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Health and Well-Being Therapies

At Kawai Purapura we live and breathe a healthy lifestyle that lift your spirit, relaxes your body, and calms your mind. We offer a tranquil and peaceful environment, whereby, we have created a holistic residential village that naturally draws therapy practitioners of all kinds to live and practice their unique and valued talents. They offer a range of healing modalities from Massage Therapy, to Acupuncture, to Yoga Therapy, to Tarot Card Reading, and much more.

Read more about the practitioners below. To book an appointment, you can contact them directly.

And why not combine your treatment with one of our classes or events.

Professional Practitioners living at Kawai Purapura

Lindi O’Connor A. Dip.M.T.
Massage and Reflexology

Lindi O’Connor is a Body-Mind Massage therapist with over 30 years experience in the field in various countries. She is certified in Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Reflexology, and Sports and Therapeutic Massage. Lindi has discovered how profoundly our bodies react to stress and stored emotions, a natural result of “everyday life”, and how this can be reduced by touch and massage – combined with an ability to “listen” and feel the body’s pain. “Bones, muscles, and cellular tissues hold memories of emotional events and life’s stress. Through varied massage techniques we release tension and pain, freeing and healing the “embodied mind.”

mobile: 021 252 4749
email: re.treatyourself@clear.net.nz

Dean Wickenden
Acupunture, Massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Yoga Therapy

Dean is passionate about natural health and healing. He has travelled and studied with renowned masters in the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian healing and spiritual traditions. His approach to complementary medicine focuses on healing the root cause of the ailment, harmonising the body, energy and mind, which leads to optimal health, greater vitality and mental wellbeing. Treatment plans are tailor made to the individual and may include acupuncture, massage therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, moxabustion (heat therapy), cupping, gua sha, diet therapy, qigong and yoga therapy.

Dean also teaches weekly yoga classes, have a look at his teacher profile for the times here >

Dean is a registered acupuncturist with the NZASA
(New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority) and a registered ACC provider.

mobile: 021 034 7752
email: dean@acupuncture.yoga
website: https://www.acupuncture.yoga/

Chewy Wilson

Chewy offers a nice relaxing foot massage or a diagnostic foot/health treatment. Chewy explains:
“I offer both kinds of reflexology and can help you understand physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels using points in the feet that relate to points in the body. I also work with the endocrine system, which is like a recharge for your body’s battery.”

mobile: 027 433 4627
email: chewydrummer@gmail.com

Catia Batalha

Catia is an expert on mind-body conditions, namely physical illness that is unconsciously originated by psychological issues. These issues can be manifest as skin conditions, digestive issues, women health problems, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, respiratory issues, chronic fatigue, psychosomatic illnesses, amongst others.

Additionally, she is specialised in trauma, including childhood trauma, PTSD and CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder), and work in alliance with PTSD Help NZ. She is also a certified Havening practitioner (an emerging science-based technique for trauma recovery).

She also specialises in self-growth, personal growth, conscious/healthy relationships, spirituality, existential issues, integration of body, mind, heart and soul, and connection with self, others and the world. Symptoms of unbalances in these areas that we address in therapy are stress/anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, social/relationship issues, various feelings (e.g. fear, sadness, jealousy, shame, anger), suicidality/suicidal ideation, emotional distress in various forms (e.g. grief, dissatisfaction, meaninglessness, identity crisis, disconnection), amongst others.

She is a Registered Psychotherapist (PBANZ) and a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP).

mobile: 021 026 15347
email: catiabatalha@gmail.com

Kit Philo

Kit is a seven-year trained General Psychologist with more than 4 years’ experience within
Private Hospital specialist Mood and Addiction sector (AU) and private practice including
extensive training in group facilitation based on Yalom style psychotherapeutic groups.
Kit teaches her clients to make simple yet radical shifts in their relationship to the thoughts,
feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to stress, anxiety and depression.

Her approach is solidly grounded in current psychological research, and uses traditional
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema
Therapy. She also uses Mindfulness-based strategies, which research shows contribute to
physical and psychological health.

Trained in NZ, she has worked extensively in a Private Mood Disorder Hospital in Australia
running Groups and Individual counselling.

mobile: 027 864 7198
website: www.lighthousepsychology.co.nz