One of my earliest memories from my childhood, is as a three-year old, helping to dress the wounds on my severely injured grandfather’s body. I don’t know what caused them, but I do remember feeling happy to be helping him. My family often remarked that my name Florence was very fitting, in sharing it with my famous namesake, Florence Nightingale, history’s most notable nurse. When I later became a dancer, I had lots of injuries and frequently saw physios a lot. I had developed arthritis early on in my dancing career, so it was vital for me to know how to care for my body and treat it as well as I could.
As my dancing career began to wind down, I looked to work in an area where I could assist others with their injuries and initially thought of nursing, but in the end, studied physiotherapy. It was a wise choice for me and it has given me much satisfaction to assist others with their injuries and personal recovery.
Developing my training and skills
In Brazil, my home country, I trained in physiotherapy which was a 5 year long course and internship. I went onto train in chiropractic and in postural re-education therapy, a French developed method called RPG®.
When I retired from dancing, I decided my body needed some deep nourishment and alternative treatment, and was inspired to learn Yoga and Ayurveda, a historical Indian health system, which translates to ‘the science of life’. I loved learning about the principles of Ayurveda based on the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. These elements are quite simply our undisputed foundation for life and it is essential to balance them, not only in our own bodies, but in environment that we live in as well. Ayurveda is a wonderful health system to teach us how to bring restorative balance and deep nourishment to our daily lives.
Areas of Specialisation
- Mental stress
- TMJ Syndrome
- Chronic pain conditions
- Deep relaxation
- Fertility Massage
- Pregnancy massage
- Sports Massage
- Rehab treatment
- Physio in University of Santo Amaro (SP- Brazil) (2002)
- Graduated in RPG ® by UIPTM-Université Internationale Permanente De Thérapie Manualle of France (2004)
- Ayurvedic Therapist Suddha Dharma Mandalam accredited by the International Academy of Ayurveda and International Yoga Federation (2006)
- Nutritional Therapist (Australia 2015)
- Member of Association of Massage Therapists (AMT since 2012)
- Nutritional & Ayurvedic Therapist, AAA (2015)
Importance of Posture
I like to be curious and appreciate the different-ness of people’s problems and what causes them. That keeps me interested in learning new things to give me new ways of making a difference in improving my clients health and wellbeing. Posture is often overlooked as a primary or certainly secondary cause affecting a person’s state of uprightness, and I include postural awareness in my treatments, as fundamental in correcting any problem.
Sometimes I find that a client might think themselves fit by virtue of attending gym classes, bootcamp, running long distance, or even yoga. But if a person brings their postural deficits and unawareness about their posture into their exercise of choice, those exercises don’t tend to correct bad posture, but make it worse. Therefore, it’s important to approach any treatment including massage with a postural overview, and giving you greater value and longevity from your massage.
My focus is on providing nurturing, tailored treatments for my clients. My speciality is deep relaxation massage while therapeutically working with my clients’ muscles and fascia to relieve pain and tension. As an active practitioner of the ancient Ayurveda principles in my own life, including phytotherapy and aromatherapy, I like to incorporate these as added choices in my treatments with my clients.
Settling in Australia and my different skills and therapies
In 2008, I arrived in Australia with all of this knowledge and experience and set up my practice as a ‘Manual and Movement Therapist’, combining physiotherapy and chiropractic, Ayurveda, craniosacral therapy and remedial massage. I am based at my home practice and at The Healing Practice on Wednesdays.