Michael Rush
Michael Rush
Dip. Remedial Massage, B Rur. Sci. (Hons) ATMS 18435

I have been massaging in a clinic setting since 2004, when I joined the Armidale Healing Centre.  I decided to open my own clinic in 2009, and am the owner of Able Bodies.  I specialise in Deep Remedial, Sports massage, Trigger point & Myofacial release.  I am also Work Cover accredited (RMT 5499), and have sucessfully completed many return-to-work plans for a variety of workplace injuries.  I consider that the client is the focus of any treatment, and aim to tailor all treatments to the needs and requirements of the client.

Ann Rush
Ann Rush
Cert. Thai Foot Massage. Cert Hot Stone Massage

I have had 5 years experience doing Thai Foot Massage at Able Bodies. Thai foot Massage is a massage of the lower legs and feet that involves hands on stretching, along with the use of a stick to stimulate the reflex points on the feet which correspond to the internal organs of the body.

I also do Hot Stone Massage. This massage has some unique properties that make it an exceptionally beneficial resource for people looking to relieve the stresses of modern life, or even pain incurred from injuries. The benefits of hot stone massage can include: helping heightened circulation, enhancing mobility, cure insomnia, relaxing muscles, improved mental well-being and lower anxiety.
My aim is to use the techniques of Foot Massage and Hot Stone Massage together to provide wholistic treatment solutions for my clients, and so they will gain the benefits of those massages.

Book in and try it TODAY.

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Craig Hearps
Craig Hearps
Dip. Remedial Massage

I have been massaging professionally since 2008.

I moved to Armidale from Byron Shire 2013 to complete a University degree. I massaged part-time whilst completing the physics degree. I completed my Bachelor of Science at UNE in 2016, taking the opportunity to share my passion of massage to Armidale full time. I have a Diploma of Remedial Massage and am equally comfortable giving relaxing Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, remedial massage or any combination thereof. I specialise in soothing flowing yet effective remedial/deep tissue massage.

An indication of my skills is reflected by John Douglas, the owner of Kiva Spa, Byron Shire, noting that ‘... Craig receives the most requests from all of our 40 highly skilled therapists. Kiva Spa is known as the most popular Day Spa in Byron Shire, achieving the accolade of being in the top 10 Spas of Australia [Sunday Herald].’

(Excerpt from Kiva Spa reference 2012.)

Hamish Brown
Hamish Brown
B.App.SC (TCM)

Hamish specialises in Pain management with acupuncture by utilizing Dr Tan’s Balance method. This is an amazing approach which allows pain relief in seconds without the need to ever needle the area where the problem is.

In Chinese Herbalism, Hamish specialises in the use of Han Dynasty (200BC) Classical Formulas via the Tian family pulse lineage. This is a very practical and in-depth way of using the pulse as the main guide to assess what formula the body needs at any given time.

Hamish is a member of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association), and is a registered herbalist and acupuncturist on the Australian National Board of Chinese Medicine.

Hamish is has a provider number which you can use to claim rebates for your relevant Health Fund.

Quality of ingredients is a very important aspect of herbal prescribing and Hamish only chooses the most rigorously tested and safe ingredients.

I aim to get to the essence of people’s health issues so they can lead healthier and happier lives

Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
Classical Acupuncture
Chronic and complicated health conditions

Nicola Forster
Nicola Forster
Kinesiology Practitioner BA, BSc, MSc

I studied a Diploma of Kinesiology at the College of Kinesiology in Brisbane and started practicing in 2021.

I’m passionate about supporting mental health and complex health conditions with kinesiology, which is non-invasive and offers an integrative approach to health care. All aspects of ourselves are interconnected, and holistic techniques can be key to achieving effective and sustainable change. I aim to provide a calm, gentle space in which people feel supported.

Kinesiology incorporates a Western understanding of anatomy and physiology with traditional Eastern medicine, including TCM. It uses muscle monitoring as a biofeedback technique to investigate the biochemical, neurological, structural, and emotional factors that may be impacting our health and well-being. By resolving the underlying imbalances, kinesiology promotes our natural self-healing mechanisms.

