About Charmaine

My Background

Hi and welcome!

I have been living with leg Lymphoedema since 2010 so have the daily perspective of the ongoing effects of Lymphoedema, including pain and swelling management and the daily joy of wearing a compression garment!

Many of my clients have said that they wish they had known about the benefits of manual lymph drainage / lymphatic massage earlier in their diagnosis or during the wellness journey so are so pleased they found me!

My approach to treatments incorporate a core group of medical massage techniques around Dr Vodder manual lymphatic drainage / lymphatic massage, scar tissue release and Bowen Therapy Technique. These are designed specifically to assist the body’s natural healing systems. **Please note that I am currently in the last phase of completing my Certification as a Bowen Therapist**

I work with clients who are in post surgical recovery, Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management, Wellness and Detox or other chronic conditions such as MS and Fibroymyalgia. I tend to use a variety of techniques including Bowen Technique to improve the elasticity of scar tissue by aiding the release of inelastic fascia

I am passionate about understanding my clients (frustrations and all) and takes every step possible to work with their General Practitioner / Specialists and alongside the District Health Boards as best as I can to create a focused care team. I do go to great lengths to understand my clients and help them adapt during each stage of an advancing condition with more comfort. Finding one’s “new normal” is a challenge that I take on everyday with my clients.

  • I am registered with Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to provide funded Lymphoedema Therapy.
  • I also work as a relief Oncology Massage Therapist at Dove House, Glendowie

Professional Memberships

I am a registered Dr VodderLymph Drainage and Lymphoedema Therapist, a member of Massage New Zealand, I am listed on New Zealand Lymphoedema Therapists website, and have been an Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and a registered Oncology  Massage Therapist with Oncology Massage Training, Australia.

McLoughlin Approved PractitionerBreast Cancer Foundation NZFascial Kinetics logo

While we know that lymphoedema is not curable, the good news is that there is so much research and changes going on in the lymphoedema world, we are living in exciting times.

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
– Dalai Lama

Move that lymph!