Yin Roll & Release – Full Body Therapy Ball Massage Workshop

Self Massage Workshop
Self Massage Workshop
Yin Roll & Release: Full body therapy ball massage workshop with Deanne Kong

This workshop will teach participants techniques to give themselves a full body massage just about anywhere, anytime, using official Yoga Tune Up brand therapy balls.

Do you:

  • Have muscle tension from overuse or poor postural habits?
  • Run out of time to book a massage when you really need one?
  • Not look after your own body enough because of financial constraints?

This workshop will show you Yin Yoga techniques and Roll Model® therapy ball methods to release tension through the whole body. We will release fascia through the upper body (face, neck and shoulders, chest and arms, abdominals), upper and lower back, and lower body (glutes, legs and feet). This is perfect for anyone carrying tension around their neck and shoulders from posture, work stress, sports and new mums, and those with sore backs and legs from training for winter sports.

Learn to

  • Release knots and trigger points to instantly relieve tension
  • Use long hold stretches (yin yoga) to further release the myofascia
  • Learn a complete, whole body massage from head to toe that you can use to “tune up” and maintain your body

Why the Yoga Tune Up brand therapy balls?

These rubber balls are designed specifically for massage – the rubber yields to mold around bony prominences, they also grip (unlike a tennis ball) to allow for grab and shear around the tissue and fascia layers, and they responsive having both spring and give with body weight and pressure. Balls can access precise trigger points and navigate hard to reach tissues at the joint junctions better than a traditional foam roller, and are a portable travel companion to keep you pain free on the road.

We will use Yoga Tune Up balls as a massage tool as well as yoga props to support us through this practice, which can be made as gentle as you wish. I will have a variety of other equipment on hand for those that prefer a gentler (or firmer) option. Students that find floor therapy ball work painful will have the option to do techniques against the wall, which allows the student better pressure control, or using softer balls.

Our session will end with a 20 minute yoga nidra meditation to leave you floating in bliss after your full body massage experience.

“My name is Stewart. I am the least flexible participant in your yoga class today!! Cyclist with thigh/glute strain. Thanks so much for today’s class. While not wanting to overstate it, my body and post the class, my mind, felt liberated after doing Yin. I have enjoyed all your classes, but the Yin today was just the tonic,
Kind regards
Stewart Caust” (Therapy Ball/Yin class participant – Jan 2017).

“I bought massage balls a few months back and had been playing about with them. However, once I was in Deanne’s class I realised that I was only using them to a fraction of their potential! She explained everything very concisely and made it easy to follow where the balls should be placed. I learned lots of new techniques and feel the confidence to use them everyday in my own practice. Thanks so much Deanne! Xx” – Claire Nisbett, October 2017

“I have weekly massage for chronic pain, learning how to do it myself or even paying to come to a workshop each week would save me money. It also means whenever I have a flare I can treat myself” – Sarah, December 2017

“After completing the Therapy Ball Workshop I felt amazing! As a Massage Therapist I have attended a few similar events but this one really excelled. I was impressed with the content in the workshop and how it was demonstrated to be done at home in your own time. Deanne presented the workshop beautifully and I would completely recommend you invest in your body and experience one of her upcoming workshops” – Kristy Jenkinson, September 2017

Please note that workshops tickets are not refundable but are transferable to another guest.

$40 2 hour workshop
$35 (BYO Yoga Tune Up ball)
$60 workshop + Yoga Tune Up ball
We will end our massage with a yoga nidra session for a full relaxation experience.


💫Wear loose, comfortable clothing/gym gear, no yoga experience required. Check out the Facebook event for updates.



Meet our teacher: Deanne Kong
Join Deanne Kong at YOGA GARAGE for a 2 hour Yin Roll and Release Workshop. A dedicated teacher and practitioner with over 20 years of experience and Adelaide’s first Roll Model® Method Practitioner this workshop is not to be missed!

About Deanne
Deanne combines her anatomy knowledge from her career as a health professional, as well as her massage training and over 20 years of yoga experience to create yoga sequences for athletes, utilising therapy ball work to release trigger points and knots. She works with several sports teams as well as holding regular Therapy Ball and Yin Yoga workshops for the general public to teach students techniques that they can easily do at home. Deanne is one of 3 Australian Roll Model® Method certified practitioners, authorized to use the Roll Model® brand methods and products. She also loves the vigorous practice of Ashtanga yoga, a practice she has been dedicated to for over 10 years and teaches beginners courses in this style of yoga.

Yoga for Winter Wellness

Winter is upon us in full force; the sharp nip in the air and damp atmosphere can make it more tempting to snuggle by the fire (or in bed – early mornings can be a struggle!) with a warming beverage than to venture out for a yoga class. Like many things in life, however, self-care is not something that should remain hidden away over winter.

Those who drive a car will be all too familiar with the maintenance and services required, starting with the simple tasks that you do yourself, like refilling with petrol and checking tyre pressure. However, small details – like a rattling noise, unusual smell, or warning light that just won’t go away, no matter how hard you try to ignore it – require expert assistance from a mechanic. Out of necessity, we have the work done. You might be wondering what this discussion of car maintenance has to do with yoga. Other than being the means of getting you to and from class, it might not seem relevant! Yet, there are countless similarities between the human body and the modern car.

