Our Remedial Massage Therapists
Banggie has been a massage therapist and enrolled nurse in Chile for many years in hospitals and clinics. She is bi-lingual and speaks Spanish and English.
She studied remedial massage and relaxation massage at Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne and is a registered member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia.
Banggie has worked in several clinics across Australia before joining Melbourne Combined Natural Therapies. She is passionate about remedial massage and is adept at using remedial techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and cupping. She also enjoys giving sports massage and hot stones massage.
Banggie is a dedicated practitioner who enjoys bringing relief from pain and aching muscles. “The most important thing for me is to improve the posture of my clients, increasing the range of motion, reducing pain and increasing blood circulation, applying in each session muscle stretching and specific techniques for the well-being of my client”.
Isma is an experienced remedial massage therapist with a history of working in the health and wellness industry. Skilled in relaxation techniques, pain management and rehabilitation, she is currently adding to her skills with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
Isma’s goal is to make sure her clients understand their condition and how they
can manage it on their own. She finds it very rewarding to see her treatments have a successful outcome and her clients feeling at their best. She likes to teach breathing techniques borrowed from yoga and treat muscular conditions linked to stress. She also has a keen interest in ergonomics and helping her clients to find the best way to complete their jobs whilst ensuring the most useful posture. Isma’s long term goal is to be able to treat her clients by introducing them to yoga asanas and breathing exercises within her myotherapy treatments.
When she’s not working or studying she enjoys reading historical fiction, books on spirituality and yoga. She also practices yoga and enjoys hiking and gardening (which quickly became an addictive hobby!) With a love for food, which she believes is a natural medicine for health and overall wellbeing, she cooks and likes to mix different types of cuisines. She is also an advocate for the environment.
Spencer completed his Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in 2012, since then he has gained experience working with Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths to further his understanding of how the body works. He has a fascination with the link between mental and physical health, in that the more ability you have to move, the happier you are and vice versa. He achieves this with a holistic focus on the nervous system and the relation between muscles and fascia. He has extensive experience working with TMJ (Jaw) dysfunction, headaches and lower back pain. In his spare time Spencer spends a lot of his time at the beach with his dog Paddy, preparing his material for a future stand up comedy routine, cooking, going to the footy and mixed martial arts events, watching history documentaries and for the last 5 years considered coming out of retirement for one more footy season (probably will never happen)
Grace completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at VFA and will be continuing her studies in 2019 to obtain an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. She is always looking for learning opportunities to enhance her knowledge and client outcomes.
Grace’s empathetic and caring nature is what sparked her interest in the massage industry. Seeing clients respond to treatment and reach their health goals is always rewarding and drives her to continue helping others.
Grace’s treatments include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and stretching. These techniques will be applied to suit an individual’s needs whether it be postural imbalances, muscle tension, pain or general well-being.
In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, reading and learning to cook new recipes.
Gusta is a certified Massage Therapist. Back home in Lithuania she worked for 2 years as a physiotherapist. After a short break from work and exploring a bit of Europe she decided to move to Melbourne in 2018 to study Remedial Massage. Being able to experience somewhere far away from home and be able to develop and grow professionally keeps her motivated, optimistic, creative and energetic every single day.
For her treatments Gusta combines deep tissue techniques, sports massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release and stretching. From her previous work as a physiotherapist she is also able to show simple daily mobility and stretching exercises for her clients.
Her aim is to listen and help her clients to improve their wellbeing. She will greet every single person with a big smile.
Gusta is passionate for Watsu therapy (water shiatsu massage). It is a field she would like to explore more, enabling her to integrate her massage therapy skills into the water.
Outside of work, Gusta has a passion for movement training classes in Melbourne where she is exploring new ways of moving her body. Her free time is moving time – walking with a dog, riding her bike, exploring the city, dancing and being adventurous wherever she goes.
Chloe completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at Melbourne institute of massage therapy in 2018. In 2016 Chloe suffered sports related injury, that left her unable to work for a short amount of time and that’s what really sparked her passion to start studying remedial massage, she now has a constant drive to want to help people in need.
Chloe has been working as a sports trainer at a local football club for the last year, gaining experience and skills in sports related injuries.
Chloe’s main goal in her career is to be able to relieve pain/stress in the lives of others. Chloe is a caring individual and would love to go home each day knowing that she has helped someone. Chloe hopes to forever develop new skills and knowledge.
Momoko completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2020. Momoko also has a degree in dance from VCA (Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance), where she took a keen interest in somatic practices such as yoga.
Momoko loves working with movement and understanding the body more thoroughly, in order to help with pain management and early interventions of postural dysfunctions and injuries. Her goal is to provide a client focused session through modalities such as myofascial release, cupping and trigger point work.
Momoko looks forward to continued research and study of the body for a better approach to holistic health and management of pain.
Charlton Szapiro is an accredited Remedial Massage Therapist and a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia. Charlton’s practice is inclusive with significant experience working with a variety of clients including fitness professionals, everyday workers, those with active lifestyles, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Charlton brings a sensitive and compassionate quality to his practice, helping his clients to understand their treatment and condition, whilst offering rehabilitative techniques and strategies to ensure a pain-free life. Utilising a combination of skills to help release tension and restore range of motion, including cupping and dry needling, Charlton has helped his clients manage their pain and stay active.
His empathetic and collaborative approach ensures that each client has an experience that is tailored to their individual needs, health goals, and concerns. He also maintains an active interest in nutrition, weight training, cycling and meditation.
Moving to Melbourne in 2007, Cal completed a 3 year full-time Alexander technique teacher training course, complementing this with a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2011 and Pilates instructor training in 2014. Having a range of techniques at her disposal, Cal often uses a blend of Alexander technique, Pilates and massage in individually tailored sessions. As a remedial massage therapist she uses deep tissue massage techniques, dry needling, cupping, myofascial release and stretch and strength exercises to help her clients reach optimal performance.
Cal makes every effort to improve her skills by regular work exchanges with practitioners of other modalities which has extended her knowledge of the human body and its ability to move with ease, strength, balance and poise given the right help. Her own interests include keeping healthy and fit by weight training, running, cycling, Pilates and yoga. This interest in movement and exercise has led her into a career where she helps you to use your body more effectively and she looks forward to sharing her skills and her passion with you very soon.
Passionate about helping others, Mariko became a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2015 and completed Myotherapy studies last year.
Using deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, dry needling and cupping, each session is focused on the needs and goals of the client as an individual. Mariko believes in the ability of her work to relieve muscle tension, improve motion and athletic performance, as well as assist overall wellbeing.
Mariko is an association member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia and has pursued continuing education courses in pilates, dry needling, pregnancy massage and is currently completing a Diploma of Yoga Teaching.
In her free time, Mariko enjoys yoga, pilates, running, snowboarding and spending time outdoors.
Phil completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at The Australian Institute of Natural Therapies & his Myotherapy Advanced Diploma at the Victorian College of Health Education. He has also completed Studies in Myofascial Dry Needling, Laser Therapy, Advanced Cupping & Myofascial Release.
Phil has worked in both the clinical and corporate sectors of the health industry, with over 15 years of practice he has acquired a broad knowledge of muscular issues and injuries, and is experienced in treating a wide range of postural problems.