Firstly, what you must know about me is that I started out as a patient too, having grown up with Structural Scoliosis. Doctors wanted to operate on my spine but I rejected the offer, throwing myself into every kind of non-invasive treatment I could - Myotherapy, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Natural Therapies – to learn how to work with my body and alleviate my pain.
Myotherapy was the modality that gave me the most relief so it was only natural that my interest in becoming one soon took hold.
Whether your injury is muscle, joint, nerve or exercise-related I can help you.
My speciality is identifying and changing lifestyle factors that contribute to pain, correcting your postural imbalances. Having lived with scoliosis from a young age & TMJ dysfunction (jaw pain) and having learned how to successfully manage both, I have developed a keen awareness & expertise in both these conditions. I’m also specialised in treating disc related injuries.
But I also love treating knees, necks and kids too!
I will formulate a tailored treatment plan for each patient that consists of strength and stretching exercises that will keep you fixed, even when you leave the treatment room.
Some of the modalities I use are, dry needling, joint mobilisation with movement, functional cupping, Mckenzie method - lumbar spine (lower back), trigger pointing, massage, electro- dry needling & corrective exercises.
Being a patient taught me so much as a practitioner which I hope to share with all of you, to help you live your life as I do know - pain free!
I’m fascinated by the human mind and body; together they give us the tools to do extraordinary things. Understanding how our systems function, gives us the indispensable opportunity to take good care of ourselves. This is an essential practice, as our bodies are for life.
Through years spent meditating and practising yoga, I have learnt the importance of listening to our bodies. We often push through pain, ignore signals and demand too much from ourselves. Instead, if we first listen and then take the necessary steps to allow healing, recovery, and appropriate strength to build, our bodies can be allowed to sing.
As a specialist practitioner, I can help identify the patterns and habits your body may have fallen into, and help to bring about positive changes that will allow you to better support your body.
In a treatment with me, you can expect a considered investigation into your relationship with your body. I want to know how you are using it, and how you aren’t. Treatment may involve dry needling, cupping, MET, stretching, and remedial massage and is tailored to you. I will also spend time teaching specific corrective exercises that are an essential part of your treatment process.
Whether you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, have a specific condition or injury you are recovering from, or are just not getting the most out of your body due to pain or limited range of motion, I can help you.
CLINICAL MYOTHERAPIST & STRENGTH TRAINER
Jess has been working as a Myotherapist for the last 7 years in Melbourne and Colombia. With a strong interest in biomechanics and dynamic fascial work she has been able to reduce and eradicate pain for all types of physical ailments including acute and chronic pain sufferers. She uses various modalities that include but are not limited to; dynamic cupping, mobilisation, dry needling, corrective exercise, myofascial release.
She is interested in patient self-management and prevention which encourages and empowers an individual to have a good understanding and confidence in their body.
Jess has a key interest in treating spinal pathology, lumbo-pelvic issues, postural strains and all those that arise from these key issues. After suffering with back pain herself, Jess has a thorough understanding of all the elements that can contribute to pain and what can undo the reinforcement of pain. She has experience in treating sports injuries, particularly running, soccer and football related and has worked with a variety of elite athletes, football teams and dancers.
When not in the clinic, Jess enjoys playing soccer, cycling (anything active and outdoors), undertaking further training to broaden her skills, mixing Colombian music, traveling and salsa. Jess can speak Spanish and beginner level Greek for those who may need a translator.
MYOTHERAPIST & STRENGTH TRAINER
I’d been landscaping for at least 5 years, I loved using my hands to build and shape things. It was creative, organic and had purpose. But one morning, in the winter mud at 7am, I had this epiphany that this “wasn’t me, or what I want to do with life…” Soon after, I found myotherapy (ironically, because of the toll landscaping had taken). I was hooked and excited, because it worked for me and I knew I could do this. This was my future.
