Get to know us
Body Align Myotherapy & Massage was founded by Carissa Stewart and has been operating in Clifton Hill since 2007. Carissa has created an environment for you to experience high-quality, effective treatments in a space that allows you to stop, take a breath, and slow down from modern life.
Carissa has gathered a team of like-minded therapists who are passionate, experienced and professional, who take the time to listen and understand your body, health and wellbeing goals, whether that be for myotherapy or massage.
We have an experienced team offering Myotherapy treatments, remedial, relaxation, deep tissue and pregnancy massage, as well as our full spectrum infrared sauna available to book for private sessions.
Our treatment rooms are located inside Clifton Hill Therapies at 107 Queens parade in Clifton Hill.
Owner / Myotherapist / Manager
Carissa Stewart is the founder and manager at Body Align Myotherapy & Massage. Carissa completed her Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy in 2002, certified Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor in 2008, and Level 1 Life Coach in 2019. Carissa’s story…. Carissa, unfortunately, was involved in an accident at the age of 16, which caused her to suffer from chronic low back pain. Carissa was determined (and now believes!) not to live a life in pain, and with Myotherapy treatments, Pilates and taking on all the advice she was given, she achieved this. Carissa’s accident was life-changing… It helped her choose her career, understand chronic pain, and gave Carissa her love and passion to help others! Carissa takes a holistic approach with her treatments, combining Myotherapy, Pilates, coaching, and clinical experience. In the past twenty years, she has treated many acute and chronic conditions, specialising in headaches, migraines, frozen shoulder, and chronic back pain. Carissa loves working with her clients to achieve their best health, mentoring the Body Align team, and managing our beautiful space. *Carissa is currently not taking on new clients. If you have been referred to Carissa, please call us.
Lynette is a registered Myotherapist and member with Myotherapy Association Australia, graduating from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy. With a background of Community pharmacy, Lynette developed an interest in the human body and decided to broaden her knowledge and skills in the musculoskeletal system to help those suffering from musculoskeletal issues. Having worked on the Football TV series “The Recruit”, and in the Soft Tissue Department at Carlton Football Club, Lynette has experience in treating elite sporting athletes. Lynette has furthered her skills in Rock tape, Ergonomics, Mobilisation with movement and Myofascial dry needling. She enjoys treating neck, shoulders and lower back complaints and utilises her skills to help clients manage acute or chronic muscle dysfunction. In her spare time Lynette likes to go to the beach, play some tennis or read a good non – fiction book. Lynette has furthered her education through the following: 11 – 13 May 2020 : Online Physiotherapy Running Symposium 2 Apr 2020 : Beginner and Intermediate exercises for the Jaw, Neck and Upper back – Evidence for Exercise 24 Feb 2020 : Exercise Prescription for Health Practitioners – Heath Williams (Osteopath) + Yujin Lim (Exercise Physiologist) 2 June 2019 : McKenzie Method : An Introduction – Brett Rawlings 23 May 2019 : Beginner and Intermediate exercises for the Hip and Lower Limb – Evidence for Exercise 24 Mar 2019 : Dry Needling Refresher – Nathan Ulph 14 June 2018 : Beginner and Intermediate exercises for the Shoulder – Evidence for Exercise 3 June 2018 : Workstation Office Ergonomic Considerations for Allied Health Professionals – Heath Williams (Osteopath) 12 May 2018 : Melbourne Rocktape Full Day Course – Steve Stahl
Myo & Remedial Massage Therapist
Lauren is a qualified remedial massage therapist and is a member of The Association of Massage Therapists. Lauren gained her Certificate IV in Massage Therapy in 2021 and has completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage with The Australian College of Fitness and Bodywork. She is excited to be able to share her skills and knowledge with you and help you feel your best! Lauren is a Netballer and enjoys the active lifestyle of health and fitness. She is very passionate about playing sports and living an active lifestyle but unfortunately that has also meant she has experienced some frustrating injuries along the way. Along with these injuries came an interest in the body’s ability to adapt and recover, and a curiosity as to how physical therapy affects the human body. She is here to share her experiences and offer some advice for taking care of your body. Lauren offers a range of techniques to help restore your sense of well-being and is especially skilled in providing muscle release and relaxation for those experiencing pain, injury, or stress. In her time as a Massage Therapist, Lauren has enjoyed treating muscular imbalances and conditions of the neck and shoulders and lower back. She looks to continue developing her skills and knowledge of the human body far into the future and is excited to be able to offer a wide range of techniques to treat muscular and joint related issues. During her spare time Lauren enjoys strength training at the gym, as well as running and playing netball. She loves the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Remedial Massage Therapist / Admin
Morgen joined the Body Align Myotherapy & Massage team in 2020 and is a member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia. Morgen gained her first massage qualification at the age of 18 and spent the next 6 years utilising her skills (and gaining new ones) in Day Spas in the Whitsundays, Noosa and eventually back home in Melbourne. After an injury forced her away from massage therapy, Morgen worked the next few (10!) years working an office job in the allied health industry. A return to massage was always in the back of her mind so at the beginning of 2019, Morgen updated her remedial massage qualification and get back to the work she loved. Morgen loves Reformer Pilates and hopes to study this in future
