Billie will be taking a temporary leave of Bowen for 2017 to focus on other clinical developments. She will be available for Yoga Therapy and Mentoring and appointments can be booked via the reception.
Reception: 9482 4325.
Please watch this space for details of when she returns to Bowen practice. If you need a referral please email Billie on email@example.com
Billie has been actively working as a health practitioner since 2003 and together with her sister, Pip, opened Kundalini House in 2006 with the shared vision to create a space where they could both work together, and with others, to help people feel supported on their journey of self-discovery and optimal health.
She began her studies in natural medicine in her early twenties when she concluded that she was too young to be experiencing back pain and felt strongly that she could become a better version of herself if she healed her mind and body.
Her realisation that the body and mind had an innate ability to heal itself with basic attention fuelled her drive to continue her studies. She is a qualified Kinesiologist, Bowen Therapist and is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer. Billie loves to listen and work directly with the body helping to restore balance plus working directly with the mind and emotions and the psychology of living a life that is meaningful and connected to your own source of happiness.
In her sessions she weaves together her studies of Kinesioloy, Bowen and Yoga Therapy to guide her clients towards better health and a greater awareness of the patterns, habits and behaviours that create dis-ease; stress and trauma.
Area’s Billie loves to work with, but not limited to, are:
- Back & neck pain; TMJ dysfunction
- Anxiety and depression
- Life direction & focus
- Trauma Recovery
- Relationships & communication
- Yoga Therapy
Billie also teaches Kundalini Yoga for the Recovery of Childhood Trauma courses. Click here for more info
BHSc (CM), DipHSc (Acu), DipCCM, CMRB, ATMS
Pip has been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 15 years, finishing her Bachelor of Health Science Acupuncture at the end of 2001 with an internship in Nanning, China. She spent 3 years working in Ireland and 6 months in Malawi, Africa before returning home. She knew she wanted to work in a team environment where clients could be supported to heal in a safe and professional space. So in 2006, with her sister Billie. she opened Kundalini House.
She has since completed a post-graduate course in Canonical Chinese Medicine, which specialises in the application of Clinical Herbal medicine. Pip decided she was going to study Chinese Medicine while sitting on top of a mountain in the Himalayas. After struggling with depression since she was a teenager, she travelled extensively looking for a way to truly heal herself. After having an extraordinary experience with a Tibetan doctor in India, she decided to study the next best thing, Chinese Medicine. She returned to Melbourne where she was lucky enough to meet an Acupuncturist and Qi Gong master, where she finally found her path to real health.
This experience has shaped her interest in clinic and she enjoys helping people with mental/emotional problems such as anxiety, depression or history of trauma. She also has an interest in fertility and pregnancy and is a mother of two beautiful children. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and sees a wide range of problems during clinic.
DPsych (Clinical), PostGradDip (Psych) GradDip (Psych), MAPS, ACPA
Alla completed her undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Monash University. Prior to studying psychology, Alla studied linguistics, and worked as a journalist and lecturer in Ukraine.
She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and is endorsed for the practice of clinical psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia.
- DPsych (Clinical), Monash University, PostGradDip and GradDip in Psychology, Melbourne University
- Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
- Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
Alla has always been fascinated by human nature. Alla came from a country with many problems and extensive history of unrest, wars, and traumas, which affected people’s life over generations. Alla has always been interested in how you can heal from trauma and grow.
Alla believes difficult emotions and distress are a normal part of life, and we need to learn to be with and learn from these experiences. She believes well-being comes with awareness, with gentle holding of your pain, with seeing common nature of your painful experiences and those of other people, and with learning to become a good parent to yourself. Alla believes well-being also comes from pushing yourself gently towards expanding your life, getting outside of your comfort zone, and learning to be vulnerable with yourself and others.
Alla is passionate about understanding human nature, the human mind, how we experience our emotions, how we connect with others, and what stands on the way of our growth or helps us to heal. She enjoys getting to know my clients and constantly advancing my knowledge in a psychology field – and in other related areas too! Alla enjoys exploring the world, travelling, meeting people from different countries and understanding how they live. She loves nature, dancing, swimming, diving, and skiing and taking pictures of the natural world and people.
