Directory of Practitioners
Here are some practitioners we highly recommend. If you would like the contact details of anyone here please call us on 03 – 3793370
Bek Parry – Nutritionist
Bek Parry is a Post Graduate qualified Nutritionist and healthy living advocate. There are a myriad of ‘diets’ out there that all claim to be the one, or the answer to all your weight woes. We are all unique in so many ways, and Bek believes that it is her role to work with you, to find the best way forward to achieve your health goals. This will enable you to take control of your own health and live a positive and nourishing, healthy life in the best way you can.
Good nutrition is a vital component to ongoing wellness and with a passion for whole-foods and living well in today’s world, achieving wellness through improving the diet is Bek’s primary focus. So whether your goal is related to digestive health, weight, energy levels or family well-being, Bek will work with you to develop health focused goals and a plan that is going to support and motivate you to achieving sustainable healthier habits and ongoing wellness.
“With a sustainable and down-to-earth approach to wellbeing, together we can help you achieve your goals in living healthily and feeling great.”
Carol Birch – Naturopath
Carol is experienced and has been practicing for twenty years as well as being a General and Obstetric nurse and is also trained in Aromatherapy massage and Reiki. A wide range of health problems can be treated with Naturopathy and any age group.
Naturopathy means ‘Nature Cure’ and uses Nutritional Supplements, Dietary adjustments, Herbal medicines or lifestyle changes to create healing and balance in the body or mind. The Philosophy of Naturopathy is to provide the Client with what they are lacking and healing or homeostasis will occur. ie: THE BODY WILL HEAL ITSELF
“I am passionate about my work and get a lot of satisfaction from helping people regain their health”
David Bennett – Life Coach
David draws on a variety of coaching theories and models to apply scientific rigour to what makes people thrive and excel. Cognitive behavioural coaching, adult development theory and systems thinking are the main theories underpinning David’s coaching. An advocate of positive psychology, David’s approach is respectfully challenging, motivational and geared towards supporting people to flourish and realise their potential.
David has a Masters in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, is an accredited Realise2 Strengths practitioner, trained ACT behavioural change coach, and a credentialled member of the International Coach Federation.
Coaching is partnering with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximise your potential. Coaching is about change, transformation, learning and growth through goal-focused conversation. In dozens of studies, people who pursue goals that are about learning, growing, and developing skills report they enjoy their lives more. Coaching supports you in this process of goal selection, prioritisation and attainment. Coaching raises awareness and helps you take responsibility for change and move into action.
Using our strengths makes us happy and is the surest way to be successful. Research shows that people who use their strengths more report they are happier, are more confident, have higher levels of self-esteem, have higher levels of energy and vitality, experience less stress, are more resilient, are more likely to achieve their goals, perform better at work, are more effective at developing themselves and growing as individuals.
David lives in Lyttelton with his partner Robin. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, running, swimming, kayaking and yoga.
Mana Fleming – Acupuncturist
Mana has been a lecturer and clinical supervisor of Chinese Medicine in Christchurch with 8 years clinical practice. People receiving her treatment have recovered from illnesses, injuries, felt more at ease, healed and found emotional and physical stability in their lives. Her clients find her understanding, multi-skilled and informative, often recommending her to others.
The variety of skills and experience Mana brings are sought in conjunction with, and as an alternative to Western Medicine providing safe and ethical treatments.
‘I’d like to thank you for your time and energy that you invested in me whilst down in Christchurch. Our weekly catch-ups I benefited greatly from. I’ve made a lot of progress….I have a healthy lifestyle and things couldn’t be better’ – response from a client.
‘I have found Chinese Medicine and understanding its 5000 year old, ancient knowledge reassuring and very useful in our modern age. I feel I can trust this body of knowledge to help me understand myself and my patients with more clarity in a whole and rounded way. I love that the changes for people can be so effective and profound. I look forward to meeting my clients, I look forward to listening and creating wellness together and mostly I enjoy the fun of being healthy and mostly happy’
Qualifications – BHSc Chinese Medicine, National Diploma of Acupuncture, NLP Master Practitioner, Addictions Counselling Certificate, Adult Education Teaching Certificate Level 5, ACC Treatment Provider, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Management Diploma
Michele Poore – Counsellor
Michele has recently completed her diploma and is currently studying toward completing a degree. Grounded in the Person-centred counselling modality Michele is also interested in some aspects of the Gestalt approach.
Michele has spent several years overseas and has engaged in many diverse occupations which has given her a great appreciation for people from many different walks of life. She is passionate about working with individuals while they explore, and wrestle with, the struggles that have caused them to come through the counselling door.
Michele engages in regular supervision and is guided by the NZAC code of ethics.
Sarah O’Sullivan – Massage Therapist
I am passionate about massage and the range of positive effects it offers. Massage can assist in reducing pain and improving range of motion following injury. It also boosts psychological and emotional wellness.
I use soft tissue manipulation to release restriction and stress and encourage flow within the body.
I specialise in deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release, rehabilitation and improving postural awareness.
I also work with pregnant women throughout the duration of their pregnancies.
I gained my diploma from The New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) with 1st year merit.
Tom Shand – Massage Therapist
Tom is a trained Massage Therapist of 14 years and an advanced Rolfing Practitioner.
Back from living in Sydney for 9 years, Tom comes to us with his skills from Australia and America where he has been up skilling with the Rolf Guild in Hawaii and Utah U.S.A.
Massage works with releasing the muscle fibres which are fatigued / strained / sore or tired.
Rolfing works with the fascia lining of the muscle and our wrapping of the body which holds us together. Science is now telling us that this is one of the main causes for our posture alignment getting out of place.