417 Belk Road, Tauriko, Tauranga

Testimonials


Here are some testimonials from our current and previous customers (contact numbers are available if you'd like).

We're very proud to have helped a wide range of people from all walks of life improve their wellbeing and health, and we would love to help you too.

If you'd like to leave a testimonial for us, we would love to feature it on our website! Just fill in your details down the bottom of this


Gordon with David Tua and Ray Musson
Ray is the welterweight boxing champion of New Zealand,
and a client of Gordon's.

 

All Massage Massage Course Personal Training Accommodation Reconnective Healing Retreat Days

I absolutely loved the course! It surpassed my expectations of what I thought I would learn and the confidence I would walk away with after only two days. I really enjoyed the open, hands-on teaching style and even with a full group, there was lots of individual attention given. Both Donna and Gordon are amazingly talented and I fell lucky to have been welcomed into their beautiful home to learn from them." Thanks again and hopefully I will see you again. Either for a massage or some more teaching!

Catherine | 20/06/2017

Cant believe how much I learnt in two days! Great course, really knowledgeable teachers. I now feel confident getting into massage . Thanks so much!

Kim | 14/06/2017

I attended a 2 day learn to massage course on the weekend 6&7 May 2017. What a wonderful positive experience. Lead by Donna & Gordon I was in the company of a group of people learning massage for a variety of reasons and the course catered for all of us. A terrific amount of hands on practice well backed up by good actual demonstrations with Gordon & Donna and enough theory to give you an idea of the bodies make up. Delicious healthy filling lunch and the time just disappeared. Definitely recommend this course to anyone.

Bill | 08/05/2017

Just wanted to thank you for a great class and learning experience. I am so glad that I decided to take the course and appreciate your encouragement and help throughout the weekend. I can't wait to start using everything I learned from you. Thank you very much!

Korean Monica | 20/02/2017

Thank you both for a great weekend. I borrowed a table and Warren went to bed happy after over an hour of massage. Then our 15 year old daughter fell asleep on the table with a contented smile on her face. So looking at tables now! Thanks again, sooo glad to have done the weekend with you two!

Audrey Lewis | 17/01/2017

I have attended other massage courses in the past, but after attending this course two day course I believe I learnt more in the first half of day one. Gordy and Donna are "really real people", they make you feel comfortable and at ease. Nothing was a problem for them and they were keen and eager to pass on all their knowledge. Although this was a course about massage I feel I came out with so much more.........life is what you make it, if you are happy with yourself nothing else or others matter. I would highly recommend this course to everyone, it is well worth every cent you pay. And yeah... Gordy is good looking lol.

Faye Murray | 13/11/2016

Thank you Donna and Gordy for a wonderful learning experience at your weekend massage course! This massage course has inspired me to continue my path for further training to be a massage therapist. I was particularly inspired by the holistic feeling of this practical course. The full body massage demonstration was inspiring for me as I witnessed a nurturing, healing and spiritual experience. It wasn't about following a set routine, it was about delivering a massage suiting the persons requirements. I was also helped greatly with my body stance while massaging. Donna and Gordy are a great team, both different in their teaching approaches, but complementary. I enjoyed the relaxed practical learning environment in a lovely countryside venue, healthy lunches and it was a nice touch to come away with wax balm. I feel so motivated and inspired, thank you!

Julie Leaver | 25/09/2016

We have had a lot of amazing positive feedback from staff, so much so, one of the staff has sent a hospice wide email commenting on the experience and asking who would be interested in coming back another day! Wishing you all the very best.

Waipuna Hospice | 09/06/2016

We both really enjoyed every aspect of the course, we have wanted to learn massage for 10 years or so and it was worth the wait to be taught in such a natural and giving way! On the way home we agreed that we had learnt everything we could have hoped for and both of us look forward to enjoying our new knowledge and skills for many years.

Andy & Gillian | 02/05/2016

Wow this course is amazing I am so blessed to have had the training by Donna and Gordy I recommend everyone and I mean everyone take this course! It leads you to so many more avenues in your life weather you want to start a business or just please your partner. They are warm and welcoming and very helpful. Thanks heaps guys!