Everyday life is increasingly hectic, with many of us fitting more and more into each day. It is worthwhile considering that we may be more in tune with our electronic devices and cars than with our bodies. For a minute, think of your body as your car. Niggling aches, pains and stiffness, irritability, anxiety and insomnia are the human equivalents of the rattling noises and warning lights in your car when something is not right. For how long would you ignore these signs in your car, whilst the problem potentially worsens? A week? A month? A year? Most probably, you would deal with the problem as soon as time and money allowed. The same goes for your body; even small symptoms are your body telling you that it is time for a service.

Scheduling regular time out is essential for overall wellbeing. Take the time to “tune up’ your body as you would your car, keeping it running smoothly. After all, your body is the vehicle that enables you to show love for family and friends, dream, work for your goals, and achieve!

Yoga can help to alleviate physical symptoms; aches, pains and stiffness may be overcome by gentle stretching and movement. Even more importantly, the classes at Yoga Garage help you to connect with your body and your mind, enabling you to identify your body’s unique needs and capabilities.

So… brave the cold and come along to a class where you can practice in a heated space, overlooking the misty Adelaide hills. Afterwards, make the time for that warming drink and nourish your soul with time spent with friends or reading your favourite book. Like your car, your body will soon tell you what it needs, and you will hear it.


Join Karen Gunter for a 2-hour Yin Yoga Wellness Workshop to open your body, mind and heart so you can let the winter months fuel you with goodness.


Thursday 20th July, 6:30-8:30pm

Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair, South Australia



Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/yin-yoga-for-winter-wellness-tickets-35196987136


Yin Yoga for Winter Wellness

This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.

Join Karen Gunter for a 2 hour Yin Yoga workshop to open your body, mind and heart so you can let the Winter months fuel you with goodness.

We will work with the meridian lines of winter (Kidney and Urinary Bladder) to warm and balance your body so you can fully embrace and be healthy during the beautiful cooler months.

This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.

A beautiful connection for body, mind and heart.


When: Thursday 20th July 6.30pm

Where: Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair

Cost: $30

What to bring ?

You will need a mat, bolster, blanket and block for this practice.

Let us know if you would like to borrow props so we can put some aside for you!

If you would like to purchase a block, bolster or blanket, please email us at [email protected] and we can have them ready for you on the night!

Organic cotton bolster $75

Cork block $20

Organic cotton blanket $45

Earth Fusion Yoga Mat – Natural Jute & Rubber $75

Looking forward to sharing a beautiful evening of yin yoga with you


much metta,

Karen Gunter

principal yoga teacher


This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.
Yin Yoga for Winter Wellness

Reflections of a Yogi

Yin-Yoga, Slow Down, Winter Yin, Relax & Restore
  • The sky is clear and the air has the freshness of a perfect autumn morning as I walk to
    the Belair community centre for Easter Slow Down with Karen from Yoga Garage. I
    feel slightly apprehensive because my experience of yoga, thus far, has been somewhat
    mixed. I have always hoped to feel the connection of mind, body and spirit that many
    people describe as a benefit of yoga; however, I have not yet found the type of practice
    that meets both my physical and spiritual needs.
    A handwritten sign at the door welcomes all yogis and bids us to “come in and breathe,
    let busyness melt away and SLOW DOWN.” It’s a timely reminder that I am here to
    relax, restore and rejuvenate mind and body. I am further reassured by Karen’s warm
    smile. Her simultaneous passion for and approach to yoga make me feel instantly that
    this is where I am meant to be right now.
    We start by gently stretching each joint. My mind is busily collecting information about
    my surroundings. It takes in: the brightness and airiness of the space; the soft music
    playing in the background; the chirping of the lorikeets and the hum of the traffic; the
    scent of essential oils mingling in the air. As is usual for me, my imagination flies at top
    speed; it lights on small details for a moment before blending them to create various
    narratives. Yet, my thoughts gradually slow as I enter and hold each pose. Karen
    describes how thoughts, like the foods we eat, are nourishment for the body. Yoga, too,
    is a form of nourishment and this Yin practice aims to strengthen the lungs and digestive
    system for the coming season.
    I breathe, feeling tension where I did not know it was held. While the sun streaming
    through the windows casts an ethereal light across the room, it lacks the warmth it
    promises and goose bumps rise on my skin. Unfortunately, I have already used my
    blanket as additional padding beneath what I soon realised was a pathetically thin mat
    bought with aesthetic more than pragmatism. Karen seems to sense my discomfort and I
    feel her gently drape a blanket over me – the beauty of Yin yoga being that its long-held
    poses may be held beneath a blanket and with the body supported by various props.
    The session lasts for two hours; yet, I lose all sense of time passing and we transition
    into the final pose: savasana. Lying on my back with my legs supported by a bolster and
    the comforting weight of the blanket over my body, this is seemingly the easiest and
    most relaxed pose. However, I am acutely aware of pain in my lower back, the bright
    light and my mind returning to busyness. Again, Karen intuitively provides exactly what I
    need: an eye mask, with a woody, sweet scent. I let myself relax into the moment.
    By namaste, I feel a curious combination of rejuvenation and fatigue. This may be
    because yoga encompasses physical and spiritual work; although, further practice is
    required for me to test this hypothesis. Regardless, I feel calm and settled, nourished
    and supported. This could be the beginning of something beautiful.
    Genevieve Seys
    Genevieve is a resident of Belair who has recently discovered the healing potential of yoga.
    When she is off the mat, she is a freelance editor who helps business professionals to deliver
    their content with style and precision.
    Find her on Facebook or contact: gseyseditor@gmail.com
  • Yin-Yoga, Easter Slow Down, Autumn Yin, Relections of a Yogi
    Reflections of a yogi:
    My Yin Yoga Experience