AGNIESZKA KOWALSKA M.Ost, ND, DO (UK)
NZ Registered Osteopath
Agnieszka graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London and was awarded a Masters in Osteopathy degree, a diploma in Osteopathy and also a Diploma in Naturopathy. She also holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from Poland where she comes from.
The combination of physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy backgrounds allows her to help patients deal with their problems on a wide spectrum, incorporating body systems, physiological changes, but also diet, lifestyle and emotional state.
Agnieszka is passionate about diagnostics and neuro-musculo-skeletal problem solving. She is dedicated to providing high quality and innovative treatment. She uses a broad range of osteopathic hands-on techniques with exercise rehabilitation, stretching and naturopathic nutritional and lifestyle adjustment individually tailored to suit a variety of people from the very young to the elderly.
Additional postgraduate qualifications in;
- Clinical Neurodynamics (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Group – Melbourne, Australia),
- Visceral Osteopathy (BCOM – London, England),
- Cranial Osteopathy (Sutherland Cranial College – Module One, Two and Three – London, England),
- Introduction to Taping Techniques (Tom Hewetson – London, England)
- Peripheral technique (J Taylor and M Ferreira – Palmerston North, New Zealand),
- Clinical Pilates (APPI Pilates Matwork Level 1, 2 and 3 – Auckland/ Hamilton, New Zealand),
- Osteopathic Course in Paediatrics (Caroline Stone – Christchurch, New Zealand).
- Functional Stretching (Whittington Education Centre, Dr. Eyall Lederman - London, England)
Manuel Mauch M.Ost, B.AppSci, BSExSC, Dip BRS
NZ Registered Osteopath
Manuel was born in Germany, and he moved to New Zealand over 20 years ago. From a young age he knew he wanted to do something to help people. He started out by studying to become a personal trainer. After graduating with a Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science from the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke’s Bay, he injured his lower back in the gym. This was when he sought help from an Osteopath and realised where his real passion lay. Since then, Manuel has graduated from Unitec in Auckland with a Bachelors in Applied Human Biology and a Post Graduate Masters in Osteopathy. During his study at Unitec, he has written a thesis on lower back pain and spondylolisthesis.
Manuel recognises that everyone is unique and requires a tailor-made treatment for their personal needs. He likes to incorporate the years of study he has done on the human body to find the best solution for his patients to get them pain-free and functioning better faster. During his treatments, Manuel utilises a wide range of management options from direct structural osteopathic techniques, which improve mobility and flexibility of joints and muscles, alongside self-management options such as exercise prescription to strengthen key muscles and sleep and stress management advice.
Outside of being an Osteopath, Manuel loves to spend time with his family and being in the outdoors hiking. He also enjoys archery, calisthenics, cycling, weightlifting, and generally being active.
Valerie Wright BMSkH, PGDip Osteopathy, MScHCM (UK)
Val graduated from the Ara Institute of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Osteopathy. She previously trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in South Africa and holds a Masters in Health Care Management from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.
NZ Registered Osteopath
Before moving to New Zealand nineteen years ago, Val worked as a community health care nurse in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
While raising two children and living in rural settings, Val started looking for more natural solutions to her family’s injuries, which lead her to Osteopathy. The combination of nursing, community health and osteopathy gives Val a unique perspective, being able to approach her patients with an understanding of the medical, social and osteopathic viewpoints.
Val enjoys providing the benefits of osteopathy for the whole family, treating a variety of ages from babies to the elderly. She has a special interest in working with babies as well as helping decrease pain and maintain mobility as we age. When not working Val enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying our beautiful lakes while volunteering at rowing regattas. She also enjoys creating novelty sugarcraft cakes for friends and family.
Introduction to Paediatrics (Jamie Taylor – Christchurch, New Zealand)
Mayu Minami NZ Dip Massage
Mayu is a qualified massage therapist, originally from Japan, who offers relaxation massage, deep tissue, sports massage, hot stone massage and pregnancy massage. She is passionate about supporting people by easing their discomfort and helping reduce tension.
Mayu graduated with a wellness and relaxation massage diploma from Wellpark College of Natural Therapy in Auckland, and has found a passion for massage therapy and helping people recover. Mayu finds that the more she learns about massage, the more she finds it fascinating how much it benefits us. Massage is not a luxury treat but regular maintenance for your body, mind, and soul. Regular massage therapy helps release tension, make you relax, and brings wellness back to balance.
By specialising in a variety of massage types, Mayu can best match the necessary treatment to your needs. Mayu ensures she has a conversation with clients before each massage to find out how to deliver the best session, tailored for you.