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Motion Health

Upper Hutt

Opening hours

Mon:7:00am - 7:00pm

Tues:7:00am - 7:00pm

Wed:7:00am - 7:00pm

Thurs:7:00am - 5:00pm

Fri:7:00am - 5:00pm

Sat:Open by appointment

Class Timetable

  • Clinical Pilates
  • Reformer Pilates
  • Barre

Get in touch

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We have launched Telehealth, a Physio online service to provide Physiotherapy consultations over video chat.

Even before the impact of COVID-19, there has been a growing consumer demand for access to video-consultation services provided by Physiotherapists. Given the COVID-19 virus’ impact, we are discounting our standard fees for Telehealth appointments to ensure our clients don’t fall behind in their treatment.

To access this service, you will simply need a computer or smart device with an internet connection and camera. We will send you a text message with a secure ID login and access to a private video consultation with your preferred Physio. We’re here to help you on your journey to recovery to get you moving again, whether that be in a practice, or via video if you can’t get to a practice.

How To Book:

  • 1. Simply call Motion Health Upper Hutt on (04) 527 7872
  • 2. Book in a time for your consultation which can be short, medium or long depending on your situation.
  • 3. Once you have made your booking, payment can be made over the phone.
  • 4. You will be provided with a unique meeting ID. At your allocated appointment time, enter this ID into the field below.

  • 5. Click 'Join Consultation' to be connected to your Physio.

Tip: Don't forget to check your video and microphone are working prior to your appointment to ensure a smooth consultation.

Book your Free Initial Assessment today.

Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

  • Book your Free Initial Assessment today.

    Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

Our Practice

Who we are

We provide physiotherapy, massage, clinical Pilates and exercise and rehab services to Wellington and surrounding suburbs. We have one-on-one and semi-private classes and because our services are delivered by physiotherapists you can claim them on private health insurance with extras cover.

Why we're different

A "quick-fix" for your pain or injury might sound good, but over time is proven to be inconvenient, costly and ineffective in comparison to taking preventative measures. Our unique clinical approach, Results4Life®, keeps you on track towards optimal lifelong physical health.

Our guarantee

We are committed to your satisfaction and delivering the very best in physiotherapy care, customer service and outcomes. If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience at Motion Health, we will refund your money and deliver your next session free.
For full terms and conditions click here

Our Service Offering

Exercise and Rehab

Whether you have lower back pain, neck pain or a shoulder injury, exercise rehabilitation can help. Our exercise programs can help with increasing fitness, weight loss, injury rehabilitation, endurance training or strengthening, in a safe way that minimises risk of injury.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal exercise plan to help you improve flexibility, mobility, and strength.


Whether you have back pain, neck pain, flexibility or mobility issues, our physios at Back In Motion can help resolve your pain and improve the quality of your life. 

Find out why physiotherapy is a GP's most recommended health professional today.

What can Back In Motion physio do for me?

We'll use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal treatment plan to help you recover for your specific condition.

You don’t need a GP's referral to see a physio, and often we'll work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for your specific condition or injury.

How will a Back In Motion physio assess my injury?

We'll assess your condition to diagnose the problem and focus on how to help you heal with tangible tools like Results4Life®

What sort of treatments do Back In Motion physios use?

Treatments include:

- Exercise prescription
- Postural analysis and correction
- Soft tissue massage/mobilization
- Dry needling
- Management of lifestyle issues such as desk set up, pillow and gym programs
- Prescription of aids such as crutches, orthotics and braces

What else does Back In Motion offer? 

We’re a one-stop shop for allied health, and also offer related health services such as clinical/reformer Clinical Exercise, remedial massage, exercise rehab and more.

We work in partnership with you to identify how we can resolve your pain and condition, and then how to heal you and get you stronger to ensure it does not happen again. 

Remedial Massage

Whether you’re wanting to loosen tight muscles, soothe your body or simply relax, Back In Motion offers a range of massage services.

There are many places that offer massage these days, but few offer highly-qualified and trained physios with extensive knowledge of the human body to help your body heal.

Why should I have a remedial massage at Back In Motion?