David | 01/05/2016

I brought my boot camp group to Donna as I found her approach to food made so much sense. Cut through all the diet nonsense and get results with Donna. I had lost 14kg and then worked harder and harder at boot camps. Not achieved anything more than hurting my body. I was getting frustrated! Then i met Donna who told me to focus on a nourishing diet rather than punishing my body. As a family we found all the foods and meals that suited us quite easily. The other 15kg i was carrying has fallen off and I feel great. Food is now my friend, and exercise isnt punishment!

Leanne | 11/03/2016

My husband and I came to Donnas retreat day after starting to loose weight and explore healthier lifestyle, this was perfect timing for us. We gained so much information and inspiration from the day. Bought a steamer. my husband hasnt had any steak in a month and has been up the mt four times a week since. After a bit of trial and error, even our 10 year old has come on board with lots of new choices. Such a great experience. Thank you

Donna | 10/03/2016

Fantastic weekend! Loved the hands-on practical learning and really appreciated the open, professional way Donna and Gordon imparted their knowledge. The surroundings and relaxed environment were perfect and the salads Donna made for us were scrummy! I would highly recommend this course. Thanks Donna and Gordon!

Te Rina | 09/02/2016

Thank You!! This was the most exciting experience I've had in a long time. Great confidence builder, lots of lasting skills to help me make life better for others.

waajidah | 02/02/2016

Thanks for the lovely weekend full of new experiences and learning. The course was very hands on with bursts of theory. Just enough humour, great food and lots of massage. Highly recommended.

Susan Bartley | 01/02/2016

From the minute we arrived the experience was amazing. Gordie friendly welcome. The massage was great, just what we needed. Having a spa and sauna was a fantastic extra touch. After a lovely hot shower it was time to relax in the very comfortable bed. Breakfast consisted of sitting at the table looking out over the garden and seeing the beautiful scenery. We have had a great relaxing time, and look forward to more of the same experience again. PS would recommend to my friends.

Joyce and Ray Taylor (Hamilton) | 22/11/2015

Thanks so much for a beautiful day. Gordy thanks for sorting Pablo's back for him. Donna your knowledge has been a great motivator - we have taken away lots of info and yummy new recipes. Well definitely recommend to all of our friends.

Kate and Pablo | 18/11/2015

Thanks for such a rejuvenating stay over the last 3 days. I feel more energized than I have in a very long time. Now to tackle some changes that I need to make for the health and wellbeing of my family. I will definitely be back and recommending you to others. Thanks so much!

Donna (Hamilton) | 27/10/2015

Great food, great atmosphere and great company. We had so many laughs and found the weekend to be very informative. We will be back - all with a healthier look. Exceeded my expectations. This was a fantastic way of thanking my best friends for all they have done for me. Outstanding, we highly recommend to others.

Carol, Debbie, maggi and Jane | 22/08/2015

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful place with us. The cooking was amazing - beautiful sanctuary - loved the massage - feel revived. Your knowledge wonderful. Awesome experience. See you again.

Tania Williamson (Papamoa) | 21/06/2015

Inspiring, loved it! Relaxing from the start - down to earth people and food ideas. Massage was amazing - thanks I feel 10yrs younger!

Naarah Simpson | 21/06/2015

Relaxing, fun and informative day...I really appreciated the new ideas for healthy eating - thank you. The day was such a treat.

Annette (Papamoa) | 21/06/2015

Great day, have taken away much new inspirational ideas for healthy eating. Yummy lunch served. Great massage Gordy - tension to my neck all gone. Many thanks

Sarena Walsh Auckland | 21/06/2015

What a wonderful relaxing weekend! Thanks so much to you both - massages, conversation, breakfast and such a comfy bed. Loved the pampering and we will be back.

Roger and Sue Stack | 19/06/2015

Thank you both so much, we have had a lovely time. We have enjoyed our relaxing time, spa , massages were great! A wonderful place for time away from it all to unwind. Best of luck in the future and we hope to come back for some more.

Andrew and Joanne - Napier | 19/06/2015

Since seeing Donna over the years I have not suffered the usual colds and illness. I cannot put it down to anything but the health I experience with my regular massages.

