Meet the National Council


Yvonne Harvey

Hi! I got involved with Reflexology after working as a caregiver in a Resthome. I was feeling frustrated with all the medications the elderly were on, so I started looking into natural therapies and remedies to help give the elderly a less medicated life.

In 2010 I completed my Diploma in Reflexology and I became a Professional member of RNZ, while starting my Home based Natural Therapy Business on the outskirts of Nelson. Starting, with Reflexology and then adding Massage, Ortho Bionomy and Reiki over the following few years has completed the therapies I wish to offer.

In 2015 my husband and I went to Western Australia for a 3 year stint with one of our son’s and his family. I continued my natural therapy business over there, sharing rooms with a chiropractor.

We returned back to Nelson in June 2019, in time for the RNZ conference in Nelson and I have now set up my clinic/business in Tahunanui, Nelson.

Being on National Council enables me to support all RNZ council members and members to the best of my abilities. I plan to help bring Reflexology to the fore front of every New Zealander.

All the best to you all in Reflexology

When to use Reflexology?


Karen Phillipsen-Brown

I LOVE Reflexology! Both giving AND receiving.  Reflexology is part of my self help too. I love to talk about it  to groups and teach it in schools.  You may find me on the football sidelines holding someone’s hand working pressure points or giving tips to a group any time any place anywhere and that is the beauty of reflexology.

I am a second generation reflexologist lucky enough to experience this amazing therapy since the early 80’s with my mum, Cobi Philipsen in Scotland.  Following university and a career running various leisure centres in Scotland, by sheer default in 1998 I did my reflexology diploma with the British School of Reflexology. Since then so many therapeutic courses continued to learn more how the body works biologically and energetically to enhance the healing process.  Reflexology is still the best with a few very close seconds especially colour and aura work.  I mostly work in my own clinic and have worked corporately throughout the years.  My biggest adventure was bringing a Stress Management package including Reflexology to every staff member in a Nuclear Power Station. (A mere 600 staff, that’s a lot of feet! )

I have been involved with Reflexology New Zealand since 2009 active within The Auckland Reflexologists and sat on the National Council 2013 – 2016 passionate to spread the word within NZ.  Marketing was the best option for me then and I coined the phrase “Let’s make Reflexology a Household Name”.  So here I am again 2021 having moved to Waikato recently with a little less work (for now) and a whole load of new ideas.

Reflexology New Zealand is one of the best organisations I have come upon in terms of passion, dedication and love of natural therapy.  I am proud to belong to this National Body and glad to be taking an active part in its continual development within NZ once again.  I love seeing other reflexologists develop and by working together in Regional Groups and Nationally more and more people will experience reflexology and realise the benefits it has to bring. A win/win for all concerned.  I am always happy and keen to work with others regarding how we can develop.

Let’s Make Reflexology a Household Name NZ!

contact Karen


Chris Gaul

I have been qualified as a reflexologist for almost 2 years now working from my home based clinic in Nelson.

I was motivated to start studying reflexology after a trip to China to observe first hand how Traditional Chinese Medicine worked alongside western medicine. Visiting an array of clinical areas from large university hospitals to small village clinics my eyes were opened to the ease at which this could be achieved. I would love to see more complimentary therapies used alongside medicine in NZ.

I joined the National Council  in the role of Treasurer and I am looking forward to the new learning this will bring.

I am also a Registered Nurse living in Nelson with my husband and 2 children and enjoy reading, walking and relaxing by the pool.


Position currently vacant contact President for further info



Jen Bailey

I've always had an interest and affinity for all things alternative/natural and have tried a multitude of lotions, potions and therapies over the years to support my wellbeing. Then I met reflexology ................. and well we just fell head over feet in love with eachother.

Your body is always communicating with you and, as a reflexologist, I encourage you to tune into that conversation without judgement, but with curiosity and kindness, to discover a more meaningful connection with yourself.  I am passionate about supporting you to take a proactive role in your own health and make the right decisions for you on your wellbeing journey.

I hold a Diploma in Reflexology (hands, ears and feet) and am also trained in Kansa Vatki Foot Massage.  I currently offer treatments in my hometown of Helensville, Auckland, and work in the corporate sector offering reflexology as part of company wellness initiatives, while holding down a part time job in Customer Service.  In my spare time I like to curl up in a warm spot with a book.