Areas of interest/specialty:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Emotional problems
- Immigrants mental health and adjustment
To book an appointment:
Call Alla Demutska: 0423 931 504
Or the clinic: 9482 4325
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Body Centred Therapist
Anna has been working as a Body Centred Therapist for over 8 years. Her training has included, Body Transformation (postural integration), counselling, working with trauma, group facilitation, doula Training (birth support), birth education, rebirthing (breathwork) and hypnosis.
Anna came to this work after the birth of her twin boys in 2001. Having had a background in both the corporate and the spiritual worlds her interests and skills came together when she discovered her passion for birth. This sent her on a journey of first becoming a doula (birth attendant), which led her to a deep trust in the body and it’s instinctive capacity to not only birth a baby, but to integrate all life experiences (including traumatic experiences) into a fully connected sense of being alive.
Anna has combined all of her skills into Body Centred Therapy which is a unique blend of somatic therapy and counselling.
Anna’s particular strength and skills lie in enabling people to learn how to deeply connect with their body, to listen to their body and psyche’s messages with deep compassion. She believes that when we are connected to ourselves in a loving way, we connect with nature and others in a loving way. From here love, healing and change are natural outcomes.
Book a treatment by contacting Anna – 0408 954 120 –firstname.lastname@example.org or call the clinic – 9482 4325. www.annapapadakis.com.au
Hello Kundalini House Family. I am delighted to join the tribe. Already I have heard so many stories from friends about how much they love this place, and they also work, practice and teach yoga here! Friends everywhere! It’s like a second home I didn’t know I had. Thank you Pip, Billie and team for welcoming me so fully.
Who am I and what do I do?
I am an ‘Essence Coach’ assisting you to
- Go beyond your mind to awaken to your own essential nature
- Clear lethagy to awaken your bodies natural wisdom and vitality
- Go beyond force and control to access your natural creative power
I have been working with thousands of people for over a decade and I bring this experience to get right to the core of where you really are (not where you think you are) and where your real growth edge is. Then from this we create a training plan that maps a grounded path for your growth.
I have founded the Essence School, the Activation Program and I also run a year long Warriors of Love program. I run retreats in Melbourne and am the author or several books around the same theme. My work is a grounded approach to holistic living, giving people a framework to both honour their spirit and their power to take real action in their lives.
How does it work?
Essence coaching is a very unique modality in that it centres around making connection to your own deep essential nature then bringing that forward for your own awakening, healing and creative expression. It involves talking, meditations and embodiment exercises that help unify your body, heart and mind. I work with the Essence Work ™ model that I have created over the last decade that provides a map for how the conscious and unconscious work in dynamic flow with your essence. When you align these three you will find deep, real growth happens effortlessly.
Is it for me?
I find that most people get an inner ‘yes’ if its time to work with me. I work mostly with people with a rich connection to their own spirit who are yearning to live this spirit more fully in their bodies and their lives. If you feel a resonance through what you have read then the next step is to book in a single session and we will take it from there.
How do I book a session?
To book in for an Essence Reading click on the link below. We will explore your challenges and dreams and how this essence work may serve your path.
The Activation School
What we embody, we create
Arion works at Kundalini House every Wednesday.
t. 0434 140 154.
Beth is a qualified Naturopath, combining intuitive healing with Medical Herbalism, Nutrition, Pathology, Iridology and Flower Essences forming a degree in Health Sciences and is currently completing a Diploma in Neuroenergetic Kinesiology.
Beth is passionate about combining an in-depth understanding of how our body functions and how this is a constant response to how we process emotions, memories, lifestyle, food, environmental factors and inherited genetic patterns. Beth believes that by using the above health tools, Naturopathy can enable us to make an incredibly positive impact on how we feel and move through each day.
Beth has travelled extensively, working in diverse fields and cultures; witnessing that she was constantly repeating the same emotional responses in particular situations and how her health overtime began to dictate how she was living. It was through studying Naturopathy and now Kinesiology that she has a deeper understanding about why this is so and how to support, nourish and change these cycles in the body and mind.
“We are more than our blood and tissue with a mechanical heart; we are a culmination of our love, our pain, our knowledge and our experiences. How this is expressed symptomatically in our body is the tip of the iceburg”.
Beth has experience in working with a wide range of health problems that range from incessant colds to complex autoimmune, hormonal and digestive conditions. Beth is passionate about respecting and understanding each person’s unique health picture, from all ages and backgrounds.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Catherine Batty is a diploma qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and a member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia. Cat has a Bachelor of Arts (Youth Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate IV in Disability Studies.
