About Osteopathy Nelson

Alison Couldrey - Nelson OsteopathyAlison Couldrey

Alison qualified as an Osteopath in 1995 with a BSc(Hons)Ost.Med. degree and has worked in Nelson since then.

Life before osteopathy included gaining a diploma in Hospitality Management, working at the BBC, 8 years teaching skiing in Europe, guiding coach tours and white water rafting. Alison now enjoys the outdoors life that is available in Nelson. She rides her mountain bike, orienteers, walks, swims and has fun when adventure racing with friends.

Alison uses lots of massage and mobilising techniques when treating and gets great satisfaction helping patients to help themselves recover and prevent recurrent injuries. She does not treat babies and very young children or use cranial osteopathy.

She has been an active member of the osteopathic community nationally, was a member of the Osteopathic Council when it was set up in 2003, is a member of Osteopaths New Zealand and is the local peer group leader.


Alf Russell - Osteopath, Nelson NZAlf Russell

Osteopathy is a holistic non-invasive therapy which works well throughout all stages of life, from the newborn to the elderly.

Alf studied Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy in central London, qualifying with a BSc (Hons) Ost. in 1998.

Early in 1999 he emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and two boys, settling and building his own practice in Nelson.

Alf treats all types of complaints, injuries and disorders. Alf uses a variety of techniques, all gentle work with little or no manipulations. He uses muscle energy techniques, visceral, functional and massage work as well as Biodynamic Craniosacral work. He will also use energy work or chakra work to compliment the osteopathic treatment to give the most effective form of treatment for clients who prefer this modality.

Posture and alignment of our bodies is very important and Alf spends time rectifying some of today’s problems with posture as this is critical to the effective functioning of all body systems.

Alf will refer to other health professionals like acupuncture, physiotherapy, pilates, yoga etc where necessary and will also refer people for x-rays and ultrasounds and onto GPs and Orthopaedic surgeons when required.


Brian CollinsBrian Collins

Brian brought his family to NZ in 2003. He had by now been practicing for 25 years in the UK after qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in London.

Brian sees his role as a practitioner: “to help the client remember how to feel well/complete again”. To that aim employs a variety of Osteopathic and other techniques which include Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy and Neuraltherapy. He has an interest in the psychosocial model and the importance of diet and lifestyle in resourcing the individual to assist in recovery.

Spending time with his children on his small lifestyle block, tramping, beekeeping and reading are some of his many interests.


Liz StroudLiz Stroud
Liz Stroud Graduated in 2003 from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford with a BSc Degree in Osteopathy.

In 2006 she moved to Nelson and soon built a busy practice.

With a fascination for understanding the whole picture. Liz looks for the predisposing or maintaining factors that may be inhibiting form and function in the body of the individual.

Liz draws from and combines a wide range of gentle hands on Osteopathic tools from massage, mobilisation, balance ligament tension techniques to Cranial Osteopathy. This aims at optimising body mechanics and improving health with little or no joint manipulation. Choosing the right tool at the right time for the right person is what adds colour to her day and Liz enjoys treating all ages from new born to the elderly.

As a Pilates instructor Liz likes to prescribe the appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises to help educate and maintain a healthy body.

Liz is an Active mother of two gorgeous daughters and enjoys Pilates, tramping, running, MTB, multisport and adventure racing, art, crafts, building, renovating, gardening and is looking forward to meeting you.

Anna KingAnna King
As an Osteopath and natural movement enthusiast, Anna is always looking to improve the way you move. She is also passionate about nutritional health and learning about the benefits of herbal medicine.

Anna combines a range of osteopathic techniques in both cranial (detecting the subtlest restrictions) and gentle mobilisation including fascial massage (manipulation to joints) to reduce your pain and improve your overall feeling of wellness.

Anna specialises in helping clients recover from complicated injuries such as: from falls; skiing; MVA’s, Whiplash. Including providing great relief for gymnasts and dancers.

She is also highly experienced in assessing prenatal and postnatal mothers plus baby check ups: helping colicky and irritable babies.