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MASSAGE – We can arrange for one of our talented local massage therapists to come to the retreat centre and give you a wonderful relaxing massage during your stay. Pricing for Te Wahi Ora guests: $60 for an hour or $80 for 90 minutes. Lomi Lomi Massage with Inge / Relaxation Massage or Bowen Therapy with Doris.

LOMI LOMI MASSAGE – Inge Schlemper.

The Hawaiian, Lomi Lomi Massage, also called “Loving Touch”, works gently but deeply into the muscles and connective tissue using continuous flowing strokes totally nurturing the body and promoting free and abundant flow of life energy.

As typical for the Hawaiian massage, I use both my hands and forearms and work with organic coconut oil moving simultaneously in flowing motion on two parts of the body at the same time. The body is draped with a massage sheet as usual, uncovering larger areas at a time while the table is heated leaving you warm.

As appropriate for the recipient I include gentle stretches that help release blockages and leave a sense of renewed flexibility and spaciousness.

The focus of this Hawaiian Massage is about returning harmony and balance to the body and mind allowing for more clarity and a sense of peace.

My name is Inge Schlemper, originally from Germany, I have been working at the Te Wahi Ora Centre for the last 4 years. My interests and study have all been centered around Health and Wellbeing of Mind and Body. This particular form of massage has been adopted from a Hawaiian Teacher ‘Carrie Rowell’ and is gentle yet very powerful.

…and often do we hear the comment afterwards, “the best massage I have ever had”.


Doris grew up in Germany where she trained and later worked as a physiotherapist.

In 1991 she came to New Zealand on a holiday and fell in love with the country. She decided to emigrate to New Zealand in 1996, to work as a physiotherapist and live at Piha with her Kiwi born partner. Darrell and Doris have 2 children.

Doris started to work at Te Wahi Ora in 1998, giving relaxing massages to it’s guests (and Te Wahi Ora has not allowed her to stop ever since!)

In 2010 she completed her training in Bowen Therapy and has been passionate about this holistic bodywork since then.

Doris offers massages and Bowen Treatments at Te Wahi Ora and enjoys “spoiling” her female clients thoroughly.