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 Epworth Freemasons Maternity hospital. She also teaches infant massage courses to individuals or groups in and around Melbourne.
Melanie completed Suzanne Yates Advanced Pregnancy Massage Course in 2014 at the Shiatsu College in Brunswick, here she deepened her skills in supporting women both in pregnancy and in the post natal period. In 2018 Melanie upgraded her massage training from Therapeutic qualification to a Diploma of Remedial Massage at The Collective Wellness Institute in Hawthorn.
Melanie was introduced to the Myofascial Cupping Technique in 2019, through Complimentary Health Seminars. Myofascial cupping is a gentle and effective way of releasing the fascia in the body, using negative pressure from suction cups.
Recently in 2021, Melanie completed Ili Ili Hot Stones course in Melbourne. A beautiful massage style, aided with smooth heated Basalt stones, melting away tension and awakening the body’s natural healing mechanisms and deep relaxation. Melanie brings together holistic massage treatments to support her clients as individuals, drawing on her knowledge, skills and experience over the last 17 years of practice.
Anja was the first practitioner to join the Qi Rhythm team over fifteen years ago. Completing her training at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, she has over eighteen years experience working with pre and postnatal women. She is also a qualified naturopath, 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.
In 2018 Anja has undertaken further study to complete her Remedial Massage Diploma at The Collective Wellness Institute. Continuing study is always wonderful, it awakens and reminds us of the passion we hold within us to support women during this transitional time.
As a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist, Anja has undertaken further training in Myofacial Cupping as well as having recently attained qualifications in Hot Stone Massage Therapy. Anja integrates all these techniques into a nurturing and well rounded massage treatment.
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.
Cecilia is also currently completing a Child Birth education course.
Linda completed her studies in Remedial Therapies at the Australian College of Natural Medicine Melbourne in 2000, including her pregnancy massage studies. She has both a Diploma of Applied Science in Remedial Therapies and a Certificate IV in Reflexology.
Linda has an impressive 20 years of massage experience and practice in areas of massage ranging from reflexology, pregnancy, remedial and sports massage. She has worked in variety of settings that include clinic, mobile and corporate massage both seated and table. Linda has developed a deep passion for her pregnancy and postnatal massage. She has also been seeing some great results with her reflexology treatments for her pregnant clients.
As a mum of three children, and a retired state and national level competitive athlete Linda can see the benefits of massage for all. While pre and post-natal massage is a passion of hers, she feels massage is important for the whole family, children included. She believes no matter what age, learning to appreciate and understand our bodies is incredibly important; massage can support us to function at our best.
Linda draws on her years of experience and provides her clients with an educated and holistic treatment, aimed to bring the body back into balance to ensure it functions optimally. Her treatments are restful and thorough. She is strong and can work deeply, yet has an attention to detail within her treatments that we all love.
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 did her pregnancy massage training through Pregnancy Massage Australia and in 2018 she completed the 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.
CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE
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.
Slowly coming back from maternity leave and assisting with reception.