Sports massage, relaxation, rehabilitation, pain relief

Massage therapy can be used for a variety of physical complaints or simply for promoting relaxation and wellbeing. Here at Newtown Acupuncture Centre we offer massage as a modality on it's own as well as a compliment to our acupuncture treatments. See HERE for our price list.   

Hernan Rojas Nazar

Hernan comes from Chile, where he studied extensively martial arts and law, becoming a registered lawyer in his home country. The intensity of mental and physical work involved in these pursuits led Hernan to study acupuncture and massage techniques alongside his martial arts 'Sifu's (masters) to help recover from injuries and stress. He has since undertaken many courses in massage therapy and is always keen to learn. Hernan has been working in acupuncture clinics in NZ for the last 5 years, supporting a variety of patients with their health needs. 


See 'Our Team' section for Hernan's times and availability

Angela has been a massage therapist for over 10 years. She studied Tuina, Chinese massage, and loves to blend this with her style of relaxation massage. 

Angela is at Newtown Acupuncture on Friday's and Saturday's, so feel free to book her online or if you are at the centre receiving acupuncture, see if Angela is free to see you for a 15, 30 or 50 minute massage. 

Angela Handscomb

Sports massage

We understand the need for athletes and sports people to be free of aches, pains and restrictions so they can train and play with ease.

Tight fascia and sore muscles can lead to a host of subsequent muscle imbalances. We encourage regular treatments to keep athletes at the top of their game.  

Our massage therapist, Hernan Rojas Nazar is a martial artist who has competed internationally at championship level in both Latin America and here in NZ. He understands how challenging and rewarding competitive sports can be. 

Mobilisation & Stretching

Injuries, lack of exercise and natural ageing can all result in restricted muscle and joint mobility. Massage therapy can help stretch and relax tense muscles, allowing for increased range of motion. We encourage people to take stretching into their daily life and also offer classes in Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Yoga, which are all great systems for increasing flexibility and strength of the joints, muscles and tendons. 

Relaxation Massage

Life can be full of responsibilities and challenges, and sometime this can leave us feeling disconnected and worn out. Relaxation massage can be a great way to take time out for yourself and relax tight tense and tired muscles and get you back in touch with your body. 

Hot Stone Massage

The hot stones create warmth and circulation at the place they are applied, helping to relax tight and sore muscles. This treatment is particularly good for those that find heat very therapeutic. Hot stone massage provides a lovely sense of relaxation. The massage therapist will continue to massage parts of the body while the stones do their work on other parts. 

Acupuncture & Massage

Massage and acupuncture treatment work well together and we provide special rates for those wishing to use both these therapies on the same day. You can see two practitioners, however it must be on the same day. 

15 mins massage for $20 (usually $25)

30 mins massage for $35 (usually $50)

50 mins massage for $65 (usually $80) 

Please book ahead  to ensure that the massage therapist is free to see you before or after your acupuncture treatment. If not, feel free to ask on the day, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 


Cupping is not unique to TCM. It has been used across a variety of cultures and ages for different reasons. According to conventional TCM practice cupping is mainly used for

  • Muscle pain- very often applied to large muscle groups on the back, shoulders, ITB and gluteal muscles.

  • Treatment of colds & flu’s

Cupping usually leaves a round cupping mark for 3-7 days after the treatment. It does not tend to hurt, but can feel quite tight. It also may feel a little tender for a day after the treatment. We advise keeping the area covered for the first 4 hours.


Acupressure is a form of massage that uses the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but rather than inserting the fine acupuncture needles, the practitioners hands are used to stimulate the acupressure point. This is a great alternative to acupuncture treatment if you have a concern about the acupuncture needles, but still want the benefits of this system of medicine. Treatments are 30 mins long.

Weight Reduction Support

Our massage therapist Hernan trained in the technique of weight reduction massage in Chile where it is a popular treatment. The practitioner manually stimulates the fat cells, breaking fatty accumulations. This treatment is bought as a package, as 10 treatments are needed over a 5 week period. As well as this this, we offer TCM support with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, ensuring a healthy and sustainable pathway for weight loss. We believe that the more internally balanced your metabolism is, the more sustainable your weight loss journey will be. 

Gua sha

Gua sha (scraping method) can look a little intense, but it is a technique used to activate the bodies own healing system.

We use traditional and modern gua sha tools. Check out this short video to see gua sha in action!

Physical Address

Newtown Acupuncture Centre

82 Riddiford Street

Newtown, Wellington 6021

Postal Address

Newtown Acupuncture Centre

PO Box 7047

Newtown 6142

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