Felicity Bennett

Felicity Bennett
  • Speciality Treatment of pain; musculoskeletal injuries; chronic fascial tension; restriction of movement; and hyper-arousal of the nervous system using somatic rehabilitation programs. Body treatments can include; remedial massage, acupuncture, cupping, PEMF therapy, mindful movement (somatic re-education), and mindfulness meditation strategies.
  • Degrees Bachelor of Biology, Bachelor of Health Science Acupuncture, Unified Mindfulness Meditation Coach, Somatic Movement Coach Level 1 Currently enrolled in a Masters of Integrative Health.
  • Website http://www.pachamamatherapy.com
  • Email pachamamatherapy@gmail.com
  • Phone 0488 313 184
  • Clinic Address Clinics are held in Ballina

Felicity has spent years fine tuning her skills and knowledge as a natural therapist in the fields of acupuncture and remedial massage since 2002. She trained in massage at the Gold Coast Institute of Natural Therapies, and then continued her studies in acupuncture at the Australian College of Natural Medicine for four years. She then worked in clinics and at the Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medicine University in China as a part of her internship.

Rigorous scientific studies have shown that acupuncture has a positive effect on chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, headache (tension type and chronic), migraine prevention, chemo-induced nausea and vomiting, and post-operative pain. Potential positive effects have similarly been shown with acute stroke (post-stroke shoulder pain, spasticity, insomnia), acute lower-back pain, cancer pain, neck pain, PSTD, sciatica, insomnia and hypertension. https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/acupuncture-scientific-evidence/

Felicity specialises in musculo/skeletal conditions including chronic pain, dysfunction and injury rehabilitation. Her treatments can include a combination of acupuncture, remedial massage, cupping and infrared therapy.

Other areas of her practice can include:
Mindfulness: helps to ease hyper-activation of the nervous system and general anxiety associated with chronic pain and injury. (Level 2 Coach in Unified Mindfulness).
Clinical Somatic Education: a unique exercise technique that optimises the brain´s neuroplasticity to re-train or re-educate our muscles to release chronic tension (Level 1 coach).
Integrated Health: a wholistic approach to wellness that addresses overall wellbeing of clients including the mindbody relationship, diet and lifestyle. (Currently enrolled in a Master´s degree).

Acupuncture and remedial massage (tuina in Chinese) are techniques that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2000 years.

Pain in this TCM system is considered to be congestion or stagnation in the body, which prevents the free flow of vital nutrients such as oxygen, blood, neurotransmitters and hormones.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of disposable super fine needles in specific places called acupoints that have been demonstrated over many centuries to restore the flow of blood, thus oxygen and thus energy. These points are often located on what is referred to as an ´acupuncture meridian´ which is like an information highway. With scientific advances we have now observed that these information highways which often occur within fascial/connective tissue planes of the body, are the sites of important cellular communication or signalling. These signals ultimately regulate the body and can include: neurotransmitters that send messages to the brain such as pain or pleasure; hormones that can affect our metabolism and energy levels; and also vital cells within the immune system that protect us from viruses, bacteria and cancer.

A combination of acupuncture and remedial massage can be used in a typical treatment and people will often experience immediate relief from chronic pain, muscle tension or tightness, and restricted movement. Lifestyle factors including activity (exercise and work), sleep, diet and emotional factors/stress levels are also discussed as they are considered as the pillars of a person´s overall recovery and well-being.
If conditions are chronic and have been persistent for a long time, generally a course of follow-up treatments is recommended.

Private health insurance rebates may apply.