About Us


Refresh began in Sept 2002 in Wills St Bendigo, first as Refresh Body Therapies and progressing to the well-known Refresh Day Spa you see today.

We (Simon and Tracy) met at Hepburn Springs Spa Resort and after a year of working together decided to go into business, get married and start a family. All at once.

In the beginning we concentrated on the massage side of the business but, after realising no one else in Bendigo was doing spa treatments, soon incorporated day spa and beauty therapy treatments, focusing on the pampering side (with a little waxing). As time has gone by, we have moved with the industry trends and now offer medispa treatments.

In March 2010, we purchased and renovated 90 Garsed St, Bendigo and have been here ever since. The beautiful old building offers 6 treatment rooms (2 with dual beds), spray tan room and an Infrared Sauna so we have lots of flexibility to tailor and provide maximum availability for our clients.

The Remedial side of our business is still going strong, as we are lucky enough to have some very talented therapists working with us, therapists who are dedicated to improving any muscular condition and working with referrals to other Health professionals where necessary to see the best outcomes for our clients. Now Refresh is launching Refresh Remedial Clinic which has come about due to the popularity and success of the remedial side of the business.


    Meet Our Team

    Simon Kuhlmann

    Consultations with Simon: 
    Remedial Massage Therapy and Bowen Therapy
    Qualifications: Dip Remedial Massage, Dip Sports Therapy, Dip of Proficiency Bowen Therapy.

    Membership: Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia

    Simon moved to Bendigo in 1999 to study the Diploma of Remedial Massage. Whilst studying, he worked fulltime at a spa resort in Hepburn for 18 months, then spent another 18 months building his own practice in Bendigo before opening Refresh in 2002. In the early years, Simon travelled to Maryborough to work with the local community as well as doing corporate massage locally in Bendigo for over 7 years. Finally, he  set up Refresh Day Spa and Remedial Clinic at 90 Garsed Street, Bendigo, where he has been performing remedial massage and bowen therapy ever since.

    To book an appointment with Simon click here

    Emily Ross

    Consultations With Emily:
    Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Back Massage.

    Emily is a qualified remedial massage therapist however she is waiting for her Private Health Insurance Provider Numbers. This could take up 6-8weeks, Claiming is unavailable until then.

    Qualifications: Dip of Remedial Massage,

    Membership: Association of Massage Therapy

    Emily completed her studies in 2017, graduating with a Certificate of Excellence in Clinical Practice. She enjoys providing individualised treatments to her clients and loves seeing people experience the benefits of massage, both physical and emotional.

    Emily has a passion for educating her clients and helping them move towards better function and health outcomes. She enjoys watching people become empowered to improve their health and wellbeing.

    In 2015, Emily started her Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic), the skills she is building her degrees complement her remedial massage consulations. She will be qualified at the end of the year.

    Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs, getting down to the beach as often as she can and reading up on all things health and wellness!

    To book an appointment with Emily click here


    Brodie Bunt

    Consultations with Brodie:
    Relaxation Massage, Day Spa Treatments and Packages and Advanced Skin Care

    Qualifications: Diploma of Beauty Therapy 2012, Certificates in Hydra-dermabrasion, IPL/SHR and LED, Dermalogica, Intraceuticals, currently studying Skin Needling

    Brodie studied beauty therapy in 2012 while working part time finishing her diploma top of her class with awards such as Best Customer Service Award. She worked at Spa Eleven for almost 2 years doing all things beauty.

    "I love the day spa side of all beauty treatments," she says.

    After a small break she began working at Endota Day Spa in Echuca, She was there for one year before deciding to come home to Bendigo, where she found Refresh and her love for skin and laser treatments.

    Brodie loves coming to work each day for the one-on-one consultations with clients, getting to know them (and their families) and at the centre helping others. She loves helping clients with all things beauty and seeing results.  Facials and laser treatments are her favourite as she can help educate clients into having the best glowing skin I know they can achieve. 

    To view our Day Spa and MediSpa Treatments click here

    Lara Kermac

    Consultations With Lara:
    Remedial Massage, Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Back Massage

    Qualifications: Dip of Remedial Massage, 

    Dip of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (cupping)

    Membership: Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia

    Lara has been working at Refresh since 2017. She completed her diploma at East West College in Caulfield South back in 2008 and 2009. She worked self-employed for a while, then moved to the surroundings of Bendigo and gained more experience in various clinics she practiced at.

