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.


Therapists 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.

Teresa Karam

Donna Nolan


  • 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.  Years of weight training, yoga and in recent times Crossfit, she has developed an understanding of many of the muscular-skeletal issues active people of all ages face.

She is passionate about health 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:


  • New Zealand Cricket - Black Caps

  • New Zealand Warriors rugby league 

  • Silver Ferns netball

  • All Black 7's

  • BOP Steamers rugby

  • Under 20 All Blacks

  • Southland Stags rugby

  • Power-lifting and Crossfit Athletes

Teresa is available Monday to Thursday and one Saturday per month.

"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



  • NZCM Certified in Relaxation and Sports Massage

  • NAT Certified in Vacuum Cupping

  • NAT Certified in Mind Body Healing

  • Rise Yoga 200hr TT of Embodied Flow

  • NZIMA Infant Massage Tutor Trained

  • Certificate in Nutrition

  • Qualified and Registered Teacher

Donna began her massage journey in 2012 when she saw a great need for parents to deeply connect with their infants and children. Donna is a mother to 3 beautiful children and has worked as an ECE teacher for over 12 years. This is where her passion for natural therapies through the core foundations of touch began. Originally training with the International Association of Infant Massage, with a goal to guide and encourage parents to grow their own abilities to bond and support their children, creating holistic wellbeing within the entire family. This interest soon branched out into training with the New Zealand College of Massage, where Donna became a registered therapist and began working more directly with adults.

Donna is a strong advocate for health and wellbeing through your own internal energy and eliminating as many external toxins as possible. Donna has a passion for weight training and through her own experiences, has deepened her knowledge of caring for our bodies through regular, quality body treatments. Along with her massage training, Donna is also extending her knowledge base with yoga and spiritual awareness. This is to give a more holistic approach to her treatments.

Donna will tailor your treatment programme to best suit your current life adventures.

Career Highlights to date:

  • International Super Rugby teams

  • British Lions

  • NZIF Body Building Professional & Amateur Athletes


Donna is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays

"Donna is absolutely amazing at helping your body feel great whether it’s recovery from an injury, overworked or both!  I had an injury 10 years ago that I never got the right care for and it has continued to hurt especially after training in the gym.  Donna has managed to help limit the pain that I get just after 3 sessions! I feel that I can stand a lot taller now and there is minimal pain in my back area even after a heavy weights session or from lifting my kids.  I really had in my mind that I would just have to carry this pain around for the rest of my life, but Donna has shown me that this can be fixed.  I now get weekly deep tissue massages, and wish I went and got this done a lot sooner. Thank you Donna you are amazing!"


Tammy Chanel

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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