My position on Council will, no doubt, provide space for a lot of personal growth but mostly it gives me the pleasure and privilege of supporting current members and welcoming new members to our reflexology family, whilst ensuring the integrity of our profession is maintained


Karen Middleton

Hi, I am Karen. I gained my Reflexology Diplomas in 2012 through Aromaflex Academy in Nelson and ITEC UK, training in Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology. I have since undertaken extensive post graduate training in specialised areas of Reflexology, such as Reflexology Lymph Drainage, Cancer Care, and Pain Management. I am also qualified in Indian Head Massage, so you can enjoy that too.

My favourite saying is “Reflexology interrupts the pattern of stress.” Within the right environment the body has the capacity to tap in to its own innate healing ability, and Reflexology may be the right therapy to provide that for you.

In 2018 I opened the Auckland School of Reflexology, providing professional tuition in Reflexology from Introductory to Diploma Level, and Post Graduate Courses. Also providing Indian Head Massage training.

I look forward to welcoming you to my Studio in Albany on Auckland's North Shore, which is also home to my school. Mobile/home/hospital visits can be arranged if required. I also provide a Corporate Wellness program, regularly visiting a number of Auckland businesses to give their staff Reflexology/Indian Head Massage on site.

I am delighted to once again take up the position of Editor of our RNZ publication, the Reflexscene magazine. A position I last held in 2014/15/16. This little magazine is sent out to members three times a year, and is filled with articles, reports, photos, and bits and pieces Reflexology related.

Communications – POSITION VACANT if you would like to take on this role and you are a member of RNZ contact Secretary for more info

Education Coordinator

Dawn Braim


Volunteering for the education role has proved to be a wonderful opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself. I am a lifelong learner and passionate about empowering individuals and organisations to utilise development and growth opportunities. My personal mantra comes from Byrant McGill, “Everyone and everything is your teacher unless you are a poor student” and embodies my view of the world. 

I have previously had the pleasure of working as a nurse in both England and Hong Kong, prior to our permanent move to New Zealand in 2005. I have worked in a variety of educational roles over the years developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum material including supporting adults and children in a variety of settings to achieve positive educational outcomes. 

My interest in complimentary therapies started with my love of Reiki, until of course I discovered Reflexology. 

I recently graduated from my Reflexology diploma in 2020 with the Waikato School of Reflexology. In addition to my Reflexology diploma, I also hold a life coaching and corporate wellness diploma and my passion lies in education, mental health and wellbeing. 

I’m now excited to take on the challenge of setting up my own business in the sunny Bay of Plenty.  Who would have thought I would be working with feet for a living! 

I am excited to see what the future holds within this role and look forward to meeting you.

Research Coordinator

Clare Fransen

Clare is married to Mike of 33 years
She has had 9 years of Enrolled and Registered Nursing experience prior to raising 7 children.
Currently working as a complementary Therapist of 4yrs @Harbour Hospice Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast and North Shore offering Oncology, Reiki and Reflexology.
Claires business is Body and Sole

CPD Coordinator

Cathy Searle

Cathy runs a busy clinic in Oamaru and also teaches Reflexology Diplomas and workshops through her school Southern Therapies School of NZ.


 She is passionate about reflexology and after more than 25 years in natural therapies it is reflexology that has become a firm favourite with her many clients. 

Cathy offers professionalism and recognized training in many aspects of natural therapies and loves working with reflexology


Fiona Goldingham

My name is Fiona Bowden and I  trained back in 2000 with Feet First School of Reflexology in Wgtn and I upgraded  to a diploma with the ManawatuSchool Reflexology in 2018.  I am passionate about reflexology and I have used it as a great tool when my children were younger especially.  I see Reflexology as a great way of helping people and I have a mobile practice and I enjoy giving taster sessions and introducing people to the reflexology benefits.  I have created my own foot chart which I like to use as a tool to help people understand how the reflexology points relate to parts of the body.

I am also a photographer and graphic designer and love to use these skills to promote reflexology.

I am also Diploma Qualified in Herbal Studies and have completed courses in Indian Head Massage Reiki level 2 and recently Kansa Bowl and Wand  treatments.

As webmaster it is my responsiblity to keep this website updated and current.  If you are a member and see that some information is not current feel free to email me

Marketing Co-ordinator

Yvonne Harvey


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