Dave Monson


Treatments offered: myotherapy, zenthai shiatsu, remedial massage

mob: 0415 731 400
email: dave@reddoortherapies.com
available: Red Door Therapies Tuesday, Friday (7am - 8pm), Thurs (7-9pm), Alternate Sat (9am - 6pm)
Other Saturdays: Davies Park Markets (West End) (7.30 am - 2pm)
Sunday (9.30 am - 4.30 pm): Ambience Body Therapies Bardon (Remedial Massage only).
prices: 1hr: $85, 90min: $110, 2hrs: $150. Eftpos and health rebate receipts available (clinic treatments only).  Mobile treatments: 1hr  $120, 90 mins: $185 (with 10km radius of Red Door Therapies)

association / accreditation:  Australian Natural Therapies Association, ZenThai Shiatsu Mt Ninderry Healing Centre, Australian College of Eastern Medicine, Stanborough Education Group, Q-Academy Brisbane
qualifications: B.Env Plan (hons1), Adv. Dip Myotherapy, Dip. Shiatsu, Dip. Rem Massage, Zenthai Shiatsu (Senior Therapist).

about my treatments: I aim to integrate specific therapeutic techniques with a deeply restorative experience; one that supports your ever unfolding acceptance and awareness of your embodied-self.

I see many people for musculo-skeletal challenges as well as emotional and energetic stresses. I am interested in manual therapy and bodywork not only as a remedial experience but also as a way to support you in accessing greater potential and understanding of your body, to release deeper, and move with mindfulness and ease.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, the more present you are to the sensations that arise in a session, the more beneficial the treatment. 'Pain' that your are not able to be present to is not therapeutic. The success of a treatment is thus the meeting of you being able to integrate sensations and me not overstepping your threshold of tolerance. Receiving bodywork is as much an art as giving it!

techniques: In a session I will typically use an integrated combination of:

  • deep tonifying pressure
  • joint mobilisation techniques
  • passive stretching
  • gentle indirect fascia 'unwinding' techniques
  • direct myofascia release techniques
  • trigger and distal release points utilising pressure and Neuromuscular Dry Needling if appropriate
  • Guided and modified movement and strength progressions

For a Zenthai Shiatsu (Market and clinic) wear comfortable clothes that allow unrestricted movement or I can provide thai-pants and a t-shirt on the day (Market and clinic). Zenthai Shiatsu is performed on vinyl covered Shiatsu mat. Emphasis is on a Zenthai flow; where you surrender as much as possible.

For a Remedial Massage (Clinic only) please bring minimal sports-wear or underwear can suffice. A remedial treatment has more opportunity for direct myofascial release techniques, directed movement and discussing sensations that arise. Please ask which might be more appropriate.

For a Myotherapy (Clinic only) session wear flexible clothes that also allow unrestricted movement. Myotherapy might involve some Zenthai or Remedial techniques to reduce pain or improve movement range but for longer lasting results a session mostly comprises carefully modified motor control and strength exercises.

Please be as punctual as possible as being late will typically mean less time for you.

I look forward to working with you





  1. Merlin on 26 April, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Without fail Dave is able to tune in to whatever my body needs and each time is a little different. I can’t believe how amazing it feels, every time. For me, it is better than any massage I have received, and would never have thought that possible. The pressure is always exactly right and seems to satisfy whatever is needed at every spot. At times I feel as though I am transported into another place, even with all the sounds of the market around me. Actually the venue is lovely – raised up and set back under a huge fig tree, and I always feel both relaxed and refreshed at the end. I feel very grateful – thank you Dave.

  2. Nirvana Pilkington on 1 August, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Dave is a wonderful practitioner who harnesses his own inner calm to intuitively connect to the client before him. Friendly, warm and unassuming, he creates a space for the client to let go, making the treatment more effective in the process. Dave’s skills are fluidly delivered showing a mastery of skill and intuitively works with the body knowing when to be light or to delve into deeper pressure. His passion for his skill is seen in his continuous studies and pursuit of in depth knowledge in other forms related to his zen thai work. I too have worked as massage therapist and teach physical arts so can be very selective in treatments I receive. However, I know with Dave, the treatment will release, relax and unwind my often tired and tight body and he is the massage therapist that I recommend to all my friends and clients.

  3. Kwong Chan on 25 November, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I really enjoy my treatment sessions with Dave. Being both a Chinese and a Medical educator myself, I have the opportunity to meet a lot of therapists throughout my life. Dave is definitely one of the most talented therapist I have ever come across. He is in-tune with the client’s body and state of well being. I rarely need to tell him much about what is going on and what need to be done. He is able to intuitively work with my body and release the blockages when appropriate. He is a great listener if need to be, his presence in the session is very therapeutic. He brings with him this calm vibration of a healer, which makes you feel that you have nothing to worry about. He is able to work with you at where ever you are physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being both a Body Psychotherapist and Buddhist Psychotherapist myself, I can see how Dave’s Zen-Thai approach is able to address the needs of the client in multiple levels. It is indeed a holistic healing experience. I would highly recommend Dave to any one who needs in depth holistic healing sessions. Until now I still can’t help to think how lucky am I to run into him on a Saturday morning at the West End Market, and is able to start my journey of inner healing with his facilitation.

  4. Ursula on 12 July, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I love my treatments with Dave and maybe I’m his most furthest away client, coming all the way from Cairns. I haven’t managed to come to Brisbane and NOT have treatments with Dave. I find Dave sensitive and strong at the same time and he always finds the spots that need work. In one treatment I even had some emotional release and I have no idea what that was about. But I felt safe with Dave to just let it happen and not go too much into intellectualising it. Every treatment is different and I like that too, as you have to be open to what might happen in the moment.
    I’ll try hard to get a group together to make it possible for Dave and family to visit Cairns one day.
    Thank you Dave

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