about us

Embody Wellness & Sports Massage is owned by Teresa Karam who has been practising in Papamoa since 2007.

We have had the privilege of treating a variety of wonderful people; professional athletes, the elderly, weekend warriors, expectant mothers and every age, stage, shape and colour in between!  

We pride ourselves in focusing on your specific needs and really listening to what you want from your treatment.  It's a real thrill for us to see clients get more out of life and feel the benefits of massage therapy - less tension and headaches, pain relief, increased flexibility, more efficient muscle recovery following physical exertion and decreased stress levels mentally and emotionally.


All therapists are professionally qualified and are Registered Massage Therapists with Massage New Zealand.  Teresa is also an approved provider for Remedial Massage with Southern Cross Health Society. Using a registered therapist reassures you they are fully qualified, must continue their professional development and abide by a code of ethics.

meet the team

Teresa Karam


  • Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy

  • Diploma in Holistic Massage

  • Certificate in Dry Needling & Traditional Chinese Techniques

  • Vice-President, Massage New Zealand

  • Southern Cross Health Insurance approved provider

After years of working in a variety of industries and lots of travel Teresa decided to pursue a long-time passion and completed her massage qualifications while living in London.  Teresa has always played sports and loves the great outdoors so sports massage was a natural progression.  

Her treatments are very client focused combining whatever techniques are required to give you the best results and always within your comfort levels.  

Career highlights have been working on some of New Zealand's sports teams:

  • New Zealand Warriors rugby league 

  • Silver Ferns netball

  • BOP Steamers rugby

  • All Black 7's

  • Under 20 All Blacks

  • Southland Stags rugby

  • Power-lifting and Crossfit Athletes

Teresa is available Monday to Thursday.

"My husband John and I finally 'found' the massage therapist we had been looking for in the Western Bay of Plenty about 5 years ago after Teresa was referred to me by a medical professional.  We had been looking for such a person since moving to Papamoa in 2006, having both had regular massages while living in Wellington.


Teresa is not only a well trained, capable therapist, but is also one of the nicest, caring people I have had dealings with".


Lorraine Stevens


Laura Hardy


  • Diploma in Sports & Therapeutic Massage

  • MSc in Strength & Conditioning Coaching

  • BSc in Sport Science


With a background in coaching, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, and an interest in recovery and rehabilitation it became obvious that massage was the next step in her career.  Laura's treatments take the client as a whole into consideration as well as the functionality of the body in the clients sport or everyday life


Laura has had experience working with various athletes of different sports as well as people recovering from injuries including:

  • BOP Volcanix Women's rugby

  • BOP Steamers rugby 

  • NZ Rugby 7's

  • Black Ferns

  • Volleyball

  • Multi Sport Athletes

Laura is available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Please note PARKING at our studio is on Parton Road or in the MIDDLE CAR PARK AREA within the complex.  Please do not park outside anyone else's unit, otherwise you may be towed. Thank you :-)

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