Complementary Health Seminars aims to provide therapists with an opportunity to build on their base skills learned through formal education giving the therapist a greater sense of purpose which in turn benefits the industry by raising standards and profile of massage in the community.

Geography can sometimes be a challenge when attending workshops and seminars. With this in mind, CHS set about developing partnerships with publishers and university lecturers to offer a broad range of topics.


David Sheehan has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Diploma of Health Science (Remedial Massage) and Diploma of Education. His career highlights include working as a lead sports trainer with various football clubs, which included the use of vacuum cupping for both prevention of and treatment for injuries.

Over time, David has developed these skills and now teaches his own energy efficient and effective cupping techniques to massage therapists and physiotherapists in Australia that has included therapists from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), New Zealand, Canada and the Unites States.

Daniela Schillaci first began practicing as a Remedial Massage therapist in 1999. She runs her own private practice working alongside Osteopaths, and is a lecturer of Remedial Massage at Victoria University teaching a range of theoretical and practical components.

She firmly believes in the importance of further education for professional practitioners. Having trained under a number of international teachers Daniela shares her broad knowledge of ethics and communication with students and practicing therapists alike.

Ron Guba is Australia’s leading proponent of aromatic medicine, having studied and practiced since the early 1980s. Completing his diploma in Phytotherapy and Aromatic Medicine in 1988 in France, Ron began Essential Therapeutics, a company devoted to providing therapeutic-grade essential oils to health practitioners.

Ron founded the Centre for Aromatic Medicine in 1989, to provide education and training in the practice of aromatic medicine and aromatherapy. Ron was a founding member and past chairman of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (Australia) and a founding member and past chairman of the Australian Aromatic Medicine Association. He writes and lectures extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
Stuart Hinds

Stuart Hinds is a soft tissue therapist and lecturer, he is the practical co-ordinator for physical assessment and soft tissue techniques at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Stuart has been involved with elite cycling (national and international) and a range of athletes from all professional levels of sport.

Stuart was a part of the IOC massage services for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games /and was a member of the Soft tissue services for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2004 Athens Olympic games, 2008 Beijing Olympic games and 2012 London Olympic games. He presented at the 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport on the practical dynamics of soft tissue therapy for post acute Adductor strains.

Stuart was Keynote speaker at the 3rd Joint Sportex and Sports Massage Association Conference, Loughborough University, Leicestershire UK on Musculoskeletal flexibility screening as a treatment tool for soft tissue therapists.He runs a successful private practice in Geelong and was a contract soft tissue therapist for the Geelong Football Club.

Director of Rhythm Massage Development, Michelle Vassallo studied her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Victoria University, graduating valedictorian of her year. She currently lectures in a variety of remedial subjects at Victoria University specializing in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). Michelle also delivers seminars as a guest lecturer and workshop presenter for various national massage associations in Australia and Canada.

With many years of practice in her own clinic Michelle has refined her MLD technique, making it both user friendly for the therapist and effective for clients. She is able to treat many pathologies including pre and post operative, sporting injuries, fluid retention and lymphoedema.

Diana L. Thompson, LMP, a licensed massage therapist for over 25 years, has a private practice in Seattle, WA, treating acute and chronic sort tissue disorders and specializing in post-operative care. 

She authored "Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists", fourth edition, and has a regular column in Massage and Bodywork Magazine titled Somatic Research. Diana lectures at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician and physical therapy conferences internationally and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health in Seattle.

She is a past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.

Andrew Stephens BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, began his career as a massage therapist and now works as a physiotherapist with Olympic Park Sports Medicine Clinic. Andrew has special interests in dance, football and track and field injuries and has 14 year’s experience treating elite athletes and dancers within sports medicine.

His achievements include three years as a massage therapist to the Royal Ballet Company, national and international tours with Australian Track and Field and Modern Pentathlon teams, and consultant to the Essendon Football Club and he is currently the team physiotherapist for Hawthorn Football Club.
Michael J. Nixon-Livy is an internationally renowned lecturer, teacher, author and health practitioner who was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1954.

He holds qualifications in osteopathy, psychology, applied physiology, Bowen therapy, science and art. Michael is the founder of the highly acclaimed Neurostructural Integration Technique - NST and travels the world teaching NST to groups of chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, manual therapists and a variety of other health professionals.
Rob Orr Rob Orr is a Myotherapist working in private practise focusing on musculoskeletal pain management, sports injuries, assessment & correction of altered biomechanics leading to musculoskeletal pain & dysfunction, corrective exercises & corrective stretching. He also lectures at Victoria University in the sport & science department focusing on orthopaedic assessment, corrective exercises & treatment for specific musculoskeletal conditions.

Rob’s educational background comprises of a Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Pain Management, Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy and a Diploma of Sports Science.
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