Michelle’s interest in Chinese medicine blossomed over 16 years ago after she worked for several years as a remedial massage therapist. Realising the toll that giving deep tissue massage was taking on her own body, she intuitively decided on acupuncture as her next career choice. Little did she realise at the time what a profound influence the philosophy of Chinese medicine would have on many aspects of her life. Since then Michelle’s passion for the Oriental arts has expanded into tai chi, meditation, yoga, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, as well as metaphysical and esoteric teachings.
Michelle has been practicing acupuncture in the South Eastern suburbs since 2005. She completed a 4 year degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Victoria University, with a clinical internship at Zhejiang Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Hospital in Hang Zhou, China. It was in Hang Zhou that Michelle discovered a passion for tai chi and was a student and instructor at the highly respected Golden Lion Academy for 11 and 5 years respectively. In 2014, Michelle competed in the first World Tai Chi Games in Cheng Du, China, and came third in her event.
Since graduating, Michelle has worked in her own private practice as well working alongside chiropractors and an osteopath at Melbourne Sports Clinic, gaining valuable experience in treating many musculoskeletal conditions with both Western and Eastern treatment strategies. Her knowledge and experience in treating fertility and paediatric issues deepened while working at Three Lanterns in Williamstown, often seeing clients for pregnancy preparation through to assisting labour induction and then treating the babies and children. For 10 years following graduation, Michelle provided weekly group acupuncture to clients suffering from severe stress and anxiety at TaskForce, a community drug and alcohol support centre.
Michelle has a gentle and calming approach to treatment, and can easily put the most needle phobic person at ease. She takes a hands-on approach to most treatments as she believes that either physical or psychological stress lies at the root of most conditions and skilful, caring massage can make a big difference.
Michelle has undertaken further education and workshops in the following areas:
- Sports medicine acupuncture
- Treating the emotions
- Fertility and gynaecology
- Five Element constitutional acupuncture
- Esoteric/sacred geometry Acupuncture
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Healing Hands – VenArch system
- Crystal healing
- Hygienethics (kinesiology)
- Meditation Instruction
She is registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board, is a member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, is registered with most private health funds and Workcover.
Dip App Sc. (Remedial Therapies)
Cert IV (Reflexology)
Acupuncture, Children’s Health, Chinese Massage, Cupping, Myofascial Release Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Remedial Massage, Remedial Therapies, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Womens Health