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Amy Winrow
Lomi Lomi Level 2 Reiki First Degree Bachelor Media and Communications Grad Certificate Secondary Teaching Grad Cert Steiner Education Dip Organic Agriculture Dip Early Childhood Cert IV Permaculture Cert III Outdoor Recreation Cert IV Community Services

Aloha, My name is Amy Winrow I am pleased to be taking new clients on Mondays for Term 2 2021 at Able Bodies. I have always enjoyed using my hands to bring comfort and healing touch. In my family even as a child we often massaged each other while watching TV. It has always been a part of my life. I even massage my pets and as a mother I have been confident to comfort my children in many different healing modalities.

In 1998 I enrolled in Bachelor of Science but deferred this to have a family, in 2003/4 I studied Certificate IV Aromatherapy and my interest in biology and chemistry was rekindled. In 2005 I studied Reiki in the Usui Method of Natural Healing through Reiki Master Veronica Hammond. I became a Zenthai Shiatsu therapist in 2015 under the teaching of its creator Gwyn Williams, this is a fusion of Thai massage, Zen Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese medicine, Osteopathy, Ayurveda and something all of its own. It is done fully clothed on a mat on the floor, which makes it very versatile. Find out more here

In 2018/9 I completed Level 2 Kahuna Bodywork through The Australian College of Kahuna Sciences in the lineage of Kahu Abraham Kawai’I who invented it as a way to keep Traditional Hawaiian Kahuna Spiritual teachings and Healing alive. In 2019 I attended the 7th Bi-Annual Gathering of The Four Winds Peace Conference at Kupidabin near Mt Samson in Queensland, here I learnt much about First Nation’s cultural understandings, Dance, Music, Hula, Healing and Way of Life. This is where I first met Kumu Pa'a Kawika Foster, a 51st Generation Traditional Cultural Practitioner of his Hawaiian Ancestry and began my Lomi Lomi journey. I participated in a number of Ho'oponopono healing sessions which literally translates to ‘making it very, very right’. These assist us in making our relationships with Ohana- Family, right. But this extends beyond the common understanding of the word ‘family’. All things in the universe interact with us and can be seen as family, even our emotions and a pebble on the path. Traditionally for true Hawaiian healing you go through this forgiveness ceremony and then receive Lomi Lomi. I have completed Mana Ola, Hawaiian Spiritual Teachings and Practices training with Kawika . Where he taught me the importance of communicating with higher and larger forces that are at work during Healing. I am now at Level 2 of my Lomi Lomi training.

“When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

My Teachers

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George Papadopoulos
George Papadopoulos
B. Pharm, B HSc (Naturopathy), Cert. Building Biology

George is a fully qualified and registered naturopath with the NHAA with a background in pharmacy and building biology. He is also currently completing his studies in kinesiology.

As a naturopath he uses nutritional, lifestyle, herbal and energetic modalities.

George has been a pharmacist for over 24 years and has broad experience in both community and hospital pharmacies. His experience in life is equally broad, being a part-time beekeeper, open-range egg producer, olive grower and pastoralist.

‘First, do no harm’ is the priority when dealing with any health problems. Being quick to observe and listen, but careful in making conclusions, George addresses the immediate situation whilst finding strategies that maintain and improve health.

He has a deep appreciation for the value of different complementary and medical approaches in preventing and treating chronic illness. He has developed a maturity that leaves him feeling that he can help you find solutions that work and are cost-effective.

Leon van der Linde
Leon van der Linde
Masters in Counselling, Ph.D Psychology

Leon has been working as a psychologist in both organisational and clinical settings since he obtained an Honours degree in psychology in 1983. In 2003 he completed a Masters in Counselling offered by Edith Cowan University’s School of Psychology. The coursework of the degree included a strong focus on developmental (object relations/attachment) theory and brief or time-limited psychotherapy. He subsequently completed a Ph.D. in psychology, Western Sydney University. Leon has received training in a wide range of treatment approaches, including CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and schema therapy. Leon works therapeutically in an eclectic manner and is competent in treating clients with presentations ranging across the diagnostic spectrum.

Leon is the author of the book ‘A New Drive-Relational-Neuroscience Synthesis for Psychoanalysis’, details of which can be found here.