Update - New Staff

We have a few changes happening at Body of Work…

Firstly we want to congratulate Allison Anderson, who has been offered a teaching position at the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM). This will be a part time position so she will still be available for massage appointments but will be on reduced hours.

In other news, Ali Sullivan is travelling overseas for 8 weeks from 1st August. But your massage needs will not be neglected as we have two new therapists joining us and Tania Woolford will be available Saturday and Sunday for the months of August and September.

Body of Work welcomes Gavin Mayhew and Rachel Fraser to the team. Both have completed their Diploma in Relaxation and Wellness Massage at NZCM and are registered members of Massage New Zealand. You can read more about them in the team section of our website.

Gavin will be available on Saturday and Monday.
Rachel will be available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

You can make an appointment with them via our website or click the button below

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Acupunture & ACC

Have an injury that is covered by ACC?
Come and see Lisa, our Acupuncturist at Body of Work!


No need for a referral, if you have a valid ACC45 number bring it along and Lisa can begin treatment immediately! Tailoring a treatment plan for the following weeks to meet your injury treatment requirements.

With this ACC claim number you can see a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, etc AND an Acupuncturist at the same time. The charge is $25 each Acupuncture treatment and ACC will cover the rest.

Strong evidence has been found that Acupuncture is effective in treating the following;
- Postoperative pain
- Chronic neck/lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Lateral elbow pain

There is consistent evidence that acupuncture is a useful complement to other conservative treatments like Physiotherapy, Exercise-based therapy, Osteopath, etc.

Regular treatment speeds your injuries recovery, reduces pain medication and even puts a smile on your face!

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to email Lisa at lisa@bodyofwork.co.nz


Recently, Ali went to Melbourne to participate in a course on DermoNeuroModulating. This term basically means the therapist is using techniques to move the skin (Dermo) in such ways to change (Modulate) the nervous system (Neuro). The aim of this is to change the perception of pain.

Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as:
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”

Neurons in the body make up about 2% of the whole body but use up 25% of the oxygen and glucose, so they can only get what they need from adequate blood supply. Not getting a good enough blood supply can cause the nerves to get irritated. Healthy nerves are fed and drained by varied and frequent movement. Sometimes though nerves may not be being fed and drained adequately which can manifest as a pain for the person.

Using these gentle techniques is a type of sensory rehabilitation that is safe and non-threatening to someone experiencing their pain. The theory is that by providing a sensory rehabilitation before and alongside physical rehabilitation it will bring about improved results for the person in pain.

Below is a video of Ali and her client Martine. Martine presented feeling an intense pain in her lower back and radiating down her leg. She was uncomfortable sitting and felt her movement was impaired. Ali used the gentle DNM techniques to help return blood flow and drainage to the nerves that had become ‘grumpy and irritable’ and as you can see in the video, Martine felt she had reduced pain and more mobility by the end of her session with Ali.

If you or someone you know is suffering from similar pain you can make an appointment with Ali Sullivan to see if DNM will be helpful.

Upcoming Event - Massage Self Care Workshop


Massage Self Care Workshop

We all experience aches and pains from time to time. Most are minor and can be improved with some soft tissue techniques and movement. Using these techniques can also help to maintain your body between massage treatments.

Come along and join the Body of Work team of Massage Therapists for an informative evening on Monday 8th April at 7-8:30pm. You will learn some practical skills to use on yourself or with family and friends. We will show you how to safely use a foam roller and massage ball, learn some acupressure points for your general wellbeing, and try some massage techniques. Bring a friend along to try your new skills out on each other.

We will be offering some great self care tips and discuss ways to keep you in optimal health.

Monday 8th April at 7-8:30pm
Held at Body of Work
4 Market Grove, Lower Hutt

Cost: $15 per person or bring a
friend and save!
2 for $25 (must register together)

Upcoming Event - Essential Oil

Ali Sullivan and Body of Work invites you to an..

Essential Oils workshop with Zara D’Cotta

Saturday 23rd March - 9:30-11am and 11:30am-1pm
Held at Body of Work
4 Market Grove, Lower Hutt

Join us to learn how you can use the most powerful plant extracts on the planet to create a healthier household and support your physical and emotional health.

In this 90 minute workshop you will learn:
- what essential oils are
- 3 different ways to use essential oils
- the top 10 oils every home should have
- how you can use essential oils to make your own cleaning and personal care products

Essential oils can be used to:
- support immunity
- promote deep and restful sleep
- aid digestion and stomach upset
- relieve head tension
- support emotional wellbeing
- help fight colds & respiratory symptoms
- alleviate muscle & joint aches and pains
- support cell renewal and glowing skin
and so much more!


