by Amylea Griffin

Florence Biancardi is the kind of person who craves knowledge and seeks personal enrichment through caring for others. She tells the story of her three-year-old self, helping to dress the wounds on her severely injured grand-uncle’s body; her earliest memory. As a child, Florence’s family often remarked how fitting it was that she should share a name with Florence Nightingale, history’s most notable nurse. As she grew and fantasised about the woman she would become, Florence contemplated nursing and dentistry, before discovering the field of physiotherapy.

This discovery complemented Florence’s other great love and profession; ballet dancing. At this point, she knew she was on the right path.

“I think my interest in body started when I was a ballerina. I was a dancer my whole life actually, and being a dancer, had lots of injuries. At a very early age, I had arthritis and all sorts of pain and I used to visit physios a lot”.

Florence embarked on a long journey of vocational training, which, for physiotherapists in her home country of Brazil, demands 5 years of study, including at least 800 hours of practical internship. She excelled in the course and yearned for more. Encouraged by a supportive family, she went on to train as a chiropractor and a postural re-education therapist via a French method known as RPG. It astonished Florence that there was still more to learn about the human body.

As a ballerina I thought I knew everything about my body. I thought I owned my body. And then I learned that I didn’t know anything!

Once Florence retired from dancing, she continued to nourish her body with yoga, which is where she became inspired to learn Ayurveda, a historical Indian health system which translates to ‘the science of life’. Florence explains that the principles of Ayurveda are based on the five elements; Earth, water, fire, air, and ether, which have qualities that can be sensed in everything around and within us. Florence’s role is to help us to balance these elements.

“I’m very curious and sometimes I want to learn something new to make it more interesting, to give me tools to get a different touch, a different approach for people that are not open to certain things. I think it’s a very intelligent way also to attack a problem”.

In 2008, Florence brought her vast knowledge and exceptional experience to Australia, where she practices as a ‘Manual and Movement Therapist’ combining physiotherapy and chiropractic knowledge, Ayurveda, craniosacral therapy and remedial massage. With decades of study in human anatomy, Florence can assist people in all stages of life to take charge of their lives by teaching them a customised system to look after themselves. And now we are proud to welcome Florence’s expertise to the Balmain Massage and Wellness Centre.

When asked to describe what helping people means to Florence, she is able to summarise it these two sentences:  “I love it. Frankly, I was born for that”.

…Ongoing Project…

Do you know someone who really needs a massage but can’t afford it or simply wouldn’t go for it? Let me help you spread the good to our community.

You finance the first massage (60min) to your grandma, your manicure therapist, someone with an unfixable shoulder, and I’ll give them the next 5 treatments FREE!

The condition is to have your friend attend 6 treatments within 8 weeks when you first paid.  So think well who would appreciate and be in need of  an intensive treatment. Ongoing Project will have a soothing Love&Light effect on that friend who lost someone close, or is going through any kind of health imbalance.

You must be attentive to be the first to mention and pay the first session for your super friend in the new cycle of this project. That is starting every second month. So we always have someone in the Massage in the Garage experiencing exactly what you do for the price of willing to do the good.



♥ spreading Love&Light together ♥

Baby massage

 Touch is natural source of pleasure and at the same time gives the knowledge of our body lines. Therefore a presence arises, and I begging to create conscious of myself in the the limitations of my body.


Expectations: The main benefit of applying massage on your baby is that is the bonding time between you two in form of a ritual. Your kid will honour that time forever. And if you find some resistance or difficulty in the beginning, you will be happy to have mastered this when your no longer a ‘baby’ come back asking for that loving mum and kid time. ♥ It doesn’t have to be complex, just trust your instincts. 

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