Eileen | 19/06/2015

Thanks for a delightful micro-break Donna and Gordie. We thoroughly enjoyed the R&R, the massage, the brekkie and the restful environment. Thank you both for your warm hospitality. May God bless your lives.

warren and anita parkinson | 19/06/2015

Thank you for yesterday I really enjoyed myself J I got so much out of the day, your recipes really inspired me and opened my eyes to the million possibilities there are with natural ingredients. I came home pinging !!! I actually went straight to countdown and got some Indian chick pea pkt .. and made the Curry and the broc salad for Murrays dinner J yum he loved it too. Really enjoyed the Qi Gong with Gordy too… Amazing how slowing down to feel the movement And live in the moment really does rejuvenate and calms us. Thanks Guys you are the best, enjoy your day !

Terene | 16/03/2015

I found this a really valuable training course - Donna and Gordy gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to get me started with my passion of massage. I Looking forward to putting all my learning into practice on my friends, family and clients. Thanks a bunch Gordy and Donna - would definatly reccomend this course to others!

Michelle | 10/03/2015

You guys ROCK!!!! A lovely greeting as soon as we arrived. Gordy is pretty hard case actually. Really love the place, everything you need, cool animals and great views. The massages were amazeballs!! I don't feel so crooked and twisted! Thanks for the bonus pointers on how to breathe better and release energies. Love love loved chilling at you slice of paradise. Thank you

Melissa Smith and Aaron Belk | 09/03/2015

Thank you for the hospitality! Really enjoyed the stay, the views, the massages (thanks Gordy for working on my wrist). Also the wonderful pleasant family animals you have. Budda is lovely and I had to resist jumping on the ponies. The spa and sauna were perfect and would love to come back here one day again.

Daniel Hain & Sapphire Hoz | 09/03/2015

Thank you, Donna, for a lovely day filled with extensive data on how to change eating habits so simply. You are a wealth of information! The snacks you made were delicious, easy to make and healthy to boot! Can't wait to begin my new regime! I will definitely be back!

Linda | 03/02/2015

What a lovely stay we had - the welcome team, the ambience, the peace, all the little important things were in place. Mark enjoyed his sauna and we both indulged and loved the outdoor spa. You have a very special place here and you both have so much to offer. Your breakfast meal was awesome, so nutritious and filling. Many thanks.

Sally and Mark Gardner | 02/02/2015

Donna you have a special touch, its the best massage I ever had! Thank you.

Sally Gardner | 02/02/2015

Many thanks for an informative afternoon. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Definitely a case of food for thought! That doesn't mean I'm giving up succulent, juicy steaks just yet!!

Owen Vaughan | 01/02/2015

Thank you for our beautiful stay. We loved the food and our amazing massages. The views are to die for. It gave us Sparkdasians the time to be together in this lovely setting. Thank you xx from the Spark girls - Linda, Lexi, Anastasia, Natasha.

Lexiana Spark | 01/02/2015

Wonderful massage, peaceful setting. I had a lovely sleep which is unusual. Super breakfast!!! Thank you

Cherril and Dan | 01/02/2015

What a wonderful experience. Beautiful people - space, everything perfect. Thank you so much. Take care.

Sylvia Rodgers of France | 01/02/2015

I appreciate all you have given us so much, in such a short space of time. Enjoy your work, and life. Thank you!

Lyn White | 01/02/2015

Perfect people, animals, place, therapies, food. Thank you soooo much. Keep on doing what you are doing :)

Janette Claxton | 01/02/2015

Lovely to wake up with no back pain! Many thanks again.

Hugh | 14/01/2015

What a lovely piece of paradise you have here! The accommodation has everything you could possibly need, even the small personal items. True luxuries. The spa pool - bliss and the massages fabulous. We felt so relaxed after and the bed is so comfy! Our breakfast was so yummy, thanks Donna. We will be back.

Brett and Sharleen | 14/01/2015

Not often you get woken during the night by the beautiful Tui song. Something to remember for a long time. What a great opportunity to relax and unwind. The massage, spa and sauna all luxuries that have made this into a wonderful time, not to mention my wife's first paddle on a kayak. A fantastic place, thank you both for this great opportunity.

Ian and Yan | 14/01/2015

Hey guys, thanks so much for the stay, and putting up with us. We learnt a lot and had an awesome time. Its such a peaceful place. We will be back (if you'll have us)

Kenan, Dan, Jared, Tyler and Dan (wedding party) | 14/01/2015

Dear Donna and Gordy, Thank you for sharing your knowledge of, and passion for, massage with us. We have learnt so much and look forward to developing our skills and visiting again for a stay and refresher. Wishing you peace and happiness.