About Zara

Zara D’Cotta is a healthy home coach, and keynote speaker on a mission to change the way you think about your home and your health.
Zara learnt first-hand about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Now she’s on a mission to share the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through.

Zara is a Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards finalist. She has appeared on Ten News, The Project, Today Show, been featured in the Herald Sun and contributed to Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications.
Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s First comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

Post Natal Pilates classes

About Post Natal Pilates

Following pregnancy and child birth a great number of changes happen to the body and mind. The new mother can often feel like her body is no longer something she is familiar with and the way it moves is different too. The baby is always the focus and care for the mother can be neglected. To meet this need a specific class is being offered to new mothers at Body of Work. Tanya Houpt of Insite will begin a series of classes specifically tailored to mums from 6 weeks post delivery.

To begin you will have an individual session with Tanya. This session will be to discuss your goals and cover Core education; the fundamentals of Pilates and adapting exercises if necessary.
You can then access your personalised exercises online and attend a weekly small group session that is specific to post-natal needs, has a rehabilitative focus and uses evidenced based research.

The weekly group class will be on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am and baby is welcome also (up to 6 months of age)
Mats will be provided


Benefits of post natal Pilates

- Great total body conditioning system
- Provides a great transition into your previous activities
- Provides true core training
- General strength and toning
- Reduce pain in the lower back and lumbo-pelvic region
- DRA correction (split rectus muscle)
- Spine and hip stabilisation
- It is a ‘no impact’ form of exercise (i.e. no jumping)


Initial individual session - $70
Group session (10 classes) - $170
Casual group session - $20

Special Introductory Offer - an individual session + 6 group sessions for only $160
Offer only available until 20th March 2019

Book online or contact Tanya at insite@bodyofwork.co.nz or 0274435293

Positive Pelvic Health


About Pelvic Health

Pelvic health physiotherapists specialise in assessing and treating the musculoskeletal system. Whether it is for pain during pregnancy, recovery from birth, issues with bladder or bowel continence, prolapse or the management of pelvic floor function before and after surgery, pelvic health physiotherapy can help.

Although it is common, women need to know that it is not normal to have heaviness or pain in their pelvic area or lack of bladder or bowel control. Pelvic health concerns can be difficult to discuss with family, friends or even health care professionals, so it is empowering to be able to self-refer for physiotherapy intervention.


Positive Pelvic Health was established to enable women to access physiotherapy assessment and rehabilitation, to understand what is happening within their pelvis and body, and how to achieve their health and wellness goals.

A physiotherapy assessment with me involves thorough history taking alongside other techniques such as postural analysis, muscle function testing, and reviewing movement patterns and breathing techniques. Specific pelvic floor muscle assessment can be completed by visual observation, vaginal palpation and/or measurement of muscle activity.


Treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction must be individualised, but generally consists of:

  • Improving upward support of the pelvic organs via functional exercise programmes. This may include the use of electromyography (EMG) biofeedback to help retrain the pelvic floor muscles and improve a woman's awareness of them contracting and relaxing.

  • Reducing downward strain on the pelvic organs through reducing heavy lifting, eliminating constipation, managing respiratory conditions and maintaining a healthy bodyweight

  • Symptom management and lifestyle changes; including education regarding normal bladder and bowel control, how to void more effectively, how to manage urgency and use pelvic floor activation when sneezing, coughing and laughing. Diet modification, fluid intake information, lifting and postural advice can be provided alongside information regarding breathing techniques. Regular physical activity, managing stress and how to have pelvic floor awareness during activities of daily living encourages a fully holistic approach.

I work as part of a multidisciplinary team, in Brandon Street Practice in Wellington and Body of Work in Lower Hutt, to ensure a holistic care plan is developed and a ‘whole person’ approach is utilised. What drives me in my role as a pelvic health physiotherapist, is being able to help women make a significant difference to their health and general quality of life. It is when a woman tells me that she has ‘got her life back’ that makes it all worthwhile.

Alongside physiotherapy, I facilitate breastfeeding ante-natal classes and provide voluntary breastfeeding support throughout the Hutt Valley to mothers and their whānau. I am also a mum to three thriving boys, wife to Martin, and enjoy being dedicated to the communities that I work within.


About Jennifer Dutton

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology

Jennifer qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2005 with first class honours. She has practiced in New Zealand since 2008.

Jennifer works as a pelvic health physiotherapist and has a broad base of experience in postural and biomechanical analysis, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain.

Do you suffer from Osteoarthritis?


If you do suffer from osteoarthritis, you are not alone. Currently there is a staggering 11.9% (14,280) of people in the Hutt Valley region with osteoarthritis—that we know of!  

