My name is Catherine McDonald. Having been a full time Mum for 10 years, I decided it was time to do something for me and to retrain in something I felt passionate about. I have always loved massage and have found it to be an effective tool in looking after myself, treating injuries and injury prevention. I wanted to be able to share this with others and therefore in 2019 I trained as a Massage Therapist through Toi Ohoimai Institute of Technology undertaking a year long Diploma in Massage Therapy. I absolutely loved the learning about anatomy, physiology and movement, as well as the practical massage component.
I am excited to be on this journey as there is so much to learn and so many amazing therapists to learn from. From August – December 2019 I undertook ‘work experience’ at Health Quarters in Tauranga’s CBD which is a multidiscipline health, wellness and fitness centre. This was an incredible experience. Between November 2019 and November 2020, I have completed 6 days of specialist training in Myofacial Release Therapy with the renowned Beth Beauchamp. To gain some sports massage experience in February 2020 I worked at the Rugby Seven’s in Hamilton providing massage to the competitors. I aim to continue refining my techniques through further training and massage opportunities, with the ultimate goal of being able to offer the best possible client experience.
When not studying and practicing massage I am the Mum of two boys. My other passions include spending time with my family and friends, and being an active member of my community. I also love doing adventure races with my girl gang, running, mountain biking, the beach, going fishing with my family and travel.
What Else Do I Get Up To?
I am one of the founding organisers of the Omokoroa Coastal Challenge which is a run/walk event raising money for the community. This event was born from an idea my good friend Monique and I had to help raise funds for a community skate path. Five years later it is still going from strength to strength and we have so far donated over $40,000 to community projects around Omokoroa, Tauranga and Waihi. For more information: www.runrunrun.co.nz