Most of our therapists offer Therapeutic Massage (also known as Swedish or Holistic Massage). Based on Swedish massage, Therapeutic Massage fuses together the physical and psychological benefits of massage focusing on deep work on the muscles to release tensions, ease pain and improve mobility, using relaxing long and slow strokes which are calming for the nervous system and provide a precious opportunity for the body and mind to rest and repair.

At reCentre based on Balham High Rd, Tooting Bec, on the border of SW12 / SW17, we select only those therapists who we feel have the expertise and experience to give you a truly exceptional massage.

In addition, we offer several more specialist types of massage which we have listed below.

Please follow the links for more information on each:

Our Massage Therapists

Elaine Tompkins Therapist reCentre Balham

ELAINE TOMKINS MIFPA TIDHA MCHNC MFHT (SENIOR MASSAGE THERAPIST)

Elaine has over 25 years of experience in the field of massage and offers a wide range of highly specialised treatments ranging from pre and post pregnancy massage, deep tissue muscular release therapy, myofascial and trigger point therapy, intra-oral massage for treating TMJ (tooth grinding/clenching) issues, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, specialised massage therapy for cancer and range of beautiful facial treatments with the added luxury of hot and cold stones. She is also a qualified Aromatherapist and Rosalena's Senior FaceFit therapist.

Her treatments are always bespoke; tailor made for each and every individual with a unique set of skills and creative offering that makes her a very popular therapist and truly an expert in her field.

Elaine is our senior reCentre massage therapist and is currently Head of Massage training for Neal's Yard Remedies, developing and delivering a wide range of training courses in the UK and overseas. She is highly qualified and is committed to providing a first class service.

Audrey Adeyemi Massage Therapist reCentre Balham Tooting SW London

AUDREY ADEYEMI - BTEC HIGHER DIP. MTI

Audrey has been a therapist for over 15 years and offers holistic, sports & remedial massage and deep tissue massage. Her treatment style is tailored to the client needs but she generally focuses on the breakdown of adhesions within muscle tissue and administers 'muscle lengthening' techniques.

Clients experience a release in tension within problem areas. Audrey has worked on many clients with a range of musculo-skeletal dysfunction.

VISSEN APPADU

Vissen is a fully qualified and experienced Sports Massage Therapist who has worked extensively with professional sports teams, corporate clients and elite athletes. He has a practical and professional approach to treatments and uses a vast range of flexibility, mobilisation and deep-tissue techniques to allow him to effectively help clients overcome injury and improve performance.

Treatments include: Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Injury Management.

CHIFUMI FUKUI

Chifumi holds a level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualification. Since qualifying, she has worked alongside physiotherapists and chiropractors treating various conditions.

She has a special interest in treating chronic pain built up through work related repetitive movement, training or everyday activity and enjoys helping patients to relieve symptoms and live a pain free life.

Chifumi believes massage can be used as a complementary therapy to help alleviate symptom . She chooses individual tailored techniques such as deep tissue massage, muscle energy technique, soft tissue release and trigger point technique and her treatment is focused on the cause of symptoms and on resetting the balance between muscles to restore functional movements in the body.

She is a keen learner and has continuously taken CPD courses to develop her skills since she qualified.

Alex Hooper Osteopath reCentre Health Balham Tooting SW London

ALEXANDER HOOPER M.OST LSSM DIP

Alex Hooper is a registered osteopath and sports massage therapist who has been at reCentre since 2012.

Alex worked as a fitness instructor while studying sport science and advanced exercise instruction before going on to study sports massage at The London School of Sports Massage.

He worked in a clinical setting providing massage therapy for over 6 years before deciding to become an osteopath, graduating with a Master's degree from The
British School of Osteopathy.

Alex has field experience working alongside physiotherapists at Tooting and Mitcham Football club and with the osteopath for Oxford University men's rowing team; he has also worked on set as an osteopath for film production companies, looking after the cast and crew members.

Alex provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans for a number of musculoskeletal based complaints, as well as providing sports and remedial massage for relief of general aches and pains. Clinically, his main interests are in clinical communication, pain and injuries related to physical activities.

Alex currently works at reCentre Wednesday to Saturday while completing a part-time Masters degree in Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

CORINNE LETIZIA MCSP

Physiotherapist, Women's Health Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor

Corinne is originally from Australia and graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2013. She has experience working in both a hospital and musculoskeletal private practice setting which has helped her to understand the treatment required at all stages of rehabilitation.

Since completing her degree Corinne has become a qualified Women's Health Physiotherapist and has more recently had experience working within the NHS specifically treating women with continence issues.

Corinne also has a special interest in pre- and post-natal physiotherapy and was part of the team which pioneered an in-hospital post-natal Women's Health Physiotherapy service in the private hospital situated in her hometown.

