Ryan Tara is a massage therapist and health and fitness specialist with a BHSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Massey University (NZ, 2012). Over the past 10 years he has studied and practiced Eastern and Western approaches to wellbeing in Switzerland, Japan, and New Zealand. Ryan incorporates his knowledge of exercise physiology, movement and postural analysis with Eastern healing techniques and exercises (Shiatsu, Sei-Ki, Waraku, and Qi Gong) to help individuals reach and maintain optimal wellbeing.
Ryan has worked with a wide range of individuals as a trainer and massage therapist; including elite athletes, individuals recovering from a serious physical illness (heart attack, stroke, diabetes), and elderly individuals. His education and experience enable him to design highly effective, diverse, and enjoyable exercise sessions that are individually designed. His fitness programs increase kinesthetic awareness, and efficiency in movement. Programs develop by determining potential dysfunctions and weaknesses, strengthening those areas, and then integration with functional, full body movement. In addition, Ryan educates his clients on a wide range of self-care techniques for both the body and mind such as Do-In (meridian stretches), Positional Release, and Motor Imagery.
Ryan practices several massage modalities including Neuromuscular Therapy (Deep Tissue), Swedish, Sports Massage, Shiatsu, and Sei-Ki. Sessions usually include a combination of techniques, based on what the client is looking to achieve. Ryan believes that massage does not have to painful to be therapeutic, and focuses on supporting the body’s innate healing capacities. In contrast to the way massage is often practiced (with a focus on heavy pressing), he believes that effective bodywork comes through precise touch, in the appropriate place, at the appropriate time. This allows the practitioner to access the body on a deeper level, and allows the person receiving a greater release of tension.
Sport and exercise have always been a big part of his life, and Ryan loves playing almost any sport. For the past ten years his focus has been in the martial arts, particularly Wing Tsun Kung Fu. He is passionate about helping people enjoy their bodies, and improve health.