Q&A with our Massage Therapist, Tess
Q1. Can you tell us where your journey began as a practitioner?
From birth! I’ve been lucky enough to have two parents within the alternative health world. My dad is a yoga teacher and Naturopath and my mum was an Acupuncturist. Both are incredibly passionate about being healthy in both body and mind. I’ve always loved massage and have been massaging friends and family since I was a young child, whenever I could get the chance. In primary school, a parent visited the class to give a talk on the health and healing benefits of massage and it immediately struck a cord with me. She taught us a simple sitting neck and back routine and we held a stall at the school fete; I loved every minute of it.
I then went on to completely ignore my natural calling to work in hospitality for 15 years. Working in hospitality pushed me to realise that I ultimately wanted to work in health. I constantly saw people struggling with pain, exhaustion, depression and anxiety, who pushed their bodies to their absolute limit daily. It struck me that I could help and also that I really want to help.
So it seemed a natural progression to make it a formal qualification and I began my Certificate IV in Massage, along with a Bachelor of Health Science (which i haven’t finished yet!) in 2010. I massaged for a few years, and then added to my qualification with a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2013.
Q2. What is your favourite thing about working at Luxton Clinic?
I have just begun at Luxton Clinic, but I have to say I already love it! It’s a wonderfully nurturing environment, with lovely, incredibly knowledgeable practitioners who genuinely want to help people with their healing journey. It’s an inspiring place to be.
Q3. What inspires you each day as a practitioner?
I am inspired by being able to help people heal their pain. When a client walks in with a headache, or restricted, painful movement, or an old injury they can’t shift, it’s an absolute joy for me to be able to help and support that client.
Our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves, it is our jobs as health therapists to aid and support our clients in their bodies healing process.
Q4. What is your favourite way to move your body?
My favourite ways to move are boxing, running, weights and yoga. I train 5 days per week in boxing and weights and every Saturday I run 5km. After years in hospitality it took me a long time to understand the joy of exercise, it was a complete revelation to me how brilliant it makes you feel!
Q5. How do you like to unwind and relax on weekends?
I run 5k every Saturday morning at Parkrun. The rest of the weekend is spent with my family going to parks or the museum or the zoo.
Q6. Tell us some secret facts about you!
- I have twins!
- I love peanut butter and tomato…. together!!
- I can run 5k sub 30 mins… I’m working on sub 25mins.
Q7. If you could sum up your wellness philosophy in one sentence, it would be:
‘Our bodies are complex systems that work together in harmony to enable us to live. It is integral to treat it as a whole and look for the root cause and not just the symptoms, to aid and support the healing process.’