Muscle Work

Foot Reflexology

Pregnancy Massage

Decongestive Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy

Therapist Elke Liebe


December 1991 McKinnon Institute for Massage, Oakland, California, USA
October 1992 – October 1993
(ca. 1800 hours)
College for Physical Therapy in Munich, Germany

Course Subject

Hours Theory Hours Practical
Anatomy 90  
Physiology 50  
Pathology (Study of Diseases / Disorders) 120  
Hygiene 10  
Classical Massage 40 250
Connective Tissue Massage 30 150
Theory of Massage 14  
Physical Therapy 34 116
Electrotherapy 40 106
Therapy with Light and Heat 20 50
Hydrotherapy 20 50
Bath Therapy 15 65
Ice Therapy 5 10
Study of Kneipp and related authors 5 10
Inhalation Therapy 10 5
Pedicure 20 35
First Aid 12 12
Laws & Regulations 20  
Clinical Practice   376
Total 555 1235
March 1992Comprehensive study in Herbalism, Anatomy, Herbal Redmedies, Iridology, Homeopathic Medicine and Health Building Principles
San Francisco, USA
November 1993
(180 hours)
College for Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Edema Therapy)
Wolfratshausen, Germany

Combined Decongestive Therapy using Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) / Non-Invasive Complex Lymphedema Therapy (CLT) (Vodder, Foeldi, Asdonk)

Manual lymph drainage is a highly effective massage technique to drain the body’s lymphatic fluid and is considered a medical procedure in cases of primary or/and secondary lymphedema. It is necessary to combine massage work with compression therapy to successfully treat manifested lymphedema. This bandaging of the affected limb/s is an important component of the therapy using specific bandages and interfacing materials. Remedial exercises and deep breathing are performed to promote venous and lymphatic flow. The patient is schooled in skin hygiene to help eliminate bacterial and fungal growth and minimise the possibility of repeated attacks of cellulitis and/or lymphangitis.

May 1994
(25 hours)
Foot Reflexology according to the teachings of Hanne Marquadt, Germany

Western hemisphere approach to using reflexology points in the feet to treat a multitude of disorders and ailments in the fields of orthopaedics, neurology, internal medicine & psychiatry.

March 1995
(44 hours)
Suspension-Table Therapy at Reichel Institute in Munich, Germany

Seminar for functional physiotherapy, using a multitude of canvas slings to suspend the patient “weightlessly” in the air, allowing the therapist to manipulate joints and structures painlessly and stressfree.

January 22 - 27, 2006 Watsu 1 (Water Shiatsu), Harbin Hot Springs, California
May 14 - 19, 2006 Watsu 2, Harbin Hot Springs, California
Sept. 17 - 22, 2006 Waterdance 1, Harbin Hot Springs, California
Oct. 17 - 18, 2009

Kinesio Taping, Auckland, New Zealand

For more than 25 years,  Kinesio Taping has been breaking new ground in the fields of sports performance, pain management and physical therapy.

The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.

Kinesio® Tex Tape is used to
  • Re-educate the neuromuscular system
  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce swelling
  • Enhance performance
  • Prevent injury
  • Promote improved circulation and healing
August 2009

Ortho-Bionomy, Auckland, New Zealand

Phase 4

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. The practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the individual, no forceful manipulations are used. The practitioner also suggests home exercises that individuals can do to further facilitate the neuromuscular re-education process begun in the session. Ortho-Bionomy is very effective in helping alleviate both acute and chronic pain and stress patterns by reducing chronic muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility, improving circulation, and relaxing the entire body.

