Meet the Team

Joanna Beecher

Founder / CEO

Joey launched Still Beauty in late 2014, and has since built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading remedial massage and beauty entrepreneurs. She also gives a pretty good massage herself, once nicknamed “thumbs of steel.” As Joey explains, the path to launching her business was a long one. And it all started with a trip to Thailand, a radio advertisement, and cold winter days traipsing her massage table through the snow.

Joey, what was your first business experience?

JB: My working life began in year 12 when my friend and I started a jewellery business. After we finished school we thought we could make a full-time thing out of it, so we drew up a business plan and bought about $500 worth of beads during a holiday to Thailand. It was exhilarating, we were 17 or 18 at the time, we’d literally just walk into shops, like Bettina Liano and Husk, and show them what we’d made. 

When did you get into massage therapy?

JB: One frosty morning when I was 22. I thought to myself that I’d really like to live overseas, preferably in the Maldives. But then I thought, what am I going to do make coconut necklaces for the locals? I asked my friend and she said that I'd always given a good massage.

The next morning, I turned on the radio and a voice boomed out: “have you ever thought about travelling overseas as a massage therapist? Enrol now at the institute of something-or-other.” It was only an advertisement, but I saw it as fate.

What happened next?

JB: I studied remedial massage for one year at the Endeavour College of Natural Health, in Melbourne, while at the same time working at Re-Creation Physio and Massage Therapy Armadale with the legendary Phil Powers.

That same year I also started taking my massage table to people’s homes for a bit of cash on the side (and because I was obsessed with practicing).

What did you do when you finished studying?

JB: I decided to move overseas. I had a little gap before I was due to fly though, so I moved to Byron Bay for two months and trained to become a yoga teacher (I’m also a yoga teacher), which actually ended up teaching me a lot about massage and touch.

I then ended up moving to the UK (not the Maldives, sigh), and got a job at Bliss day spa, in central London. It didn’t pay very well, so I also did home visits on the side.

With a car?

JB: No! And it was tough. Picture: it's December in London, and I’d have to get across town on the Tube with my massage table. I ended up wheeling it through the snow on this special trolley. I’d get looks.

When did you start Still Beauty?

JB: While I was in London I noticed that everybody is very busy. They’re the busiest people in the world. And home visits really worked for them. I thought to myself, why should Australia be any different?

I moved back to Melbourne when I was 25 and studied beauty at Helen Aibicare (I’m also a beautician), and then in November 2014 I launched Still Beauty.

I always knew I wanted to do something different with massage and beauty. With home treatments, you really get to stay in the zone. You don’t have to walk outside and find your car, deal with traffic, bla-bla-bla. You get to stay in massage land and just relax.

I also wanted to try to change the perception that massage therapy is a luxury or indulgence. It’s really not. Massage is important for your health, and I think – I hope –  most of my clients know that.


Kate Mackie 

Team member

New Zealand native Kate has five years of massage experience under her belt, starting with her days back in Wellington where – while also working at a clinic – people would line up (not literally) for treatments at her home. After a skip over the pond, and the birth of her son Oscar, Kate joined the Still Beauty family with wealth of knowledge both as a massage therapist and a mother. As she explains, this counts for a lot.

Kate, when did you get into massage therapy?

KM: I got into massage therapy out of school. I studied beauty therapy, though massage was my favourite element. After this I worked in a clinic in Wellington for a couple of years and also started doing massages at my home where I could.

When did you move to Australia?

KM: I travelled for a couple of years and eventually settled in Melbourne. When I arrived I brushed up on my skills by doing a Certificate III and Certificate of Massage at The Southern School of Natural Therapy. To stay fresh I also gave friends and family treatments at home, for free. I think I was everyone’s best friend that year.

And then you had a baby?

KM: Yes! A boy called Oscar, he just turned ten months old.

Do you think having Oscar changed you approach to pregnancy massages?

