For Health Professionals
Odette's 14 year work history in the areas of primary care and mental health has given her an understanding of working with a range of clinicians. In 2015 she completed a postgraduate paper in New Zealand Primary Care through the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago, Wellington. As well as doing continuing education in massage therapy, Odette has undertaken training in motivational interviewing, brief solution-focused therapy and at the start of 2019 began postgraduate study in the area of pain and pain management through the University of Otago. She is a member of the New Zealand Pain Society.
Odette is happy to work collaboratively with other health professionals, to achieve good outcomes for patients/clients. She accepts referrals from a range of health professionals and other areas of manual therapy. Current referrers include GPs, Primary Care Practice Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Acupunturists and Yoga Teachers.
Referrals can be via email/phone if that is most helpful, or by simply directing your patient/client to contact Equilibrium Massage Therapy directly - what ever method you believe is the most appropriate for your patient/client. If you are unsure whether massage therapy is the most suitable treatment, Odette is happy to answer any questions you have before a referral is made. For clients with chronic pain conditions, the Resources section provides useful information for health professionals.
You can also can find out more about massage therapy at the Massage New Zealand website - About Massage Therapy. The FAQ section answers a lot of common questions, including conditions that should be checked out with a GP before someone receives massage therapy. This document - 5 Myths and Truths About Massage Therapy discusses some common misconceptions. It is worth pointing out that the mechanisms by which massage therapy works are still not fully understood, however new research on related topics such as touch and it's effect on the central nervous system via skin contact continue to shed light on how massage therapy may work.
Equilibrium Massage Therapy is an approved Southern Cross Easy-claim provider which means that we can submit electronic claims for massage therapy on a client's behalf, provided that their policy includes cover for massage therapy.