Specialist in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Lymphoedema & Lipedema Management, Oncology Massage

NOTE: Anna has moved to 424B Richmond Road, Grey Lynn

Anna Barton

Registered RMT



NOTE: We no longer offer remedial massage. For remedial massage, Catherine Chu has moved to Yunity Massage in Jervois Road.

  • Dip. Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage) NZCM
  • Cert Sports, Relaxation, Pregnancy, hot stone massage, NZCM
  • Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Level 1&2 Casley Smith Method, Australia.
  • Scar Release Therapy, S.T.R.A.I.T Method, Foundations
  • Dr Vodder combined decongestive therapy and MLD II & III, Australia
  • Oncology Massage Training 1&2, Australia
  • Massage NZ registered RMT

Body Matters is a Massage New Zealand registered clinic in Grey Lynn, convenient to Auckland’s CBD.

Having lived a full and well-travelled life, and struggled with back and neck pain for many years, Anna has learned the importance of well-being and living a stress-free life in order to live longer, fuller and freer.

With a background of 11 years working as a Remedial Massage Therapist, Anna now specialises in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), with extensive gold standard training in NZ and Australia. Anna enjoys helping people manage their symptoms of fluid retention from conditions such as Lymphoedema, Lipedema, as well as many other health conditions and symptoms that can benefit from MLD. Also fully trained in Oncology Massage, she has the knowledge, as well as a personal understanding, of the journey one goes through with cancer.

She loves to make a difference with gentle touch therapy for those who are at any stage of their cancer or treatment. She continually keeps up to date with upskill training to learn more about the amazing machine our bodies are and how bodywork can help them function and feel better.

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Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. It utilises techniques that are soft, gentle and pain-free, that work directly with your lymphatic system, that is your immune system. This system is responsible for cleansing our tissues and maintaining a balance of fluids within the body with a network of lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes that transport and filters waste matter and harmful cells. Here at Body Matters, we are trained under Schools of Dr Vodder and Casley Smith, internationally recognised, gold standard training based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.

MLD can help assist with general well being and immunity. Below are some examples of what MLD can help with:
• Chronic sinusitis and migraine
• Pain, non- infected inflammation, oedema and swelling post-surgery, e.g. post cosmetic and plastic surgery incl. tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, face lift etc.
• People recuperating from a chronic illness. Our clients report the treatment to be very relaxing and soothing.
• People recovering from cold and flu. However, it is not beneficial during acute stages of illness (i.e. fever) as it can worsen the condition/symptoms.
• Clearer looking skin and improved skin tone during detox or weight loss programs.
• Reduced appearance of bruising
Initial Consult (includes consult & treatment)
Initial Consult (includes consult & treatment)
Follow up session 45 minutes$85
Follow up session 60 minutes$105
Follow up session 90 minutes$140


Lymphoedema is swelling caused by build up of lymph fluid in the body’s tissues. There are 2 types of Lymphoedema - Primary Lymphoedema, which is a congenital disorder of the lymphatic system that can appear later in life, or Secondary Lymphoedema, which is swelling as a result of trauma to the lymphatic system or nodes, most commonly caused by cancer treatment involving excision or irradiation of the lymph nodes.
Lymphoedema causes swelling in the limbs and may involve the trunk or head as well. Other than swelling, lymphoedema can lead to discomfort, loss of movement and tissue changes. These can all impact the patient’s quality of life.

Here at Body Matters, we are trained under Schools of Dr Vodder and Casley Smith, internationally recognised, gold standard training, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. With Manual lymphatic drainage applied in a very skilled way using clinical reasoning and mapping of the body lymphatic system, we can reduce swelling by moving fluid from the swollen area into a place where the lymphatic system is working normally. MLD is also beneficial for other forms of oedema such as phlebolymphedema, venous insufficiency and lipedema.

We can discuss options if Decongestive therapy is required to reduce the size of your swelling. And we can offer advice on compression garments and home care to manage your symptoms, significantly improving the quality of your life.

You can email us or speak to your GP if you think you might have lymphoedema.
Initial Consult (includes consult & treatment)
Follow up session 30 minutes$68
Follow up session 45 minutes$85
Follow up session 60 minutes$105
Follow up session 90 minutes$140

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage safely addresses the needs of any person with cancer or life threatening illness, or in a fragile state of health, who is at any stage or their treatment or journey. This is a gentle touch and mindful approach, applied accordingly with specific training, tailored specifically to your needs, that considers the physical, emotional and psychological needs of the client during diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship or palliative care.
30 minutes Therapeutic massage$68
45 minutes Therapeutic massage$85
60 minutes Therapeutic massage$105
90 minutes Therapeutic massage$140

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

What our clients have to say...


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

Lymphatic Drainage is a constant part of managing my health. Lymphedema predominantly in my legs and stomach, a result of a pedestrian accident in 1996, that together with numerous surgery procedures resulting 4 DVT’s and pre-disposition to an ulcerated lower limb. My story is not unique, but possibly what is – my stoic tenacity to make the most of my health, despite my history. 5 years ago I moved to Auckland and was told, the health system, did not cover full Lymphatic management, but that I would benefit greatly from ongoing treatment…and so it has become a way of life – an investment in my mobility.
Anna has a warm, caring and empathetic persona. Her depth of knowledge endless. And her clinic rooms are so clean and hygienic (a must for someone prone to cellulitis). She considers my health in general and when the chips are down/my wheels fall off, gives me the nudge, I often need, to seek the appropriate medical care.
I absolutely value and appreciate that she considers my health and well-being and we are both on the same page. One last point, consistency; every appointment delivers both my needs and expectations. I am sure she has magic in those hands!

Lyndsay Loveridge

Anna is an incredibly skilled Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) practitioner with an in-depth understanding of the pathology of lymphoedema and the lymphatic system as a whole. As a lymphoedema patient who has received MLD from many different practitioners, I can without a doubt say that Anna is one of the absolute best in the business. Anna has been treating me for around 4 years and has made a notable difference to my condition and its management. She is unfailingly professional and respectful, but also caring and compassionate. Anna always ensures that treatments are soothing and relaxing, and my appointments with her have undoubtedly become one of my favourite times of the week. I leave every session feeling lighter and more comfortable. Anna’s delightful personality, passion for the treatments that she provides, as well as her skill and knowledge, make the whole experience a complete pleasure. I highly recommend Anna to anyone seeking MLD or remedial massage – she is amazing!


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 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

Where to find us

424B Richmond Road,
Grey Lynn, Auckland

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
10am to 6:30pm

Contact Anna

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