Corinne has also completed an advanced DMA Clinical Pilates course and has experience teaching small group classes as well as completing one-on-one sessions which can be highly beneficial when creating a tailored programme specific to the level and injury of the individual.

Corinne also has experience with 'hands on' physiotherapy such as massage and in addition is trained in dry needling. She is interested in treating acute and chronic lower back pain as well as post-operative, orthopaedic and surgical rehabilitation. Corinne is very thorough in her assessments and strives to ensure she provides the highest level of client care.

Veronica Massa Therapist reCentre Health Balham Tooting SW17

VERONICA MASSA

Veronica is a multi-disciplinary therapist with a special interest in women's well-being and natural healthcare in all stages of life, including pregnancy.

Veronica has developed her unique way of working, always fully focused on the whole person, combining deeper detailed bodywork with subtler light touch and intuitive guidance. Her massage is characterized by a slow, constant beautiful flow aimed at calming the nervous system and she is particularly well known and specialized in neck and shoulders work including the head and face.

Focused on the synthesis between Aromatherapy, Traditional Oriental Medicine, Massage and Energy Healing, Veronica also specialises in Holistic Facial Therapies and Natural Skincare Coaching. Her experience and knowledge led her to develop her own signature facials aimed at balancing skin, body, mind and harmonizing the emotions.

In addition to her facial work, Veronica also offers Pregnancy Massage, Indian Champissage (Traditional Indian Head Massage) and Bellabaci Cupping Therapy Massage.

ALEX MASON MCSP

Alex is originally from New Zealand and graduated with a physiotherapy degree from the University of Otago in 2010.

He worked in a private practice for the first 3 years of his career, gaining invaluable knowledge and experience under some of New Zealand’s most highly regarded physiotherapists. While in New Zealand Alex also worked for a national football academy and a number of regional rugby teams – providing physiotherapy treatment for the athletes and acting as sports medic on game days.

In 2014 Alex moved to the UK where he has continued his physiotherapy career, working largely in the private sector, but also enjoyed a short stint with an NHS trust in London.

Alex has considerable experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries affecting all areas of the body and has a keen interest for sports injury rehabilitation. He employs a very hands-on style to treatment using a number of techniques including soft tissue massage, myofascial release, neural mobilisation, spinal manipulation, core strengthening and postural correction. Along with this Alex also provides customised exercise programs for his clients to ensure a multi-faceted approach to their rehabilitation.

Alex works as a physiotherapist at reCentre and also provides remedial and sports massage for clients.

PIOTR MIZEREK MCSP

Piotr gained an MSc in Physiotherapy in Poland and went on to do post-graduate study in soft tissue therapy. He worked in orthopaedic and physiotherapy clinics in his home country before coming to live in the UK.

Piotr is highly client focused and is passionate about health and wellbeing. He has a holistic approach to his therapy and believes that pain is a signpost that points to the root cause of a problem.

Piotr works with a combination of Structural Bodywork, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports or Relaxing Massage, Cupping, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Stretching, Muscle Energy Technique, Core Stability Exercises, EMM-Tech, Acupuncture and Home Exercises.

Piotr works as a Physiotherapist and Clinical Massage Therapist.

PETER SCHIMKE M.OST

Peter received his Master of Osteopathy degree from the British School of Osteopathy in 2011 and also holds a diploma in sports massage.

Peter believes healthcare should be about the whole person and therefore takes a holistic approach with clients. This accords with the fundamental approach of osteopathy which seeks to diagnose the cause of pain through analysis of a person's entire body and lifestyle, not just an isolated symptom.

Peter is a skilled structural osteopath who uses a variety of techniques which are tailored to each client's particular needs, including functional and visceral techniques.

Peter aims to empower clients through understanding the nature of their diagnosis and the anatomy involved to support them in self-managing their rehabilitation, because prevention is better than cure. Therefore, he provides each client with recommended exercises to reduce the likelihood of re-injury and to promote general well-being.

Peter is a registered Osteopath with most major insurers but is not able to treat you if you are claiming with BUPA.

Francesca Walsh Massage Therapist reCentre Balham

FRANCESCA WALSH

Francesca Walsh is a very experienced and highly-qualified massage therapist who is well-liked by her clients. She is totally committed to continuing professional development in order to provide the most effective treatments for her clients and was recently awarded a Distinction in her BTEC Level 6 qualification in Advanced Clinical Massage and Sports Massage, this being the highest massage qualification in the UK.

Francesca's style of massage is a unique, creative and intuitive combination of various techniques from sports/deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, hot stones massage, aromatherapy and stretching. She tailors her massage to the individual requirements of each client - from a specific injury recovery treatment to the ultimate in deeply relaxing hot stones massage.

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Friday: 8.15am - 8.30pm
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