KM: Absolutely. I started at Still Beauty a few months after he was born and it definitely helped me make a new kind of connection with my pregnant clients, and appreciate all of the little things that come with the experience. Like the more comfortable positions to get in, or the most common sore areas.

I was pretty lucky in that I didn’t suffer too many side effects (like swelling or sciatica), but I understand the discomfort pregnant women go through. It’s hard work carrying a baby and it can be assuring to know that that pain and tension can be releaved. And it gets so much better ­– I remember my first post-natal massage just being the best thing in the world. Plus, you know, pregnancy pillows are amazing! 

One more thing about post-natal massage. I think these sometimes get overlooked because mum's needs become secondary when the baby arrives. But of course there’s so much tension from everything that comes with the territory: late nights out of bed, that hunch you get into when you’re breast feeding (which can put serious strain on your back). Then of course there’s the fact that you’ve just had a baby and you’re body is still in recovery mode. 

Do you massage Oscar?

KM: I do, he loves it. He kind of just goes still and sits there with this curious yet satisfied look on his face. It’s actually the only time he sits still!

Babies get really tight shoulders, you wouldn’t expect it but it happens. Their glutes also get very tight (I push down on Oscar’s after his bath). Baby massage is another great service at Still Beauty. And I hope more people come to see it – like all of our treatments – as something that’s necessary for health and wellbeing rather than a luxury or indulgence.


Danny Clarke

Team member 

Whether you’re heading onto a field or back into the office, gun sports massage therapist Danny has you covered. Danny has travelled the world working on some of the cycling greats, and recently moved back to Melbourne to pick up his current posting at Carlton Football Club. With a focus on recovery massage, Danny explains that you don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of a deep-tissue treatments. After all, everyone needs a good massage.

So Danny, how did you get started in this business?

DC: It all started at the beginning of 2011. I had just graduated with a degree in exercise science and decided I wanted to continue into sports massage. I also wanted to travel, which actually helped narrow things down to my preferred sport, cycling.

And did you get to travel?

DC: I did. After training at the Australian Institute of Sports, I went to work with Cycling Australia, where I spend around three years on the European tour circuit.

It was quite an experience. I lived in a town in northern Italy for a while, and then in Spain. Then in 2014 I was invited to work at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

So, lots of travelling! I loved it.

Where did you go from there?

DC: By the end of 2016 I’d had enough of living out of a suitcase, so I decided to move back to Melbourne. And at the beginning of 2017 I started as a sports therapist at Carlton Football Club, which is where I am currently (when I’m not on the Still Beauty circuit).

That must have been quite a transition.

DC: Definitely. There are 46 players on the list there, so it can get a little intense at times. It’s a bit of a step up to manage everyone.

So, what does all of this mean for someone who wants a massage with you at Still Beauty?

DC: Everyone is different. Some athletes come to me purely from a recovery point of view, in which case I’ll either do a flush massage or, if the game is a little further down the line, a deeper treatment. My treatments focus on trigger points – strong, deep-tissue massages – which everyone can benefit from, whether they’re heading back onto a field or into the office.

What do you love most about your job?

DC: Probably watching someone jump off the table at the end of a treatment and actually see mobility back their body. At the end of the day, everyone needs a good massage.


Belle Pearce 

Team member 

Belle started massaging in 2005 after realising that the best part of her then office job was the shoulder rubs she’d give to her colleagues. Now after several years working across a host of well-known day spas around Australia and the UK, she joins Still Beauty with a wealth of massage-beauty experience and knowledge. ­As Belle explains, this includes a few slightly more exotic techniques to boot (anyone for a Hawaiian massage?)

Belle, how did you get into massage therapy?

BP: My mum trained as a massage therapist when I was a teenager. She was recovering from chronic fatigue and found that massages really helped her. I really got to see how much that helped her, and it planted a seed in the back of my mind. When I left school, though, I initially worked in an office. But I was always massaging my colleagues’ shoulders, and eventually they started to say, ‘You’re in the wrong business.’ 

