Tess Bradley, CMT since 1987
607 Menlo Ave • Menlo Park, CA 94025
Mondays through Saturdays by appointment only.
Tess Bradley, CMT, BA is a nationally certified (NCBTMB 603099-11) and CA state licensed massage therapist with extensive academic training and over 25 years experience in therapeutic massage for mind, body and spirit.
Tess honors the individual and uses both eastern and western bodywork to help assess and track a person’s current physical condition and to improve overall body-mind functioning. Sharing practical tools for self healing and energy balancing is a large part of her work. Her touch is calming and gentle, effective in helping you to resolve “issues in the tissues” and to feel great in your body. Her styles of massage include:
Ayurveda, Acupressure, Polarity Energy Balancing, Shiatsu,
Thai (Old Medicine Hospital, Chiang Mai), and Tui Na
Berry Method, Craniosacral, Osteopathic soft tissue (strain/ counterstrain, positional release, visceral manipulation), Myo-fascial Release, Pre/Post Pregnancy, Swedish, and Trigger Point Therapy
Massage therapy can help to resolve many common physical problems:
- Musculoskeletal Injuries (e.g. whiplash, strains, sprains)
- RSI: Repetitive Stress Injuries (e.g. plantar fascitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder)
- Postural Issues (e.g. scoliosis, hyperlordosis, IT band contracture)
- Joint Issues (e.g. stiff knees, any joint pain, TMJ)
- Nerve Issues (e.g. sciatic lesion, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, piriformis syndrome, neuropathy)
- Respiratory, Circulatory and Gastrointestinal Issues (e.g. chronic bronchitis, hypertension, constipation)
- Chronic Pain (e.g. tension headaches, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain)
Benefits of Tess’ work: Regular clients report many benefits including feeling less or no pain; better circulation of lymph and blood; sounder sleep; freedom of movement in joints and muscles; better breathing capacity; structural alignment; speedier recovery from injuries and surgeries; the capacity to “run more energy” in life; and other positive changes in self image and self use.
Somatic therapy and trauma recovery: Tess also specializes in providing massage for people who are very sensitive or touch aversive. She has worked with many people recovering from traumatic events or secondary trauma. Tess’ experience includes six years as a massage therapist at Vaya Mental Health Resources, supervised by mentor and psychiatrist Dr. Claude Arnett, PhD. Vaya was a successful team wraparound outpatient program which joined holistic therapists with traditional counseling to support adolescents and young adults who struggled with serious emotional issues, including substance abuse recovery, eating disorders, sexual, physical and emotional abuse recovery, and attachment disorders.
What is Thai massage? Thai massage combines practitioner-assisted yoga stretching exercises, energy work, and rhythmic compression using palms, feet, elbows, and thumbs. Thai massage is performed with the recipient wearing comfortable, loose waisted cotton clothes. Oil is not used. Medicinal herbal salves may be used sparingly. Receiving Thai massage enhances the free and natural movements of the body, releases meridian energy and promotes blood and lymphatic flow, thereby increasing flexibility and range of motion. Thai massage is perfect for people who prefer keeping their clothes on, prefer lying on the floor (on a thick mat) rather than on a table. It is possible to receive deep pressure Thai massage, particularly on the gluteal and hamstring muscles. A client can ask for lighter or deeper pressure before or during a session.