Cat’s experiences of working with survivors of abuse/trauma, people experiencing mental illness and people who are culturally and linguistically diverse allow for Cat to provide a safe environment for remedial and relaxation treatments.
Cat is interested in the way our emotions manifest physically and using therapeutic methods in an attempt to find equilibrium and activate a parasympathetic response.
Cat is passionate about using holistic methods in improving muscle performance effectively and sustainably. This is primarily through a personalised, thorough assessment and treatment plan. Cat uses a range of techniques; soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, myofascial cupping, myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, muscle energy techniques and corrective exercises.
Dip. Clinical Hypno
Jane Johnston studied a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and has been practicing for over a decade. Jane wrote a thesis on the Science behind Meditation, while studying Yoga Teaching and she has also studied and practiced Buddhist Meditation, Transcendental meditation, Guided meditation, Kundalini meditation and has an interest in Mindfulness practices and many forms of relaxation therapy. Jane has also studied and worked with Guided Breath work practices and Yoga Nidra.
After teaching Hatha, Kundalini Yoga and meditation for several years and enjoying teaching deep relaxation therapy and stress management techniques Jane came to study the modality Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Jane works with scripts and the guiding principles of the Australian Clinical Hypnotherapy Association and from Maggie Wilde and Dr Rick Collingwood PHD, two of Australia’s leading and internationally renowned Hypnotherapists. Jane also studied the Mongan method of Hypno-birthing and teaches the simple, effective practice of Breathing, Self Relaxation, Visualisation and Endorphin triggers for a safe comfortable birthing experience. She has helped dozens of couples feel more empowered, confident and enjoy a more comfortable and healthy birth.
Jane has successfully worked with many corporate groups, including Ligeti Partners Lawyers, Sparky Helmore, ACCC and the N.A.B bank. She has looked after a wide variety of presenting conditions including stress related conditions, depression, anxiety, weight loss, smoking, fears and phobias. Clinical hypnotherapy was a natural evolution from teaching Yoga, Meditation and relaxation therapies.
Jane’s philosophy is that the storage of memory, behaviour patterns and belief systems is holistic in our mind and body. We can open, connect and invite change with the deep mind/body relaxation of Hypnotherapy. Here habits, unwanted behaviours, and fears can be released and new patterns and positive changes made for better health and happiness. Her warmth, compassion and motivational success encourages people to easily create positive healthy change and fully realise their potential.
With a warm and healing energy, Jane is deeply compassionate and committed to empowering her clients to improve their lives and discover their inner potential. Whatever it is you try to change through your own positive affirmation can be powerfully enhanced, magnified and multiplied through Hypnotherapy so you see results quickly.
To book an appointment with Jane, please call 0417 545 475.
BA(SocSci); PGradDip(Psych); MPsych(Ed&Dev); MAPS
Jodie is a caring, client-centred psychologist who is passionate about supporting clients to explore and understand new ways to work through and overcome their personal challenges. Since 2006 she has worked extensively across various settings, including primary and secondary schools, the tertiary education sector and in private practice clinics providing psychotherapy to adults, children and adolescents. Jodie is an experienced facilitator of mindfulness-based programs for adults. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Supervisor of early career psychologists.
Jodie uses a range of evidence-based therapies in her work to best suit client needs and preferred learning styles. These include Mindfulness-Based therapies, Emotion-Focussed Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Her counselling approach is collaborative, holistic and solution focussed.
She provides treatment for a range of concerns, including:
-Anxiety, worry and panic
-Chronic stress and burn out
-Work related stress
-Difficulties adjusting to life changes
-Trauma, grief and loss
For students, Jodie offers specialist counselling to assist with study-related stress and to improve overall levels of wellbeing. In particular, she provides support for academic progress concerns (especially for VCE and University students), test and exam anxiety, chronic procrastination, study/work/life balance and mindfulness coaching and relaxation training.
Jodie also offers play therapy and mindfulness-based therapies to younger children to assist with anxiety, depression, school refusal, peer issues, confidence building and accessing personal strengths.
Prior to working as a psychologist, Jodie trained in classical yoga teaching and worked within child care and early childhood development. She has been engaged with yoga and Buddhist meditation for nearly 20 years. Through these experiences Jodie continues to be humbled by the extent to which we can build our capacity to deeply understand ourselves as a way of living more connected to others, our community and our environment.
Jodie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Clinical Supervisor of trainee psychologists. She is able to provide rebates with a GP-endorsed Mental Health Care Plan.