    Lara is passionate about natural remedies and helping people improve their wellbeing. Beside providing remedial treatments, she takes the time to educate her clients how to improve their health and wellbeing while better understanding their body and taking care of it. Outside work she likes to spend time outdoors, gardening, admiring wildlife, bush walking and much more...


    To book an appointment with Lara click here

    Tracy Kuhlmann

    Consultations with Tracy: 
    Remedial Massage and Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Therapeutic Back Massage
    Qualifications: Dip Remedial Massage Therapy, Dip Beauty Therapy, Certificates in Hydra-dermabrasion, IPL/SHR and LED

    Membership: Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia

    I have been running Refresh with my husband for 16 years while raising my two daughters. The part of my job I love most is seeing regular clients that are in for preventing problems and for maintaining a healthy, functional lifestyle. They get tension due to work or life/sport/hobbies/family and know that a regular treatment will alleviate tension preventing further injury and pain.

    After all the years massaging I still love it. I passionately believe in its benefits. I love that it works not only on a physical level to manage pain, reduce tension, enhance performance and flexibility but also works on a mental and emotional level to relieve stress, anxiety and depression while aiding sleep and our ability to cope with the stresses of life.

    To book an appointment with Tracy click here

    Simon Duffin

    Consultations with Simon:
    Remedial Massage, Relaxation Massage, Reflexology and Therapeutic Back Massage

    Memberships: Association of Massage Therapists (AMT – Australia) and Complementary Therapists Association (CThA – UK)

    Simon moved to Australia in 2014 after working previously in his native England, in Yorkshire and in London. He qualified as a massage therapist in the UK in 1999 and obtained a diploma in reflexology in the UK in 2000. To make sure his qualifications were up-to-date and up to Australian standards, Simon passed his Cert IV in Therapeutic Massage at TAFE NSW in 2016 and obtained his Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2017.

    He began his massage career after receiving massage treatments himself when suffering severe back pain in the mid-1990s, and decided he’d like to give others the same beneficial results he felt from receiving massage for his lower back. He hasn’t looked back ever since.

    "Even after nearly 20 years massaging, I still get excited seeing improvements in clients’ ability to get on with their lives, and the job never gets boring as every individual always brings in something new, with a life story or injury that differs from others I have seen before"

    In his spare time, Simon sings in a choral society in Melbourne, he volunteers at a soccer club in Ballarat, and he writes a blog about historical buildings around Victoria.

    To book an appointment with Simon click here

    Addika Galea

    Consultations with Addika:
    Remedial Massage, Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Back Massage

    Qualifications: Diploma Remedial Massage, Cert IV Relaxation Massage Therapy, Cert IV Pregnancy Massage, QiGong Teacher Training, Fascia Architecture, Slings, Oriental, Meditation, Introduction to Clinical Pilates

    Membership: AMT

    Addika began working with people in 2012 after reaching a crossroads in her own life and a pending question of the meaning of life. Then after massaging her sister-in-law on Mothers Day and seeing her smile, glow and feel better, Addika said ‘I wanna do it’... enrolled in massage and continues to explore and educate about the nature of existence and our physical experience. Different frameworks and understandings come into the question when in a consultation, like: how can this person be helped and what are their experiences, why is there pain and how can we be free of it? She has a keen interest in posture & balance, clinical remedial, diet & fitness and energy & flow, using numerous techniques designed to work with, investigate and create changes that offer an opportunity for self growth and healing. She enjoys working with people from sudden onset pain to chronic long term to spiritual/mind/emotional aspects to a relaxing time out massage... for the overall health and well-being of someone.

    To book an appointment with Addika click here

    Shelby Height

    Consultations with Shelby:
    Remedial Massage, Myotherapy, Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping, Pregnancy Massage.

    Shelby is a Registered Myotherapist, with studies extending into pregnancy care, post-natal care, pain management, sports, neuro-muscular conditions, and people with special needs.

    Shelby’s professional focus lies in bio-mechanics (the specifics on how the body moves), postural correction and exercise rehabilitation. Combining these interests in practice results in development of individualised treatment techniques, including education on specific exercises to improve fitness and human movement.

    Shelby is a fully registered member of MMA (Myotherapy and Massage Australia), and is committed to providing excellent musculoskeletal care for her patients.

    In her spare time, Shelby partakes in anything that involves the outdoors or being active, with a love for training, swimming, and of course, running. Shelby has a strong work ethic, and is committed to serving you with dedication and commitment.

    To book an appointment with Shelby click here


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