Carey and Martin | 14/01/2015

Wow! What a truly amazing set up you have here. fantastic hospitality, accommodation is lovely, sauna, spa, views, peace....it is a place you just don't want to leave. The massages were out of this world, the best weve had.. You are both incredibly talented and full of knowledge. Breakfast was DELICIOUS! Thanks for a beautiful getaway. Will definitely recommend.

megan and grant (sydney) | 14/01/2015

Donna & Gordy thanks for your wonderful hospitality. Location and presentation of accommodation is just 'tops'. Massage was wonderful - just what the doctor ordered! Breakfast as stated is very nourishing and delicious! So peaceful and quiet. We will be back. Have a wonderful Christmas & very best wishes for the New Year.

Peter & Kayra Reid | 16/12/2014

A peaceful place, perfect for a retreat! We really enjoyed 4 days of waking to the birdsong in the morning and playing with the parrots. Will come back a gain for our next retreat. Really lovely hosts.

Jeremy and Sarah | 11/11/2014

Attending one of Donnas Retreat days was the motivation I needed to change the way I ate. I feel so much healthier, lost a bit of weight and all through being made aware of the nutritional value of the foods I eat. I thoroughly recommend the Retreat Days!

Annette | 10/10/2014

This massage course is fantastic. A very relaxed environment with excellent delivery from 2 very expert knowledgeable trainers. Nothing was a problem for Donna and Gordy who kept each day "full-on". They don't use whiteboards, power-point slideshows, hand-outs nor boring hours of talking. I learnt so much from the 2 day course and I would highly recommend it. This would have to be one the best courses I've attended. Awesome healthy lunches provided as well. A great weekend shared with a fun loving couple. Thanks again

Noeline | 22/09/2014

WOW!! Best place we have ever stayed in NZ so far! Highly recommended for a nice unwind and relax, large rooms plenty of space, Loved the spa and sauna, delicious breakfast, lovely hosts! Absolutely perfect in every way. Will see you again this year for sure. Cant wait.

Rose | 11/08/2014

I am really inspired to go out and extend my health focus to include more products now that you have shown how easy they are to use and how yummy everything is. Such a worthwhile day. Thank you so much.

Melarie | 03/08/2014

Thanks so much for the relaxing spot, it was great, just what we needed. The accommodation on its own is just perfect - huge room and private. Use of the spa and sauna very impressive, couldn't ask for more. The massages were unbelievably good. I recommend the breakfast, just awesome.

Matt and Aleesha | 28/07/2014

A honeymoon 7 years in the making made worthwhile by this little spot of calm and tranquillity. Thank you Donna & Gordon for the peace & privacy we feel like we've caught up on 6 months sleep. The room was gorgeous, the view sublime & the dogs delightful :) The spa & sauna were just magical. Simply wonderful from top to toe. With much gratitude Lara & Rhys

Lara & Rhys | 27/07/2014

I have done my fist Qi Gong class with Gordy today. A great instructor who gave clear understanding and it was a very well demonstrated class. Easy to follow and implement. I felt incredibly peaceful afterwards - cannot wait for the next class!

Raechel | 11/07/2014

This is an awesome 'hands on' course. No question was too stupid to ask. All were answered with great insight. I picked up some brilliant skills (had done massage quals prior). This course gives me the confidence to go out and start to massage! Thanks for the confidence.

Ange Bell | 24/06/2014

A very relaxed but informative course taken by 2 very experienced and knowledgeable practitioners. Have learnt heaps AND enjoyed myself. Thanks guys!

Pauline Bourke | 23/06/2014

What a fantastic course. Both Donna and Gordy are so knowledgeable and patient. It was a relaxed atmosphere that was also very professional. We both really learned a lot of different techniques and would highly recommend to anyone else.

Ross and Pauline | 23/06/2014

Thanks for Friday session. I really enjoyed it and took a whole bunch of really valuable things away. I liked the way you structured things, allowing us to ask questions along the way. That added heaps of perspectives from across the group. The spa, sauna and massage were an added bonus. Thanks to Gordy Im still moving freely thanks to his input.

Anne Beex | 22/06/2014

As a 54-year-old woman with lots of aches and pains and some medical issues another of Gordon’s clients recommended that I see him as they said he had “an amazing ability to heal with massage”. I checked out the Villa Donna website and noticed Gordon also delivered other options including Reconnective Healing; something I hadn’t heard of before. I did some research, felt it resonate and so made a booking. Gordon’s welcome and down to earth approach instantly put me at ease. As soon as the healing commenced my body reacted to the process. After the session I felt an increased happiness, calmness and clarity, noticed a diminished pain in my knees (from osteoarthritis) to the extent that I could cope with the pressure of kneeling for the first time in years. I also noticed increased productivity in my workday. Since that first session I’ve completed three healings and “The Reconnection”. The Reconnection was quite a different experience to the healings. During session one I felt parts of my body vibrated significantly more than during my healings and my I noticed many new energetic sensations. Afterwards I noticed I was glowing from the inside. My body continued to respond throughout the night. The second session turned out to be quite different from the first. There were less noticeable physical responses however after the session ended I continued to feel energetic sensations on my skin. Overall I can report my experiences with The Reconnection, through Gordon, have resulted in health improvements in that my aches and pains have subsided, I am more motivated and relaxed; and on-going medical test results have increasingly shown improvements. If you’re looking for amazing healing experience and want to be supported by a true professional I recommend you see Gordon, I’m confident you won’t be disappointed!

Wendy | 06/06/2014

My sciatic problem caused pain in my calf muscle for over 15 years - One session with Gordon and it is gone!

Roy | 30/05/2014

What a hidden treasure you have here! We will spread the word! Thank you for creating this retreat - the spacious, well appointed rooms, the sauna & spa & especially the massages create your point of difference. Donna, I really relaxed under your massaging hands - thank you. The well appointed kitchen was great for us - excellent coffee! & the teas were delicious also - they look beautiful. Rosie I agree with the above. Loved the Sauna! Gordy, you are a legend! Good hard massage and enlightening/fun conversation. You've got a great thing going here, all power to you both. Richard

Richard & Rosie Bentley | 29/05/2014

Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday. I took a lot away from the day. I made the stirfry dinner tonight with the black rice and soup. my husband enjoyed it very much. I have ordered the Eat to Live book today. looking forward to trying out some of the other recipies. Thanks again for a great day yesterday!

Ann-Marie Thompson | 20/05/2014

This has been a wonderful experience, they made me feel very relaxed and ask what you would like to learn. It has been hands on all day and I felt I have learnt a lot. They have many ways of showing you what will suit that particular person. They have covered everything from type of table to use to some useful info for sports injuries etc. Morning tea and a lovely lunch was provided. I would not hesitate in coming back for more training.

Judith Brown | 19/05/2014

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for an absolutely wonderful experience! Everything was worth the drive from Auckland. You have an awesome place/property. Very well done. It was all comfortable. Serene and peaceful, very close to nature. Room/facilities all clean, the spa and sauna were a real treat! To top it all, the 1 hour massage was everything we were expecting. Nice soft, warm and strong hands. We love the pet dogs, animals and healthy breakfast too! Will definitely recommend to friends and our nursing colleagues!

Donald & Faye | 18/05/2014

I went along to a relaxation massage one day course with Donna and Gordan with my fiance, it was our first time attending something like that and I feel like we arrived with 'rudimentary' skills at best. The coaching provided over the day was in depth s d to the pace of the learner. Both Donna and Gordan were very friendly and helped us develop a new perspective on the massage. Lived the day. Thanks.

Peter | 11/05/2014

What a lovely day!!!! Donna is passionate but realistic about food. She doesn't make anyone feel guilty and is a lovely thoughtful hostess. It was my first experience at a retreat and I was nervous that it would all be a bit zen for me but I totally loved it. Donna was really thoughtful and couldn't do enough to make our day enjoyable xx

Bev | 04/05/2014

Thanks for the wonderfully relaxing stay, the fantastic massages and the spectacular breakfast! We will definitely be recommending this place to friends and family. You provide a rejuvenating experience and we really enjoyed our stay.

Jo & Trudy | 08/04/2014

I have lost 2kg already! Only 3 weeks into the training. I am really enjoying the challenge of the swiss ball and free weight exercises. Im already into some tops I couldn't wear, thank you so so much! The combination of the training and massage is just perfect. I was trying to decide between the two - then I found you Donna!

Donna | 26/03/2014

Lovely to meet you today Donna. Thank you so much for a wonderful massage and your excellent advice on nutrition.