To book an appointment:
Call Alla Demutska: 0423 931 504
Or the clinic: 9482 4325
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
Leela is a graduate of the Southern School of Natural Therapies and holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine). She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as well as the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
For the last ten years she has also worked as a Shiatsu practitioner. She studied with the European School of Shiatsu and with Bill Palmer (Movement Shiatsu Post-graduate course) in the UK. She was an Assistant teacher at the European School of Shiatsu and is a qualified Reflexologist and Reiki Master.
She was first introduced to the path of Chinese medicine whilst working as an Assistant Producer and Camera Operator in the British Television and Film industry. “A friend of mine suggested to have Chinese medicine treatments to balance my stressful lifestyle and help with depression that I was experiencing at the time. I will always remember my first treatment, which was like light bulbs going off in my body and mind. I was so taken with my first experience that I decided to study shiatsu and Chinese medicine. Whilst studying I discovered meditation, Buddhism and a new, far healthier, way of being.”
Leela’s treatments often combine bodywork with acupuncture, and ancillary techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha (scraping), as well as diet & lifestyle suggestions.
Leela has a special interest in psycho-emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, insomnia, Women’s Health (e.g. pregnancy, menopause, period pain), gastrointestinal concerns as well as autoimmune conditions.
Over the last year Leela has also been a volunteer acupuncturist at Windana, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in St Kilda.
She is passionate about yoga, meditation, photography and travel and is involved with the Buddhist Community at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre in Brunswick.
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
I came into this beautiful medicine of healing, after having a background working outdoors with nature. I travelled at a young age and learnt on my adventures that the power of touch, listening, support and guidance are essential to human beings’ health harmony. When I returned home I delved into studying nutrition, along with various styles of massage. After indulging in energetic work, remedial and Ayurveda styles, I found Tui na; a Chinese medical massage. This modality is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine practice. As I immersed myself in the philosophy and psychology of Chinese medicine theory, the harmony and balance made sense, the theory resonated so strongly with my internal beliefs. So the next step was to master acupuncture, and tune into a flow of a different energetic frequency. I appreciate the simplicity yet there is so much complexity in the art of acupuncture, I know I will be a forever student. I have been a practitioner for more than 12 years now, always passionate about learning and integration.
I always knew that I wanted to integrate food as medicine into my work and my life philosophy, it’s the foundation of health, a way we nurture, heal and sometimes hurt ourselves. The psychology of food fascinates me. Dietary support is a foundation of my treatment plans, tailored to individual requirements, under both a Chinese food therapy and a modern nutrition context. I love food, I find so much joy experimenting in the kitchen with different cuisines, home grown produce from my garden, herbs, spices and flavours. I am always happy discuss the most recent food creation and the latest research on food science.
I maintain myself in a happy health state by waking daily with a breath of gratitude, especially when the sun is shining, I move my body whether it’s a bike ride, a yoga session or soul filled dance, I devour delicious food that my body is craving and enjoy the pleasures of music, entertainment and laughter. I also very much love my work/life role.
I take great pleasure in treating all conditions that are needing support, especially digestive complaints, hormonal issues, fertility support and emotional guidance. I weave into my treatments, acupuncture, bodywork, classical Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition advice with diagnostic lab testing.
Dip. Remedial Massage, Cert. Aromatherapy, Pregnancy Mass. Cert, Reiki I & II
Luisa was in the corporate world when life changed and she needed to find a career that allowed for flexibility to care for her family. So she completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage at Nature Care College in Sydney. This started a rewarding transition from the corporate world into a heart centred therapy career at a beautiful Wellness clinic in Sydney, where she built a loyal client base.
Her philosophy on health has been that the mind affects the body, so when the mind is out of balance you need to take steps to find it again. This could be by cultivating a life with activities that bring inner contentment. Luisa finds this with whole foods, nourishing meals and moving the body. She enjoys exploring varied therapies until she finds the one that works for her.
Luisa is passionate about Yoga, meditation for mind-body wellness, nature, volunteering in the community and providing Therapeutic treatments that make a difference.
Luisa offers a nurturing intuitive practice that includes the whole body. Her flowing treatments assist in reducing stress and the pattern of holding within the body, allowing for a deeply relaxing and therapeutic effect.
Luisa has also studied, Lomi Lomi Nui in Maui Hawaii, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Intuitive Balinese Massage and continues to learn.