While often thought of as an older person’s condition, the onset of osteoarthritis (OA) is common between the ages of 30 and 50. This may seem surprising but a major risk factor is previous joint trauma or injury, and of course this can happen at any stage in life. Another major risk factor is being overweight, which adds extra load to joints.  

Classed as a non-inflammatory arthritis, OA predominantly affects the hip, knee, hand and spine.  The disease reduces joint cartilage which acts as the cushion between the bones. As cartilage breaks down the bones can become malformed and the joint loses its shape, resulting in painful joints that are difficult to move. Progression of this disease is variable and highly likely, and with no cure, end stage OA will require surgery.

What can you do?

There are limited resources for those with OA and it is difficult to know how best to manage this condition. Typical questions are:

  • Will exercise make it worse? 
  • What are the latest treatment guidelines?
  • Can massage, acupuncture and naturopathy help alleviate OA symptoms?
  • Do those ‘supplements’ actually work?

Come and see the Body of Work team for an informative session and to answer your questions on managing OA and other forms of arthritis.

Weight Management


Written by Gina Sarten, Naturopath

Why is it that some people manage to maintain an ideal weight while others battle a bulge throughout their life?

Is there some explanation in our genetics? Does stress have an impact? What if stress is a regular part of our life? How important is our thyroid or our liver? What role does our beneficial bacteria have? What happens when our digestive system is not functioning properly, what is this trying to tell us? What foods best support healthy weight?

The answers to these questions may surprise you! For example, if we’re regularly in a fight/flight stress response, digestion becomes compromised and glucose and fats are released into the blood stream which increases our risk for obesity, high blood sugar and high cholesterol.

On August 21 at Body of Work I’ll be giving a free introductory session on weight management. This is a difficult topic for many people. Essentially: diets don’t work. Let me clarify that. Weight loss that focuses just on reducing food input and/or increasing exercise doesn’t often work in the long term. To be successful, weight management needs to include things that improve the overall health of a person. Understanding healthy eating should definitely be included but so should the role of beneficial bacteria, gut health, liver health, eating behaviours, metabolism, exercise and movement, stress and the adrenals.

However, we also need to consider more than our physical body and look at our emotional triggers — how we feel when we’ve had a bad day at work or an argument with a friend, or when we see images about the “perfect body shape” or our partner teases us about our weight. Why is it that even when we know eating chippies and chocolate is detrimental, do we continue to eat them?

From August 28 I’ll be running a set of six weekly group sessions to help those interested in learning how these components affect weight and what to do about them. The goal is to help participants start to reduce their weight, or just improve their health. 

To register contact Gina Sarten


FREE introductory session: August 21 @ 6.30pm
Six week programme start: August 28 @ 6.30pm
Cost for all six sessions: $150
Earlybird special: Only $120 if registered by August 15

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils


Written by Gina Sarten, Naturopath

I’ve been trying to remember when I first started to delve into the world of essential oils and aromatherapy. I think it was when my now 20 year-old son was very little. I was looking for a way to treat him for the myriad of small bumps, bruises, and illnesses that occur with littlies to prevent relatively small things from getting bigger and requiring visits to the doctor.

I recall him being ill with a fever and using chamomile in his bath to ease the virus and bring down the temperature, using lavender to ease his scrapes, and tea tree to treat molluscum spots. My mother-in-law was amazed at how effective these treatments were and also became a believer in the power of essential oils.

I continue to use them now: a few drops in a bath is a fabulous way to relax (or invigorate), or detox, or ease an aching body; I enjoy applying a specific massage blend all over to help meet what the day may bring; adding a few drops to a vaporiser to change the way the house feels; using it in inhalations when a cough persists; or in a chest rub when a cold is attacking; we still use it for burns, cuts, scrapes, stings, acne, sunburn — to soothe, protect, and heal.

If you’ve not used essential oils before I encourage you do so. Care must be taken though since they are extremely powerful remedies. They are highly concentrated extracts of plants — for instance it takes over 200,000 rose petals to distil approximately 5mls of rose oil.

It is easy to learn the basics, which is what I’ll be teaching at a seminar at Body of Work on July 29th. I will teach how to use the oils safely, how to blend oils, and go into detail about some of my favourites. I will follow this up with a tutorial on how to make your own massage blend; bath melts; a healing salve; and a mood mist.

Please contact me if you’d like to register.

Aromatherapy Workshop
Sunday, July 29th
Cost: $45

Sacro-iliac Dysfunction — Fact or Fiction?


Sacro-illiac dysfunction and generalised Lower Back Pain are some of the most common types of pain experienced.  Over 80% of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point.

Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain.

Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks.

Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms. 

