CHB Mail - 2021-07-22


Warm welcome, feel-good therapy options


Step through the door at 34 Ruataniwha St Waipukurau and you're in a haven of health, beauty and relaxation that you might not know is there... There are four health and beauty therapists tucked away at number 34, where clients can get everything from sports massage to cosmetic tattooing - and a lot more besides. Beauty Therapy by Kristi has been based at the Ruataniwha St address since 2013, but you won't find Kristi on Facebook and she doesn't have a website. “I like the ‘less is more' approach,” she says. “I also don't believe beauty therapy is about expensive creams and potions - to me it's about what is best for the individual client, teaching them about their own skin and how to look after it. Everyone is different. My clients are men and woman and range from 12 years old to over 80. I treat everyone as an individual - come in, shut the door and this time is all about you. “The one thing they have in common is an enjoyment of being looked after and feeling good. What's good for the skin also makes people feel good inside.” Kristi loves doing facials and adapting them to her clients' needs. She also does microdermabrasion and chemical peels, waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. “Men are becoming less shy and better at looking after themselves, which is fantastic,” Kristi says, and she encourages them to book a session and learn about skin care. Fitting in alongside Kristi is Renew with Chellie. New to CHB, Chellie is a European certified Bowen Therapist (muscle release therapy) with 20 years experience and an Australian Certified Cosmetic Tattooist. “Bowen Therapy is a gentle handson therapy that is great for soft tissue aches and pains, shoulders, neck, back, sciatic, you name it. A lovely thing about Bowen Therapy is most issues can be relieved or cured after only 2-3 sessions, plus it's a great maintenance therapy, so that things don't start aching in the first place. As a cosmetic tattooist, Chellie specialises in tattooing eyebrows, eyeliner and lips as well as lightening or removal for those ladies who have had unfavourable results in the past. “My passion is helping ladies feel better about themselves, those who have lost their eyebrows over the years, lost their lip definition, or just struggle to pencil on their makeup each day.” Chellie's work can be seen on her website, Also new to CHB and adding her talents to the lineup at number 34 is Mel of Active-Worx Health. Born and raised in Southland, Mel has a Diploma in Sports and Therapeutic Massage Therapy with the Eastern Institute of Technology, also receiving the Massage New Zealand Award for "Top Student 2015". She started Active-Worx-Health in Napier in 2015. Mel has two young boys and understands the importance of pain relief through massage therapy throughout every trimester. She specialises in ante and post-natal massage therapy, providing after-care education to ensure you stay happy and healthy throughout your pregnancy journey. Whether it's an injury that needs treated, better sports performance, or de-stress with a deep tissue treatment - Mel can help. Her experience and expertise in sports and injury treatment helps her clients get to the next stages of rehabilitation. Working with a different but complementary style, Victoria of Bods Massage offers therapeutic sports, deep tissue and relaxation massages, taking a whole body holistic approach to achieve the ultimate treatment outcomes. Victoria works late afternoons and evenings which makes her treatment accessible to clients who work fulltime. “As a holistic massage therapist, I engage with you, assessing your needs and the best techniques to meet those needs. “This process is guided by sensitivity, energy, awareness and communication to provide a truly healing treatment. “I am always looking to integrate new treatments and therapies into my practice and believe that continued learning is important for any good massage therapist.” Kristi says she is delighted to have such a complementary, friendly and fun group of colleagues join her at number 34. “While what we do is clinical, the atmosphere here is welcoming and full of warmth, caring and laughter. It encourages people to come in... and to keep coming back.”


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