Odette spent 11 years working in the primary health sector before deciding on a career change. Having received massage herself over many years for relaxation, treatment for RSI/OOS and sports injury recovery, Odette was aware of the benefits it provides and decided to pursue a career in massage therapy. Undertaking fulltime study at the New Zealand College of Massage, Odette completed a Certificate in Relaxation Massage in 2013, followed by Diplomas in Therapeutic Massage and Sports & Massage Therapy. She was awarded the Top Student award for both the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and Diploma in Sports & Massage Therapy. This led her to set up Equilibrium Massage Therapy - a suburban-based massage clinic committed to providing high quality massage treatment to clients.
Odette recognises the importance of evidence-informed practice, keeping up to date with massage therapy, pain science and related research and taking part in continuing professional development opportunities that help her to maintain and enhance her skills. She combines this with an intuitive and holistic style that respects the client’s own knowledge and experience of their condition and acknowledges the mind-body connection. A biopsychosocial approach that considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions, underpins her practice. Odette is particularly interested in the treatment of chronic pain, and the effects that sustained stress and past traumatic events can have on the mind and body.
Since graduating, Odette has worked at a not-for-profit primary health practice from 2014-2015, providing low-cost massage therapy to the practice’s patients and has provided workplace massage to the busy practice's team from 2015-2018. Odette has has also written an article on the practice’s massage clinic which was published in Massage New Zealand’s MNZ Magazine in 2014 and can be found here. In 2016-2017 Odette worked as Executive Administrator for Massage New Zealand (MNZ), the national professional association of Massage Therapists. During her time in this role she utilised her operations and project management skills and experience to help the organisation increase it's public profile through a major website rebuild, improve its brand image, increase the range of member benefits and boost membership numbers. She now holds the voluntary role of Co-Editor for MNZ Magazine.
Odette appreciates the benefits of living close to the sea, enjoying open water swimming, freediving, cycling, walking and running along the south coast. In addition to these, she practices mindfulness/meditation and yoga - things that help her to maintain her own equilibrium. She has regular massage herself to help keep in optimal condition for her work.