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HSc Osteo, BAppSc Osteo
As a teenager, I suffered a back injury after a bad fall. As I did not seek appropriate treatment, it progressively worsened. It was at this point that I was referred off to an osteopath who, by combining their holistic approach and a wealth of knowledge, was able to assist me in overcoming this injury. This revolutionised the view I had on alternative health medicine.
After five years of rigorous study, I have completed a double degree of Health and Applied Science, Osteopathy, graduating from RMIT University in 2017. I am also qualified in yoga teaching, myofascial dry needling and cupping techniques and am currently in the process of completing a course to enhance my knowledge and treatment of the obstetrical patient.
During my hours in the student clinic, it became increasingly evident how passionate I was about the combination of different interventions to assist in the prevention of injury. This led me to travel to Japan to study yoga and return with the tools that I sought after to complement my osteopathic practice. These modalities combined now allow me to structure a comprehensive treatment and management plan.
My interest in the areas of women’s and children’s health, overcoming chronic pain, sporting injuries and general stress associated musculoskeletal complaints were further emphasised during my placement and observational hours of practitioners’ interstate.
Sessions with me consist of thorough examination, locating and isolating the source of one’s pain, which guide a personalised treatment. A combination of controlled breathing, direct and indirect techniques will be used to build an appropriate treatment protocol.
In my spare time I enjoy practising and teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation, travelling, cycling and hiking with friends, and further developing my practice by reading and researching the most current body of evidence.
BHSc (Chinese Med)
Miriam’s journey along the path of Chinese Medicine began as a teenager, when she stumbled over this sophisticated wholistic health system, for a research project. Ever since, Miriam has dedicated her life’s direction and study towards growing her knowledge in this field.
She has achieved a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine, is heavily involved in completing her Diploma in Classical Chinese Medicine with the Institute of East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) and is undertaking further training in Classical Acupuncture with the Institute of NeiJing Research (INR). Miriam is also listed as a practitioner trained in the Facial Enhancement Acupuncture system (FEA) (Cosmetic Acupuncture).
Miriam has a warm and caring nature that she brings to each consultation, which is felt by each of her clients. She is passionate about educating her clients on how their bodies are communicating imbalances. And has keen interests in helping her clients work towards:
- Improving digestive health
- Menstrual health and pre-pregnancy care
- Learning diet therapy principles and beneficial lifestyle changes
- Healthy pregnancies and birth preparation
- Improved facial complexion and appearance with Facial Enhancement Acupuncture techniques (Cosmetic Acupuncture)
BTCM (SITCM), DipCCM, Adv.Cert.InternalMedAcu (China), CMBA, ANTA
Nicola graduated from the 5-year full time Bachelor course at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has undertaken official internships with two of Sydney’s most renowned physicians. She has spent 4 years as an intern of Daniel Deng and 3 years as an intern of David White, which has provided her with valuable experience in treating a vast array of conditions. As part of her studies Nicola spent time as an intern in the Guangzhou City Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China where she trained in the dermatology, paediatrics, gynaecology, oncology and internal medicine departments.
From a young age Nicola has had an interest in how plant medicine and massage worked to heal the body and would spend her spare time reading about anatomy and herbal medicine. Nicola discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine while living and working in the Netherlands. She took the leap and enrolled for the first semester and during the first lecture found herself passionately enthralled wanting to know more. Nicola realised it was the system of medicine she had been looking to study for many years. From the outset, Nicola found a deep appreciation for the guidance of classical texts of Chinese medicine and has spent much time devoted to understanding and studying these vital texts to further her knowledge and understanding of the human body, nature and their interactions.
Nicola believes that helping and supporting one another on our individual journeys is one of life’s most rewarding values. Nicola understands that life is experienced so differently by each individual and living from a place of open heartedness is vital to stay true to ones self. She feels that part of a meaningful life are the gifts we can bring to each person we encounter.
Nicola is passionate about Classical Chinese medicine and spends may hours of her free time studying the ancient classical texts of the Han Dynasty to better her knowledge of the medicine. Nicola also loves to create fibre art (Knitting, spinning, crocheting and quilting if you are wondering) and to spend time nurturing her garden, which is full of fruit trees, flowers and herbs.
