Founder & Collaborator
You see the world differently when you hang upside down for a small part of every day. I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager. I have always looked for balance in body and mind. Yoga has been a part of my life to keep my mind and body flexible, open and calm.
I started teaching about 6 years ago and my experiences have taken me to the sea where I taught yoga privately to yacht owners around the world. Now back in Melbourne I am teaching privately, at yoga studios and gyms.
Over the last year, I have begun to explore the power of massage combined with Yin Yoga. I have always been hands-on as a teacher adjusting and giving massage in savasana, and I realised it was something people were actually attending my classes for. They spoke about how much deeper the experience of relaxation became even when in an 'uncomfortable' shape. And so Massage Yoga was born and continues to grow as I discover more about Yin Yoga, massage, and the human body.
The power of human touch is incredible, and my deepest experience of this has been through working with Prahran Mission. Once I had established trust with the group over the first few months of working together I was able to place my hands on their shoulders in savasana and visibly see them relax back into the mat. The same group of people has attended my classes at Prahran Mission for two years now, we are connected.
As the world goes online, it is not only the disenfranchised that lack connection and human touch, in our modern isolated lives many of us miss out on simple ways we used to connect - a simple a handshake, looking someone in the eye to acknowledge them when you say hello, a hug, or a kiss on the cheek - we rarely do this anymore, and yet it essential to our happiness and our survival. Now more than ever we need to reconnect. Massage Yoga is not only about the deeper fascial release but a way to drop in, connecting to each other and to what your deepest self really needs.
Senior Facilitator & Collaborator
Introduced to yoga as a teenager Alex embarked in earnest into a wellness career more than a decade ago, coming from a journalism and media background. Alex is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, a certified Holistic Health Coach and a passionate Yin Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa trained teacher who uses essential oils integrally in his work and to support the health and wellbeing of himself and his clients.
When Alex heard about a new endeavour that Wallis had started that combined massage and yoga, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. Ever since he's been helping refine the techniques and develop the right balance of elements that make Massoga an experience unlike any other. He is excited to continue this collaboration into the future.
Senior Facilitator & Collaborator
Zi has been bending, twisting and moving for seven years now, noticing the dramatic effects a regular practice has had on both their physical and mental health. They teach a fusion of traditional Hatha, Kundalini and non- functional movements in their yoga classes. Zi has been a practicing remedial therapist for half a decade now and has a background in Shiatsu. These modalities heavily influence their offerings in a Massoga immersion.
“Through using remedial tools to assess musculoskeletal issues, tied in with the subtle energetic undertones of shiatsu, I am able to form a more holistic view of the body; resulting in an experience that can access greater depths of relaxation.”
Being an avid seeker of knowledge, and a student of Psychology at RMIT University, they are continually learning in the areas of the body-mind connection and the impact movement has on these systems. Establishing a clear communication with one’s body is something they believe enriches anyone’s life, which is why the enveloping qualities of a Massoga experience is something they resonate so strongly with.
Facilitator & Collaborator
Tania has been working in the area of Well-being for over 15 years. Initially training as a Remedial Massage Therapist, then moving into a teaching career, Leading Student Health
and Well being Programs in various high schools across Melbourne.
A dedicated Yoga Teacher and Student, her journey Yin-side began with initial resistance….then quickly developed into one of profound love. When she discovered the healing and therapeutic benefits of Yin Yoga, and the way it morphed her into a more ‘Mindful’ human….she was smitten.
Yoga and Mindfulness have played a significant role in Tania’s own healing journey. As a teacher, she believes in the importance of building healthy relationships. The practice of massage yoga brings together all of her favourite modalities. She is able to use touch, Yin Yoga, Chinese Meridian Theory, adjustments and aromatherapy to help participants to transform, heal and connect; to tap in, tune in and drop from their head to their hearts.
“You are a really marvellous teacher, and also have a lovely healing presence. Thank you.”
— LUCY, regular private student