About Charmaine

My Background

Hi and welcome!

I have been living with leg lymphoedema since 2011 so have a unique and supportive perspective around lymphoedema management.

My approach to treatments incorporate a core group of medical massage techniques (manual lymphatic drainage / lymphatic massage, scar tissue release and myofascial release) designed specifically to assist the body’s natural healing systems.

I work with clients who are in post surgical recovery, lymphoedema or lipoedema Management or other chronic conditions. I tend to use a variety of techniques to improve the elasticity of scar tissue by aiding the release of inelastic fascia

Many of my clients have said that they wish they had known about the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage massage earlier in their diagnosis or post surgery and are so pleased they found me!

As one of the few New Zealand Certified Oncology Massage Therapists, I am able to provide a safe and supportive massage without the fear of causing any discomfort.

I am passionate about understanding my clients (frustrations and all) and takes every step possible to work with their General Practitioner / Speicalists 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. Let me help you find yours.

My accreditations and training are;

  • Dr Vodder Certified Lymphoedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
  • Australasian Lymphology Association Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner
  • Certified Oncology Massage Specialist (Oncology Massage Australia Limited)
  • Certified in Scar Tissue Release Treatments
  • 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 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). I am also a registered Oncology  Massage Therapist with the Oncology Massage Training, Australia.

McLoughlin Approved Practitioner

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!