We are very fortunate in Byron Bay to have an abundance of incredible healers and body workers at our finger tips for such a small town, yet it can still feel overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right someone to help heal our body, mind, or injury.
Having lived in Byron for 27 years now and being someone who invests heavily in their wellbeing, I thought it rude not to share with you all of the gem like resources I have collected over the years, so you can jump on here whenever you are in need of a high quality, trustable treatment to get you back on track & feeling well!
I have done my best to add a website, hyperlinked like this, and or their Instagram handle!
Natalie Nicholson, owner of Byron Bay Kinesiology has been nothing short of my hero! No words can express the gratitude I have for the work this woman has done with me! Natalie has been my kinesiologist for years and has seen me through a lot. I think she is the ants pants when it comes to this incredible modality. She now mostly runs her business via phone and by distance.
Nat’s insatrgam is @byronbaykinesiology
Remedial & Sports Massage.
Shane Buckley is my go to hands down. After hearing his name whispered around town from various friends years ago, I finally decided to book in – and thank heavens I did! He gives one of the best massages I have ever had and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding the body from a holistic approach. He has worked with some of the best Osteopaths in the world and it shows! Shane is about a 30 minute drive out of Byron in Ocean Shores, and is worth every second of the drive for the best Remedial & Sports Massage, you will walk out feeling like a much better version of yourself after having had a session with Shane! His craniosacral is off the charts.
Andy Mcleod was recommended to me from a couple of close friends a few years ago and he is now the only ostheo I use, he is fantastic and always manages to fix my broken body. I always get great feedback when I send clients to him. Andy owns a practice in Ballina called Foundation Health!
I banned myself from seeing psychics years ago when I realised being told my future was anxiety provoking and deterred me from trusting my own inner guidance. However!! I met Julie when I was working at Splendour in The Grass last year and have had two readings from her since, they are a lot of fun!!! And not at all like the conventional psychic readings you would have otherwise. Postcard Tarot uses her collection of old postcards and reads from either the picture on the front or the message on the back! You can find her at Newrybar Merchants on Saturday’s, and she also does private call outs.
Julie’s Instagram is @postcardtarot
Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Shiatsu.
Karl Farren works his super Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Shiatsu powers in his own little practice in the charming country town of Mullumbimby, a short 15 minutes drive from Byron Bay – and is well worth the drive! His shiatsu will have you drooling on the table within minutes and his acupuncture hits the nail on the head, so to speak! His work is strong, and his manner is gentle!
Grace Hawkins of Preventative Health Solutions as well as Jules of Jules Galloway Naturopathy are not only two super awesome women, they are my top picks for any Naturopathic potions, practices and preventative health measures you are in need of!
If you live in Brisbane – my sister Melissa runs a superb clinic, Elixir Naturopathy!
Jules’ Instagram is @julesgallowayhealth, Garces is @preventative_health_solutions, & Mel’s is @elixirnaturopathy
Simone Reany of Paradiso Beauty is where you will find me for all of my beauty upkeep! I have been seeing Simone for over five years. She tends to your brows like they are a work of art and I love her for it!
Simone is on Instagram as @paradisobeautybyronbay
Pilates & Gyrotonics.
Chad Beckett is a crazy, fun bundle of energy with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to movement, sound and the subtleties of the body! I highly recommend having a session of Gyrotonics or doing some sounding work with The Chad!!
If you have an open mind & want to experience the unique Chad technique, dial: +61 0403 894 038
I have also clocked a lot of Pilates hours with a physiotherapist by the name of Dav Cohen. His business is in the heart of Byron and is called Byron Bay Pilates. Dav is perfect if you are recovering and rebuilding post natal, have an injury or are in need of rehab work. He is equally as amazing if you are like me and are looking to build strength with fun moves. I would send anyone to this man in a heart beat!
Dav’s Instagram is @byronbaypilates
As far as yoga goes, I like to keep my practice strong and simple, which is why doing Stina Wangqvist’s classes have been so great over the last few years! She teaches Power Yoga (think fast vinyasa) and also focuses a lot on release and stretching – I always leave her classes feeling really grounded, which is the whole reason I practice yoga… There is a plethora of classes to choose from around this region, but you will usually find me in Stina’s class if I am not practicing at home.
Stina’s Instagram is @stinayoga
I can not sing this man’s praise enough, Greg McHale was recommended to me when I was going through a big transition in my life and I have often said he has been one of the best investments I have made in myself and my happiness. Therapists are such a personal choice, however most of the people I have sent his way have been quick to share my feelings of gratitude towards Greg. He is gifted and very sharp in his line of work.
I can’t point you anywhere online for Greg unfortunately.
I stumbled upon Missi over nine years ago practicing tarot from a beautiful little book shop that no longer exists… not long after Missi let go of tarot and began working her magic using her gifts and wisdom in her own unique way, The Beehive! I have always seeked guidance from this wonderful woman. Seeing her keeps me aligned to my spiritual life and a session is like a cleanse for the soul. Her work has been the most transformative in the area of love, truth and keeping me accountable to my direction in life. Missi supports me to bring the disowned aspects of my physche out from the shadow lands and in to the light to be healed and transformed. “Don’t go in to the woods alone!”
Missi’s instagram is @missibeehive
My dear friend Hayley Carr has an incredible soft, feminine, fierce coaching business that helps you to uplevel your life in any or all areas. She is smart, witty, authentic, and has been through all she teaches, thus guides with the most compassionate, yet straight talking approach! Her whole philosophy is “Calm is a superpower!” helping you to grow your life and business to suit you, so you can have the energy to be your best… I fecking love this woman! Hayley runs online programs, retreats and does one on one Skype sessions.
Hayley’s instagram is @hayleycarr.tv
If you have any secret treasures you go to in and around Byron, I would love you to comment with your recommendations!