down has been an amazing experience. With family overseas it has been an emotional time as much as a time for growth and change, love and connection. For the past weeks, I have been busy participating in an immersion course in Ivaldo Bertazzo’s method. I can feel in my muscles and general disposition the benefits of such intense body work. I also very excited to share all the new tools I have acquired to offer better treatments. In qigong and meditation I found tools to remain calm and centred. I feel replenished I am currently implementing health and safety procedures to start opening up my business again. During level 2, from next week, I will be offering movement sessions only. Massages will restart during level 1. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in person for an elbow hug...


Bertazzo on Line

Posted on Apr 17 by

If you speak Portuguese, this is for you. Ivaldo Bertazzo is offering a package for online classes. You get to be at 4 classes per week, live on zoom conference. In New Zealand they take place 3 AM and 11 AM, alternate days Tue-Fri. In these dark and uncertain times, thanks to Bertazzo, I am truly inspired, I feel motivated. I simply feel better. It makes me excited to go to my movement studio soon. We are doing well in New Zealand, level 3 looks close. Until then, Ivaldo Bertazzo, Obrigada for your gifts. There is light in dark...


In the nest

Posted on Apr 9 by

In this time of unrest, we come to nest. It is the gift the pandemic has for us. It is time to heal and catch up with ourselves. It is time for contemplation and prayer, time for learning and reading. Time for connection, for music and silence. Self care has been an interesting task. But I am surprised to learn that I have developed skills and tools to look after myself. And I am fortunate to have access to information and resources. There are so many sources of inspiration available right now on line and free of charge. Here are a couple of them:...