About Moira


Moira McDougall, Physiotherapy Acupuncturist
Moira McDougall, Physiotherapy Acupuncturist

Hello! I am Moira McDougall, a Physiotherapy Acupuncturist with a passion for Energy Healing.

Have you dreamed about making a REAL difference in your world? That you could reach out and truly make a meaningful impact – a change for the better?

As the middle child of three children, my earliest memories are of a little girl who wanted to make things better, to maintain balance and harmony in her family unit.

Looking back now, it’s no surprise that I chose a career in Health and Wellness. When I was a new grad Physiotherapist I so believed that my role was to nurture, nourish and heal everyone within arms’ reach.

Disillusionment can shadow even our best intentions! I soon realised that my treatment Toolbox was poorly equipped.  I set out to learn all I could about health and healing on an energetic level. My studies included:

  • Acupuncture
  • Pilates for Physiotherapists
  • Brain Gym
  • Reflexology
  • Energy Anatomy
  • The healing power of plants
  • The influence of diet on health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

Even now, after more than three decades of rich learning and work experiences, both in South Africa and New Zealand, my passion for Acupuncture and Energy Work continues to grow.


Being a single mother, after years of working in hospital departments and private clinics, I wanted to have more control over the hours I worked. It was important to me to be available to spend more time with my young daughter and in my home and garden. So I opened a small physio clinic at my home. I gave time and energy to serve on local and national physio committees. I enjoyed being able to tailor treatments to meet my patient’s needs.

During this time, both of my parents died – too young I believed, dad from lung cancer and emphysema (aged 67) and mom from throat cancer (aged 76). My dad lived in a different city, and I was so grateful to have spoken with him a few days before he died. I would have given anything to have been able to influence his ailing health. Mom spent her last days with my daughter and me at our home. I was so blessed to have been able to care for her. And yes, I know so much more now that could have helped her then.


After my mom died I wanted a different lifestyle for me and my daughter. I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, where my older sister lives. Here I faced the challenges of settling into a new community in a new country.

Registration with the New Zealand Board of Physiotherapy required me to pass written and oral exams. Stressful! – followed by elation when I passed and could apply for a job. Applications for Residency then Citizenship followed. I felt I was passing through the Ring of Fire! I learned more valuable lessons in practicing patience, being resilient, following through processes with determination, and mindful acceptance of ‘what is’ in the present moment.

Once again I found work within hospital settings – first in a Child Development Centre working in the community with children who have disabilities, and then in a specialist tertiary outpatient Pain Management Clinic for people experiencing ongoing or chronic pain. For me, this was another very valuable period of personal growth and consolidation of knowledge and expertise. I found I have a gift for helping people to deal with pain using self-management techniques, acupuncture and energy based activities.

At this time I started Blogging as a creative outlet.

Now, I have my own beautiful sanctuary space which is home to HeartFire Therapy, where I offer Acupuncture and Energy Balancing sessions. www.heart-fire.com

My Passion: I help working women regain their energy so that they can enjoy radiant health and vitality. 

I am so pleased we have finally met.

Please join me, and let’s journey together!

Warm Regards,

Moira McDougall.