Pre-conference day

An introduction to Mirimiri and Romiromi

Māori bodywork and healing

Mirimiri literally means to stimulate and agitate the systems of the body (blood, bone, tissue)

It also means to manipulate both physical and spiritual energy to enhance not only a person’s Mauri (lifeforce), but to reconnect with their own ability to heal themselves. This is the basic premise of the healing process.

The 1.5hr presentation starts with an introduction from Jolie Davis, a brief outline of Mirimiri and Romiromi – traditional bodywork and healing, some of the philosophy that underpins the mahi and how/why it works. The presentation will also include:

  • wellbeing from a cultural perspective
  • group/individual activities/exercises to stimulate and activate energy
  • basic tips/protocols for selfcare

Date: Thursday 5 August
11:00 - 12:30
Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Registration fee:
$50.00 including gst (includes lunch)
How to register: If you are attending the conference you can register for the workshop via the same online form. If you are not attending the conference, please register via email to

Jolie Davis photo

Jolie Davis

Ngati Kuri/Te Rarawa descent
Kaimirimiri: Traditional bodyworker of Mirimiri and Romiromi, healer and educator

Jolie spent much of her earlier life growing up in Ahipara in the Far North, where Rongoā Māori is commonly practiced and a normal part of the local community.

Formally a trained nurse (NDHB), Jolie left her nursing career and returned to her healing background to practice as a Kaimirimiri and provide education around Mirimiri and Romiromi. Jolie us currently based in Lower Hutt where she works from her home-based clinic, treating people with physical pain, injuries, dis-ease and emotional/mental or spiritual distress.

Jolie is also a rehabilitation provider under ACC with the recent implementation of the Rongoā Māori policy enabling Māori to access treatment for pain, injuries or sensitive claims.

Jolie is an advocate for Rongoā Māori (traditional healing practices) and works to ‘normalise’ Rongoā Māori/Mirimiri and Romiromi in communities. She does this by holding the Manawa Ora 2-day workshops throughout NZ, where anyone can attend to learn about the Foundations of Māori Bodywork and Healing. She also facilitates community Clinic Days in Porirua, Lower Hutt and Palmerston North where practitioners and students in training provide Mirimiri and Romiromi for koha, and where people can attend to learn about and experience traditional healing practices.