Body Matters has grown!

Due to demand, we've added a second location!

Body Matters 'The Gym' is across the road at 202 Ponsonby Road inside Vision Personal Training.

OUR SERVICES

Achieve balance with
therapeutic massage

Specialists in Remedial & Sports Massage, Myofascial Release,
Stress Relief & Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy & Hotstone Massage

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Therapeutic & Sports Massage Specialists

Ponsonby, Auckland

Body Matters is run from a professional clinic alongside other complimentary Health Professionals in Ponsonby, convenient to Auckland’s CBD.

Our team of highly trained and experienced therapists have knowledge of how our bodies work and move, and the stresses we put on them. It’s our goal to assist in finding the cause of pain or tension associated with dysfunction, imbalance, injury or disease, not just temporarily relieve it, using therapeutic massage designed especially for you.

We are specialists in therapeutic massage which is an umbrella term that covers wide range of modalities and techniques that release the soft tissue including remedial, sports, deep tissue, relaxation response, trigger point therapy, myofascial release pregnancy and hotstone massage.

We use therapeutic massage techniques designed especially for you. We acknowledge that that there is more than just one factor affecting our tissues and state of mind including exercise, nutrition, breathing, hydration stress levels, chemical imbalance and illness and injury. We can help to get you on the right path to physical and emotional freedom.

We also believe preventative care is paramount to our well-being. With such busy and stressful life demands today, adding regular therapeutic massage into your health and wellbeing regime is one of the wisest decisions we can make for ourselves. Skilled therapeutic massage is more than just a treat, you will be amazed at how it can improve the quality of your life in so many ways.

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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

Massage is not only an incredibly satisfying way to facilitate achieving good physical and emotional health and wellbeing, but it is also a way to bring a new awareness to your body and can bring attention to areas that you may not realise may need a little attention, being preventative in care.

  • Decreases muscle tension and improves muscle tone
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves posture and related issues
  • Reduces headaches and migranes
  • Increases quality of blood and lymph circulation and flushes metabolic waste and toxins from the body
  • Breaks down scar tissue
  • Increases rate of recovery from injury or post exercise pain
  • Reduces anxiety, mental and physical stress by calming the nervous system
  • Strengthens Iimmune system
  • Improves injury recovery
  • Improves sports performance and reduces risk of injury by conditioning the muscles
  • Improve range of movement
  • Improves quality of sleep

Meet the Body Matters team

Our massage therapists

anna-barton

Anna Barton

PRIVATE BOOKINGS ONLY

OWNER & PRACTICE MANAGER, REGISTERED RMT
Remedial, Sports, Deep Tissue, Myo-fascia Release, Pregnancy, Hotstone, Relaxation, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Specialist, Scar Release Therapist, Lymphoedema Specialist
Nicola Hetzel

Nicola Hetzel

TUES, THURS, FRI, SAT

REGISTERED RMT

Remedial, Sports, Relaxation & Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Bowen Therapist, Hot Stone Massage, Structural Integration
catherine-chu

Catherine Chu

TUES, THURS, SAT

REGISTERED RMT

Relaxation, Sports, Remedial, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy & Hot Stone Massage Therapist

mel-davis

Mel Davis

MON, WED, SUN

REGISTERED RMT

Sports, Remedial, Triggerpoint Therapy, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping, Deep Tissue, Relaxation & Pregnancy Massage Therapist

Amelia Vickers

TUES, THURS, FRI, SAT

Sports, Remedial, Triggerpoint Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Relaxation & Pregnancy Massage Therapist
Nic Mapes

Nic Mapes

MON, TUES, WED, SAT, SUN

Sports, Remedial, Triggerpoint Therapy, Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Joint Mobilisation, Postural Rehabilitation, Muscle Activation Massage Therapist

Menu of Services

Click the ‘Book Now’ button at the top of the page to book online – gift vouchers available

If your preferred time is not available please contact us and we will endeavour to make it happen.

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is a treatment based massage that covers a range of techniques that manipulate soft tissue and connective tissues of the body, addressing specific muscles or muscle groups associated with dysfunction, imbalance, injury, or disease. With knowledge of how the body works and moves, a remedial massage treatment can assist in addressing the cause of the pain or tension, not just temporarily relieve it. Specific techniques used, such as trigger point therapy, myo-fascial release i.e. skin rolling and stretching, ischemic compression and various assisted stretches, that are learned skills and normally of a deeper pressure are applied in a specific way to make change, promote healing and muscle relaxation, reduce pain and promote freedom of movement. If you have a specific issue and are needing a thorough treatment and longer lasting results, it is recommended to book your initial appointment for at least 60 minutes.
30 minutes Therapeutic massage$60
45 minutes Therapeutic massage$75
60 minutes Therapeutic massage$95
90 minutes Therapeutic massage$125

Relaxation & De-Stress Massage

Relaxation massage is performed in a safe and relaxing environment that promotes a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress. Techniques generally used and adapted to your personal needs are long, slow flowing strokes that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system – changes the body from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”. This type of massage is therapeutic in itself with very powerful effects, especially to those of us who are caught up in this busy, manic life. This is time out just for you.
30 minutes Relaxation & stress relief massage$60
45 minutes Relaxation & stress relief massage$75
60 minutes Relaxation & stress relief massage$95
90 minutes Relaxation & stress relief massage$125

