David Clayton

Remedial Massage at Total Body Chiropractic in Bowden

Remedial Massage Therapist

As a child I wanted to be an engineer or mechanic. I didn’t think that I’d fall in love with servicing the human body!

I have a passion for supporting people to recover from stress, anxiety and depression, very old injuries, and also working with jaw pain, neck pain and pelvic dysfunction.

My interest in massage began as a child. My parents often massaged each other and they also massaged their children. The power of human touch has been at the centre of who I am since birth.

I have worked in and around sport and wellness for much my career.  The first 16 years of my career were in the public service where I worked closely with regional communities throughout South Australia. Then in Local Government working with regional communities, disadvantaged youth and community sporting organisations. I have volunteered on the YMCA board of directors for 15 years which included two terms as president.

I hold a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the Natural Health Academy. Here I was introduced to myofascial release and craniosacral therapies which are the foundation of all of his massage work. I also have a Certificate of Pregnancy Massage from Pregnancy Massage Australia and is a NAT Trigger Point Master. David also holds a Diploma of Master Herbalist which complements his interest in the nature.

My interest in massage was sparked during 20 years of practice in martial arts – I earned a 4th Dan Black Belt in Japanese Jujitsu. It was through this practice that I really started to appreciate the mechanics of the body and I started exploring acupressure, shiatsu and herbalism.  I believe that compassion is the strongest virtue of any warrior.

Later I trained as a sports trainer and I provided sports first aid services including massage for 10 years including at events such as the Australian Masters Games and University Games.

I believe that every person has the innate ability to self heal from many common ailments and dysfunction, and that sometimes you need a helping hand through caring touch (tactile therapy), natural therapies and through medicines. I respect medical practice and believe that the role of natural therapies is in prevention, maintenance and harmonising.


2016 – Diploma of Remedial Massage (Natural Health Academy)
2016 – Trigger Point Master (Niel Asher Technique)
2015 – Diploma of Phytology (Master of Herbalist)
2015 – Certificate IV of Massage Therapy Practice (Natural Health Academy)
2015 – Certificate of Pregnancy Massage (Pregnancy Massage Australia)
2012 – Diploma of Project Management (Mike Nolan Project Management)
2000 – Bachelor of Applied Science (Recreation Planning and Management) – University of South Australia