Amanda is a Qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and Lymphatic Practitioner who is passionate about providing support bodywork for those undergoing treatment for or with a history of cancer. This has led to the creation of her own unique modality supporting women before and after the treatment of Breast Cancer.
Amanda embarked on her journey into the field of Oncology Massage, after working extensively with women and men during their cancer treatments and discovered the lack of support and modalities available to further support their conventional treatments. This lead to her breaking ties with traditional forms of massage after seeing a family member suffering in pain and feeling dis-empowered over her own body as a result of cancer.
Embarking on a worldwide journey to further educate herself, she knew there had to be another way for people suffering from cancer, a way that they could be supported and feel empowered once again within their own bodies, regardless of their diagnosis.
Amanda was selected to take part in extensive hospital training within the palliative care and oncology wards at the Austin Hospital and Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, considered the gold standard in Cancer Care, this hands on experience gave her a unique insight into how body work can be incorporated safely to assist people in living well with cancer independent of prognosis or stage of the disease.
After spending years fine tuning her work the birth of her own unique modality was created. A combination of integrative techniques such as Oncology Massage, Bone Marrow Support Sequence, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Ayurvedic Massage, Myofascial Release and Somatic techniques helping clients be supported throughout their healing process.
Over the years she has seen how deeply transformative her modality has been and how relevant it is throughout all stages of oncology and surgical treatments. The techniques are safe, gentle and nurturing and each session is tailored taking into consideration your personal state of well-being physically and emotionally. Sessions can be timed in accordance with chemotherapy and radiation cycles to assist with managing nausea, relaxation and to help with pain and the emotions of overwhelm.
Amanda has become particularly passionate about working with women during their treatment for breast cancer, lymphoedema prevention and management. It is her mission to restore hope and peace of mind by empowering women on how to reconnect with their bodies, and be proactive with their own recovery. Supporting the physical body before Mastectomy, regaining movement, strength and emotional support in reclaiming their bodies post surgery.
“Therapeutic touch is an integral part of modern cancer care and it should not add to the burden of a body that is already undergoing extensive healing. It is the combination of supporting the lymphatic system and reducing inflammation alongside conventional medicine treatments that I have seen women become empowered and reclaiming one’s self .” – Amanda
Wednesdays & Thursdays by appointment at Sat Nam Institute Mullumbimby
First consultation is 90 mins includes treatment.
Health Fund Rebates Available.
- Diploma of Remedial Massage (2013)
- Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Casley-Smith Method (2014-2015)
- Manual Lymph Drainage – Vodder Academy International (2015)
- Oncology Massage Training Modules 1-2 (2016)
- Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Introduction to Assessment & Assessment After Mastectomy (2016)
- Oncology Massage Level 4 Practitioner: Clinical Oncology Massage, Advanced Hospital and Palliative Care Oncology Massage Training
Ongoing Professional Development:
- Clinical Oncology Massage, Advanced Hospital and Palliative Care Oncology Massage Training at the Austin Hospital & Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. (2017)
- Research Project: “The Relative Effectiveness of Negative Pressure Therapy on Adhesions after Breast Cancer Therapy.” (2016)
- Product Review of latest bandaging system for ongoing management of Secondary Lymphoedema and its symptoms. (2016)
- Asia Pacific Lymphology Conference Darwin Australia (2016)
- The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT)