Fiona Dolan - Massage Therapist and Business Owner
Growing up in the Hutt Valley and having many opportunities with exploring the beaches, valleys and the hills kept me active, as well as being involved in many sporting clubs.  Each summer I had a season pass to the local pool, which is where many summers were spent or we were at the family beach house in Waitarere, exploring the pine forests, hiding in sand dunes, learning to body surf the waves, floundering or looking for Pipi’s.

My mother is now a retired physiotherapist, and I was often asked if I would like to be a physio like my mum?  In my teenage years I couldn’t think of anything worse than being like my mum (sorry Mum), but the fact of the matter is I am very much like my mum when it comes to the respect for the human body, but the main difference between us is that Mum would always have her nose in a book (and still does) where I would always be out playing tennis, at the swimming pool, riding my bike and, in the winter months, playing netball and badminton. Today, I am not as actively involved in sporting clubs (except as a taxi service for my kids' activities), but I do get out and jog, participate in events, eg duathlons, get to a yoga class when time permits and enjoy bush walking and bike riding.

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My deep interest in the human body lead me to study Massage Therapy in my 30s, when I studied at the NSW School of Massage Therapy, and I am now currently studying part-time to complete my Level 6 Diploma in Remedial Massage. After returning to New Zealand, EMR Wellbeing (Enhance, Maintain, Revive) was born and I have passion to deliver tailored massage therapy and work with the individual to provide them with a positive therapeutic massage experience within their comfort zone.
Fiona can be contacted on 021913224 or fiona@emrwellbeing.co.nz or book here with Fiona.

Chika Sekido - Clinical Massage Therapist

I received my neuromuscular therapy training (Level 6 Diploma in Health Science) from New Zealand College of Massage. With Shiatsu massage being a part of my Japanese upbringing and my father being an acupuncturist, I developed an interest in anatomy from an early age, aided by a life-size replica skeleton in the lounge.
Upon relocating to Wellington for my massage therapy studies, I was taken aback by how active the locals were but was also dismayed to discover that many believed massages had to hurt to be effective, subscribing to a "no pain, no gain" mentality. In contrast, my approach is that massages should never be painful. Any discomfort experienced by the client during treatment should have a clear reason, such as breaking up scar tissue as an example. To tailor my massage techniques to each client's needs, I use trigger points, acupressure points, myofascial release, deep tissue, and joint mobilisation techniques. I believe that effective communication is crucial in achieving the best results for the clients and create a conducive environment for them to provide feedback on their experiences.
Chika can be contacted on 02108246784 or chika@emrwellbeing.co.nz
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