About Us

Welcome to AC’s Natural Therapies where we specialize in Remedial Massage Therapy and advanced Bowen Therapy.  AC’s Natural Therapies are located in Andergrove on the north side of Mackay and are locally owned and operated by husband and wife team, Annie and Koko Kirchner.

For over 24 years we have been caring for the people of Mackay district and mining towns and assisting them in generating great health and wellbeing. Collectively we both have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy as well as the experience of treating thousands of clients with varying physical ailments.

We understand the challenges that pain inflicts, physically and emotionally.

We understand that every single person is different and we treat each individual with the utmost respect and care.

We are very proud of the level of professionalism that we provide to our clients.

We are registered with respected industry associations and private health funds.

Our service is provided according to strict professional standards and your modesty and privacy will be respected at all times.

Each treatment is tailored to your specific health concerns and you can expect to be treated by extremely professional and qualified therapists who follow a strict code of conduct.

Annie specializes in Bowen Therapy and uses Advanced Techniques and holds a Diploma in Advanced Bowen Therapy and Level One Certificate in Kundalini Yoga.

Included in her 24 years’ experience as a health care provider is a long history of remedial massage.

Annie draws on her yoga knowledge and shares with her clients, specific breathing techniques for different ailments and stretching postures to assist in maintaining flexibility and strength to manage aches and pains.

With her extensive experience with clients of all ages and all ailments from the newborn babies to the elderly, including cerebral palsy, stroke and cancer patients, you can feel safe in her hands.

Koko specializes in remedial massage, deep tissue, pre and post sports massage, all types of back and neck treatments as well as therapeutic relaxation massage.

Koko holds a Diploma in remedial massage and has 17 years’ experience and also works with everyone including children, athletes and the elderly.

Koko has a very broad knowledge an understanding of the physical body and understands the effects that different occupations have on the body, including the construction worker, plant operator, truck driver, cleaners, office worker, homemaker and student.

We offer pregnancy treatment with both Bowen Therapy and massage, we also offer personalized stretching programs, basic nutritional advice, ear candling, meditation and yoga classes.

We are available 6 days a week, offering after hour’s appointments and Saturday morning appointments.
We are accredited with all health funds.

Annie and Koko are both current blue card holders.

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There’s No Need to Live with Chronic Pain!

There are so many causes to chronic musculoskeletal pain, ranging from dysfunctional movement patterns, previous injuries, nerve, joint and disc conditions, and even chronic illness. Pain is a complex experience, and everyone experiences it differently.

Our job is to discover the main contributors to your ongoing pain, and help you to address each area through treatment, rehabilitation, education, and advice.

We are able to treat the tissue damage, correct the surrounding tissue adaptations, and assess the issues that are creating your pain.

Our treatments are designed around understanding pain from our patient’s perspective, as this is the only interpretation that really matters.

We make decisions about treatment plans in partnership with our patients – making sure that our patients understand their condition, and the other factors that contribute to why their pain exists and why it continues (such as work ergonomics, sleeping positions, stress management, neurological or movement biomechanics).

This allows patients to make informed decisions about their own care and rehabilitation.

All pain is real. It is not in your head.
Our therapists take your pain seriously, and will work with you to help you find a way out of the painful state.

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That Special Moment

Here at AC’s Natural Therapies there is rarely a day goes by that we don’t have that special moment where someone says that they can’t believe how great they feel after a treatment, it gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling when you realize that your chosen profession is helping so many people.

What is truly humbling and makes us very grateful are all of the many referrals we receive from naturopaths, chiropractors, physios, doctors and of course our clients. 

We greatly appreciate all Referrals, it is a great compliment and testimony to the service that we provide.

WHAT GOT YOU STARTED

Annie - Previously I worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years which involved very long hours and a lot of heavy lifting of beer kegs, cartons of beer, heavy racks of glasses, heavy plates etc.

For as long as I could remember, I had an interest in being a Massage Therapist.

I was a regular visitor to the chiropractor but found I needed to keep going back often to get any relief.

In 1993, my chiropractor suggested that I try Bowen Therapy.

I had never heard of Bowen Therapy at the time and I was a bit hesitant to try something new.

I responded so well to the treatment and found that after 4 sessions of Bowen Therapy,  I had a huge improvement in the stability of my physical body, I felt more relaxed and calmer and slept a lot better too.

That was my AH HA moment.

I began doing my Remedial Massage Therapy training while waiting for the next available Bowen Therapy course to come to town and the rest is history.

Twenty-four years later, I still love my job, I love helping people and I love when people come back and say how amazing they feel, especially when the symptoms that they have had for years have been resolved when nothing else was helping.

Koko - 27 years in an environment of intensive and repetitive manual work took its toll on my body.

After numerous Chiropractic adjustments to try and alleviate my lower back pain caused from the physicality of my work, Annie convinced me to try regular massage to loosen my muscles before my adjustments.

The massages were so successful that I was able to decrease my chiropractic treatments considerably and my pain decreased to almost nonexistent, I was so impressed by how massage made my body feel that I decided to do a Diploma in Remedial Massage and make it my full-time profession.

All of those years of experience in my previous occupations have given me a great understanding of their effects on the body and has allowed me to pass on my knowledge and experiences to my clients, so as they can also experience great well-being.

We understand the challenges that pain inflicts, physically and emotionally.

Call us today to book your appointment!