Embody Wellness & Sports Massage is owned/founded by Teresa Karam who has been a practising therapist since 2005 (in Papamoa since 2007).

We have had the privilege of treating a variety of wonderful people; professional athletes, the elderly, weekend warriors, those with chronic pain, expectant mothers and every age, stage, shape and colour in between!  Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional standard of clinical massage therapy, in a relaxing and professional environment.  

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, injury recovery, pain relief, increased mobility, more efficient muscle recovery following physical exertion and decreased stress levels mentally and emotionally.
 

At Embody our therapists are highly qualified and work to the professional standard as per the Massage New Zealand Code of Ethics.

 

See below to find out about the therapists on our team!

Teresa Karam

Hannah Money

Sergio Fuentes

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Qualifications:

  • Practising therapist since 2005

  • Diploma in Sports/Remedial Massage & Injuries (UK)

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy (NZ)

  • Diploma in Holistic Massage (UK)

  • Certificate in Dry Needling & Traditional Chinese Techniques

  • Certificate in Vacuum Cupping

  • Former President & Vice-President, Massage New Zealand

  • Southern Cross Health Insurance approved provider

After years of working in a variety of industries and extensive 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.  Years of weight training, yoga and Crossfit, she has developed an understanding of many of the muscular-skeletal issues active people of all ages face.

She is passionate about health, well-being and mindfullness and how important regular movement is in our everyday lives. 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:

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  • New Zealand Cricket - Black Caps

  • New Zealand Warriors rugby league 

  • New Zealand Netball - Silver Ferns

  • All Black 7's

  • BOP Steamers rugby

  • Under 20 All Blacks

  • Southland Stags rugby

  • Power-lifting and Crossfit Athletes

Teresa is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Qualifications:

  • Joint BA (Hons) Sports Massage & Exercise Therapy, and Physical Activity & Health

  • National Diploma: Pregnancy & Massage

  • VTCT: Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)

  • Hot Stone Massage

Hannah achieved her Honours Degree in Sports Massage and Exercise Therapy at the University of Derby in the UK.  She is an experienced therapist in deep tissue/sports, remedial, relaxation (including hot stones) and pregnancy massage

Hannah has spent a number of years recently working in New Zealand as a massage  therapist and assistant manager in spa resorts in the South Island.​

Sporting activity has always played a large part in her life as she qualified as an A.S.A
swimming coach in the UK and achieved a brown belt in Taekwondo.

This has helped focus and inform her own practice, in particular around enabling physical mobility and wellbeing so that clients  can continue to enjoy and participate in their own sporting and exercise regime.

Hannah is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays til 8.00pm, every second Friday and Saturdays.

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Qualifications:

  • Massage Therapy, ACP Training School Argentina

  • ATFA Football Coach, Argentina Football Coaches Association

Sergio has been a massage therapist since 2015, studying Massage Therapy in Argentina before moving to New Zealand in 2016.

 

Sergio specialises in sports/deep tissue massage incorporating trigger point therapy and can also offer relaxation treatments and reflexology.  As he is keen on sports and fitness himself, Sergio can relate well to clients presenting with aches, pains and strains due to leading an active lifestyle.

He endeavors to make his clients feel comfortable, relaxed and chat over what they require prior to starting the treatment.

In his spare time Sergio enjoys soccer and hanging out with friends.

Sergio is available Fridays.