WHO AM I … ?
My name is Christine and I am presently living in Sydney, Australia, although I’m originally from New Zealand (a Kiwi).
When I first left New Zealand I was very interested in alternative lifestyles and a more organic and natural way of being in the world. Through a series of events I ended up in Japan where I discovered I had ‘healing hands’ and an instinctive way of working with bodies.
After injuring myself in an Aikido class I decided that studying acupuncture and shiatsu was a safer and more beneficial path for me. Interestingly, the language barrier helped confirm that I instinctively knew what to do and how to use my hands and body to ease people's pain and discomfort. I often ended up showing other students in the class how to work and eventually became more like an assistant to the teacher.
When I heard about how Dr. Ida Rolf helped release trauma stored in tissue and could changed posture by aligning structure, I knew I needed to go to the US to study this method. Prior to entering the Rolf Institute, I studied Esalen oil massage (as taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California) – and afterwards, I went on to study Rolfing Movement integration in Boulder, Colorado.
After returning to Australia, I deepened my work by studying the Feldenkrais Method in Sydney (with European and American instructors) and qualified as a teacher and practitioner.
It’s been my experience that Rolfing® gets immediate, visible and palpable results – and hence it has remained my primary focus for the past 23 plus years.
WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU?
I enjoy working with people from all over the world and I feel confident working with my hands, fingers, elbows in alignment with my intuition to get the required results.
I listen carefully to what each client asks for and needs to personalize each massage just for them. I have an innate ability to help people (and animals) release shock and trauma from their bodies. Using the right combination of tools you, I encourage and stimulate your body's natural ability to recalibrate, heal and find balance, with just the right pressure to facilitate the body's natural healing ability.
For tired, sore muscles I recommend deep tissue massage or Rolfing®. For the immune system support and/or a feeling of being run down, I highly recommend having a Raindrop Technique® treatment as well.
Typically, clients experience more ease, relaxation, openness, awareness, grace and flexibility. They have reduced levels of pain and less restriction in movement and breathing. They report viewing – and being in – the world differently and having renewed confidence to do what they want to do.
Aside from success in dealing with sleep issues, I’m gifted in working with neck and back difficulties, RSI and carpel tunnel (forearm and wrist) problems, Clients also gain an increased capacity to breathe more fully – very useful for those in the entertainment industry … musicians, in particular, love this work!
I also specialize in making sure clients are more fully present, centered and grounded in their bodies and hence more present with others and effective in all their endeavours.
My bodywork sessions address the following issues (and more) to promote relaxation, realignment and physical/emotional wellbeing:
· Muscular aches and pains
· Sleep issues
· Joint problems including neck, wrists, hips, knees, shoulders
· Circulation issues
· Breathing difficulties
· Movement difficulties
· Menstrual problems
· Repetitive strain injuries
· Digestive issues
Working with me helps you fit and work with your ‘earth suit’ more efficiently. When you feel more at ease in your body and within yourself, it improves how you present and your outlook in the world.
MY QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
I have the following qualifications:
• Rolfer®, Advanced Rolfer®, Rolf Movement teacher®
• Feldenkrais Method® practitioner
• Cranio-sacral therapist
• Reconnective Healing™, The Reconnection™
• Zen Shiatsu
I have also trained in
• Deep tissue massage therapy
• Raindrop Technique (using Therapeutic-Grade® essential oils)
• Acupuncture* (trained in Tokyo using both Japanese and Chinese needles; then in Beijing as part of the WHO program in TCM acupuncture)
• Sekhem, Seichim
• Ear candling
• Manual Lymph Drainage (Dr. Vodder method)
• Myofascial release
I have taught both massage and shiatsu in Tokyo for several years – and over the years, have applied my skills in New Zealand, Japan, USA, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Italy, Guatemala, India and Mexico.
My personal interests are varied – they include: art, painting, drawing, yoga, chi gung, dance, reading, theatre, movies, walking, spiritual dance, psychology, music and of course, massage. I have travelled extensively as I love learning about new cultures and perspectives. All of my creative pursuits inform and grow my work.
Although I don't have children of my own, I love working with kids and am a trusted and playful aunt and great aunt.
My passion is to be effective and helpful in practical ways in contributing to easing pain in the world. Being of genuine service to others is what drives and empowers me and I love ‘paying it forward’ to empower my clients.
As part of the Dr. Dot team, I know your schedule probably isn't an easy one - and your healing needs don't always fall into regular business hours. I am available 24 hours a day in Sydney and have the flexibility to travel anywhere (including internationally) to treat clients (with sufficient notice)
I look forward to working with you soon.
[*NOTE: I no longer use needles. As I became more 'in tune' with my body, I no longer liked receiving needles and hence it felt out of integrity to use them on clients. As a 'sensitive' who prefers less intervention and using 'off the body' techniques where possible, I'm very attuned to when, where and how it's appropriate to use deep (or light) pressure and strokes with my clients.]
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