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Functional Massage, For Health & Wellness

Knots and Niggles was founded by owner and principal therapist, Lizzie McVicar. The business has grown over the years, to meet increasing customer demand. To ensure all clients receive excellent care and service, Lizzie has assembled a team of like-minded Cairns massage therapists, who are all committed to providing functional massage which provides real outcomes for your body. As a team, we continue to expand our knowledge, expertise and modalities, striving always to exceed your expectations with service and results.

What can you expect when you book an appointment at Knots and Niggles? Outstanding customer care and treatment, with the focus on creating pain free bodies, able to perform at their very best. Our team passionately believes in massage as being an integral part of health and wellness. We tailor our services to meet your specific requirements and commence each new appointment with a thorough assessment. Each of our therapists has a Diploma of Remedial Massage, with various areas of specialty outlined below. We look forward to seeing you at Knots and Niggles for a treatment.


Diploma in Remedial Massage
Certificate in Structural Integration

Juliana is committed to helping her clients be pain free, without medication. She specialises in remedial massage and structural integration, using myofascial release to help the body remove stored patterns in the fascia, that can lead to chronic pain. Wellness and fascia fitness are key personal areas of interest for Juliana, who finds the most rewarding part of her job is setting people free from pain and old patterns.

Juliana is originally from Colombia. When she’s not at Knots and Niggles, she enjoys walking along the waterfront at the Esplanade, riding her bike and relaxing.


Diploma in Remedial Massage

Luke strives for wellness in all aspects of life. At Knots and Niggles, the most rewarding part of his job is seeing improvements in clients’ health, and teaching them self-care practices, to avoid injury. Luke assesses each client as a whole living system, considering lifestyle factors, before choosing a treatment style to deliver best results, for each individual. He prefers to work gently and deeply, trusting the body’s innate healing capacity. His specialties are remedial massage, sports massage, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release.

Luke was born in Adelaide and loves the jungle that surrounds is now hometown, of Cairns. When he’s not at Knots and Niggles, he enjoys meditation, yoga, chi gong, breathwork, gardening and learning the guitar.


Diploma in Remedial Massage
Certificate of Pregnancy Massage

Salena enjoyed massage as a part of her lifestyle, before becoming a therapist. Having first-hand experienced the difference regular massage can make to all areas of life, she felt called to share that gift with others. Salena enjoys working with her clients to help them feel better and achieve their wellness goals. Her specialities are remedial and sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage, cupping and pregnancy massage. She uses a whole of body approach when treating clients and wants them to feel relaxed and nurtured at the end of treatment; as well as having muscle tension relieved and a return to balance in their posture.

Salena was born in Bundaberg and rates Palm Cove and the beaches as being her favourite part of Cairns. When not at Knots and Niggles, she is exploring the local area with her kids and finding new coffee shops to enjoy.


Diploma in Remedial Massage
Certificate 4 in Massage

Lizzie is the owner of Knots and Niggles and is passionate about people being pain free, using massage to maximise health and wellness. Recognizing every client has different presenting conditions and requirements, Lizzie completes a thorough assessment before commencing each massage. She then customises her delivery, to maximise outcomes for each unique situation. A former personal trainer, Lizzie has worked extensively with various sporting groups and clients. She is conversant with muscle movement and integration, delivering functional massage to provide freedom of movement.

Lizzie is originally from the Isle of Man but is now proudly Australian. She loves living in Cairns with her partner and their many pets, including two large fur babies.

WOW what a wonderful remedial massage with Juliana. She is absolutely brilliant. I am now going weekly to release my shoulders, neck and sciatica in the hips. Originally went for my very sore feet but now continuing for other issues I have. Juliana really knows the mechanics of the body.


Lizzie is a super star! Both knowledgeable and intuitive - Lizzie clearly knows her craft but also 'feels' what's needed in terms of problem areas and pressure required with confidence and precision. Get in to see her while she still has room in her Diary. You'll be glad you did!!


Lovely relaxing Lymphatic Drainage Massage from Salena this morning. I felt an improvement with my energy levels with the first hour after my massage. I look forward to benefiting from future massages.


Luke Bulian was absolutely brilliant! I highly recommend and am looking forward to my next massage.


I first saw Lizzie about a year ago now after reading the exceptional reviews and recommendations, and to say I was impressed was an understatement. Lizzie is a massage goddess! She can tell where I’m tight and muscles that need working on just by looking at me, and the difference I feel after massage/dry needling with her is incredible. I see her religiously every week now and there is no one else I trust more with my body, especially given my intense training regime and the importance of me being in top shape. She genuinely cares about her clients and is also one of the most loveliest people you will ever meet. I look forward to our sessions every week and could not recommend her higher. Would give 6 stars if I could!


Very impressed with Luke! He listened to what I felt was wrong and then worked appropriately to loosen up my chest and shoulders. A couple of sessions and I feel great!


I have had a pregnancy massage with Lizzie and Salena, both were amazing. I highly recommend.


After reading her 5 star reviews on Facebook I decided to book in for a remedial massage & glad to say it was the best massage I’ve ever had!!! I went to Lizzie with tight muscles & knots & she worked her magic & soothed my whole body. There were muscles in my body I didn’t even know I was having dramas with until after when I could actually move pain free! She is so down to earth & friendly too - Amazing!


I had a Sports Massage by Luke. I'm a cyclist and have all the tightness and pain that comes with that. He really hits the spots and I feel a lot looser. I will definitely be back.


Wow ... thank you sooo much for the amazing massage today Lizzy. You are one talented lady with special hands. Cannot recommend Lizzy enough. Feeling great and will be even better tomorrow and the next day. So relaxing and very professional. Lovely studio and nice environment.


If you want a massage that fixes up your knots and niggles, you must go to Knots and Niggles! I always have a tight back due to the nature of my work and getting a massage here makes both my back and me feel so good. I can sit straight and get through the work week much easier. Very professional team and they make you feel very comfortable too.


Lizzie has been working on me for a few sessions now. She's amazing! Professional, witty, down to earth. With her additional skills with Dry Needling and Cupping I'm well and truly on the way to feeling like I did 4yrs ago pre injury. Highly recommend for your remedial massage cure.


Excellent therapeutic treatment and a real focus on getting the most out of your session.


Had a great 1 hr massage with Salena! Feel so much better, will be back in future.


Don't let this perfectly accurate review of Lizzie's incredible knowledge and magical skills make your mind up on whether or not you want to book an appointment asap with her - Go and see and feel for yourself! Her skill to pin point where you're feeling pain throughout your body is ridiculously accurate. Stop wasting your money elsewhere and do yourself a tremendous favour and BOOK NOW with Lizzie. Lizzie is phenomenal! 5 Stars from me!!!


I went and saw Lizzie because of scar and adhesion issues. She was very knowledgeable, and I felt at ease straight away. I felt so comfortable and relaxed! Finally, some blood flow and I had this warm belly feeling that was just amazing! Highly recommend seeing Lizzie.


It takes a lot for my fiance Matt to say that he had a really good massage, he's pretty hard to impress...but that's what he came home and said to me after he went to see Lizzie! Highly recommend her, she's a wonderful person inside and out, she loves what she does and it shows. Thankyou! I now have a knot and niggle-free fiancé.


I love Lizzy’s massages. She’s the one person I trust entirely to make me feel better and allow me to continue to massage every week. Thanks Lizzy for making me feel human.


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