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

who has been a therapist since 2005 and practicing here in Papamoa since 2008. 

Therapists at Embody adhere to the professional standard as per the Massage New Zealand Code of Ethics.




  • 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.  From years of sports, 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 mindfulness and how important strength and regular movement is in our everyday lives. Her treatments are very client focused combining whatever techniques are required to give you the best possible outcomes and always within your comfort levels.  

Career highlights have been working on some of New Zealand's sports teams: Black Caps, NZ Warriors league, Silver Ferns, All Black 7's, BOP Steamers.

***bookings with Teresa on hold due to injury***




  • Diploma in Massage and Neuro-Muscular Therapy 

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy

  • Reiki I, II, III

  • Reiki Master 

  • Southern Cross Health Insurance approved provider

Originally from Boulder Colorado, Tatia (pronounced Tay-Shuh) began her massage career over 20 years ago when she gained her Diplomas from The Canterbury College of Natural Medicine. She has since owned a successful massage therapy clinic in Howick Auckland (14 years) before taking a break and moving to Papamoa in 2019. 

With a wealth of experience behind her, you are in very expert hands! Tatia can treat a variety of muscular-skeletal conditions, postural imbalances, rehabilitation, chronic pain, headaches and general tension.  She is also very experienced in pregnancy massage.

Tatia works in a very intuitive way using all of her skills and knowledge to support the whole person, whilst still providing you with a targeted remedial treatment when required. Having a passion for growth and personal development she has extensive knowledge in a wide range of topics relating to health, wellbeing and having a positive mindset to support you in creating a vibrant and healthy way of life.




  • Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy

  • 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training

  • Southern Cross Health insurance approved provider

Born and raised in Canada, Rayna started her career as a massage therapist in 2018, after completing a 2200 h0ur provincially regulated program. Her training was heavily focused on anatomy and physiology, orthopaedic assessment and safe, effective massage techniques for each unique individual.


Following her massage training Rayna travelled to Costa Rica and completed a 200 hr yoga teacher training and loved it so much that she returned 4 years later to obtain the 300 hour certification.

She performs a variety of treatments that aim to manage or reduce symptoms of chronic pain/soft tissue injuries, tension head aches, general tension, fibromyalgia, muscular-skeletal imbalances, and pain associated with arthritis.  She is also very proficient in pregnancy massage.


Rayna is passionate about staying active with sports like, surfing, volley ball and hiking. She is also a strong believer in rest and rejuvenation to allow your mind and body to recharge, so you can step back out into the world and enjoy the things you love.




  • Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy

  • Cert 4 Fitness

  • Holistic Health Coach

  • 500hr Yoga Teacher Training

  • CHEK Exercise Coach

  • Reiki Practitioner

Juan has dedicated his life to help people with their health challenges and achieve optimal health through manual therapy, corrective exercise kinesiology and holistic health coaching. 

Juan has been in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years on different continents. Starting his career in Australia, expanding his knowledge in Asia, building his practice in South America, and currently based in New Zealand. 


His treatments are the perfect combination of muscle and fascia deep tissue work, joint mobilisation and trigger point therapy with the right touch of relaxation and energy cleansing.  He delivers a unique therapeutic massage in the application of different techniques with the purpose of eliminating aches and pains, and correct physical and physiological dysfunctions that affect the movement and health of the human body. 


Juan is also a CHEK practitioner, holistic health coach, yoga teacher, and a practitioner of reiki energy healing

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