Rebecca Lee is a Myotherapist and she joined our team in 2017. Rebecca completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage and Advance Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT and is a registered member of Myotherapy Association Australia. Rebecca joined the team in 2017 as a Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist. Rebecca completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage and Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT University and is a Myotherapy Association Australia registered member. Rebecca has a passion for helping others achieve their goals, whether to reduce pain and soft tissue dysfunction, increasing range of motion, improving sporting performance and injury rehabilitation, and prevention. Rebecca believes in tailoring each Myotherapy treatment to the client’s needs to increase positive outcomes and restoring the integrity of soft tissue through a range of manual techniques, dry needling and exercise prescription. During her studies, Rebecca has had the opportunity to treat basketball athletes at the Australian College of Sport and performers at the National Institute of Circus Arts, focusing on injury prevention and recovery. She has enjoyed playing netball for many years and likes to stay active and feel strong through Strength training and Pilates. Throughout her time at Body Align Myotherapy & Massage, Rebecca has continued her education through short courses and seminars in: – Workstation Office Ergonomics Considerations for the Allied Health Professional with Heath Williams (2018) – Assessment and management of pain in children and Adolescents with Andrea Williams (2018) – Evidence-based practice for Pregnancy presented by Andrea Williams (2019) – McKenzie Method: An introduction presented by Brett Rawlings (2019) – Dry Needling, Myofascial Trigger Points and the dynamic role in central sensitisation in assessment and management. Presented by Dr Jay Shah (2019) – Multidisciplinary model for chronic pain patients. Presented by Dr Mike Shelley (2019) – Running Gait Analysis. Presented by Luke Nelson – Physio Running Symposium (2020) – Exercise rehabilitation for movement optimisation, performance and efficiency with Heath Williams (2020) – Dry Needling- Fundamentals, Clinical Reasoning and Application Presented by Nathan Mckeown (2021) Rebecca is also a registered provider with Evidence For Exercise, an education platform for allied health professionals to prescribe the latest and most efficient, evidence-based exercises programs. Webinars/ podcasts: – Intricacies of Subacromial Pain with Dr Rachel Chester (2020) – Sternoclavicular joint pain diagnosis, imaging and red flags with Jo Gibson (2020) – Managing foot and ankle injuries Presented by Dr Chris Bishop (2020) – Rehabilitation of bone stress in Runners Presented by Brad Beers (2020) – Adductor-related groin pain, Stress fractures and nerve entrapment. Presented by Dr Adam Weir ( 2019) – Pelvic pain in Pregnancy Presented by Dr Susan C. Clinton. (2019)
Remedial Massage Therapist
Kaylee is a Remedial Massage Therapist from Calgary, Canada. She completed her Registered Massage Therapy Diploma in 2017 and began working in spas, then making that change to gain experience within multidisciplinary clinics. Kaylee specializes in muscular imbalances, upper and lower cross syndrome, and physical activity injuries. She offers remedial, relaxation, cupping, and pregnancy massage. After moving here in January 2023, she gained her Australian RMT credentials and is now excited to be a part of the Body Align Myotherapy & Massage Team. Outside of the treatment room, Kaylee is often in the gym as she has a strong passion for bodybuilding and physical activity. She grew up dancing competitively and has always had an interest for the human body and what its capabilities are. She loves the outdoors, dogs, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Kaylee is looking forward to helping you along your health journey and embracing what Australia has to offer.
Emma is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Holistic Clinical Nutrition and is an experienced medical receptionist. Emma is our studio coordinator and sauna host, ready to assist and guide you to achieve your desired health outcomes. Before moving to Melbourne in 2022, Emma lived in Port Macquarie, where she ran her own cafe that focused on fresh and healthy plant-based products. Emma absolutely loves cooking and helping people make healthier choices.
Nicole completed a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Clinical Myotherapy at Southern School of Natural Therapies (Torrens University) in 2022, is a member of Myotherapy Association Australia and has been working as a remedial massage therapist since early 2021. Having grown up studying dance and playing field hockey, Nicole has always been an avid mover and hence has always had a passion for understanding the body. Prior to pursuing Myotherapy as a career, Nicole studied a Bachelor of Arts in Acting and completed several yoga teacher trainings both in Australia and India. Nicole has spent the last several years teaching yoga and meditation at several locations around Melbourne. Persistent widespread chronic pain drove Nicole to find solutions to her problems and it was Myotherapy that finally provided her with some relief, starting her recovery journey. Having now fully recovered from years of pain, Nicole is driven by a deep sense of passion and purpose to guide and support others to moving through their pain challenges and towards their goals. Nicole believes that really listening to where a person has come from and where they want to go can provide a great platform for recovery. She uses a number of techniques to assist clients; dry needling, massage, MET’s, cupping, movement and exercise, goal setting among others. Nicole is passionate about weight training, meditation and deepening her understanding of the mind-body connection.
Myo & Remedial Massage Therapist
Kat is currently on maternity leave. Kat joined our team in 2022 and she is a certified Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist. She is a member of Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia. Kat holds a Master’s in Science as well. Having a strong background in science and in natural therapies allows Kat to understand thoroughly human’s anatomy and physiology. Kat incorporates in her treatment modalities such as dry needling, cupping, myofascial mobilization, passive joint mobilization, and muscle energy technique. Passionate about helping clients with chronic pain, work-related conditions, lower back, and hip pain. In her spare time, Kat enjoys taking walks with her dog, hiking and cooking.