When a close friend of mine was hospitalised, diagnosed with throat and lung cancer I would visit her and comfort her by carefully and gently placing my hands on her arms, legs, hands, shoulders and forehead, letting the warmth of my hands mould into her body. A process known as ‘holding’. This experience led me to explore massage and other supportive treatments for people suffering with cancer.
Over the years my motivation to increase my knowledge in well-being and complementary health-care has given me the opportunity to complete an extensive range of qualifications. I am qualified in Remedial Massage, Oncology Massage, Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management, Compression Garment fitting (sleeves, stockings, custom made, ready to wear) Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish (relaxation) massage, Pregnancy Massage and ArōmaTouch Technique.
I am passionate about the correct assessment of each client and the delivery of evidence-based treatment. My years of dedication to these fields has resulted in me becoming an industry leader in lymphoedema and lipoedema management.
I share my time now between teaching the Diploma of Remedial Massage, running courses ranging from information sessions to 6-day intensive course. In between times, I run a busy part time private practice in Brisbane specialising in lymphoedema, lipoedema and oncology massage which keeps me industry registered, skills current and fulfils my need to help others. My thirst for knowledge has me also studying a Diploma of Aromatherapy so I can learn more about the Essential Oils I use in massage for compromised health.
I often speak at community groups and conferences on “Lymphoedema” and “Lipoedema” and was recently an international speaker for the World Breast Cancer Summit. I am passionate about education and being able to empower my clients with things they can do at home to help themselves. But most of all, I love teaching others what’s not written in the books.
As a therapist one of my most memorable experiences is working as a volunteer for Little Haven Palliative, donating my time one morning a week to massage oncology patients and their carer’s. Massage has also surprised me in many ways over the years. The one thing I didn’t expect to gain from my massage career is the profound difference that can be made to someone’s life through skilful touch.
As a trainer my focus is getting my students industry ready. I suggest that all my graduates work for someone else for at least 6 months to develop their skillset, confidence and learn the in’s and out’s of running a business. I also re-iterate that they remain client focused and always follow-up. We are in the business of well-ness and service, so this is essential to success.
When you enrol to study Remedial Massage with me at Demi International you will receive a massage table and a starter kit of oils.
We are also recognised training provider with three major Australian Massage Associations.