Alternative Fitness Bendigo

When you dance to the rhythms of your life, you are truly alive in all ways.

We do not stop exercising because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop exercising!
Dr K Cooper
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My Journey

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My Journey

 From a very early age I have felt most at peace and in harmony within myself when I have been exploring the outdoors, connecting with nature in some way or another, or dancing and moving to the rhythms of different music.

The Journey

I have been fortunate enough in life to be able to pursue my passion as my career.

Calisthenics, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, jazz ballet, folk dance, yoga, tai chi and tennis absorbed my time in my youth along with bushwalking, bike touring and camping.

I have had a fascination with learning all about the body and enjoy analyzing movement and posture. This led me to pursue a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education before teaching in secondary schools in Bendigo for seven years.

My passion to help others and connect to others by touch has seen me massaging since a very early age. When I finished remedial massage and shiatsu qualifications I set up business over twenty five years ago.

My desire to help others learn more about themselves and to help them to unravel the connection of mind and body which affects posture has seen me open my studio where I teach posture and flexibility, and core work along with WuTao and ChiBall.

I feel very honored to share my life with the people in my community. I enjoy sharing what I have learnt on my journey and from the many varied courses I have completed over the years. I have everyone’s best interests at heart when I am massaging and/or working with them through holistic movement.

Karin's Favourite Sayings

  • Trigger Point Work - Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are tight muscle bands and a common cause of pain.

  • Deep Myofascial Massage - this method works directly on the restricted fascia. The practitioners use knuckle or elbow, or other tools, to slowly sink into the fascia. The pressure, a few kg of force, contacts the restricted fascia, then puts a tension or stretch on the fascia. Fascia is sometimes referred to as deep tissue.

  • Did you know that each essential oil has different healing properties? For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
    calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
    uplifting – ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
    energizing – rosemary
    cleansing – rosemary
    decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree

  • Did you know that as a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological well-being? There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions and heal our bodies.

  • Karin uses pure Aromatherapy oils for your massage. Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts).  In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient's skin through a remedial or relaxing massage.