To treat someone in chronic pain to becoming pain free, or watching their face as they move their bodies & limbs like they’re teenagers again is amazing. My treatment goal, generally, is to show people just what their bodies are really capable of. Understanding the root cause and working through the layers to get to it, straightening those muscle fibers deeply and effectively.
I’ve always been into fitness. I love pushing it on the park, in the pool, and around the track. Treating, I guess, becomes an extension of that, and how to create the right conditions to push it further or bring it back when the body needs help.
So, I still get to use my hands but this time - to build and shape muscle. It’s still creative and organic - but with much more purpose.
FOUNDER, MYOTHERAPIST & STRENGTH TRAINER
I’m proud to say that I’m the founder of Urban Leopard. This place was a dream that burnt furiously in the pit of my stomach for many years before it actualised. It’s a clinic that needed to exist. It’s the future of how to deal muscular pain and injury.
After I became a Myo back in 2007 I attended courses up the wazoo. Onsen courses, JEMS movement system, Structural Intergration, Fascial Fitness, Kettlebell instructor course, Training for Warriors Coaching, Anatomy Trains in Training. I was hungry. I had questions. I needed answers. And answers I got.
What I found at the end of it all was this: Myotherapy and Strength Training is a dynamite combination. One without the other is like the half without the whole. Both are so much more effective together than separately. One treats the symptoms, the other the cause. Damn, I thought, I need a gym.
And then on April 7th of 2015 Urban Leopard was born.
What I want Urban Leopard to be is much more than just a place to get people pain-free. I want to empower you with knowledge. I want us to show you how good you can be.
I want you to learn about your body and through that knowledge start trusting yourself. I want you to walk out the door with a renewed sense of confidence not due to anything we’ve done, but from what you’ve learned.
That’s me in a nutshell. Living my dream and as keen as mustard to share it with anyone who it resonates with. I also like to run, lift weights and watch football, just like any other woman in her late 30s, right? :-)
MYOTHERAPIST & STRENGTH TRAINER
I completed a double Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy and Myotherapy, giving me the tools to combine technical soft tissue techniques with rehabilitation, performance, mobility, fitness and injury treatment to athletes.
I am an extremely passionate practitioner who dedicates my time to not only relieving symptoms but also finding the cause of pain and dysfunction.
I believe that most muscular pain originates from lack of symmetry in the body due to tightness and weakness throughout; therefore I help to create symmetry through very particular and thorough hands on therapy in conjunction with my skills in the gym.
My main passions in the gym are power lifting, a combination of yoga and kettlebell movements and barefoot training. I am constantly trying new treatments and exercises to incorporate into the treatments to help improve not only your conditions but to better myself as a practitioner.
I love my job and love treating anything from sports injuries, muscular pain from office work or simple general maintenance.
PERSONAL TRAINER & BOXING COACH
John is a Personal Trainer with a background in Functional Training, Kettlebells and Boxing. John has now established MESA Movement which began in 2015 based on his knowledge and skills learnt as a boxer; in a way it has been built on knowledge from as far back as 1999 when John began boxing at the age of 15 and competing until he was 27. Through highly-skilled coaches and AIS training sessions he attained several State Titles, Golden Gloves title and was to represent Tasmania for National Championships as a Welterweight. He is AIS Level 1 Coach accredited and completed several AIS training programs.
"Boxing training prepared me for almost any type of exercise - the only exceptions being gymnastics and yoga".
As his boxing regime winded down, he took up Kettlebells, learning the orthodox Pavel Tsatsouline methods and found a position as a boxing instructor in Melbourne.
John quickly adapted to Functional Training and together with his Boxing and Kettlebell knowledge completed a Personal Training accreditation.
In the past five years, John's focus has shifted to Functional Taining, Kettlebells and Mobility resulting in the development of training programs involving a mix of cardiovascular and resistance exercises derived from Functional Based Training and Boxing.
Currently, John runs personal training sessions thought the day Monday - Saturday and boxing classes Wednesday nights 6.30pm - 7.30pm.