About Shirley Strachan ND, Bowen & Massage Therapist

Bowen, Naturopath & Massage

Hello and welcome to BodyMind Studio!

Established in 1991, the Studio has grown from a focus on massage therapy and naturopathy to integrate Bowen therapy as its central therapy. 

As the clinic title suggests I have a strong interest in the Body-Mind connection. So much of our physical health affects our minds and outlook on life: more and more is being learned and understood for instance about the impact of gut health on mental health, and how gut dysbiosis acts as a driver for so many inflammatory conditions that give rise to clinical diseases.  The Body and Mind are in continual conversation with each other: pain, dysfunction and restriction affects mental well being, yet  bodywork therapies can introduce a marked shift in perceptions, pain management and sense of wellbeing.

Naturopathic services and nutritional support provide an added dimension of care to the Studio's bodywork therapies and to encourage wholeness of BodyMind..

I hold a Diploma in Naturopathy, BHSc (Complementary Medicine), Diploma of Specialised (SP1) Bowen Therapy and SP2 procedures (Bowtech), a  Diploma in Swedish Massage, a statement of attainment in Professional Remedial massage, a certificate in Advanced myoskeletal therapy (Level IV) and a Certificate in prenatal massage.

Other academic pursuits include an MA (Arts) Hons (1978), and Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology (1980).

pain relief and wellbeing with bowen, massage and nutrition

Alongside formal college and university level practitioner-training in complementary medicine (completed in 1999/2000), I also explored and received Certification in a range of different approaches to health and healing.

Included are Reiki, Esoteric and Dimensional Healing, Healing Touch and Holistic Pulsing and Breathwork. Together these experiences have given me a broad perspective on approaches to health and overall wellbeing.

Professional memberships and accreditations

Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Accredited member for Bowen, Remedial Massage, Naturopathy and Touch for Health

Bowen Association of Australia, Accredited Member Bowen Therapy (Diploma), committee member 2012-2013.

Registered provider for Worksafe Victoria in remedial massage.


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