ABOUT CATHERINE

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Catherine is a very dedicated therapist and passionate about her work. Science and the human body has always been a topic of interest. Having completed the Bachelor degree in Science majoring in Physiology and the Bachelor degree in Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy) with academic excellence award, she continues her journey with the human body as she takes on further postgraduate studies and personal developments. Catherine is currently studying the Postgraduate Programme in Health Science endorsing Human Nutrition with the University of Otago. 

Through her own experience, Catherine has a particular interest in working with clients suffering from chronic pain/conditions, migraines and headaches utilising different manual techniques. She also has a particular interest in stress-related pathologies, chronic fatigue, autoimmune conditions,  lymphatic system-related symptoms and metabolic syndromes. 

On her days off, Catherine likes to read up on the latest research, listening to podcasts, hit the gym lifting weights or doing HIIT trainings, play with her Labrador retriever and innocent looking but very naughty cats. 

A fully qualified therapist in Dr Vodder method for lymphoedema management, Catherine incorporates manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) into her treatment for not just lymphoedema but a wide variety of conditions. As an experienced level 7 massage therapist, Catherine focuses on both objective and subjective observations/testing, client history, current and future goal(s), bio-psychosocial and evidence-based practices. With genuine care and interest, Catherine has the skills to create individual treatment plants specific to your needs. 

Catherine specialises in MLD as well as neuromuscular therapy which is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of modalities and techniques that assist with soft tissue recovery including remedial, sports, deep tissue, relaxation response, trigger point therapy, myofascial and TMJ works.

WHAT I BELIEVE

Everyone is different

There is no one treatment fits all. We are individuals with different past, current conditions and future goals.
We must include all aspect of a person - nutrition, stress, fitness level, physiological, psycho-social and belief system when helping a person in pain.

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Qualifications - Massage Therapy

  • Bachelor of Health Studies in Massage & Neuromuscular Therapy (Academic Excellence Award) NZCM

  • Diploma in Health Science in Massage and Sports Therapy (AEA) NZCM

  • Diploma in Health Science in  Therapeutic Massage (AEA) NZCM

  • Certificate in Relaxation Massage (Distinction) NZCM

 

  • Dr Vodder method of MLD and CDT (Therapy II & III)

 

  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner

  • Reiki Level 2

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Qualifications- Science

  • 2022 Current - Postgraduate Programme in Health Science endorsing Human Nutrition with The University of Otago
     

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology from The University of Auckland

Qualifications- Beauty Therapy

  • Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy (Hon.) ELITE

  • New Zealand Beauty Industry Award - Top Student Runner- up (2013)

  • CIDESCO Diplma in Beauty Therapy (Top Theory and Thesis)