Marlene Burrows | 25/03/2014

The healing was unbelievable, very worthwhile. I have dropped my diabetes high sugar levels down to almost normal in 6 weeks. I have followed Donnas advice and changed my diet to help with this. Thanks guys! New man!

Chris | 23/03/2014

Dear Donna & Gordon. Jim and I would like to thank you both very much for all you did for us. We enjoyed ourselves very much. I totally needed that massage and we both needed this break together. Take care and keep up the awesome healing. Thank you both again.

Wanda & Jim | 18/03/2014

My very stand offish partner and I did this course. We found them to be amazing!!! hospitable and would highly recommend it to anyone. We now massage each other whereas before I had to make appointments and go elsewhere. Worth every cent if you are considering this.

Vicky Ngawaka | 14/01/2014

Awesome afternoon at VillaDonna. Nutrition tips, personal training AND massage. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Will be back!! Thanks Donna

Judy Colville | 07/01/2014

I manage a number of staff, stress is a major component. Other than being deeply relaxed and feeling extremely calm after my treatment, I have particularly noticed how quick and clear my mind is. Noticing small but rather impactful changes continuing since the treatment, very worthwhile!

Terri | 29/12/2013

Gordy was able to heal my horses severely swollen fetlock with reconnective healing. The walking and anti biotics weren't working very well. After Gordy did his thing it cleared within a few hours!

Juliette | 16/12/2013

Wow.. What an amazing weekend with Donna and Gordy. I stayed 2 nights and was part of a 2 day massage course. I am studying aromatherapy and thought massage would be great... The course was more then i expected... Very hands on and thorough. I have come away feeling confident in relaxation massage, very approachable and helpful people that are easy to talk to and ask questions. Would recommend this course if you're thinking of trying massage.

Aimee | 09/12/2013

Our father recently died of a terrible cancer caused by asbestos. During his illness Gordon's healing hands assisted dad to breath and enjoy a quality of life for the time he has left on earth that he might not have otherwise had. Not only did Gordon ease dad's suffering but he took care of me as his caregiver too. I can truly say Gordon's contribution was a healing and counselling session with a free massage chucked in. Slange Var Gordon with much gratitude from Karen and Norman xox

Karen carter | 26/11/2013

Thank you both for our wonderful stay, truly a wonderful place

Kirk & Caroline | 18/11/2013

wow what a labour weekend away at the villa donna, the 2 of us really enjoyed learning massage with donna and gordy, they were both great we stay 3 nights, talk about private quiet and just nice and relaxing having the end of there house in our own private world, the rooms were large and just great the sauna and spa a treat, but the massage were the best, need a good massage and a weekend to relax head to the villa donna best massage i have had for a while and the 1 day course we did was well worth in, thanks donna and gordy for a great weekend we will be back next year.

maria and miah | 28/10/2013

Reflexology from Donna has taken away my sinus problem in one session. My feet feel amazing!

Robbie | 23/10/2013

Slept like a baby. Woke absolutely free of pain in shoulders and arms and no cramps in legs. What a joy! I'll be back.

Bev Carter | 15/09/2013

Cheers for a great relaxing time this weekend WE both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and looking forward to a revisit Thanks Heaps Paul and Kirsty

Paul | 10/09/2013

Donna has magic hands! Tension is always completely gone and I feel so great. Highly recommend if you enjoy a more nurturing massage that still achieves complete release of knots. Donna magically finds all the bits causing the problem. Great work Donna, thank you! The room is beautiful too.

Sophie | 13/08/2013

We have just had our second wonderful stay with Donna and Gordy. Such a wonderful relaxing weekend, heavenly massages and came away with a spring in our steps. We will definitely be back again. Highly recommend to everyone.

Georgina & Brian | 04/08/2013

we came for our first weekend away in a very long time and were not disappointed the place is so relaxing the accommodation is lovely and the massages are to die for. Donna and Gordy made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived our only disappointing thing was we could not stay longer Carnot wait to come again and are telling our friends all about it too. looking forward to next time.you guys have a piece of paradise thanks for sharing :)

sharon & dean | 22/07/2013

Great place to come & relax. Gordy & Donna are very hospitable. Spa, sauna, super comfy bed, beautiful scenery & everything we needed was right here. Thanks for the restful getaway. Would enjoy coming back again.

Ethan & Che | 10/07/2013

A wonderful stay with excellent hosts and a superb massage each, we came away wishing we were staying for a few more days. Highly recommend and will be returning. Thanks again

Georgina | 09/06/2013

We had a wonderful relaxing couple of days at Villa Donna. The accommodation was superb as was the massages. We felt totally at home and wished the stay was longer. Every little detail was thought of and Donna and Gordon are lovely people. We will be back!! Thank you so much.

Dave and Cathy | 05/06/2013

Excellent value for money. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. You gave me confidence and I felt cared for in my learning.Your level of knowledge is excellent. Lovely lunch! Thank you so much, I will be back for more.

April | 06/05/2013

Gordon is a god in the world of massage. Never have I been so amazed by a single session that I was immediately hooked and so ensued about a year of weekly massages, each as magically healing as the first. I've never since found anyone with such talents since his departure from Auckland. I wouldn't hesitate a single second to recommend Gordon for what ails you. Not only is he a talented and knowledge wealthy therapist, but a deeply profound and fascinating person to speak to, making every visit, an enlightening pleasure.

K. Aves | 05/05/2013

Learn to improve the life of others as well as your own. Relax & recharge, soaking up the nurturing, healing energy of this place. Donna and Gordy are beautiful people and great teachers. They truly care and are happy to respond to your needs. Great hospitality & guest accommodation too for those free to stick around for a while. It was a very empowering & inspiring experience. Thank you! I am looking forward to next time!

Alkje | 21/04/2013

I've been working with Gordy on a regular basis for just over a year now and my health & wellbeing has improved dramatically on so many levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It's a journey of healing & transformation. Thank you Gordy

Alkje | 16/04/2013

A wonderful place if you want to get away from it all. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and massage.

Milly | 07/04/2013

A very enjoyable day, a great introduction to massage techniques. Relaxed method of teaching but very professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Nice pizzas!

Graeme | 02/12/2012

This course was fantastic. I learned so much in a day and came away, not only with a great deal of confidence and experience, but feeling wonderfully relaxed as well. Excellent to be a student and participant in this course.

Charlotte | 26/11/2012

Attended Donna & Gordons relaxation massage workshop last Sunday. What a great day! They are amazingly patient teachers with a wealth of knowledge.

Brita | 24/11/2012

My resthome work is physically demanding, so my regular massages with Donna are my treat to myself to stay in good shape, with the added emotional and spiritual benefits from relaxing in her capable hands.

Cath | 27/10/2012

Donna and Gordon are amazing! For example, I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by my doctor who told me I had to have several months of physiotherapy and then surgery would be considered. I wasn't looking forward to surgery nor months of physio. Forty-five minutes with Gordon and I was good as new!

Bryce | 13/10/2012

We loved the tranquility, the dogs are so friendly. Using the bbq each night was a pleasure. Thank you Gordon for the games of pool. Fantastic, will stay again.

Robert | 08/10/2012

I had no idea what to expect, I arrived only with the goal to learn about massage to help my partner who trains at martial arts. When Donna and Gordy learnt of this goal, they really helped me understand the unique nature of what to feel for, and effective techniques to manage his muscular needs. I came away learning a lot and they even went out of their way to provide me with massage wax. Easy relaxing learning atmosphere - would recommend for people considering trying it.

A Spaans | 18/09/2012

Donna really personalises a programme to suit me that pushes me and helps motivate and encourage me to meet my goals.

Sandi | 17/08/2012

Since working with you on nutrition, personal training and massage I have made a lot of changes to my eating. The food additives information was very interesting, my husband is enjoying his new lunches. I really appreciate all the knowledge and help you provided me.

A Swetman | 16/08/2012

I learnt more in my first personal training session with Donna than I had ever learnt with other trainers! Agility and flexability being my key needs - Donna has shown me great training techniques. Professional side car racer - Tauranga

Robbie Shorter | 11/08/2012

The massage course was fantastic. I recommend it to learn about the body and how to easily give a massage.

Ryan | 05/07/2012

Following an accident in 1997 and fusion in my neck and having sort therapy from every imaginable physical therapist. Gordy was recommended to me and I have been seeing him regularly over the past 5-6 years. With regular massage from Gordy I now have vastly improved flexibility in my neck and pain levels are substantially reduced. Donna and Gordon are an amazing couple with superb skills. I couldn't recommend them highly enough.

Anne | 11/05/2012

Donna and Gordon are caring friendly hosts and the property is amazing with wonderful views out across the Bay. The added bonus is that they are both wonderful massage therapists! Recommend! ..

Brita Hollows | 12/04/2012

For the past 35 years I have traveled the world seeking the best healers and therapists to help me to heal, and to reach the next level. Gordy is one of the best I have ever met! Keep up the good work Gordy!

Michael Bradford - International Intuitive Healer | 10/02/2012

I have managed pain since 1978 as the result of several motorcycle accident injuries. Over that time I tried every kind of relief from medications to rolfing, acupuncture etc etc. I have been massaged by dozens of people over the years. Gordie is head and shoulders superior to anyone else who has worked with me, giving better pain relief and mobility than anyone else has been even close to achieving. He and Donna are a great team, casual but truly professional, and the bottom line is they get results.

Rick | 07/11/2011

After falling off my horse and suffering compression of a couple of vertebrae in the neck and back and resultant loss of feeling in 1 arm, I sought out the skills and knowledge of Donna and Gordon. Sufficient to say, i have now regained full feeling in my arm and am back riding horses. Thank you so much for your help in aiding my recovery!

Juliette | 11/10/2011

After my stroke I had pins and needles down one arm and a feeling on the side of my neck like a lump a wood was attached to it. My friend brought me to see Donna who has completely cleared my ailments. My balance is better and I had a great nights sleep, the first in a long time after my first massage.

Hilda | 27/09/2011

I had brain surgery at 73yrs and lost all sense of balance. My legs lost strength and I was unable to do everyday things as a consequence. Donna worked with me twice a week to regain my balance and strength. I was very nervous and afraid to begin with. Donna supported my progress and became a friend.

Rose | 25/09/2011

What a great team! Gordon is magic with the deep tissue massages never have I had massages that have had such great results. At one stage my back needed more and putting both Donna's and Gordon's techiniques to work on my back did the trick. I would recommend these two to anyone, a fantastic couple who really know their stuff.

Gina Espagne | 24/09/2011

Donna gave me a fantastic health and fitness program, which I could easily incorporate into my day. Plus if you suffer from migranes, then Gordy's a genius!

Kate | 20/09/2011

My eye specialist is so impressed with the improvement in my health, he sent Donna a letter to acknowledge her expertise.

sally | 20/09/2011

Smashed my knee cap in vehicle accident, had it wired back together .Was told by doctors and surgeons that my mobility and flexibility of my knee would be restricted for the rest of my life. Gordy proved that wrong, I have full movement and no restrictions what so ever. I still might be hobbling along if not for hands on health and the amazing results they have achieved for me.

Kane | 20/09/2011

Gordon is the only therapist who can provide the deep tissue massage and relief of neck and shoulder tension that I need. He knows exactly how to find the correct spots and my whole body is perfectly balanced

Colleen Jansen | 20/09/2011

I started seeing Gordon 18 mths ago at a time when i despaired anyone could help me with my painful neck and shoulders, he totally impressed me with his skill and adjustment techniques, he and Donna have the right combination of caring, great prices and results and I feel very lucky to have met them.

Bernadette Remin | 17/09/2011

We find Donna and Gordon are totally professional, also kindly, assisting us to retain our mobility in our later years.

Charles & Joyce Lambert | 13/09/2011

I committed to seing Donna twice a week initially as arthritis pain was affecting my work and my love of walking. General massage and reflexology have stopped my joint pain and cramps. My mobility is so improved I joined the gym, started swimming and feel years younger.

Peter Wood | 13/09/2011

As a professional boxer, my body needs to be in good physical condition. Gorden has worked on me over the years to ensure that I am able to perform at my best in the ring and I'm also able to meet the demanding requirements of training. Gorden has always been able to pin point any problems I may have, simply by looking at me which has helped keep me in good fighting form. An awesome osteopath and a great friend Thanks Gordy for all your help over the years

Ray Musson | 12/09/2011

My chiropractor referred me to Donna to aid my whiplash recovery. I visit every month & have noticed an improvement in my body & stress levels. I enjoy value for money & receive a specialised massage from a great lady - I'm glad I found Hands on Health!

Anna | 12/09/2011

My husband suffered niggling back pain for months before visiting Gordy for a massage. He enjoyed the relaxed environment & hasn't had back pain since. Thank you!

A Wright | 12/09/2011


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