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The Body Matters was established in 2008. We are a specialist treatment centre whose therapists focus on the health and well being of their clients. We are also a Sports Injury Clinic. Treatments include Massage, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy.

Contact NameThe Body Matters
Address11 Ashleigh Drive
Leigh-On-Sea SS9 1AD
Phone01702 714968
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Louise created The Body Matters formed on the desire to open a specialised Mind, Body and Wellness centre in the Southend area, offering treatment to people from all walks of life and age groups.

Her dream was to build a team of specialised and highly skilled therapists with the same work ethic and professionalism as herself - and with a determined spirit she has achieved this, opening in 2008. The business has evolved to include a specialist Sports Injury Clinic.

Louise worked in IT (computing) for many years after leaving school. Her hobbies included travelling and running - completing 6 marathons and countless other running and sporting events. In 1999, Louise had an emotionally tough year which led to her seeing a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and ultimately embarking on a journey of personal development. During this time she realised she was a good motivator and decided to alter her career path to one that was personally more rewarding, that suited her new skills and that would fulfil her ambition of working with people to improve their wellbeing.

In 2003 Louise qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. She decided to study further and additionally qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist - believing that bringing these professions together would best benefit the whole mind and body link. Louise gained her work experience in an established Essex Clinic, for a number of years, until she felt confident that her dream of opening a practice was achievable.

Louise is passionate about helping people to attain balance in their life. She knows how physical, spiritual and emotional therapy work in unison and is quick to point out Sports Massage is only one of a variety of skills she can use to treat a person in her clinic. She is at her best when bringing healing to the mind, body and soul - seeing beyond physical pain and assisting the release of inner tension and stress. Her treatments are concise, precise and to the point. Some clients call her a “miracle worker”, others call her ”iron fingers” - whatever the name, Louise is qualified to help.


Matthew graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy and Diplomas in both Osteopathy and Naturopathy. The degree included modules in Nutrition, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Visceral Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy and a broad range of Osteopathic techniques.

Matthew’s post graduate education has incorporated the clinical applications of Medical Acupuncture (also known as Dry Needling), Kinesio-Taping and Low Level Laser Therapy.

Since 2011 Matthew has been a Technique Tutor, Physiology Lecturer and Clinic Supervisor at the British College Of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) where he himself trained.

Early clinical experience was gained at a specialist Osteopathic clinic in Hampstead serving approximately 50 GP surgeries in the Camden PCT (Primary Care Trust). The diversity of NHS referrals offered a fantastic insight into how manual therapy can improve people’s lives and offer relief from pain, even for those who felt their symptoms would never resolve.

Following his time in Hampstead Matthew took the opportunity to help patients referred from the Chronic Pain Clinic of the Royal Free Hospital. These patients generally had multiple factors involved in their symptoms, and had little or no relief from conventional medicine.

Matthew was the Osteopath for Westcliff Rugby Club (2012/13 season) working with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams as well as the extremely successful Academy sides where he gained vast experience in dealing with sporting injuries, both on the field and rehabilitation. Matthew’s involvement in Rugby followed a period of volunteer work with St John Ambulance.

Through The Body Matters’ close relationship with Havens Hospices, Matthew has also been volunteering his time to the fund raisers who have run the London Marathon each year since 2012, several of whom consider they would not have made it to the start line without the expert help and advice.

Matthew believes that the client's needs are of the utmost importance and is committed to meeting those needs by offering an individual, tailor made structure to his treatment plans.


Kieran graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Sports Therapy in 2012 and has since been working full time in the health and fitness industry. He is always striving to improve his knowledge and skills to aid the treatment/recovery of all the clients he treats.

Kieran’s keen eye for issues or abnormalities in a person’s posture can be a wonderful asset to fixing the pain that you may be experiencing on a daily basis. His main focus revolves around athletes and bringing them back to full fitness: however in the years of practice he has so far, he has also helped with a wide range of problems from neck pain, to carpal tunnel syndrome, to M.E. (Myalgic Encephalopathy) and even depression.

His clinical skillset involves various techniques including MET and STR, two very effective stretching techniques, kinesio-taping, postural re-education, strengthening and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation to return to sport.

Kieran has a particular interest in various sporting activities including Running, Badminton, Golf, Swimming, Cycling, Combat sports and Football. He is constantly reaching in different directions of the sporting world to get first-hand knowledge of every sport.

Kieran has attended multiple events over the years covering a range of activities. Some of these are:

The modern pentathlon world championships
HARP 24 running event, attending every year since 2013
A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu open competition in Southend
Aiding in athletes running the London marathon in multiple therapy events, more recently with the local charity Havens Hospices
Kieran has formed a connection with a well known local runner who aims to make running his profession and decided to sponsor him. Adam Hickey has previously run for team GB at European and world cross country championships, and continues to race in national championship events with a goal to reach the Olympic track event.


Jennie Chew is member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) and the Royal society of Medicine (RSM). Her work is inspired by a lifelong belief that the body has within itself, a natural healing ability and that acupuncture works to stimulate this healing process.

Jennie goes by the philosophy ‘Balance is the Master Key to a healthy Life’. Much of Life’s stresses, frustration, anger , etc, causes dis-ease and pain in the body. Acupuncture helps to create the balance by promoting a healthy flow of energy and restoring it to good health.