Nicola enjoys general practice and has had specialised training in gynaecology and fertility, complex chronic and autoimmune diseases, cancer support and musculoskeletal conditions. Nicola understands that no two people are the same and works diligently to tailor treatments to your individual and specific needs, with a focus on prevention and dietary understanding. Her goal is to create a partnership in a patient’s healthcare in which the individual must truly feel that they play an important role on their path to good health.
Dip. Remedial Massage, Dip. Aromatherapy
Nicole has been a practicing Remedial massage therapist for 11 years and worked in numerous multimodality clinics in this time. She has also completed a diploma in Aromatherapy, Reiki masters in northern India, Thai massage in Koh Samui and 200 hour yoga teacher training in Florence. Nicole lived in Sydney for 3 years and established a client base there, which she continued to treat up until March this year. She worked along side 3 mentors, which she still gains much knowledge and friendship from.
She has always found the mind body connection fascinating and was naturally drawn to this field.
Nicole’s passion lies in communicating with the body to let go. Through breath work she taps into the nervous system and muscular skeletal system to unlock tension caused by physical and/or emotional trauma. In turn, creating space for healing and regeneration to occur.
She regularly practices yoga and boxing to keep up her own masculine/feminine balance and is constantly incorporating travel into her life.
Dip Remedial Therapy
Peter is a qualified Remedial massage therapist with over 17 years of clinical experience within the health industry, and has moved from Tasmania to undergo his masters degree in Chiropractic care.
He has had the opportunity to work with and study under some of Australia’s elite therapists, building a solid framework and paving a path to his own very unique view of the human body and treatment technique.
Peter has a deep bio-mechanical understanding of the body, and recognises how the relationship of the body’s systems works as a whole. Incorporating a holistic approach, and also drawing knowledge from his recent chiropractic studies, he integrates the most up-to-date musculoskeletal and soft tissue treatment, nutritional recommendations and lifestyle advice such as exercise and stretching prescriptions. Peter can tailor a specific treatment plan and provide you with the correct building blocks to help you achieve your health goals.
Peter’s main areas of expertise are acute and chronic soft tissue injury management, and postural corrective treatment which helps with a wide variety of problems such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches, joint restriction and muscle tension.
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Dip Bowen Therapy SMART Bowen, Dip Kinesiology, ACCM
Petra is a muscle therapist working with pain, tension, stress relief and anxiety. She holds a Diploma in Bowen Therapy (SMART Bowen) and a Diploma of Kinesiology (ACCM, Melbourne).
After moving to Australia in 2010 she decided to no longer pursue a career in high-end hospitality and instead follow her passion for health and complementary medicine. She began by writing a list of all the things she was passionate and curious about. Looking back at this list now, after she has studied Kinesiology, she is always amazed that all of these things play a role in how she uses her skills. She has incorporated SMART Bowen Therapy into her treatments which reflects her interest in working with musclo-skeletal issues and wholistic balancing through touch.
She ultimately believes in the body’s innate wisdom and healing power and that the role of the health practitioner is to create the bridge to access this wisdom and tap into the powerful knowledge bank of the heart to regain and maintain health, vitality, ease and happiness.
Petra is passionate about creating the connection between our physical bodies, our muscles and our mind and nervous system. She constantly strives to nurture and nourish a healthy mind by de-cluttering the head of old beliefs and patterns and creating more clarity and presence. She has made it her mission to inspire people to take more care of themselves and keep their fuel tank charged so they can be the best version of themselves.
She specialises not only in muscular pain, tension and stress relief but has a variety of clients who also see her for Kinesiology sessions to work with anxiety, feeling stuck or feel like they need more than a physical therapy to feel better in the long run.
When working with Bowen Therapy people generally look for a reduction in pain and tension and the relief of discomfort or stress. As a physical technique, Bowen addresses the soft tissue on an integrative level, which means it not only addresses the muscles and soft tissue to release tension but also works with the nervous system to re-educate the body to return to a more optimal alignment. This makes the treatment feel deeply relaxing and nurturing. Often people begin to realise how their mindset and stress affects their bodies and physical wellbeing. This is where introducing Kinesiology into the treatment is very beneficial. Kinesiology can find underlying stresses and mindsets that can cause anxiety, lack of clarity and low energy.
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Call 9482 4325 to book a Kinesiology treatment.
Pia is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in 2019, if you would like an acupuncture appointment, please speak to one of our reception staff and they can refer you to another of our practitioners.
BHSc (Acu & ChinMed), DipRemMass (Tui Na), AdvDipCCM.
