Calm your Mind - Relax your Body - Restore your Energy

Welcome, my name is Bel and I provide professional therapeutic massage from my serene and comfortable home-based clinic in Kenmore. I also offer mobile massage in people's homes, retirement villages and nursing homes (please see the Mobile Massage and Pricing pages for further details - usually I only service suburbs up to 25km drive from Kenmore).


About Bel

Belinda van der merwe   diploma of remedial massage    diploma of aromatherapy    certificate in oncology massage    certificate in holistic counselling   accredited member of australian traditional-medicine society  LGBTQIAP trained and informed  trauma informed care (various courses)

Belinda van der merwe

diploma of remedial massage

diploma of aromatherapy

certificate in oncology massage

certificate in holistic counselling

accredited member of australian traditional-medicine society

LGBTQIAP trained and informed

trauma informed care (various courses)

Hi there! Please allow me to introduce myself.

I have 12 years experience in massage therapy and a broad working knowledge of many massage techniques and systems, with an interest in both Western and Eastern philosophies and practices. I provide quality therapeutic massage every time with the aim to calm your mind, relax tension in your body and restore your energy.

I am a qualified remedial massage therapist and therefore I incorporate a variety of effective techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, trigger-point therapy and cross fibre mobilisation to treat your tense/impaired muscles. I also incorporate Chinese acupressure where required as it can be great for treating so called chronic issues. However the emphasis is on relaxation, flow and rejuvenation. Whichever massage style you choose it is calming and enjoyable. This is really important for the nervous system - to be able to fully relax, as the ‘relaxation response’ helps take away pain you may have as well as allowing tense muscles and the body to completely relax and be restored to a harmonious state.

I’m a qualified Aromatherapist, and I offer a unique aromatherapy massage using Essential Therapeutics essential oils (a 100% pure trusted Australian brand), diluted in a natural vegetable oil base. I stock these essential oils as many of my clients like to enjoy using essential oils at home - as essential oils have many uses beyond the beautiful aromas. I also create 100% natural aromatherapy perfumes and face oils which you may sample and purchase at my practice. Aromatherapy massage is a deeply relaxing and restorative massage that delights the senses. It is especially beneficial for anxiety, stress, grief and other strong emotions, women's hormonal imbalances, lethargy and other imbalances in the body.  You can think of it as plant medicine delivered via inhalation (reaching the limbic system in the brain) and absorption through the skin (reaching the bloodstream and therefore the cells in the body). Aromatherapy massage is the best way to receive the benefits of the essential oils as it is deeply calming and the essential oils are chosen specifically for you. I am very passionate about aromatherapy.

I also offer oncology massage with four years experience in this area - working with clients with cancer, disabilities and other debilitating conditions. If you know someone who has cancer, or other serious health condition, an oncology massage is a very nurturing and restorative treatment for them. It has been found to reduce pain and other side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment including anxiety, depression, nausea, fatigue, and insomnia.

I am passionate about natural medicine and holistic health, and I provide a health service that is beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. I value honesty and education so I share my knowledge where appropriate. I believe self-care is important as one cannot pour from an empty cup! I walk my talk - I practice yoga regularly, meditation, take long walks in nature, eat a healthy plant-based diet, use aromatherapy in my home and get massages on a regular basis to ensure that I am in good health on all levels, to be the best therapist I can be.

I’m also currently finishing a Diploma of Holistic Counselling - I’ve already completed the Certificate level training. This makes me trauma-informed, sensitive to special needs and empathetic. I work with a variety of people in massage therapy and in counselling with mutual respect and connection. Massage therapy can be very nurturing for someone going through a difficult time such as grief, or a person living with anxiety or depression. I am sensitive to people’s needs and I treat you as the human being you are. I like to have a positive impact on people’s lives, even if in a small way. I hold space for people to completely relax and feel nurtured.

I am a holistic bodyworker. I will be adding holistic counselling to my services in the near future too.

Look forward to meeting you.

In gratitude,

Bel


Massage treatment room in kenmore - very comfortable massage table, quiet street, air conditioning, view of garden.

Massage treatment room in kenmore - very comfortable massage table, quiet street, air conditioning, view of garden.


Why choose me?

  • Professional: I am qualified, insured and a member of a professional association.

  • Experience: I am a highly skilled massage therapist, with 12 years of experience in massage therapy.

  • Trustworthy: I am a calm, caring and reliable person.

  • For repeat clients the treatment price is for the actual hands on massage time (as 5 minutes of consultation time is allocated in addition to the treatment time).

  • For the first appointment for oncology clients, 15 minutes of complimentary consultation time is allocated in addition to the treatment time.

  • Modalities offered include: aromatherapy massage, oncology (cancer) massage, remedial massage and Swedish relaxation massage.

  • I have experience working with people with special needs - e.g. people with cancer, elderly clients in nursing homes, people with mental disabilities, people with physical disabilities.

  • You can switch between mobile massage and visiting my clinic in Kenmore.

  • Very reasonable rates because I work from home. If I was working from an external clinic I would be charging more.

  • Convenience: you can book online or call to book an appointment.

  • The home clinic in Kenmore is located on a nice quiet street. The clinic room is clean, air conditioned and the massage table very comfortable. It is a healing sanctuary.

  • Health fund rebates are available with many health funds - please see the Pricing page for a list. 

  • Inclusive massage therapy practice - welcoming different races, genders (including transgender) and orientation. It does not matter what you identify with, as long as there is mutual respect and professional boundaries are honoured. (Note however that I do oil massage - I’m not that experienced with massage through clothes.)

  • For Aromatherapy Massage, only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils are used, ensuring quality and beneficial results. I stock the essential oils if you wish to purchase them (Essential Therapeutics - an Australian and TGA listed brand). 

  • Only natural products are used. For the massage sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, macadamia oil or coconut oil are usually used. Natural oils are good for your skin. Most other massage clinics use products that contain synthetic and harsh chemicals that are not good for the body. Why? Because these synthetic products wash out easily from towels. I prefer to focus on health and therefore minimise toxins in my environment. This means you receive nothing but nurturing in my clinic and even people with the most sensitive skin can hire me.

  • Parking your car is easy - on the street outside the house.

  • The home clinic in Kenmore is easy to locate and is a short distance from public transport.

  • Ultimately it is the connection between therapist and client that makes the difference (in all health environments - research has shown this). I enjoy working with my regular clients - and I choose who I continue to work with. If we connect/resonate you will look forward to each restorative massage session with me, and so will I. Come and see!