Shizuka Ryokan operates a multi-disciplinary health and wellness practice. Amongst other services, it offers…
- Clinical and holistic aromatherapy consultations and massage utilizing the Micheline Arcier aromatherapy massage technique
- Infant massage instruction to parents and carers and their babies
- Oncology massage consultations
- Traditional Shiatsu massage performed on futon bedding in your guestroom
- Pregnancy massage consultations incorporating aromatherapy and reflexology for the expectant mother
- Natural individually designed and produced skin care preparations for all ages and skin conditions
The practice is managed by Margaret McConvill, who relocated from her corporate career in Sydney in 2003 and moved to the Victorian region known as “Spa Country” centred on Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. With her husband Peter, she purchased the Japanese country spa and wellness retreat Shizuka Ryokan. Managing this innovative business provided Margaret with the ideal opportunity to utilize her longstanding interest in complementary therapies for the benefit of guests, corporate clients and the wider community. She also took the opportunity of building on her previous study and training in Swedish and Remedial Massage at The NSW School of Therapeutic Massage in 1997.
Subsequently graduating with the Diploma of Aromatherapy, Margaret concurrently received the prestigious award for “Most Outstanding Student” from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Melbourne. At the same graduation ceremony, Margaret was also awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” from the Australian Natural Therapists Association.
She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the Australian Institute of Management and teaches a number of complementary therapy modalities.
Margaret has studied Infant Massage with the International Association of Infant Massage utilizing the methodology developed by its founder. She is fully qualified as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She conducts courses, in-services, seminars as well as private classes.
Most recently, Margaret graduated with a Diploma of Reflexology from Endeavour College of Natural Health. With this diploma, the college also awarded Margaret their “Excellence in Clinical Practice” prize. She is particularly interested in fertility and maternal reflexology and is undergoing post-graduate studies.
Margaret is an active member of a number of professional associations and regularly participates in their educational and professional development activities. Memberships include;
- Reflexology Association of Australia
- International Association of Aromatic Medicine & Aromatherapy
- Australian Natural Therapists Association
- International Association of Infant Massage
- Australian Institute of Management
Margaret embraces continuing education as a vital component of her philosophy of broad-based ongoing professional development. Studies in Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy and also the Rafferty Energy System of Easing the Temporomandibular joint have been completed. Margaret undertook her Level 1 study in the Reiki method of natural healing from Usui Shiki Ryoho. Additionally, Margaret received a Certificate in Oncology Massage from The Petrea King “Quest for Life” Centre.
Within Shizuka Ryokan, Margaret now manages the multi-disciplinary practice. Offering clinical consultations amongst other services, this practice adds an important new dimension to the array of health and wellness services that are available for residents and visitors alike.
Concurrently, Margaret creates a range of natural skin and body care products, many of which are used in the Shizuka Ryokan spa. The products are progressively being made available for sale through Shizuka Ryokan. Margaret also produces individually prescribed products for the wider community, including treatments for teenage acne problems and nourishing products for mature skin.
The services offered by Shizuka Ryokan were recognised when the retreat won the prestigious 2013 Victorian Tourism Award for Health and Wellbeing Tourism.