As a child I loved to massage friends and family and remember their comments, "you always know how to find the right spots!" I completed my first massage training at age 13 and I was dismayed to find the body being treated as an object, thumped and pummelled with no real sensitivity or sense of treating the whole person. I knew there had to be more empathic and effective ways to support the body to deeply relax and repair.
At 18, while caring for a family member, I discovered Shiatsu Therapy, a traditional Japanese method that holistically balances and nourishes the entire being, physically and emotionally. From there I went on to study at The Australian Shiatsu College and qualified as a shiatsu therapist in 2004. I have been an active practitioner ever since, in private practice, community drug and alcohol rehabilitation, corporate settings, and at the Gawler Living and Learning Cancer retreat centre.
In 2011 I began training under Dr Paul Movsessian, a world-renowned Japanese acupuncturist and meridian therapist. Under his tutelage I began to understand the amazing possibilities of traditional East Asian medicine and to learn effective strategies to heal pain and injury, improve circulation and mobility, and stimulate the body to self repair - restoring the whole body to feel truly well and resilient.
In 2019 I commenced a degree in Health and medical Science, majoring in anatomy and physiology, completed with first class honours. This training offers further wonderful tools to assess and treat your specific injuries from a bio-medical perspective.
I am truly grateful to be in this model of care.
Now, having been in practice since 2004, my intention is to meet the body with compassion, skill, and sensitivity. I ask my clients to trust – your body knows the way to feeling truly well. Just as the body can became hurt, so too it can heal, repair and find ease.
Rowena's qualifications include:
- Health & Medical Science Degree - Major in Anatomy & Physiology.
- Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies Diploma.
- Numerous post graduate certificates in Japanese Acupuncture including Professor Manaka's Protocols, Shonishin children's therapy, Moxibustion, Sotai postural alignment.
- Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training.
- Cert IV Small Business Management.
- 20-years Clinical Experience.
Tim Howden obtained his Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy at Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne 2007. He has also completed a program in Complementary Medicine and Health run by National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM).
Tim is a member of National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) and has spoken at their Victorian chapter on the practices of paediatric herbal medicine. In 2011 Tim attended the MINDD foundation international forum on children extending his understand of current research and practice for the treatment of Autism and Gut / Immune related conditions.
Tim has worked as a senior Naturopath for a large pharmacy group for 2 years acting as an intermediary and advisor on the safety and effectiveness of using herbal and nutritional medicines.
In recent years he has dedicated himself to specializing in children’s health with particular focus on digestive, Immune and neurological conditions. Tim currently practices integrative naturopathy working alongside allied health professionals.