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a type of massage that assists and increases performance by increasing muscle tone with maintenance massage throughout the training schedule by addressing any issues that may arise before event with therapeutic techniques and stretches, and can also be applied as pre-event or post-event massage, with techniques applied accordingly. Whether you are training for the marathon, playing your team sport, or simply being active to keep fit and healthy, Sports massage can prevent or speed up recovery of injury and flushes metabolic wastes i.e. lactic acid that build up while training, increases energy and much more.
30 minutes Sports massage$60
45 minutes Sports massage$75
60 minutes Sports massage$95
90 minutes Sports massage$125

Bowen Therapy (Fascial Kinetics)

Fascial Kinetics is a Bowen Therapy and means 'moving fascia' by working with the superficial and deep layers of connective tissue in the body. A series of selectively placed, non-invasive moves are applied to release adhesions within the fibers in these tissue. This assists the structures housed in the fascial layers- nerves, muscles, lymph and blood vessels, and organs- to function more effectively. Postural misalignments are released, which improves body mechanics, increases range of motion, decreases levels of pain. Nutritional pathways to the cells are opened up and the removal of waste products/toxins from the body is promoted, balance restored. This leads to a better level of general health, relaxation and increased energy. Good hydration will benefit the lasting effects of the treatment. As fascia forms a continuous sheath throughout the body, each session addresses the whole body as well as the area of injury or pain.

Beneficial for Arthritic symptoms • Back & neck pain • Colic in infants • Digestive disorders • Headaches & migraines • Jaw problems • Joint injuries & restrictions • Menstrual irregularities & pain • Respiratory symptoms • RSI • Sciatic pain • Sinus congestion • Sprains/strains • Stress & tension

Fascial Kinetics can be carried out through light clothing or direct on skin. It is effective as a stand alone treatment and supports other modalities such as massage very well. It is recommended to book your initial appointment for at least 60 minutes.
If you are interested in learning more about Bowen please talk to Nicola Hetzel
30 minutes Fascial Kinetics$60
45 minutes Fascial Kinetics$75
60 minutes Fascial Kinetics$95

Myo-Fascial Cupping

The human body is an amazing thing made up of muscles, bones, organs and skin but what holds it all together is fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and connects every muscle and every single organ of the body. As massage therapists, we often hear clients complain about tight muscles but what we feel is tight fascia. Collagen fibres within fascia often orient themselves along lines of tension in the body to provide structure and strength but also results in reduced flexibility and gives you that tight feeling. The fascia of the muscles, referred to as myofascia, can be treated with suction cups which lift and separate the soft tissue. This negative or tensional pressure gives a gentle passive stretch while increasing the nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue. Treating the myofascia with cups can help improve range of motion, reduce or eliminate painful or restrictive trigger points or adhesions and encourage optimal hydration levels in the tissue which can aid recovery from injury or general use, soften and improve mobility of scar tissue, and decrease oedema.

Just a note regarding the bruises you may associate with vacuum cups; myofascial cupping is a very different technique from traditional cupping and the aim of the therapist is to avoid marking the skin.
If you are interested in receiving myofascial cupping please talk to Mel Davis.
30 minutes Myo-Fascial Cupping$60
45 minutes Myo-Fascial Cupping$75
60 minutes Myo-Fascial Cupping$95
90 minutes Myo-Fascial Cupping$125

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a time in a woman’s life where there is a lot of changes happening in her body and her environment that can naturally cause stress, discomfort and sometimes pain. With this understanding, Pregnancy massage is adapted to support these changes in a safe and nurturing manner, by listening and adapting strokes and positioning to her comfort level. Pregnancy massage can assist in physical and mental relaxation, reduce muscle tension, fluid retention and anxiety, and increase blood and lymph flow as well as removing metabolic waste. It can also be a special bonding time for mother and baby.
30 minutes Pregnancy massage$60
45 minutes Pregnancy massage$75
60 minutes Pregnancy massage$95
90 minutes Pregnancy massage$125

Hot Stone Massage

The use of hot stones to soothe tired and aching muscles has been around for more than 5000 years. Today, we have incorporated the use of hot basalt stones with therapeutic massage, not only placing the warm stones around the body, but also massaging with them. This not only relaxes the body and nervous system quickly and effectively, but also relieves tension in those tired and aching muscles, with less pressure, yet still achieving the same powerful results as deep tissue massage. Hot Stone Massage is a premium massage experience, resulting in the deepest relaxation, either for yourself or as a special gift to that special someone.
60 minutes Hot Stone massage N/A
90 minutes Hot Stone massage $160

Basic Hot Stone Massage

Basic hot stone set is combined with your therapeutic massage using the heat of the stone to further assist with the soft tissue release. This can be a great application for muscle release if deep tissue is not able to be applied, or if your prefer a lighter touch, whilst getting that deep release.
60 minutes Basic hot stone combo$115
90 minutesBasic hot stone combo$145

Concession Cards

A more convenient and less expensive way to incorporate regular massage into your life. We can hold a permanent spot for you in our schedule so it becomes part of your health and wellbeing routine.
5 x 30 minute massages (save $40) $260
5 x 45 minute massages (save $40) $335
5 x 60 minute massages (save $50) $425
5 x 90 minute massages (save $60) $560

If your preferred time is not available please contact us and we will endeavour to make it happen.