November 2009

Ortho-Bionomy, Auckland, New Zealand

Postural Re-Education and Post Techniques

October 2009

Kinesio Taping (KT1 & KT2), Auckland, New Zealand

Treatment modality in lymphedema management and physio-therapy

August 2010

Visceral Manipulation, Barral Institute, Christchurch, New Zealand

Abdomen 1

May 2011Pain Management, Foundaton Course A, Auckland, New Zealand

Dry Needling and Five Traditional Chinese Methods

July 2011Pain Management, Foundaton Course B, Auckland, New Zealand

Dry Needling and Five Traditional Chinese Methods

November 2011Application Techniques for 3M Coban 2 Lymphedema Intensive Therapy
April 2012 Clinical Orthopedic Massage Therapy (Neck), Auckland, New Zealand
June 2012CranioSacral Therapy, Auckland, New Zealand
September  2012CranioSacral Therapy 2, Christchurch, New Zealand
July 2013SomatoEmotional Release 1, Big Sur, California, USA
July 2014Visceral Manipulation, Barral Institute, San Francisco, USA
September 2015Polarity Therapy, Golden Bay, New Zealand



Professional Experience
Since February 2008 Private Business as independent CranioSacral, Massage and Lymphatic Therapist in Kerikeri, New Zealand Duties:
December 2006 –
February 2008
Assistant Spa Manager and Massage Therapist, Kauri Cliffs Resort, Northland, New Zealand Duties:
  • Assisting Spa Director in managing Top Class Resort Spa.
  • Complete massage therapy including classical massage, deep tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage, foot reflexology, hot stone massage, body wraps, facials.
November 2001 – December 2006 Private Business as independent Massage Therapist in Napa, California Duties:
  • Complete massage therapy including classical massage, connective tissue massage (Dicke), deep tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage (Foeldi/Asdonk), foot reflexology (Marquardt), periost massage.
  • Watsu
May 2001 – September 2001 Private Business as independent Massage Therapist in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, USA Duties:
  • Complete massage therapy including classical massage, connective tissue massage (Dicke), deep tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage (Foeldi/Asdonk), foot reflexology (Marquardt), periost massage.
September 1996 – September 1999 Private Business as independent Massage Therapist in Marathon, Florida Keys, USA Duties:
  • Complete massage therapy including classical massage, connective tissue massage (Dicke), deep tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage (Foeldi/Asdonk), foot reflexology (Marquardt), periost massage.
October 1994 – March 1996 Massage Therapy Internship, Fachklinik Bad Heilbrunn, Germany Duties:
  • Complete Internship according to the regulations for Physical Therapy in Germany
  • Treatment of rehabilitation patients in the fields of orthopaedic surgery, neurology, psychiatry and cardiology.
  • Complete massage therapy including classical massage, connective tissue massage (Dicke), underwater pressure massage, manual lymphatic drainage (Foeldi/Asdonk), foot reflexology (Marquardt), periost massage.
  • Exercise therapy in water (individual and groups).
  • Electrotherapy (galvanic; faradaysic; low-, medium-, high-frequency current; diadynamic; I/T-curve diagnostic; electrical treatment of paralysis).
  • Ultrasonic therapy.
  • Hydrotherapy (Kneipp).
  • Suspension table therapy.
April 1994 – September 1994 Edema Therapy Internship, Eggberg Klinik (Hospital specializing in edema therapy), Bad Sackingen, Germany. Duties:
  • Complete manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Compression therapy.
  • Exercise and breathing therapy.
December 1993 - April 1994 Massage Therapy Internship, Simssee Klinik, Bad Endorf, Germany Duties:
  • Classical massage therapy.
  • Connective tissue massage.
  • Non-Invasive Complex Lymphedema Therapy.
  • Hydromassage using underwater pressure hose.
  • Ultrasonic therapy.
  • January 1992 – September 1992
January 1992 - September 1993 Massage Therapist, Castro Valley Physical Rehabilitation Clinic, Castro Valley, California Duties:
  • Treatment of orthopaedic and cardiovascular problems.
  • Swedish and athletic massage.
  • Underwater pressure massage.
  • Hydrotherapy.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Applications of heat (e.g. mudpacks, fango, heatlamps).
  • Assistance in manual lymphatic drainage for edema patients