Pia’s relationship with Chinese Medicine began with a chance visit to an acupuncturist on the recommendation of a friend. During her treatment, she experienced profound relief of her tendonitis and felt more mentally and emotionally at ease. She became curious about this entirely different medical worldview – grounded in the observation and understanding of nature, and its reflection in us. After years of travel and study, she could now see a way to not only help people and combine it with her passion for medicine, but to also bring her own humanity to it. This was to be the path that both ended her search, and revealed its beginning.
Pia is a qualified and registered Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine practitioner and Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na) therapist. Her post-graduate studies in Canonical Chinese Medicine at ICEAM has further developed pulse diagnosis handed down from the Tian Family lineage, as well as its application using classical herbal formulas. Pia has practiced in northern India with Traditional Healthcare, and in Melbourne with Janak Chauhan and as a herbal dispenser for Steven Clavey. Pia has been practicing with the wonderful team at Kundalini House since 2012, and also runs her own small practice in the Yarra Valley.
Pia has a special interest in internal medicine as taught by the Classics and believes that Chinese Medicine is fundamentally about the relationships that nourish us – between our environment, others and within ourselves. This grounded approach considers that even when faced with chronic and complex health concerns, these can frequently be unraveled by addressing the accumulated issues, one layer at a time. Her down to earth, compassionate and warm approach is balanced by her experience treating and preventing a wide range of conditions regarding all aspects of general practice including immune disorders, viral conditions, fatigue related illnesses, pain disorders, digestive, dermatological and mental-emotional imbalances, as well as women’s health.
Shamanic Journeying Therapist
Rachel personally trained with Raymond Richards “the urban shaman’ in 2010 as a Crystal Dreaming™ practitioner and completed post graduate study in 2011. She was invited to train as an advanced practitioner in 2011, and in 2014 she was initiated, attuned and certified as a Crystal Dreaming Teacher Trainer. Rachel brings exuberant passion, spiritual prowess and deep insight into her practice as a Crystal Dreaming therapist.
Rachel assists Raym in his trainings when held in Melbourne and continues to apprentice and seek regular counsel from her teacher, who she considers a living treasure with a heart of gold.
On her journey, Rachel was initiated as Quechuan Shaman in Peru in 2008. Since 2009 she has trained with Crystal Dreaming founder Raym Richards.
To find out more about Rachel’s journey into shamanism, visit her website:
Rebecca Van Horssen
Rebecca Van Horssen
BHSc (Naturopathy), Cert IV Kinesiology, Mem.NHAA
Rebecca is a Naturopath and Kinesiologist with over five years clinical experience, and a passion for traditional herbal medicine. While a serendipitous series of events led her to study a Bachelor of Naturopathic Health Science, it was facing and supporting her own and her family’s health issues that truly grounded her journey into naturopathic and energetic medicine. Rebecca is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Chinese Herbal Medicine at RMIT to further enrich and broaden her clinical expertise.
Rebecca’s training and life experience led her to an holistic and multi-faceted style of practice. By combining Naturopathy & Kinesiology, all aspects of the self are able to be assessed and addressed, supporting you in initiating and maintaining a deep and meaningful healing process. She has seen how positive change can also manifest through developing deeper connections with your intuition and authentic self, allowing you to feel more grounded and in alignment with your purpose and your true self.
Rebecca is inspired by facilitating and empowering women to have a deeper connection with and understanding of their physical and emotional bodies, and particularly their menstrual cycles. Together you can start navigating and getting to know natural menstrual rhythms for fertility, contraception, regulating your cycle or reducing difficult PMS symptoms. As well as that, she can support you through managing transformational milestones such as puberty, menarche, pregnancy and menopause.
Rebecca also works with a wide range of specific health conditions in clinic such as gut dysfunction, fatigue and insomnia, recurring immunity problems, chronic illness or pain, depression and anxiety.
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Dr Sharmaine Nicholson
Chinese Medicine Practitioner
BA Health Science/Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbs), APRHA CMR 0001740003 ATMS23578, BA Midwifery (2017 – current)
Sharmaine is a registered practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).
Sharmaine has been helping couples with infertility and pregnancy related health for the past 12 years. Her experience includes pre-conception care, IVF preparation and support throughout IVF cycles, pregnancy support and preparation for labour.
She has worked in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading fertility specialists.