A Chinese origin, born in Malaysia, Jennie has a deep interest in oriental Medicine and Philosophy, which led her to a lifetime studies in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture(TCM) and healing.
She gained a licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture in London, finally finishing her studies at Hangzhou TCM Hospital in China to gain further knowledge and work experience. Her work lies in identifying and understanding the individual pattern of imbalances in the body that may cause pain, stress and dis-ease. This helps her to create individual treatment plans and treatments to help each person regain their balance and restore health.

Jennie has worked with a wide range of ailments from physical problems like frozen shoulders, back problems to emotional disorders like stress, depression, bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and chronic fatique. She has a specific interest in resolving muscular problems and facial acupuncture.

Jennie has also worked with cancer patients, and patients with neurological disorders when she was a volunteer at St Joseph’s Hospice.

Jennie qualified as an Aromatherapist and Massage Therapies with the Tisserand Instittue of Aromatherapy. Where necessary, she combines treatments with Acupuncture and Massage for a more positive effect. She is also qualified in Indian Head Massage, Chinese Face Massage and trained with the London School of Sports massage.

Motivated by her challenge for positive result in her treatments, she is inspired to constantly updating her skills and knowledge with post graduate courses.

Jennie recently added Manual Lymphatic Drainage to her existing skills, due to an increasing number of people suffering from Lymphoedema. She is a graduate at the Klose Training clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany, where Lymphoedema patients from all over the world, are treated.
During an Acupuncture treatment with Jennie you will get the best from her knowledge and skills using a unique mix of Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.

Jennie believes that Acupuncture can help her patients achieve optimum health and one of the main feedbacks she is receiving from the patients is that they notice an increase in wellbeing after an acupuncture treatment.


Alison Bartram
Over the years Alison has developed a unique stress-relieving massage rhythm using both hands-on and hands-free bodywork styles, utilising techniques derived from Massage Training Institute industry experts and other bodywork specialists.

Alison has been a qualified massage therapist since 2002. Her soft tissue techniques, including Trigger Point therapy, have successfully helped alleviate many musculo-skeletal aches and pains – whether treating chronic neck, back, shoulder or limb discomforts such as sciatica, or dealing with pre- or post-event sports injury management.

Alison is a massage therapist offering Sports, Remedial and Therapeutic Massage, also Pregnancy Massage and Table Thai Massage.

She also offers Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology and The Dorn Method (a non-manipulative spinal & joint realignment therapy.)

Keeley was the owner of Aroma Therapies in Leigh for many years selling various items including, selling aromatherapy oils, creams and lotions she made herself.

Within the shop she ran a busy clinic where she treated clients:

Sports Massage
Aromatherapy Massage
Indian Head Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy Reflexology
Myofascial Release (MFR) and
The Bowen Technique
She completed a teaching qualification in 2008 and began teaching most of the therapies above, alongside treating clients.

In 2012 Keeley injured her shoulder and found yoga. She found that it helped to strengthen, improve flexibility and her posture and she developed an inner sense of wellbeing. She decided this was her next career progression. In 2014 she qualified as a Yoga teacher under the Yoga Alliance 200hr qualification in Spain.

She is now a qualified Ashtanga Yoga teacher after training with David Swenson. Keeley is also qualified to teach teens, children and people with special needs, which she finds particularly rewarding.

Keeley takes annual trips to India to develop her yoga skills and experience and practices regularly.

Keeley closed Aroma Therapies in late 2015 to further her Yoga career and joined The Body Matters team in January 2016.

Keeley teaches regular yoga classes for all ages including the elderly, adults, teenagers, children and people with special needs. The classes are held in Leigh Community Centre (Leigh On Sea), local schools, day centres, clubs. and sheltered housing.


Melanie trained as a nutritional therapist at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, graduating in 2009. She specialises in the management of stress and anxiety, weight management and hormone health.

Life is full of challenges, and it is all too easy to believe that we are at the constant mercy of age, hormones and stress. However, with the tailored nutritional expertise and supportive guidance Melanie provides, you can successfully regain control of your health and vitality.

Originally from Germany, Melanie is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who has lived and worked in the UK for over sixteen years. She is a member of the renowned British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), and is also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Many people initially consult Melanie because they want to lose weight, yet the benefits they report go far beyond simply losing that extra roll of fat. From your very first informative session with her, you will be amazed at how much more energetic you begin to feel! With improved sleep, you can also benefit from a clearer mind and an increased tolerance of stress, free from constipation and uncomfortable bloating.

Don’t wait any longer to begin your own journey to improved health and vitality. Simply contact Melanie at The Body Matters.

Louise Johnson: MAPHP (Acc.) Dip Sports Massage Matthew Oliver M.Ost DO ND. Osteopath Kieran Mote Sports Therapist. BSC Jennie Chew: Acupuncturist, BSc(Hons), LicAc Alison Bartrum: ITEC. IIHHT (CTVT). MCThA Keeley Beech ITEC VTCT IMFT YA200HR Melanie Ryan Nutritional Therapist, DIPION MBANT RCNHC

Service Categories
Acupuncture, Chinese Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, Counselling, Deep Tissue Massage, EFT, Homeopaths, Hypnotherapist, Indian Head Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, NLP, Nutrition, Personal Trainers, Physiotherapy, Pregnancy Massage, Psychotherapy, Remedial Massage, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Stone Therapy Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Thai Massage, Thought Field Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy

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