Welcome to Mingara Retreat! It has been Ela's long-held dream to provide a bespoke well-being space for women. She has spent her professional life as a nurse, working in a variety of areas, including as a midwife. Ela's bodywork and massage journey began in the 1990s with Swedish and Therapeutic Massage, however, as a nurse, she was always aware of the therapeutic benefits of touch, both physical and energetic. Ela was introduced to Therapeutic Touch – a modality practised by nurses which shared similarities to Reiki. And as a student midwife, her minor thesis examined the benefits of massage during pregnancy. The next 20 years were spent nursing in a variety of areas, including midwifery, special care nursery, cardiac and diabetes education. The importance of compassion and touch remained a cornerstone of her practice.
Experiencing Kahuna Massage for the first time in 2014, Ela's passion for massage and bodywork was re-ignited. For the past decade, she has refocused her life on massage and bodywork and has also embraced other energy healing modalities, including Reiki and Energy Hypnotherapy (whilst continuing to work as a nurse). In 2018 she moved to Melbourne’s ‘Dandenong Ranges’ where Ela has been establishing a woman-focussed well-being space….. a place where women could come to connect with nature, replenish their energy and experience space-holding therapies in a safe and welcoming sanctuary.
Ela's bodywork is intuitive and also trauma-informed. She has completed studies in hypnotherapy and counselling, focusing on ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Trauma-Focussed ACT. These therapies are particularly important when working with women seeking Yoni Massage with a background of past trauma. Her aim is to provide a safe restorative space to support women to become more empowered and reconnect with their bodies.
Ela’s qualifications include:
- Master of Nursing Studies
- Master of Nursing (Midwifery)
- Certificate in Relaxation Massage
- Kahuna Bodywork (Mette’s Institute – Level 6)
- ZenThai Shiatsu Therapist (9-mth program)
- Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage (PMA)
- Womb & Fertility Massage Therapy
- Diploma of Counselling
- Advanced Diploma Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
- Reiki – Master level
- Therapeutic Touch ™
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Mt Dandenong (Melbourne), Australia