Sharmaine is also currently undertaking a B. Midwifery to deepen her knowledge and passion in pregnancy.
Sharmaine uses traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses and treatments in conjunction with evidence based treatments and protocols.
Qualifications & Awards
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine)
Scholarship – clinical internship at Kyung Hee University Hospital in Seoul.
Bachelor of Midwifery (2017 – current)
Somatic Trauma Therapist
Sophie Boord is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing (trauma) Practitioner (SEP) with a commitment to social justice and a background in the arts and environmental activism.
Sophie works in private practice and community health with a broad range of clients. Sophie works holistically and relationally, she has a special interest in working with trauma and her work engages people with chronic and complex trauma including developmental trauma.
Sophie is a gentle, respectful and highly attuned therapist who brings a certain lightness, sensitivity and creativity to her practice. Sophie finds the therapeutic journey offers a movement towards growth and wholeness, “it’s a journey full of creativity and exploration; sometimes playful, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful”. Sophie incorporates somatic touch work into her practice and is passionate about the value of this work for survivors of trauma.
In addition to her individual work with clients Sophie runs therapy groups and has run therapy groups at Gestalt Therapy Australia. In 2017 Sophie ran process groups for practitioners at the International Gestalt Australia New Zealand Conference and will be presenting work at the International Domestic Violence & Health Conference in November 2018.
Sophie is currently developing a video with women who have experienced family violence in an effort to change the pervasive culture of violence against women. Sophie has previously made videos with people from diverse cultures and recently made a film “Gratitude” with Phillip Maisel OAM and survivor of the Jewish holocaust.
Sophie has completed 3 years training in the cutting-edge trauma modality Somatic Experiencing, pioneered by Dr. Peter Levine, as well as 4 years training at Gestalt Therapy Australia. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Communications with Honours in Fine Arts.
PACFA Reg. Provisional 24384
Member, Gestalt Australia New Zealand.
Book a treatment by contacting Sophie –0439 406 072 – ONLINE
Dip. Kinesiology, Dip. Remedial Massage, Cert level 1-3 Craniosacral therapy
Tina has a Diploma in Remedial Massage and a Diploma in Kinesiology with training in Craniosacral therapy and currently completing a Diploma in Counselling. Tina has 8 years experience in Kinesiology that then lead her to Remedial massage of which she has been practicing for 5 years.
Tina is also a teacher in Kinesiology and Remedial massage and finds sharing her knowledge with her students extremely rewarding. Tina came to Kinesiology through her own personal difficulties and was able to improve her life, which in turn made her want to be able to help others through the roller coaster of life, help facilitate change and become aware of old patterns that can get in the way. This then lead her to massage, as she found that emotional issues also caused physical pain… healing through touch.
Her philosophy on health and emotional wellbeing is that if we can bring awareness to how we feel then half the work is done. To be present with our feeling, to have a space to be with these feelings will allow for change.
Tina is passionate about her work, always wanting to learn more, which now brings her to a Diploma in Counselling. Tina is now introducing her counselling skills to Kinesiology and finding this to be very effective and powerful.
Tina specialises in working with how we feel, recognising our story and our patterns but staying in the present moment with awareness of our feelings, using this awareness in our emotions and also our physical body. Through massage, touch can help bring awareness back into the physical body, because of our busy and stressful lives we can disconnect from our emotional and physical body, Tina works with reconnecting, feeling and awareness.
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Dip. Remedial Massage
Zi began their journey in the realms of body work over six years ago when they took a short course in Ayurvedic massage in India. Equipped with these new tools, Zi began offering outcall treatments in Berlin, working with a number of clients from various walks of life. It was upon returning to Australia that their thirst for a deeper understanding of the body was ignited and they decided to study Remedial massage and Shiatsu.
The blend of two, seemingly polar modalities, flavour their sessions in a unique way. By using remedial tools to diagnose musculoskeletal issues, and the subtle undertones of shiatsu, together they form a more holistic view of the body- this results in a treatment that accesses greater depths.
Zi is also a yoga teacher, with a drive towards holding classes for the LGBTQIA+ community. Their ethos strongly aligns with the importance of health services being accessible and inclusive, irrespective of sexuality or gender; and they aim to create a safe space for anyone in the community.
As an avid seeker of knowledge they are continually learning in the areas of body-mind connection, interoception and brain maps, breath-work and its effects on the nervous system, performing arts and all forms of expressive dance.