– Pregnancy Massage Therapist
– Sports Massage Therapist
– Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
– Foot Reflexology
– Fascia Release Massage Therapist
– Face and Body Sculpting Massage Therapist
Tess has 17 years’ experience in many different massage techniques and is skilled in adapting her treatment to the client’s unique needs. She uses a technique derived from Swedish massage which involves a firm but gentle pressure to improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, increase flexibility and create relaxation.
Tess is certified in Sports Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish Body Massage and Anatomy and Physiology. In addition, she is qualified as a General Beauty Therapist. For the last ten years, Tess has been employed as a massage therapist at the Four Seasons Hotel. Prior to that she worked at the Peninsula Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Excelsior Hotel.
Remedial massage (also known as sports or deep tissue massage) targets specific areas of pain or immobility. It is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The massage movements focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Therapeutic massage can be either stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed of the treatment. It mobilises the soft tissues (muscle, fascia and lymph) to promote overall wellbeing by boosting the circulatory, lymphatic and neurological systems. This has numerous benefits in terms of stress relief, better muscle and skin tone, and a stronger immune system. It is especially valuable during and after pregnancy.
Pregnant women have often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy, however modern investigation and research shows that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.
Another massage that we recommend during and after pregnancy is lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT). LDT is excellent for decreasing swelling, especially of the lower legs, ankles and feet, a common ailment during pregnancy. It also boosts the immune system and helps the body to detoxify. This treatment is also especially effective after injury or surgery. In addition it can help to remove cellulite, improve sleep and give a greater sense of wellbeing.
Foot reflexology is similarly a very effective way to aid healing. It induces a deep state of relaxation, helps eliminate toxins, stimulates the central nervous system and boosts energy.
Tess’s wide experience in the field of massage and her sensitive, holistic approach enable her to give each client a very personalised and effective treatment.