Dave Monson

B.Env Pl (hons 1), Adv Dip Myotherapy, Dip Shiatsu, Dip Remedial Massage

treatments offered: Myotherapy, Traditional and Zenthai Shiatsu

mob: 0415 731 400

email: dave@somatherapies.com.au

mob: 0415 731 400


Soma Therapies - Red Door West End Mon 10-1, Wed 2-7, Thurs 4.30-7.30, Friday 4.30 - 7.30 Saturdays 11am-3pm

Inclusive Health Clinic - 15 Hope St South Brisbane, Thurs (12pm-4pm), Fri (8.30am-4pm)

prices: 1hr: $95, 90min: $130. Eftpos and health rebate receipts available (Please book for Myotherapy if you wish to claim).  Mobile treatments: 1hr  $120, 90 mins: $150 (with 10km radius of Soma Therapies)

If you have a Health Care Card you can subsidised treatments at the Inclusive Health Clinic ph 3013 6050 for bookings

Areas of interest:

  • Persistent pain and musculoskeletal challenges
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System monitoring and support
  • Graded exposure to movement, strength and stability
  • Barefoot conditioning
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Neurodynamic mobilisation




I love body-work and massage and believe it to be an important experience in itself. Although much research is still needed, a recent review found manual therapy can modulate or alter our pain experience. It can also integrate and connect different parts of our neurological system. It can also help us heal, rest and digest through activating our parasympathetic nervous system, and increase the range of motion of restricted joints.

There is a great body of contemporary research that makes it undeniable that to address long-term persistent pain, stiffness and fatigue in the body we need to look at internalised vulnerability through changing beliefs around the causes of pain, engaging in more enjoyable life activities, exercise, strength training, mindfulness.

This is particularly the case for many classic areas of pain such as lower back pain; where injury or 'tissue pathology' actually plays a much smaller role than we used to think.

So if you are seeing me longer-term and your goals relate to persistent musculoskeletal issues you need to be prepared to take on these more 'holistic' aspects of yourself and your thinking around pain.



Kwong Chan (MD, PhD)

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.

Nirvana Pilkington (Yoga and Acro-Yoga Teacher)

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.

Sonia Biesenbach (Scuba Dive Instructor)

In my opinion Dave is a highly skilled body worker and healer. He genuinely wants to help you seek answers to your affliction.
He is proficient and at the same time very personable. I have complete trust in Dave's ability as a therapist .

I first met Dave at the beginning of the year. I had been experiencing lower back pain for three years.

Throughout this time I had received a variety of treatments whilst they assisted in relief from the pain of my injury, my affliction appeared to be persistent, causing me grief.

I decided I needed to find a solution. I needed to find a way to heal myself . I believed yoga was the key so I moved to Brisbane to start on that path.

During the yoga I found that my pain would increase, some days it would be ok but some days I would be in agony.

I sought out Dave as I remembered that his treatments had been helpful in the beginning and I was always drawn to shiatsu and believed in its healing power.

Each treatment would leave me feeling more and more blissful even when I was experiencing pain. I continued with my yoga, started mindful meditation and asked Dave a lot of questions. Amid our sessions I learnt more and more about my pain and where it was coming from . Dave gave me exercises (these I still use now). He showed me videos and reading material until finally things began to fall into place and my transformation occurred.

It is true when you trust someone you can be guided anywhere.
I can not thank him enough. I can only be grateful our paths crossed.

Russel Taib (Elite Sprinter)

I have been working with David for the last 6 months and feel better each time after seeing him in our myotherapy sessions.

As an elite sprinter it is vital that I keep my body in the best condition possible to continually perform at a high level and intensity and exert short busts of power without the risk of injury.

Thanks to David I have been able to integrate new somatic and motor adjustments with ease and have now been continuing to improve in my sport, running several personal bests since beginning working with David.

David uses and incorporates a combination of MFR, PNF and subtle movement awareness.

Ursula Thiessen

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.

A Little of Dave's Story

Dave is something of an Aquarian, readily seeing the abuse of people and the environment as a reason to bring in ‘a new earth’.

He studied Urban and Environmental Planning specialising in ecology and critical urbanism as preparation for this project. Excellence is easy with passion and he received a first-class honours for research on the micro-dynamics of power in community-water-management in Southern Africa. He worked in strategic, community, cultural and native title planning and started a PhD at Griffth University.

If he had become an AI, all would have been fine and the new world might have been realised, but his body refused to cooperate, and he was overcome with persistent pain and chronic fatigue.

The way out of this was using the mind to protect and recondition his body, and over the next 15 years he developed practices in organic horticulture, yoga, zen meditation and mindfulness, barefoot running as well as formal study in shiatsu, myotherapy, functional movement, pain science. He learnt to ‘reframe his pain’, it was certainly a challenging reconstruction, but has taught him a lot about giving up on utopian fixations and expanding the container of life.

It might seem a disjointed path, but it is highly connected. Biomechanical sciences are being usurped by the biopsychosocial paradigm. Building a new earth starts best with the stories and components of our life – and the contents of our consciousness. As he starts to work more in the Inclusive Health setting, supporting others in their processes of acceptance, and embracing new practices, he can see glimpses of the new earth emerging.

Client Intake Form

Please mention expectations, objectives
Please mention location, type of sensation (dull, sharp, moves around?), history, when it's worst in the day, and any beliefs about the causes
What are you movement / exercise goals or dreams?
Please also list diagnoses and allergies if any
Please mention frequency
Please mention modality
Please rate your level of knowledge on pain mechanisms
Please rate the extent to which you feel fulfilled in life
Please rate the extent to which you feel socially supported
I understand this therapy involves therapeutic physical contact from which I can withdraw my consent from at any time
I am interested in receiving dry needling and would like to discuss the risks and benefits