To Whom It May Concern:
It is my great pleasure to write on behalf of Ms. Tess Bradley. She has been my massage therapist since May of 2011, and I owe a large portion of my physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to her.
In March of 2010, I suffered an L1 burst fracture, and underwent an emergency spinal fusion of four of my vertebrae. This has been a traumatic incident in my life, both physically and emotionally. At 24, I am no longer able to do many of the activities that I have enjoyed in the past, and I battle chronic pain, nerve pain, and neurological deficits on a daily basis.
Throughout the healing process, Tess has been my “rock”. When I moved here, I did not have a medical support structure to continue my recovery, and I became very depressed about my prospects until I met her. While I have been bounced around between doctors, physical therapists,neurologists, urologists, and the occasional x-ray tech, Tess remains constant. My weekly visits to her provide me the consistent care that I need to remain positive about my condition. Her loving nature provides me emotional and spiritual support, for which I am eternally grateful.
Additionally, the attention and skill that she applies to my body never ceases to amaze me.
A weekly massage with Tess has been the best pain management tool that I have yet found- better than medications or injections. Each time I lay on the table, I know that I will get up from it feeling infinitely better. She is able to find the problem areas, “detangle” my bundles of muscles and nerves, and somehow decrease my neuropathy. She uses a variety of techniques according to what my body “needs” on that day, and always takes my feedback into consideration.
In sum, I cannot speak highly enough of Tess; she is consistent, caring, and very good at what she does. She has made a huge difference in my quality of life, and I know that she will do the same for many others.
My very best regards,
-Stephanie K, PhD candidate and research assistant, Georgetown University
“On September 9, 2013, I had an accident requiring an emergency hip replacement and elbow replacement. I had the good fortune to have a daughter who is a surgeon and who is mindful of the process of healing and she found me Tess Bradley, who is knowledgeable in the physical art of healing. They were a great team and I am eternally grateful to both.
During my recovery, Tess visited me in rehab hospital and gently assisted me in gaining back my leg mobility and functioning in my arm, When I returned home she graciously came to the house to continue to work with me and we continue our relationship on a monthly basis.
I found Tess to be quietly professional, serious in her pursuit of more training and information. She has an easy confidence that engenders calmness in me. She is a good communicator, responds to emails and phone calls promptly, arrives on time, has good, clean boundaries in regard to length of time of the session and payment. I feel we have a mutual understanding of many issues involved in healing and I have learned from her useful exercises and pursuits to practice. I think of her overall as a fine young person with a sincere devotion to her chosen field.
In summary, I would recommend Tess Bradley without reservation and would regard her as a great asset to any therapeutic enterprise.
Justine Forbes, MD
-Justine Forbes, MD is Medical Director In-Patient Psychiatry, Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Gatos, CA
"I found Tess while looking for a massage therapist to help me recover from a torn rotator cuff. I am so thankful that I found her when I did! I have had massage from many different therapists, and am quite picky about the skill level of people who work on me. I have seen countless therapists that I have not gone back to due to their lack of skill. Not with Tess! I have seen her every week for several weeks now.
Tess’s extensive training shows from the first moment she lays hands on you. She is extremely intuitive and has an amazing ability to both listen to what my body is telling her, as well as to tell it gently what it should be doing. I have never been uncomfortable with the work that she has done. To put it simply, she is gentle but effective. She could identify places that were bothering me without me telling her, and made helpful suggestions for stretches to do in between sessions.
I have healed much faster than either I or the physical therapist I am working with expected. I believe much of that is due to Tess’s work, and I am very thankful to be in much less pain and on the road to recovery. Tess does very nice myofascial release work, passive stretching, and incorporates Thai techniques. She clearly cares about her patients and cares about body work and healing. If you need healing, call Tess. My highest recommendation.
Nick P, software ninja
“I have had body work and massage for most of my adult life (almost 40 years) and Tess is the most exceptional body worker I have had the pleasure to know. I have been seeing Tess for almost 15 years. Without a doubt, she is the most intuitive and the most skilled. Her training and years of experience have elevated her above all others. She has worked with me on my neck, low back and shoulder issues helping me resolve years of pain and discomfort. I most highly recommend her to everyone. She is awesome."
-Vicki Barr / retired nurse
“Tess brings years of training, experience and insight to her work. She is a skilled practitioner who provides truly therapeutic bodywork. Over the years, I’ve had bodywork from many others but no one else comes close to providing the kind of healing and care that Tess provides each time I see her.”
-Suzanne Flint / educator
"Just amazing. I think that's the most relaxed I've felt in sixty-five years!"
-Earl R / retired psychiatrist
“Wow. I’ve had massages in the past that left me hobbling out the door, but my experience with Tess was spectacular! She listened to what I wanted and her gentle but experienced hands worked out all the kinks. She even took the time to explain some of the reasons why I might be experiencing pain and helped me figure out how to make easy adjustments to my training (I’m a runner). It worked so well that the next morning I was able to run further than I ever have before!”
-Mariya Skuratova / athlete
“Here I thought I was going for a massage and I got so much more. Tess is a true holistic person. We are more than our bodies, we have minds and spirits as well. Within the session, all of those levels were addressed.”
-Michael Caruso / architectural designer
“After two years of chronic pain from a car accident, I have hope that my body will heal. Tess knows what she is doing. I am in the hands of a deeply knowledgeable massage therapist that understands the physiology of the body along with the emotions that get trapped in the body. She has created a safe and relaxing environment to facilitate my inflamed tissue to heal. Highly recommended!”
-Sara B / counselor