We take a tailored approach, targeting key areas of your body chosen by you and your physio and it’ll be completed in a safe and professional environment.

Our highly-experienced physios have spent more than four years at university learning about human anatomy and biomechanics. We know your body and can identify the causes of aches, pains and soreness, ensuring a better result every time.

What remedial massage services are offered at Back In Motion?

We offer a range of massage services including remedial massage, sports therapy massage and deep tissue massage, so you can benefit from qualified physios and their extensive knowledge of the human body.

What are the benefits of regular remedial massage?

Massage is beneficial to the body in many ways, both physically (tissue manipulation) and emotionally (relaxation). A regular massage can provide check ups with your physio, treat niggles, prevent new injuries/pain and help with maintenance.

Sporting clubs, athletes, and massage devotees see our expert physios and therapists for a reason: because we know your body and can identify the causes of aches, pains, and soreness, ensuring a better result every time.

Clinical Pilates

We offer individual and small group clinical Pilates classes taught by qualified professionals and physiotherapists. Unlike group classes at a gym, our approach to Pilates is clinically proven and specifically tailored to your needs. These tailored exercises target problem areas ensuring greater results and minimising the risk of injury re-aggravation.

You will use a combination of specialised Pilates equipment including reformers and trapeze table complimented by floor-based exercises depending on your needs. This brings about better targeting and resistance as you progress in your Pilates program.


Our qualified traditional acupuncturists at Motion Health can help decrease your aches and pains and enhance your body’s healing with acupuncture and cupping.

Acupuncture targets meridians (channels or pathways of energy) in the body which are linked to specific internal organs and systems. During an acupuncture session, very fine needles are inserted into meridian points in the body to redistribute flows of energy and help bring your body into balance, harmony, improve your health, reduce pain and help with its natural healing process.

Dry needling

Whether you have back pain, neck pain or other musculoskeletal injuries, dry needling with acupuncture needles can be an effective part of your treatment plan.

Dry needling can help reduce muscle tension and pain levels and trigger a healing response in injured tissues within the body. As opposed to acupuncture, dry needling works directly on the injured body part, not meridian or energy flows.

Meet the team

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Joanne Cruz

Practice Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

Joanne Cruz

Practice Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

Jo is a physiotherapist with over 30 years experience. She mainly practices at Motion Health Upper Hutt, but occasionally treats clients in Auckland. Jo was born and breed in Upper Hutt and has two adult children living in Auckland.

Jo first completed her physiotherapy training at Auckland University of Technology. She then trained in acupuncture at the University of Otago, then later also trained in Japanese Acupuncture. She has also completed the Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification under the renowned author Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. She is a certified PAANZ tutor and is qualfied to teach facila accupuncture. 

Jo’s approach to rehabilitation is one of genuine care and empathy. She will go above and beyond to see that you are back to yourself after an accident, injury, surgery or the like.

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Anamika Chhetri


Anamika Chhetri


Anamika was born in India and has Nepalese roots. After meeting her husband Nick, she immigrated to New Zealand. They love Upper Hutt because it reminds them of the hills and mountains in Nepal.

Mika (as she has fondly called) has an effervescent, bubbly personality and is constantly heard laughing with her clients. She has been practicing as a Physiotherapist for more than 10 years. She studied physiotherapy in India, and then completed her Graduate Diploma in Health Science in New Zealand. She has gone onto do further study in dry needling, five traditional Chinese methods (basic acupuncture), Pilates and Trigenics. Mika has a handsome two-year-old son who is growing up to be a kiwi.

Mika enjoys treating various shoulder conditions and continues to attend several courses on the same. She is hoping to get her specialization done on shoulder condition and management.

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Gina Subteniente


Gina Subteniente


Gina has been our office manager for 11 years. Gina has a wonderful sense of humor and knows each client by the sound of their voice as soon as they call, which absolutely amazes everyone. Clients consistently ask after her when she is absent, she is well loved by staff and clients alike.

