Louise Johnson DHP MAPHP (Acc) Dip PT

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Louise Johnson

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.

Q&A with Louise Johnson

What are your qualifications? 

I am a Sports Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and a Clinical Hypnotherapist.  I can also teach meditation. Although these titles really do not it justice for how I actually work. I have quite a diverse skill set, mainly because of my wide range of interests and hobbies, which have led me on some really interesting workshops and courses. Some might say that some of the things I have done are spiritual, but for me it has been about self-awareness, understanding myself at a deep level which in turn leads me to understanding my clients, which can only lead to me being able to give the client the best treatment possible.

Why do people come to you?

I generally get a high number of recommendations from my existing clients. The range of reasons why can vary enormously from physical pain like a headache, migraines, calf pain etc., to emotional issues or problems.

Do you have any specialisms?

No. Although I absolutely love the challenge of figuring out how I will work with each client. No two clients are the same, and therefore they receive a different treatment. I enjoy the challenge and the variety. I also have the benefit of working within a great team. 

What are the typical complaints your treatments can help with?

I mainly start with working on muscular aches and pains.  With some clients that’s all they want, and that’s ok.  But with others I can end up working on emotional issues.

What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?

Sometimes clients come in and it is ‘just’ a massage they want, but others find that the areas that I treat are linked to emotional issues that they have had for years.  This type of treatment can really help the client to resolve the issue, using the link between the Mind and the Body.

Can you tell us a surprising fact about sports massage?

That’s a tough one, I meet and work with clients from all walks of life, different jobs, careers, hobbies …. nothing surprises me anymore.