Meet Tessa

Physiotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Breathing Educator

Tessa is a physiotherapist with a special interest in breathing and the nervous system. Whilst working in England in 2018, Tessa completed Mary Massery's course,  If You Can't Breathe You Can't Function at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital in Nesodden, Norway. Using this knowledge, Tessa teaches you different patterns of breathing to optimise movement. A year later, Tessa was an assistant teacher at the same course held in Sydney.

In 2020, she gained her Level 1 and 2 Breathing Re-training qualifications as taught by Tess Graham.  From then Tessa started assessing breathing patterns and coaching her clients back to efficient physiological breathing.

 

This method can ease symptoms associated with anxiety, respiratory disorders and improve breathing efficiency for sports performance.

 

Honouring the importance of the mind, she broaden her skills into Clinical Hypnotherapy. Clinical Hypnotherapy acts directly on the subconscious mind. The place which holds the automatic patterns underpinning our behaviours. It is a tool helping re-wire ineffective behaviour/thought patterns , assisting with identifying and processing emotions, as well as experiencing nervous system regulation for long term benefit. ​

"My greatest joy is educating - watching how better understanding can empower my clients on their healthcare journeys."

-Tessa Gillespie

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Qualifications:

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Advanced Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Applied Psychotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming

 

Career Highlights:

  • Creating Zephyr Movement

Tessa has created a business where she gets to cultivate all her skills from Respiratory Physiotherapy (NDIS), Clinical Hypnotherapy and Breath-focused physiotherapy

 

  • Paediatric Physiotherapist in Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton England

Tessa worked as a generalist across acute wards (respiratory and orthopaedics) as well as outpatients (musculoskeletal and rehabilitation)

 

  • Volunteering at Malamulele Onward, Johannesburg South Africa

This non-profit organisation does fortnight therapy blocks for children with cerebral palsy (CP) and their families. Tessa also collected data for CP classification at outreach locations to better identify the needs of children and their families.