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 20 years of practice.
Anja was the first practitioner to join the Qi Rhythm team over eighteen 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.
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 well over20 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. In 2021 Linda completed the illi illi Stones course in Melbourne. She is now enjoying incorporating the beautiful qualities and warmth of these Basalt stones into her treatments.
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.
Tess is the newest member of our Qi Rhythm team, and we are just loving having her onboard. Tess has been a qualified remedial massage therapist for over 10 years. She completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at NMIT in Heidelberg, Melbourne in 2012. Tess is a mother of two gorgeous young children, knowing first-hand the intricate changes that take place within a woman’s body during pregnancy and beyond, she has a warm and sincere approach to each clients needs.
Over the years Tess has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. Tess has a strong massage style releasing tension with her confidence in remedial techniques. She has a beautiful slow broad and deep pressure, that is deeply relaxing. Her massage style nurtures, prepares and truly supports the ever-changing body during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Tess has a particular interest and passion to support women and their families at this special and unique time. The body’s natural ability to adjust and thrive is what inspires Tess’ passion for massage.
Tess is sunny, bright and easy to connect with, she makes her clients feel safe and comfortable. She works with each client confidently and loves to help them reach their wellness goals.
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.