Cathy has worked in the natural therapies field for over 20 years and is passionate about her work. She feels it is very important in these troubling times to be able to pass on information about safe, non invasive therapies which provide a valuable tool to us in this day and age. Many of these therapies have been forgotten over the years and now is the age of enlightenment when people are asking for more ways to improve their health, well being and practice preventative health care.
Cathy is a recognised Professional Practising Reflexologist, and member of Reflexology New Zealand. She has worked for 3 years on the membership committee of Reflexology New Zealand and is involved in growing and educating this wonderful therapy.
She is a Reiki Master and believes that when using natural therapies one must look at the mind, body and soul . She is also a Professional Practising Aromatherapist and recognized member of the New Zealand Register of Holistic Aromatherapists, She has a passion for Essential Oils and is able to dispense these in her busy Oamaru based clinic. Cathy is a certified masseuse working with both Hot Rock treatments and Swedish Massage techniques. She is a member of The New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners and hold a Certificate in Adult Education.
Stress is a major challenge for many people. To combat stress, Cathy has established a business offering a range of natural therapy solutions to help manage stress from the secluded, relaxing surrounds of her professionally appointed, home-based clinic.
Clients from various walks of life confirm the benefits of these services which include:
- Swedish Massage— the application of firm pressure to redress imbalances and relinquish stress
- Reflexology - the unique application of pressure to your feet to ease any blockages and restore energy flow
- Aromatherapy - the application of oils extracted from plants to promote physical, emotional and mental well being
- Vouchers for the special people in your life
- Each treatment, or combination of treatments, is tailored to meet your individual needs
Cathy is trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques, very gentle specific moves to encourage the healthy flow of stagnant lymph.
Also, Myofascial Release Therapy which is of great benefit in loosening up the fascia of the body. Fascia is a tough connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, organ, artery and vein in the body. It consists mainly of collagen and elastin. The fascia covering the the muscles is called myofascia. Loosening of the myofascia can bring great relief from muscular pain resulting in all body system improvement.
Reflexology is an ancient therapy where a trained practitioner uses the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to reflexes found on the feet. When stimulated these reflexes create a response in specific areas of the body. This simple yet effective treatment feels great and leaves your body feeling relaxed, renewed and full of vitality It has a positive balancing effect on our mental, emotional and spiritual body helping the whole body to heal.
- improve existing conditions
- promote feelings of wellbeing
- reduce mental stress
- provide pain relief from existing issues increase motivation and energy
- promote quality sleep
- improve overall health.
Using Swedish massage techniques, Cathy can help alleviate stress, ease sore muscles and flush the body of toxins. By using good firm pressure, a massage with Cathy will leave you feeling either calmed or rejuvenated depending on your need!
Other benefits include:
- Improve circulation
- Relax tired and aching muscles
- Remove metabolic waste products
- Stretch ligaments and tendons
- Build your immune system
- Assist with breathing
- Stimulate the skin and nervous system
Australian Thermal Stone Massage
the combination of Australian thermal stones & massage is JUST BLISS!
Your therapist uses these uniquely shaped Australian Thermal Stones in your treatment to promote balance and deep relaxation. The radiating heat I from these 10 million year old lava stones restores and rejuvinates the body at its deepest level, increasing circulation and gently removing tightness and stress in tired muscles.
As a qualified aromatherapist, Cathy takes a holistic approach towards each client’s treatment and is happy to work alongside other health professionals. Cathy holds a current practicing certificate with NZROHA. Treatments can include massage, blends to use in the bath or shower, spritzer spray compress, vaporizer (oil burner) lotions/ oils to apply to the body. Whichever the recommended treatment, the aim is to enhance physical and emotional well being.
- The use of Essential Oils to enhance physical and emotional well-being.
- A complementary therapy, incorporating holistic applications such as massage and inhalation affecting the senses of touch and smell.
- One of the fastest growing natural therapies and has been used for thousands of years.
- Used by nurses, midwives, other Health Professionals and Natural (complementary) treatment providers, to complement their services.
- Global research, clinical efficacy offer genuine credibility and value from Aromatherapy.
- Able to profoundly influence our every day environments.
When purchasing essential oils
Always buy from a reputable source, they should be able to supply you with batch number, expiry date, and country of origin. Pure essential oil labels should include the following:
- Botanical name
- External use only
- Keep out of reach of children
Fragrance, synthetic, or perfume oils, are not pure or natural essential oils for use in Aromatherapy treatments. Lower quality oils and synthetic additives can cause reactions such as headache, nausea, and skin irritation.
For more information about the best services for your needs or to organise an appointment - just give us a call!
'Thank you so much Cathy for your enthusiasm and patience with teaching us fundamentals of reflexology. Your experience and knowledge reflected upon our learning and we would definitely be back to do another course with you!' thank you. Maxine Shea
It is with great pleasure to give testimonial to Cathy’s wonderful talent and professionalism in her work as a Reflexologist, Natural therapist and an Educational Facilitator for Southern Therapies School of New Zealand, I recently benefitted greatly from her Introductory to Reflexology Course, (Cathy being very generous in sharing her knowledge and training) as well as being lucky enough enjoy many reflex sessions from herself and her brilliant students. I highly recommend the experience of Reflexology and any training through the Southern Therapies School of New Zealand,
Reiki Master/Teacher Gaye McBride and Hypnotherapist
I recently attended one of Cathy's introductory courses to reflexology. Cathy's commitment and care is outstanding. She is an excellent tutor providing a safe and calm and fun environment. She is very knowledgeable and insightful. This course is designed in helping you provide reflexology for your friends and family and is also the pre-requisite for the diploma course. Anne Youngs (Geraldine)
It is an honor and with pleasure to post a testimonial for Cathy. I have not long completed my two day Introduction to Reflexoloy course. I had no idea what to expect. I had had contact with Cathy thru phonecalls previous to this weekend and had warmed to her instantly. After day one I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere surrounding this course. It was a very relaxed and calm environment. Cathy is an amazing tutor who makes it fun and interesting. All information could be retained mentally so easily and altho the days were long you never came away tired. Cathy is very knowledgeable in many areas of alternative therapies and she would willingly impart this knowledge. I had a fantastic group of people to share this course with and as the numbers were very small it was peaceful. All my needs were met and I thank Cathy for this experience I have caught the “foot” bug and have just registered for the Diploma in Reflexology. Lesley Oppert
Professional Practicing Reflexologist, member of Reflexology New Zealand (RNZ), Professional Practicing Aromatherapist, member of New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners (NZCHP). Reiki Master and teacher. Certificate in Adult Education. Founder and head tutor of Southern Therapies School of New Zealand. Certificate Swedish Massage. Certificate Hot Rock Spa Massage.Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Myofascial Release Therapist, Foot Joint Mobilisation.
Aromatherapy, Corporate Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Energy Healing, Lymphatic Drainage, Mobile Service Massage, Myofascial Release Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Stone Therapy Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage