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Hi, I'm Dr Rosalba Courtney.   I'm an osteopath, health consultant and breathing therapist and this is the website for the Breath and Body Clinic, my clinic in Avalon, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW.

I recently collaborated with FMS - Functional Movement Systems - to develop a course that equips professionals to identify and correct breathing dysfunction in their clients and patients. View the video below or for more information click here


Please call for an appointment if you require osteopathy, massage or manual therapy treatment for muscular-skeletal problems including-

  • neck or back pain,
  • hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain
  • headaches, 
  • craniofacial pain (including TMJ pain)
  • pelvic pain,
  • postural issues
  • movement dysfunction
  • recovery from injury. 

The aim of osteopathic treatment in the short term is to help you resolve your pain and injury as quickly as possible using skillful and comprehensive hands on techniques to release tension, improve circulation and optimise function of your muscles, joints and ligaments. In the longer term the aim is to prevent re-injury and work on deeper causes related to posture, movement dysfunction, inflammation and general health. 

I work with people of all ages, including babies and children and provide a broad range of manual and rehabilitation therapies including remedial massage, myofascial release, cranial osteopathy, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy, postural restoration and spinal manipulation.   

You can read more about the philosophy and practice of osteopathy here

At the Breath and Body Clinic I also provide Integrative Breathing Therapy  to help adults and children with breathing problems such as

  • mouth breathing,
  • asthma,
  • emphysema,
  • hyperventilation
  • dysfunctional breathing,
  • sleep disordered breathing,
  • medically unexplained breathlessness and anxiety related breathing problems.
  • poor exercise performance

 Integrative Breathing Therapy (IBT)  begins with individualualised breathing and health assesment to enable more targeted and effective treatment.   The primary aim of IBT is to help people breathe correctly or functionally. Its also about helping people learn how to use breathing techniques to improve breathlessness, manage stress and anxiety, improve posture and movement patterns, manage pain, improve athletic performance and generally be healthier.  You can read more about Integrative Breathing Therapy here

I offer individual and small group IBT programs to assist people with various chonic health problems.  You can find information about current programs on this website.

To make an appointment at the Breath and Body Clinic in Avalon - call 02 9918-3460.

I am also working one day a week at Lotus Health in Neutral Bay. To make an appointment to see me at Lotus Health - call 02 9953-5153

For those who can't attend either of my clinics there are some products and resources available through this website.

If you are a health professional or academic you can access some of my scientific presentations and publications here 

I welcome referrals from other health professionals and invite you to contact me so we can work collaboratively to help your patient.

I am also available for public lectures, professional training and media events.