Wellbeing Fitness has secured the services of a highly qualified and experienced osteopath who is part of our resident team of health and fitness professionals.
Julia Mason BSc (Hons) is qualified in osteopathy after training at the highly-regarded School of Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University and she practised in England for several years before moving to New Zealand. While there, she increased her expertise and as well as general osteopathy specialised in treating post-operative patients with conditions such as spinal injury. In addition she is a fully qualified sports and exercise therapist too. She has worked with athletes at Olympic and international level and treats patients whose ages range from 10 to 90.We feel very fortunate that someone with such knowledge and skill and more than a decade of experience is part of our team and it greatly enhances the treatments we already offer.
“After an initial assessment she quickly identified the cause of my symptoms. Within 2 - 3 sessions my pain had significantly reduced and I noticed an increased range of movement.” Charlotte Dymock
(To read full success stories from Julia’s patients, see the bottom of the page)
SO WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is approved by the NHS, who say the following about it:
Osteopathy is a treatment that diagnoses, treats and prevents problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues and helping the body to heal.
They use a range of techniques working in conjunction with doctors and specialists.
Many people think that osteopaths only work with back issues but this is far from the case. They work with the whole body and in many cases succeed where conventional medicine has failed. Julia has had great success in treating not only back problems but:
- neck pain and headaches
- shoulder injuries including frozen shoulder
- knee and hip problems
- sports injuries
- low back pain
- work-related overuse injuries
What’s more, osteopaths train for five years and they have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practise. Julia is also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Osteopaths are highly-trained specialists in their field and are generally recognized as such by the rest of the medical profession. So when you come to an osteopath for treatment you know you are in safe hands.
“I can wholeheartedly recommend Julia. She combines knowledge and a high standard of professionalism with a sense of humour that makes treatment a pleasant process.”
(To read full success stories from Julia’s patients, see the bottom of the page)
And if that isn't enough, this very talented and experienced practitioner is a Clinical Pilates instructor and uses her expertise in this area in conjunction with her osteopath treatments. She has worked closely with other medical specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons and GPs.
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Stories from Julia’s patients
Julia has helped me immensely over the past 4 years to improve pain and mobility related to old injuries. I am a keen and active outdoorsman, but the accumulation of old injuries was leaving me in pain most days, and limiting the length and ambition of adventures. Julia has helped me identify areas of imbalance, weakness and immobility and improve these such that now nearing age 40 I'm in better shape than I was at 35. As a fellow health professional I am impressed by her broad perspective, looking beyond the immediate complaint to related issues and prevention as well as treatment.
She is always personable and positive and I have no hesitation in recommending her professional services.
Dr Shane McQuoid FANZCA Specialist Anaesthetist
I met Julia in January 2014 following a recommendation from a colleague. With a long standing history of lower back, shoulder and neck issues and months of physiotherapy with minimal effect I was ready for a change.
After an initial assessment she quickly identified the cause of my symptoms. Within 2 - 3 sessions my pain had significantly reduced and I noticed an increased range of movement. During additional, regular treatments over several months she has worked with me to realign my body, correct muscular imbalance and relieve muscular tension. Julia has given me a focused and tailored program to develop core strength and improve my overall mobility, strength and posture. More recently she has helped me to rehabilitate after an ankle fracture and I now have full range of movement through the joint.
I have found Julia to be hardworking, thorough and conscientious in her work. Her holistic approach, attention to detail combined with her sound anatomical knowledge and sports therapy background inspire immediate confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone with an acute or chronic injury, sports related or otherwise.
“In 2012 accidents and ill treatment resulted in my experiencing significant lower back pain. An orthopedic surgeon wanted to fix the problem by fusing vertebrae, but after earlier experiences with surgery I was not too keen on that idea. Instead I decided to manage the problem with a combination of painkillers and physical therapy. I tried a few different therapists, eventually settling on Julia Mason. Her treatments, remedial Pilates instruction and encouragement did the trick, and life is now much more comfortable.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Julia. She combines knowledge and a high standard of professionalism with a sense of humor that makes treatment a pleasant process.”
I had suffered a serious MusculoSkeletal injury which left me in chronic pain. other Specialists before I met Julia, 3 years ago. She was the first to not only offer a holistic approach but also administer a wide range of healing techniques which she has varied according to my symptoms and applied with utmost care.
I would recommend Julia to anyone in need of a highly skilled Osteopath with deep knowledge and the extra mile she goes to apply. She has also given me advice on self-care which is crucial for the healing process.
I thank her and give recommendation to her.
I have been mountain biking for approximately 18 years. Obviously, during that time you would expect that I would have had the usual knocks and spills that come with pushing the limits of speed and control. You would not be wrong. Combine that with the fact that I am not getting any younger and you come to realise that staying on top of my game gets harder and harder every year.
Enter Julia Mason. I was introduced to Julia professionally by a friend when I was training for the world single speed champs which were hosted by Rotorua in 2010. It was 3 days out and I had had a rather heavy impact with a tree on part of the course. The fact that it was a grade 1 trail isn’t important. What is important however is that I was in a bad state and needed some sort of miracle to get me back in the chase. Julia was able to diagnose my problem immediately and treat it in an efficient and effective fashion. Three days later I went on to win the biggest race of my life and a world title in front of my home crowd.
Following then I have had numerous accidents and unusual first-time strains that she has been 100% successful in diagnosing and treating. Her knowledge of bio-mechanics never ceases to amaze me. This combined with a professional treatment-room manner mixed with witty repartee as well as often needed motivational butt- kicking is always a refreshing experience.
Since my first introduction to Julia’s treatments I have gone on to accomplish two more world podium placings and two NZ and one Australia national titles. To say that I owe some of my success to Julia’s input is an understatement.
I have known Julia Mason for over five years now. I first contacted her as I required treatment for on-going issues I have had with my back due to years of rowing. Her treatment was far better than any I had ever had from physiotherapists or chiropractors or masseuses. I had not had osteopath treatment in the past, and I was impressed with her correct assessment(s) and treatment.
Following my initial consultation, Julia explained that Pilates and massage would help maintain strength and stability in my back due to my on-going wish to continue rowing and other activities. While I had participated in Pilates and been the recipient of massage in the past, I had not done either for some time. The Pilates sessions were excellent and focussed on the areas that were instrumental to my rowing and the running I was doing at the time. The massages ensured that my body recovered appropriately from the exertions I put it through.
When I became ill with a thyroid issue and lost all strength and fitness, Julia helped get me back to a state where I was growing stronger and was able to go back to exercise. This was a slow process and Julia’s patience and understanding of how the body responds to the severe demands the thyroid damage had put it through was truly appreciated.
I have no reservations in recommending Julia first and foremost as an Osteopath, but also as a masseuse and Pilates instructor.
I have been a patent of Julia Mason’s now for over 3 years, I had a major issue with my left wrist before going to Julia. She identified the issues, corrected what she could and sent to the correct people to get fixed. I am under no illusions that without her involvement I would still be in constant pain and not have the life I currently have. I cannot thank her enough for what she has done for me. I have since had further sporting injuries which she has fixed and set up a programme to assist me in my sport.