Who I am and What I do
Founder and principal therapist of Body Wisdom, Paul began his career 25 years ago. His passion for natural therapies lead him to gain a diverse range of qualifications including remedial massage, craniosacral therapy, reiki, visceral manipulation, dry needling and most recently Myotherapy.
In 2004 he joined Smart Health Training and Services to provide treatment in collaboration with Physiotherapists and Chiropractors. Since 2004 Body Wisdom Therapy– has grown to include a variety of therapists.
Paul spent the past nine years on the board of Massage & Myotherapy Australia, the peak industry body, three of years as national president and chair. Paul is an Academic Supervisor at Endeavour College of Natural Health Adelaide campus in the Bachelor Health Science Myotherapy program.
Outside of work, he keeps fit with weight training, running and enjoys meditation. He bakes a tasty sugar-free/gluten-free cake too!
Paul received the 2019 Life Member award from Massage & Myotherapy Australia, for his 12 years of service on their committees and Board.
Raf has over 10 years providing musculoskeletal massage therapy, both here in Australia and Brazil. His sports background, as athlete and coach, combined with his studies worldwide (Brazil, Australia, India and Japan) gives him a good understanding of the body. Raf uses a systematic process to functionally assess, correct and strengthen his client's bodies to function at their optimal level. Raf has been a Health and Fitness Professional since 2004 and applies his rehabilitation skills to a variety of sports injuries, chronic pain, muscle disorders, joint aches and pre & post-surgery conditions.
Visceral Manipulation seeks to correct pain and dysfunction caused by an imbalance between the organs and structures of your body. All structures are connected through a web of connective tissue or ‘fascia’. This fascia aims to support and protect your body by dampening trauma from external forces. Over time, restrictions can occur within the fascial system.
This is a gentle and painless technique with a wide range of benefits including a reduction in abdominal adhesions, improvements in digestive and elimination functions and an increase in overall health, as your internal organs function improves.
Remedial Massage Therapy
An assessment based massage aimed at recovery from injury.
A variety of techniques may be utilised including trigger point therapy, deep tissue techniques, stretching and postural advice.
Benefits can include reduced pain, reduction of adhesions, inflammation and swelling and increase range of movement.
Remedial Massage treatments may be claimed through your private health if your cover permits.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy focusing on the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated pathologies. Myotherapy has evolved to become an allied health discipline which is practiced in many countries across the world.
Myotherapy incorporates trigger point therapy and a wide range of soft tissue massage and manipulation techniques including: muscle energy technique, dry needling and joint mobilisation. Myotherapists also use stretching, nutritional advice, exercise prescription, postural advice and education, heat and cold therapy and taping.