And where did this take you?

BP: After training at the Australian Institute of Applied Science (Brisbane), I travelled around Australia working at places like The Sea Temple Resort and Spa, in Port Douglas. Between 2004 and 2008, I worked at a Balinese-inspired day spa called The Tropical Spa in Darwin. The owner there started it up from scratch, and we did a lot of different types of massage including Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. It was very nice.

I then went overseas and lived in Cornwall, in the UK, where I worked in the Cowshed Spa at the St. Moritz Hotel, which was wonderful. From there I found my way back to Australia, eventually working at Endota Spa in Hampton. I actually worked there right up until I was 36 weeks pregnant! I was huge.

Did you yourself receive any treatments while pregnant?

BP: I did, about once a fortnight. In hindsight it’s helped me a lot with treating expecting mothers, as I know how it feels to be on the receiving end. I know the relief of just being able to lay down, because your back is aching all the time. It’s nice to just feel pampered. You need it, for your own body and the baby’s.

You’re also a beauty therapist. How does that fit into your work?

BP: I like the variety. In the past I had clients who I’d spend hours and hours with, on a range of treatments from massage to body scrubs, facials, and nails. I feel like it’s a way to give someone the complete package – a complete pampering. I couldn’t just do waxing all day though!

How would you describe your massage style?

BP: I have trained in different styles, ranging from Remedial to Lomi Lomi and Swedish, so I would describe my style as a bit of a hybrid. My massages are quite flowy, because of the Hawaiian influence, but then I also look for knots and work into them if that’s what people want. I am definitely quite strong in my approach, I don’t give a wishy-washy massage. It’s not a boring massage!


Rachael Bennett 

Team member

Rachael literally crash landed into massage therapy when she made a career change following a snowboarding accident. After experiencing the trials of rehabilitation, she developed not only an appreciation for massage therapy, but also a passion for helping people. A degree in remedial massage later (plus another one in myotherapy underway), Rachel is devoted to finding the right ways to help her clients through massage – which, as she explains, varies from deep tissue to deep relaxation.

Rachael, how did you get into massage therapy?

RB: I love to travel and snowboard. I was able to live in ski resort towns in Japan and Canada by working in seasonal hospitality. It was great because I was able to snowboard, but at the same time I wasn't really vocationally fulfilled.

A tipping point for my career came after I had a massive snowboarding accident. I had a herniated disc, I couldn’t stand straight for three months, it was pretty bad. I went to a physio and a sports massage therapist for rehab. And after a while I was like, I want to do this, I want to help people.

How would you describe your massage style?

RB: Having studied remedial massage, I like to implement deep tissue massage and actually get into my clients’ trigger points, especially when injuries are involved. At the same time, though, I also love practising a more relaxing style of massage, if that’s what a client’s body is calling out for.

There’s no one right way to treat someone. As well as working at Still Beauty, I also do recovery massage with the Western Bulldogs [AFL team]. Working on both athletes and non-athletes, I appreciate the balance and nuance that goes into massage therapy.

I am also passionate about women’s health and I love to treat women in the pre and postnatal stages of pregnancy – especially post-birth, when the body is often quite stressed out (with all the breast feeding, etc) and in desperate need of massage therapy. It’s really important to be able to relax your shoulders and chest area during this period.

You’re also currently studying myotherapy. Can you explain this a little?

RB: I am! Myotherapy involves implementing dry needling in treatments. This targets trigger points (or ‘knots’) in the body, and allows you to go a little bit deeper. You can also do rehab treatment with myotherapy, so it works for pain management following an injury.

What do you love most about your job?

RB: After my accident, I wanted to help people with pain – because I knew that I never wanted to feel the pain I experienced again, and I didn’t want anyone else to feel that way either.

So, I love helping people not be in pain. This might be pain from a serious accident, or it might be niggling pain in the shoulders or back from everyday activities and stresses – which we all experience. Everyone is entitled to seek a relaxed, pain-free body.