In many cases no cause for the pain can be confirmed which can be distressing and frustrating for the sufferer.  In addition much of the recent research shows little correlation between pain levels experienced and tissue damage.  However there are many ways to manage the pain, exercise is one of the most effective especially those that promote stabilisation and strengthening along with mobility and flexibility.


If you have experienced back pain in the past or continue to be affected by it, you may find our upcoming presentation helpful. Hear from local Physiotherapist, Alan Mugglestone, discuss the anatomy of the sacro-illiac joint and spine, common causes of lower back pain and ways to best manage it.  He will discuss the reliability of testing and an opportunity to share your experiences.  

Come along on Sunday 10 June at 1pm
To register: email events@bodyofwork.co.nz. Cost: $10

The Impact of Positive Psychology and Rehabilitation

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Before we share with you Part 4 of our 'Many Doors to Wellbeing' series, Tanya has written this insightful blog post in anticipation of our upcoming Forum on Positive Psychology and Rehabilitation on 29 April at 1pm.

It is said that to truly enable rehabilitation then all factors of a person must be addressed, and this is particularly true of those with chronic conditions or injuries. Wellbeing is a goal we all strive for, but sometimes when we have an impairment it is assumed we can’t achieve this.

One could be fooled into thinking rehabilitation is just about ‘fixing’ the causes or symptoms of a condition or injury. Over the years the medical model has had a tendency to look at what is wrong and how to fix it

Modern rehabilitation is a biopsychosocial model that focuses on all aspects of a person’s life — not just the impairment. By using this type of strengths-based model, the focus becomes what is right and how to increase it!  

One of the core strengths of rehabilitation is that it does not see the experience of disability as in any way negating an individual’s assets, or indeed developing new assets. A persons’ assets, or personal resources, are both tangible and psychological, ranging from skills, qualities, interests, values and relationships to one’s material assets.

Positive psychology is a strengths-based, psychological science, involving the study of factors associated with human thriving or a life worth living, otherwise known as wellbeing. In the context of rehabilitation, applying the science of positive psychology, facilitates optimal functioning, resulting in wellbeing. 

What is Wellbeing? 

It is suggested that happiness is a positive emotion and mood (feeling) state, that tends to be over-emphasized. To be truly happy, non-feeling states are equally as important as feeling states, so the more appropriate concept might be that of ‘wellbeing’.

According to Seligman’s model, wellbeing has five elements;

Positive Emotion

An explanation of each of these elements will be covered at the Forum on 29 April.


Life satisfaction incorporates positive emotion, engagement and meaning; three of the five elements of wellbeing. When you add the other two elements — positive relationships and accomplishment —flourishing occurs, which is functioning at the high end of the mental health continuum. 

The World Health Organisation has referred to flourishing as a “state of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. 

We hope this will whet your appetite and will prompt you to join us at our interactive forum on the 29th April, at 1pm. We will talk about positive psychology in terms of rehabilitation, post traumatic growth as opposed to post traumatic stress, and statements such as, ‘a disabled person can still have wellbeing’.

Of course, we hope you will bring some topics to the table as that’s what this forum is all about — helping our Body of Work clients achieve wellbeing. 



Yoga is now at Body of Work!


It's been a while coming, but we finally have Yoga Classes starting for a limited time.

We're starting a six-week series on Saturday 17th February at 11am. Whether you want to do one class or do them all, the benefits of yoga will leave you feeling fantastic.

We have an introductory offer of only $15 per class or $60 for all six classes (you must book and pay at the first class).

Space is very limited, but we still some slots available so make sure you book now.

Celebration, Welcome and Farewell


A big thank you to those who came along for a celebratory drink with us on Wednesday 6th December. Winners of our prizes were Alan Mugglestone, Shelley Muller and Ria Jansen.

We were happy to introduce Athena and welcome her to the Body of Work team. Athena will be available in 2018 for one-on-one counselling sessions. Her focus is the connection between body mind and heart. Athena will also be holding workshops, group sessions and forums throughout the year. You'll be first to hear about them through this newsletter!

Sadly we are losing one of our very valuable team members. Johnelle, our amazing massage therapist is moving up North so will no longer be with us. We will miss her skills and her kind, gentle manner.

Christmas Cooking Workshop a Succcess

On November 26 Gina hosted a cooking workshop in preparation for Christmas. We had a lovely group of attendees who agreed that it was fun, informative and delicious!  

We have had some fantastic feedback from those who attended.  Malti said it was a great presentation from Gina. It not only looked good but tasted wonderful and very fulfilling. Barbara said she made the tabouleh for friends — they all loved it!

Gina will be hosting more workshops throughout 2018 so stay tuned for details.