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 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 qualified and work to a high professional standard as per the Massage New Zealand Code of Ethics.


See below to find out more about each of our therapists.

Teresa Karam

Gorgia Cornelissen

Team Member



  • 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.

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  • Dip Relaxation, Therapeutic and Sports Massage, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

When Gorgia sustained a serious rugby injury to her leg requiring surgeries, she quickly noticed the benefits of regular sports/remedial massage during her rehabilitation.  It was then that she developed a passion for wanting to help, treat and prevent injuries to enable clients to carry on doing the things they love. This led her to pursue her studies at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, here in the Bay of Plenty.


Gorgia's treatments involve a variety of techniques to suit the clients needs and she is particularly interested in myofascial release and improving movement.

Gorgia lives locally in Papamoa, has always played sports and enjoys the outdoors, particularly surfing and running.

Gorgia is available Tuesdays til 8.00pm, Fridays and Saturdays.


New Therapist starting in January 2022.

Watch this space!!!