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.


  • 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 Monday afternoons, Tuesday's until 7.00pm and Friday's.