Panacea Natural Health
Panacea Natural Health

Massage Therapy Hokitika, West Coast


Many health professionals recommend massage as part of a patient’s overall health plan and as a means to maintain and encourage wellbeing. Massage is a hands-on therapy which involves variations of pressure from hands, fingers and arms to provide relaxation and relief from tension, stress or pain.

I’ve had experience and training in a variety of massage techniques over the last 25 years including Swedish and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, reflexology, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, polarity therapy, prenatal massage and Reiki. Discussion with the patient helps determine the areas of focus and desired outcome of a massage session, and I draw on any of these techniques depending on what’s needed during a session.

Zen Shiatsu

Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork similar to acupressure. It involves stretching, holding and leaning body weight to different parts of the recipient’s body. Pressure and contact are applied through the hand, thumbs, fingers, forearms, knees and feet. Zen Shiatsu is done through clothing and the receiver lies on a futon. Treatment is focused along specific channels (meridians) of subtle bodily energy called Ki. The pressure affects the movement of energy and triggers our body’s self healing potential.

Zen Shiatsu can reduce stress, improve blood and lymph flow and encourage the elimination of toxins from the body. It can reduce pain, improve flexibility and soften the muscles. Regular use of shiatsu brings awareness to the body, thus influencing posture, breathing and attitude.

Bowen Technique

Bowen technique (or Bowtech) was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Australia. It is a unique system that works using gentle moves on soft tissue to stimulate energy flow and balances the body to allow it to heal itself. The work consists of precise moves on specific points on the body; the moves are light and can be done through clothing. There are frequent and important pauses between each series of moves that give the body time to benefit from each. Only limited sequences of moves are needed for each session so the technique is simple to do and gentle on the patient.