At Qi Rhythm we are passionate about nurturing and supporting women, helping to encourage a healthy rhythm of self care and awareness throughout motherhood. All our therapists are qualified and experienced in pre and post-natal massage.
Mother of two beautiful children, Melanie has a passion and dedication for supporting women within their pregnancies and birthing experiences. Her experience and interests in women’s health and wellbeing inspired her to establish her own business. Qi Rhythm was born in 2004 out of a desire to create a supportive, pre and post-natal network for women.
After completing a Bachelor of Business at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Melanie studied massage at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, then specialising in pre and post-natal massage.
In 2005 Melanie continued her studies with Rhea Dempsey, renowned childbirth educator, becoming a qualified birth attendant. She has since supported many women through their labours in hospitals, birthing centres and at home. Melanie’s passion, sensitivity and vast experience enable her to support women with a gentle strength and quiet confidence; creating a safe and empowering space for labour.
Completing her training in 2009, Melanie also became a certified infant massage instructor and has since been teaching weekly at Freemasons Maternity hospital. She also teaches infant massage courses to individuals or groups in and around Melbourne.
Melanie also completed the Suzanne Yates Advanced Pregnancy Massage Course in 2014.
Sophie completed her Advance Diploma of Remedial Massage Myotherapy at RMIT in 2013. Since then she has been working as a Myotherapist where she has gained experience and further knowledge about treating pre and post natal women.
Working with a range of women through their pregnancies Sophie respects that each pregnancy is a unique and special experience. Sophie has developed a strong passion for women’s health and understands the importance in listening to the mother, as she believes women are very in tune with their bodies during pregnancy. Sophie treats using a specific approach using quick assessment techniques to focus on the areas causing pain or discomfort.
Her treatments utilise a variety of soft tissue techniques tailored to you and will ensure that you are feeling comfortable and relaxed throughout the session. To gain the most out of your treatment Sophie may give you some take home exercises to help you manage the problem in between treatments.
Sophie has also completed Andrea Williams course at S.S.N.T in 2017. This additional pregnancy and post-natal training is specifically for Myotherapists advanced skill level.
Melissa is a qualified remedial massage therapist, completing her remedial massage diploma at Endeavour College of Natural Health in Melbourne in 2009.
Melissa has worked in the industry since then, and takes pride in the thorough treatments she provides to her clients, utilizing techniques and skills she has acquired through additional training and experience.
Over the years Melissa has developed a real passion to support women in all stages of preconception, pregnancy, post-natal and beyond. In 2012 Melissa chose to specialise further in this area and completed further training with Pregnancy Massage Australia.
In 2015 she complete her Doula training with Dial-a-doula, this training has not only broadened her understandings of a woman’s body physically during pregnancy and labour but has also given her depth of knowledge of the emotional states, making her an understanding and compassionate massage therapist.
She has a naturally strong style, releasing tension with specific remedial techniques, and of course can offer relaxation for those who enjoy a more gentle massage.
Will be on Maternity Leave from the 18th of May 2017
Catherine is a qualified Naturopath, completing her Bachelor of Health Science, Naturopathy, in 2007 at the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Endeavour College). Developing a passion for massage therapies, she further completed a Diploma of Remedial Therapies in 2013 and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science, Osteopathy, at RMIT.
Catherine strives to ensure her clients experience long- lasting effects from their treatment. She identifies and targets areas of concern – focusing on pre and post-natal care – with a combination of remedial, deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques, individualising each treatment to suit the client’s needs.
By ensuring both adequate and appropriate pressure is used, Catherine aims to relieve any muscle tension whilst also providing clients with a sense of relaxation and revitalisation.
Anja was the first practitioner to join the Qi Rhythm team over ten years ago. Completing her training at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, she has over fourteen years experience working with pre and postnatal women. She is also a qualified naturopath, again completing her Bachelor of Health Science at the Southern School of Natural Therapies. With a great interest in pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal care, she is passionate about supporting women and helping to strengthen and restore the body.
With her background in Naturopathy Anja weaves her knowledge and work in this area into her treatment process, offering a very holistic and nurturing approach. She has thoughtfully designed our range of herbal tea blends. She often uses and recommends these blends at specific times throughout pregnancy to help support and strengthen the body. With her deep nurturing strokes and strong confident hands, she always finds those knots you never knew you had.
Cecilia is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist who obtained her diploma in 2010 at the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy. More recently she has completed the Suzanne Yates shiatsu course that focuses on high-risk pregnancy and pre and postnatal shiatsu. Cecilia is also an Infant massage instructor and paediatric massage therapist, completing this training through the Royal Children’s hospital Melbourne by IMIS.
Over the previous year she has been studying shiatsu at the Australian Shiatsu College in Melbourne, she has particularly enjoyed gaining an understanding of Chinese medicine, and incorporating these new skills into her treatments. Her massage style is beautiful; she works deeply both emotionally and physically and ensures you feel comfortable and safe.
Cecilia specialises in Therapeutic massage and adapts to the needs of the individuals she is working with. She draws on various techniques, creating the perfect balance between Eastern and Western principles and philosophies. Her experience, passion and intuition make her massage treatments holistic and relaxing. Cecilia has also completed the Suzanne Yates Advanced Pregnancy Massage Course in 2014.