Our Therapists

Tanya Brabin

The owner of Fitlife Sports Massage, Tanya is a Certificate IV-qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. She also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage.

 

These two areas of expertise work together beautifully as Tanya has a particularly good understanding of how movement patterns are causing pain or dysfunction, and which exercises should be prescribed to counteract the cause of the injury.

 

Tanya’s special interest lies in treating shoulder dysfunction for conditions like tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and impingement syndromes with a combination of massage and rehabilitative exercise wherever possible in order to prevent the need for corticosteroid injections and surgical intervention.

She continues to build on her education by taking regular professional development courses relevant to anatomical movement and function.

 

Tanya is passionate about seeing everyone moving in the way that bodies were designed to move and not as they have been conditioned to by their environment and the injuries that have been sustained. She believes that everyone can benefit from an active lifestyle, balanced diet and regular specialised massage treatments!

 

''Your body is your vehicle; treat it the same way you treat your car - it needs the right fuel, oil and water and regular servicing!''

Warunee (Bow) Buxton

Bow specialises in injury prevention and rehabilitation for athletes and those who lead an active lifestyle, helping them return to achieving optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness. She has a particular interest in the treatment of ankle, foot and lower back conditions.

 

Bow believes that treatment does not end in the treatment room, rather encouraging active client involvement with their treatment in terms of prevention as opposed to solely pain-based care.

 

She is an active gym-goer with a keen passion for baseball and basketball; this means she has a particularly strong understanding of the injuries that can be sustained through these sports.

 

Bow holds a Certificate IV and Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy from the Australian Institute of Fitness. She has worked with the Swan Districts Football Club and the Melbourne Victory soccer team.

Christine Smith

Christine is motivated by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives - and what better way than to relieve muscular pain and tension?!

She has regularly treated a range of athletes including bodybuilders, runners and cyclists and has provided massage at various athletic events including City to Surf and HBF Run for a Reason.

Christine has always been active and played many sports including hockey, tennis and swimming at a competitive level. She is currently undertaking a bodybuilding training program and works out at the gym regularly.

She holds diploma qualifications as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Reflexologist from the Challenger Institute of Technology. She has recently completed her training in dry needling. In addition, she has attended various professional development courses which have assisted her to learn new techniques and to further develop her skill set.

ErikaRibeiro

Erika has a natural willingness to help others and studied massage therapy in order to help people with their physical wellbeing - whilst also incorporating her existing knowledge acquired by years of dancing.

Her specialities are lower back and neck pain, post-operation rehabilitation, degenerative joint diseases and chronic challenging illness, manual lymphatic drainage (post-surgery treatment and specific conditions), pregnancy pre and postnatal, stress headaches, postural imbalance (kyphotic, lorditic, scoliosis), trauma post-injury (e.g. car accidents), stress and anxiety, cancer patients and massage for children.

Erika has been a student of yoga and meditation for 15 years and loves to practise both on her own and within a group. She also does a lot of Pilates and dancing is still very close to her heart.  

Kath Rapson

Originally from South Africa, Kath moved to the UK and worked as a personal trainer and adult swim coach before training to become a massage therapist.  

She loves to see the positive effect that massage therapy has on people's mobility and how it can lead to improvement both in athletic performance and in daily life. 

Kath's massage specialities include trigger point, myofascial release, stretching, posture analysis, taping, relaxation and pregnancy massage.

Before moving to Australia Kath spent several years working as a massage therapist on luxury yachts. She has lots of great stories about this chapter in her life! 

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