What our clients have to say...

Testimonials

I’ve been having regular massage with Body Matters for the last year and I would very highly recommend them. I have had regular massage over the the last few years with various massage therapists and I can honestly say Anna is one of the best massage therapists I have yet encountered. She is very skilled with her hands, and provides sensitive and highly attuned treatments responsive to my changing needs. Anna has a warm and easy going personality and I feel totally safe in her hands. Anna is naturally an incredibly caring person, and I feel very grateful for the level of care and attention shes brings to each session. She manages her business with great professionalism, and is connected to a great network of health professionals. Anna is a gem, and I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting a fabulous massage experience

Andrew Jary

I had stopped walking for exercise about 5 years ago due to the pain of plantar fasciitis (weird name, painful as!) and rock hard calves.   I recently had a heart attack so exercise is a vital part of recovery.  I started walking again and the pain from my calves and plantar fasciitis was not so good, I could maybe manage 30 minutes walking before the pain set in,  then the next day the pain would be very bad. I decided to try “Myofascial Release” as I thought it would be great for my plantar fasciitis.  I booked a session with Body Matters and told my therapist all my woes. She set to work very diligently on my calves and the soles of my feet.  My calves started to improve after the first session and now after about 4 sessions they feel like new calves, soft and no pain while walking, did I mention they are soft like they were 20 years ago.  My plantar fasciitis has improved leaps and bounds, maybe a little tight for about 2 minutes in the morning, by the time I put the kettle on, gone. I can’t praise and thanks her enough, her dedication and craft getting my legs back into shape has set me up to get back into shape.

Leonard – O’Quigley

Hi. My name is Yana Papaya and I love massages. However, I am also a people person, so basically to satisfy my massage taste, you should have not only great and nice hands, professional touch, but you should be a good person too. I know it’s only my personal experience and requirements though, but I really fell in love with Anna’s personality and the way she is dealing with the client. I am happy to say that she is the one who is looking after my body and knows exactly what kind of massage fix I need to get. So I would like to address the following message to all current and future customers: please do look after your bodies and problematic zones before it’s too late. We need a constant massage therapy to keep ourselves going through stressful times. The more you do, the greater you look and the better you feel afterwards. And Anna Barton is one of the best to help you with. Besides the massage salon is fully equipped to make you feel relaxed: music, interior, candle light and great massage – all great things come at once when we are talking about Body Matters! Keep it up guys, you are awesome!!! Thanks again to beautiful Anna who is so passionate about her calling that made her so goooood at her job.

Yana Papaya

I’ve been going to Body Matters for about for a fews year now, as I have a number of issues – mainly a tight lower back and the usual tense shoulders and neck which result from working at a computer five days a week. Catherine who I see now is a great massage therapist, as each session we catch up on any pains/issues I’ve had between sessions, what the causes may be, ways to possibly eliminate them, and then decide the areas to focus on during that session. Catherine is easy-going, has great expertise and knowledge, and I feel very comfortable around her.

 

Ruth Appleyard

Anna Barton is an intuitive Therapist who knows exactly how to apply the correct treatment for every session I ‘ve experienced. I would highly recommend Anna to everyone and as a Massage Therapist myself, her techniques, are of the highest standards possible and her professional ethics unquestionable.

 

Shayne-Louise Johns

I have been seeing Anna now for about 5 years. I often suffer from tension headaches and Anna has helped me not only with the pain relief of remedial massage but also with a more holistic (or lifestyle) approach – offering additional tools and teaching me preventative measures so I can self-manage. Anna is super friendly, and I would certainly recommend her and any of the team at Body Matters to anyone after a great massage, or to those who take rehabilitation and relaxation seriously!

Sandra Beacham

I’ve been going to Body Matters for deep tissue massage for a number of years now. As a flight attendant I find my body gets very sore and tired. The team at Body Matters are awesome and I always look forward to seeing them, they are all amazing at putting you at ease. I have massages from time to time when I’m away and most of them are too fluffy and soft and I feel like shouting “that’s the spot!” but they seem to travel set routine and never focus I what you need as an individual. That’s what I appreciate most about the team at Boy Matters, they listen to what areas are bothering me and adjusts the massage to suit. I always arrive with my shoulders and neck feeling extremely tense and very painful and I leave feeling much lighter! I recommend Body Matters to anyone looking for an excellent, effective massage with a wonderful friendly approach.

Raeleen Prentis

Where to find us

Body Matters ‘The Original’

Level 1, 177 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby, Auckland

Monday to Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday  10:45am to 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm

Body Matters ‘The Gym’

Level 3, 202 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby, Auckland
(inside Vision Personal Training)

Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

Call

09 948 4300 or 021 661 775

Email

info@bodymatters.co.nz