elemental therapies massage acupuncture.jpg

Located in Merivale Christchurch, Elemental Therapies is focused on a holistic approach to healthcare. Complementary therapies share a common principle, which is that the whole person needs to be treated to restore health and vitality. Therefore we try to address people’s body pains or discomforts through three main ways — massage therapy, reflexology, and acupuncture by applying different methods such as trigger point therapy, cupping therapy and Gua Sha.


The founder of Elemental Therapies was studying physiotherapy and practiced as a physiotherapist in China for 7 years and he became interested in therapeutic massage after relocating to Auckland. After years’ of training and working in this field and knowing better different clients’ needs then he decided to establish Elemental Therapies to offer holistic therapies for people in Christchurch with the intention of going for quality massage therapy, acupuncture, and reflexology.  


All the staff in Elemental Therapies are registered with Massage NZ (MNZ)or Acupuncture NZ and above 10-year experience in their complementary therapy practice.



Headache | Stiff Neck |

Lower Back Pain | Sports Injury |

Sciatic Pain | Muscle Soreness |


Regular massage, reflexology, and acupuncture go a long way toward helping our members and guests take care of themselves and do more of what matters to them, what makes them happy, what makes them feel healthy and supports a more well-balanced lifestyle.


At Elemental Therapies, we offer the convenience of express service. We are easy to be dropped in at 198 Papanui Road (opposite to Merivale Mall) and the session starts from 20mins to 90mins to offer a total our clients rejuvenation weekly or daily after a stressful day.  


Our Team

John Han
Registered Acupuncturist/Member of Acupuncture NZ
Bachelor's Degree of Acupuncture     
Liaoning University of TCM

John was trained in Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and obtained Bachelor's Degree in China, and then worked as an acupuncturist in Australia. Now John began working as an acupuncturist, ACC treatment provider, and Chinese Herbalist in Elemental Therapies. He specialises in common injury management, musculoskeletal pain, and common health disorder like insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, gastrointestinal problems, etc.

John is fluent in English, Mandarin and Korean.

Tracy Rudnicki
Tracy Profile pic.jpg
Registered Acupuncturist/Member of Acupuncture NZ
Master's Degree in Acupuncture     
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkley, CA, USA                                        

Tracy first experienced acupuncture when she was teaching English in Osaka, Japan in 1999. Delighted with its effectiveness on her neck pain, she enrolled in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley, California, USA. She graduated in 2003 with a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine and opened a busy clinic in Truckee (Lake Tahoe), California.  

She employs a variety of techniques including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and electrostimulation to treat patients with a wide variety of medical conditions like pain, trauma, sports injuries, common colds and immune system, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, digestion, infertility, dermatology and wrinkle reduction.  She believes that a variety of treatment modalities and working with other medical and health practitioners is the best way for her patients to achieve optimal health.
She is fluent in English and French and can speak some Spanish and Japanese.

Anthony Pyers
Registered Acupuncturist/Member of Acupuncture NZ
WeChat Image_20211029125443.jpg
Bachelor's degree Of Health Science, Acupuncture   
New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Anthony’s interest in health and medicine was initially sparked from his training in martial arts at a young age. Originating from sunny Nelson, he moved to Wellington to complete a 4-year Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) degree at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Anthony’s clinical knowledge and experience includes treating a wide range of conditions ranging from pain, Musculo-skeletal disorders, digestive health, insomnia, fibromyalgia, pregnancy related issues, cosmetic rejuvenation, general well-being and more.

Anthony enjoys helping a diverse range of patients and utilises a variety of different skills and techniques in his acupuncture treatments. Techniques such as cupping, Gua Sha, massage, and breath work, are often combined to achieve optimal health outcomes while also providing an enjoyable and relaxed experience.

Richie Bai
Remedial Massage Therapist/Member of MNZ
Elemental Therapies Massage Therapist.jp
Diploma in Health of Science (Therapeutic Massage) NZCM
Certificate in Relaxation Massage NZCM

As a qualified massage therapist specializing in remedial massage, Richie Bai graduated from New Zealand College of Massage with a diploma in Health Science and has been practicing massage for 7 years. He is also a Massage New Zealand registered remedial massage therapist who is able to offer a variety of massage styles such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, Lomi Lomi massage and so on. Richie has a passion for working with clients with chronic pain headache and migraine.

Vandana Jain
Remedial Massage Therapist/Dry Needler
WeChat Image_20211224151230.jpg
Diploma in remedial Massage
Evolve College, Melbourne, Australia
Dry Needling
Melbourne, Australia

Vandana is originally from India. Since, she has completed her studies she has been successfully treating people in Australasia and New Zealand.

She’s experienced in a range of therapies, including deep tissue massage, relaxation massage, sports massage, cupping therapy, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage, pre and post pregnancy massage, and dry needling.


She treats clients after traumas, injuries, and surgeries. For example, repetitive strain injury, rotator cuff injury, TMJ - jaw pain, tennis /golfers’ elbow, frozen shoulder, lower back ache/pain, sciatica pain, hamstring strain, hand /wrist pain, knee Injuries, ankle sprain/calf strain, and postural pain. She also loves to work with the older generation to listen to their knowledge, and life experiences. She works with people who have an active lifestyle and those who are less able. So, whether you do a lot of sports trainings, put physical and emotional strain on your body or have restricted mobility with chronic conditions or back pain she would be more than happy to help you out. She’s looking forward to meeting my future clients.

She’s extremely passionate about health and wellbeing and truly enjoy working in her profession.

Vandana is fluent in English and Hindi.