Mya Stevens - Director & Remedial Massage Therapist
Prana Therapies was founded by Mya Stevens. Mya has been a remedial massage therapist and lecturer since 2012, and throughout the years has been building and refining her skills in the art of oncology, rehabilitation, pregnancy and wellness massage.
"Hi there, I'm Mya. I'm passionate about the massage industry and providing the best professional massage treatment for you. I have been a Remedial Massage Therapist and massage teacher for over nine years, helping my students to be prepared for this amazing and rewarding profession. Although my background is Psychology, I was usually the one asked to work on the knots in my friends' backs!
One weekend I enrolled in an introductory massage course and that was it, I was hooked. I work to improve quality of life for my clients, and help them heal from injuries".
Prana is focused on you, our amazing client. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service to our clients, and to understand what you need as an individual.
Prana will work with you to reach your goals and priorities – whether that be pain management or stress reduction – so that you can get out there and live your life to the fullest. Because our sole concern is our clients, we’ll be completely transparent about your treatment options. If you require more work, we will discuss this with you confidentially and agree on an action plan. If you’re good to get back out there, we won’t persuade you to sign up for endless treatments just to pay our mortgage!
Therese Poon - Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
With a family background in Chinese Medicine (CM) Therese Poon has been raised to be familiar with philosophies of Daoism, Buddhism and spiritual development. Her father, Warwick Poon, has run a busy Melbourne based CM Clinic for more than 30 years and from 8 years of age Therese developed an interest in CM whilst spending time there.
In 2005 she graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine, specialising in Acupuncture. Soon after graduation, Therese moved to Beijing, China to continue her studies on a one-to-one basis with Professor Zhang ShiXiong, a renowned Doctor of Chinese Medicine at the Beijing MeiTan General Hospital. She also took the opportunity to learn from several other CM doctors during her twelve month stay. In 2007 Therese began a three-year apprenticeship with CM Doctor and Qigong Master, Dr. Bisong Guo.
Travelling extensively throughout Australia, China, and Europe she studied the arts of Internal Alchemy, Medical Qigong, Chinese Tea Ceremony and Daoist Well-being. For over 10 years Therese was based in Scotland near the long standing Eco-Community the Findhorn Foundation. With the endorsement of her Qigong teacher, Therese is has been teaching introductory levels of medical Qigong by way of weekly classes, weekend workshops, residential retreats and individualized private lessons. In addition to this, Therese offered acupuncture treatments in Forres and Inverness and taught Chinese tea ceremonies throughout the UK.
Since October 2018 Therese has moved home to Melbourne, Australia and offers Acupuncture, Cupping, Meridian Massage and Qigong tuition. She has also continued her studies doing a part time Postgraduate Oncology Acupuncture Training Program at Mater Hospital, North Sydney with Associate Prof Byeong Oh, learning about integrative oncology research and how to support patients during their ongoing cancer care.
Michael Stamkovski - Remedial Massage Therapist
Michael is a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and is also currently furthering his studies by undertaking an advanced diploma of Myotherapy. In his previous life he used to be a Chef, and as such still loves cooking, baking and experimenting with all different kinds of food. The Prana team (especially Mya) is totally fine with him bringing cooking in for us to sample.
Michael’s main interests revolve around sport, fitness, and healthy living. These interests have enhanced his desire to assist in any day-to-day injuries, sporting injuries and any type of pain or problems in general. His two big sporting passions are cricket and tennis, and has been playing for over 20 years.
His specialties include Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping, Myofascial Release, Stretching, Sports Massage & Taping, Relaxation Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue Massage.
By using these different techniques, Michael will tailor each treatment to meet each patients' individual needs, which will help to facilitate recovery from the first treatment. He's a naturally great communicator and will talk through your treatment plan with you so there's plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
This Star Wars fan joined the Prana team earlier in the year, and is already extremely popular with our clients, receiving rave reviews!
Boston Stupar - Remedial Massage Therapist
"My name is Boston Stupar, I’m 21 years old and have been working as a remedial massage therapist since 2019. I was previously a personal trainer which has benefited me a lot in regards to my anatomy, rehab and exercise programming. I believe these skills tie in very well into remedial massage. I’m very excited to join the team at Prana Therapies and develop a great relationship with team members and clients!"
Boston trained over in Perth, Western Australia and specialises in Deep Tissue massage, Myofascial Release, MET (muscle energy technique), Trigger point therapy, Pregnancy massage, wellness / relaxation massage and mobility training.
This talented young professional has worked as a mobile massage therapist, in a beauty salon and also in aged care facilities. Boston enjoyed working in all of these varying locations, as they all posed a different challenge as a therapist, whilst still gave him the opportunity to hone his craft.
Boston became a remedial massage therapist so that he could help people live a better quality of life. Whether it be a client in need of rehab from a sport related injury, office workers whose stress and strain on the body has reached breaking point, or brightening up an aged care residents' day with a massage to assist in pain relief, Boston can tailor his approach to what his clients need on the day.
Boston enjoys 4WD and camping adventures, has a bit of a sweet tooth, is a 'classic rock' guy and a West Coast Eagles supporter :)
Belinda Taylor - Clinic Manager
"Hi I'm Belinda and I am the Clinic Manager at Prana Therapies. I have a real passion for the allied & natural health industries , extending over 20 years experience. I am also a busy mum and enjoy time with my family and long walks with my dog. I look forward to seeing you around the clinic and always love to see our clients "float " on out after a treatment with our fantastic therapists!"
After completing an Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy, Belinda enjoyed working in the corporate side of the industry as a Trainer and Sales Manager for a natural health company. This talented lady then moved on to become a Personal Assistant in a well-established muti-disciplinary health clinic. You'll likely speak with Belinda (or BT as we call her) on the phone or meet our 'CEO of first impressions' when you come in to our Mernda clinic! Always ready to help our clients with a kind word or a cup of tea, BT is here to help you on 1300 772 621 or by emailing email@example.com
Greta Xhaferi - Remedial Massage Therapist
Greta is a fully qualified, energetic and passionate Remedial Massage Therapist, who is dedicated in assisting people to reach their optimal health goals. To do so, she aims to support her clients by providing them with day-to-day strategies and techniques that they can implement in their daily life.
Greta completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage and is in the process of furthering her studies in Myotherapy, in an attempt to intertwine her passion for health and wellbeing with alternative medicine techniques.
Her skills and interests range from sports massage, myofascial release, cupping, manual lymphatic drainage, and trigger point therapy among many others. She is particularly passionate about seeing her clients overcome injuries, and restoring mobility throughout the body. As a previous gymnast and dancer, she is conscious of the impact injury can cause on the human body, and is extremely attentive in treating and seeing individuals overcome these injuries in a unique patient- tailored treatment.
She looks forward to getting you on your way to overcoming your injuries, and leading a healthier quality of life!