I am the kind of person who craves knowledge and seeks personal enrichment through caring for others. One of my earliest memories is as a three-year old, helping to dress the wounds on my severely injured grandfather’s body. I can’t remember what caused them, but felt happy to be helping him. My family would remark that my name Florence was very fitting, in sharing it with Florence Nightingale, history’s most notable nurse. I cared deeply about helping others and thought about nursing but in the end, studied physiotherapy. It was a wise choice for me as I was a professional ballet dancer at the time. As 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.
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 our foundation for life and it is essential to balance them. Ayurveda is a wonderful health system to teach us, how to bring restorative balance and deep nourishment to our daily lives.
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.
I do love what I do, and I enjoy the satisfaction of helping others with their health concerns at whatever level I can assist them.
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.
I’m very curious and sometimes I want to learn something new to make it more interesting, to give me tools to get a different touch, a different approach for people that are not open to certain things. I think it’s a very intelligent way also to attack a problem.
Areas of Specialisation
- Mental stress
- TMJ Syndrome
- Chronic pain conditions
- Deep relaxation
- 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)