Gina and her husband Dong live in Upper Hutt and immigrated from the Phillipines 14 years ago. They have three adult children, the oldest living and working in Auckland. Gina has a wonderful sense of humor and knows each client by the sound of their voice as soon as they call, which absolutely amazes everyone. Clients consistently ask after her when she is absent, she is well loved by staff and clients alike. 

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Sarah Shellard

Lymphatic and Lymphoedema Therapist

Sarah Shellard

Lymphatic and Lymphoedema Therapist

“My mission is to make a positive difference for patients affected by lymphoedema. I achieve this by providing personal, individualised care; focusing on the goals of my patients, supporting them to manage their health and develop an improved quality of life.  I empower patients and whánau to be in control of their disease instead of the disease controlling them.”

Sarah has been nursing for over 25 years, and in 2016 completed her Master of Nursing. Her speciality for the past 13 years has been in palliative care, and has developed a passion for lymphoedema treatment and management. Sarah is an accredited lymphoedema practitioner and member of the Australasian Lymphology Association. Her Company Livingwell Movingwell has a clinic at Motion Health Upper Hutt, where she delivers individual care and support for patients with lymphatic issues and other related conditions.

“The goal is to restore function, reduce physical and psychological suffering.”   

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Rachel Jina


Rachel Jina


Rachel is a recent graduate from the University of Otago (2020). She enjoys dancing, hiking and playing tennis.

Being active is a priority to Rachel and her own personal rehabilitation experiences sparked her interest in physiotherapy. This inspired Rachel to help others with their injuries and improve their quality of life. 

“I believe in empowering clients to make healthy lifestyle changes rather than quick fixes in order to sustain a balanced and healthy life.”

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Sophie Martin

Reformer Pilates Instructor

Sophie Martin

Reformer Pilates Instructor

Sophie graduated from Te Auaha in 2018 with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). From there she ventured over to the UK to pursue dance, however the pandemic cut her time short.

Since returning to New Zealand she has dedicated substantial time to completing her Reformer Pilates course and has found real joy in learning and teaching pilates.

Sophie is passionate about breath work, anatomy and enabling people to understand core control. A natural people person and with a background in movement, Sophie will inspire and nurture you to get your body moving as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

What is Reformer Pilates? It is Pilates that incorporates the reformer machine. This type of Pilates is great for rehabilitation and post-injury recovery. Reformer Pilates uses controlled functional exercises that are low impact and aim to give you a full body workout.

Reformer Pilates Prices: 

Casual Class: $35

1 on 1 lesson with you and Sophie: $80

4 Class Package: $100 

10 Class Package: $225 

Intro to Pilates which includes 1 Clinical Pilates Class with your Physiotherpist and 2 Reformer Pilates classes, all for only $65

*Intro to Pilates classes must be used within 1 month

Check out our website to find out when our classes are - please note that on our website the classes are called “Reformer Pilates”.

To book your initial 30 min Reformer one on one and/or purchase one of our packages, please give us a call at 04 527 7872.

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Emma Shen


Emma Shen


Emma is a member of the New Zealand Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Society (NZCMAS) and is registered with the New Zealand acupuncture standards authority and with ACC. She recently graduated from the NZ College of Chinese Medicine with a Bachelor of Health Science.  

Emma's focuses include: shoulder and neck stiffness, lumbar and back pain, beauty acupuncture, weight management, tenosynovitis, insomnia headache, period pain, sports and work-related injuries. Emma is also able to combine moxibustion, cupping and needling for a better overall result.

Emma was born in China and immigrated to NZ at the age of 15- Emma is fluent in both Chinese and English. During consultations she is attentive, empathetic, and uses her understanding of her two culutres to positively influence her work and her communication with patients.

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Karen Bond


Karen Bond


Karen has recently joined our team after almost 3 years working in private practice in Lower Hutt. She graduated with a Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1992 from Otago Polytechnic and later went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation from the university of Gaziantep in Turkey where she lived for a number of years.

Karen has experience in hospitals, private practice, working with disabled children and she has recently focused on sports and injury rehabilitation. She also has qualifications in reformer and mat Pilates.

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and loves hiking and biking when she gets the opportunity as well as walking her new puppy.