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.
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 fifteen 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. With her deep nurturing strokes and strong confident hands, she always finds those knots you never knew you had.
Developing a passion for massage therapies in 2013, she completed a Diploma of Remedial Therapies in 2013 and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science, Osteopathy, at RMIT. Catherine is also a qualified Naturopath, completing her Bachelor of Health Science, Naturopathy, in 2007 at the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Endeavour College).
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.
Junko is both a Remedial Massage therapist and Shiatsu practitioner who has lived in Melbourne for 12 years. Junko obtained her Diploma of Remedial Massage & Diploma of Shiatsu Massage from East West Natural Therapy College in Melbourne in 2012.
Junko has also completed her pregnancy massage training through Pregnancy Massage Australia and is currently enrolled in Suzanne Yates’ Advanced Pregnancy and Post-natal Course for high-risk pregnancies.
Originally from Japan, Junko’s deep interest in natural therapy & holistic work began from an early age. Junko used to massage her grandmother and discovered the nurturing effect, both emotionally and physically that massage can have on the body. Junko grew up surrounded by a hectic family business environment, which was both rewarding but also very demanding. This inspired her to want to help people unwind from their stressful activities of daily living and bring about a positive change in their work and home lives.
Junko has been working in a busy clinic for the past 5 years here in Melbourne. During this period she has treated many pregnant and post natal clients. Through this work she has developed a love and passion for women’s health and wellbeing, however in this she sees the importance in looking after the partners of women too.
Junko is a very passionate massage therapist with a warm and sincere approach. Her therapeutic style is a combination of Eastern (Shiatsu) and Western (Remedial) techniques. Junko’s careful treatments support your body’s natural ability to deal with stress. Her aim is to increase each client’s inner vitality, leaving them feeling grounded, calm and light, with an overall improvement in their wellbeing.
Cecilia is a Remedial Massage Therapist with a passion and deep love for pregnancy and birth.
In 2012, she specialised in pregnancy, post natal and high risk pregnancies with Susanne Yates, and in 2014, she completed the advanced pregnancy massage course. She has done extensive training in Shiatsu therapy and is a certified pediatric massage instructor.
In 2015, Cecilia pursued her dreams to become a Doula with the renowned Doula, Childbirth Educator and Counselor Rhea Dempsey. Cecilia has a keen interest in human rights and social justice, she volunteers with a highly inspiring Melbourne-based non-profit organisation called Birth for Human Kind. Within this role she supports refugees, asylum seekers and socially disadvantaged people with her doula skills.
She is also trained in spinning babies, enabling her to perform rebozo techniques and provide different positions for the pregnant woman, facilitating the best position in the pelvis for the baby in preparation for labour and birth.
Cecilia focuses her treatments in a holistic and integrated way. She incorporates breathing and movement in her treatments, facilitating a gentle opening of the muscles and tissues of the body with a philosophy of mindfulness. She has a deep tissue style drawing on Western techniques and Eastern principles and philosophies. Her experience, passion and intuition make her massage treatments therapeutic and relaxing.
Vanessa completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy at Victoria University, gaining experience in a wide range of massage techniques. She has now developed a strong passion for womens health, which has lead her to practice here at Qi Rhythm Massage Therapies with us.
Vanessa has a calming, gentle nature and is intuitively sensitive to the needs of her clients. She treats using quick assessment techniques to focus on the areas of pain or discomfort. She gives a beautiful treatment, utilising a variety of soft tissue techniques obtained from her study and experience, she releases tension leaving you feeling unwound and relaxed and will ensure that you are feeling comfortable throughout the session.
Prior to massage Vanessa worked with children and has completed a Certificate III in Child Care. Vanessa worked specifically with infants from 6 weeks until 18 months in the nursery. Her passion for working with women and their babies is now carried through with her massage practice at Qi Rhythm. She feels blessed to be working with women at this incredible time in their lives.
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 completed 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.
Currently on Maternity Leave