about us

Embody Wellness & Sports Massage is owned/founded by Teresa Karam

who has been a practising therapist 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 a relaxing yet beneficial experience in a welcoming 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 flexibility, more efficient muscle recovery following physical exertion and decreased stress levels mentally and emotionally.

At Embody our therapists are qualified and work to a high professional standard as per Massage New Zealand and the code of ethics.

Teresa Karam

Luana Carneiro


  • 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 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, 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:


  • 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 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


Donna Nolan


  • Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Brazil)

  • Pilates Instructor (Brazil)

  • Trigger Point Massage

  • Hot stones Massage

  • Yoga Teacher (India)

  • Reiki Levels I & II (Ireland)

Luana has a passion for exploring different forms of movement and is originally from Brazil where she worked as a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor.  Then deciding to travel extensively she has completed Yoga Teacher Training, various massage workshops and gained valuable work experience along the way.  With her background as a physiotherapist, Luana can work with clients to recover from and prevent injuries while combining massage and Reiki skills to release tension in the body and promote deep relaxation.

Her vast experience teaching both Yoga and Pilates (mat and reformer) complements her treatments in terms of how the body works and responds to regular stretching, strengthening, postural awareness and mindfulness.

As a keen surfer Luana enjoys being part of the Papamoa community.  She is open-minded, loves connecting with people, being in nature and regularly practises Yoga and meditation.

Luana is available Tuesday's until 7.00pm and Friday's.

Pauline Clark


  • NZQA Relaxation massage

  • Level 2 Rieki

  • Level 4 TFH Kinesiology

  • NLP Master Practitioner

Natural Health Therapies are an essential part of my everyday life.

Being a Rieki and Energy Healing Practitioner for the most part, I also have a certificate in Relaxation massage and vast experience in Remedial and Sports massage.  My love for the outdoors, Hiking, trail running, swimming and functional fitness such as CrossFit has given me a good understanding of how important it is to look after your body.  Massage is a great way  to relieve tired muscles,  tension and stress enabling your body to keep up with the demands of life and any challenge you may throw at it.

Pauline is providing cover through the Christmas and New Year period.


  • 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

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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