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01708 747991

Gidea Park, Romford, Essex

7 days a week, 7am to 10pm

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Essential Feeling,

Gidea Park  near Romford,Hornchurch,Rainham


01708 747991

Opening hours 7am to 10pm

7 days a week

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Meet the Team

Charlie and Karen Botha are a husband and wife team who started Essential Feeling in 2010. Before this, both had high pressured jobs with long, unpredictable hours. This is why they take appointments 7 days a week and early mornings as well as into the evenings.

Each has their own speciality, but both are passionate about helping you improve the quality of your life. Charlie is expert in massage and Karen in reflexology.

About Charlie

Charlie uses massage to improve improve mobility, eradicate toxins with an eye on reducing longer term pain. He has put countless hours in on the massage table since qualifying with ITEC over 7 years ago and since then working full time with Essential Feeling. He helps everyone of all ages, including athletes, office workers, manual workers and ANYONE in chronic pain who just isn’t getting the answers nor the relief they deserve.

As well as being qualified and experienced in Massage and Advanced Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Charlie is also licenced in Anatomy and Physiology giving him a deep understanding of how your body works.  He will use whichever discipline (or a mix) throughout your sessions to ensure you receive the best possible tailored session for your needs.

About Karen

Karen is still amazed by the power reflexology has to balance the effects of persistent wellness issues. This could be fertility and bringing on labour to mental problems, including stress, but also depression and alzheimer’s. She is also fully qualified in spinal reflexology which her and Charlie may combine with massage to ease back pain.

Karen is a member of the Association of Reflexologists and is also qualified in Anatomy and Physiology with a special interest in the disease. She is also a certified nutritionist and counsellor both of which she'll use as necessary to give you the information to make decisions that can assist your longer term health.

To book with either Karen or Charlie please call 01708 747991.

Appointments are available between 7am and 9pm for a 10pm finish 7 days a week.

What our customers say about Essential Feeling

We’re really proud of our reviews and thank our clients for going to the trouble of making them - thank you!  

See below, what people have said about us

Massage Reviews

I have had treatments from both Karen And Charlton and what an amazing couple they are! You feel at home then moment you walk through the door and instantly relaxed in their care. My treatments are always tailored to suit my needs at the time, so whatever is going on, I always get a perfect personalised treatment plan. Caring, attentive and professional - I would recommend them to everyone! Cat Palmer

Has been couple of years now that I go regularly. Due to work I tend to have few issues with my muscles. Charlton and Karen are both very professional and helpful. Glad I have found it. Leonardo.

One of the best massage's I have ever had. Left feeling 100 times more relaxed than when I went in. Full body massage is highly recommended. Aftercare is also very good was given some really useful exercises to do. Lynn Fogerty.

Had a number of Deep tissue massage with Karen and charlton and the best I have ever had.Ian Sears

I have a couple of full body massages from Charlton. Apart from being relaxing and alleviating the stresses of life they have really helped with long-term aches and pains. Highly recommended, a great guy and a fantastic service! Steve Nightingale

I had a massage with Charlton and I would recommend him, what he did to my neck and shoulders was amazing. I'll never go back to anyone else again! Louisa Thomasine

I've had a full body massage and reflexology treatment at Essential Feeling & the services that I received was of an exceptional standard that I have not ever received before from any other company. The staff were very friendly and made me feel at home. Mike Dormer

I had a great deep tissue massage by Charlton @ Essential Feeling. Charlton made me feel very welcome and comfortable during my visit. I would fully recommend Essential Feeling who offer a friendly, professional service, with a relaxed atmosphere. Helen, Romford

I have received two full body massages from Essential Feeling and enjoyed them both very much. I left feeling relaxed and I have noticed sustained improvement to longstanding aches and pains. Charlton made me feel totally at ease and provided a professional service in a relaxed setting. I would thoroughly recommend Essential Feeling if you have muscular aches, are feeling stressed or are just feeling indulgent! Natalie Sharp

The service I received was very professional. The atmosphere was very relaxing, the massage was expertly done and I left feeling refreshed. Nick Gaskell

Recently moved to Romford and was looking for a place where I could get both a relaxing and sports focused massage. Essential feeling left me feeling relaxed and revitalised. I would highly recommend them to anyone. James S Hornchurch

I have a very stressful job which requires me to work long hours, where I suffer with a lot of shoulder/neck tension as a result of sitting at my desk for long periods of time. I found Essential Feeling extremely helpful, we went through a thorough consultation process at the start concentrating on troubled spots. I noticed a huge improvement on my first treatment which is being maintained throughout future sessions I am currently having. One thing I will mention as I do work long hours, Essential Feeling are more than accommodating on timings and would always book me in early mornings or late nights to fit around my schedule. A real pleasure to find such a gem of a company. Thank you. Pippa Housego

A very relaxing massage, it really eased the pain in my shoulders after just one hour - no mean feat considering it had been there for 6 months prior! Paul Burton

A friendly and professional service that I always go back to on a regular basis. I teach martial arts and weight lift so the deep tissue massage helps to maintain flexibility. Richard Young

Reflexology Reviews

After struggling to fall pregnant with baby number 2, I was prepared to try anything. Someone recommended reflexology and although I was dubious, thought 'what do I have to lose?'. Karen was welcoming, attentive and really listened to my story. The sessions I had with her were so relaxing and whether it was this or the treatment itself, in only 5 sessions or so I was pregnant! After almost 2 years of trying, I am so grateful to Karen's magic hands!! Laura Coyle

Would recommend to anyone. Lovely professional service. Karen made me feel very relaxed and couldn't be happier with the treatment I received. Will continue to be a regular client. Kerry Sharp

Have had reflexology with Karen numerous times. She is fantastic and highly skilled in what she does. Would definitely recommend!! Carly Quick

Have had reflexology with Karen numerous times. She is fantastic and highly skilled in what she does. Would definitely recommend!! Nina Shirinian

Can’t thank you enough for all the progress made. Suzanne

Thanks for being so amazing x Sonal

Just wanted to say thank you so much - I can see the tendons in my feet again this morning! Nicky

Thanks so much Karen. Normal delivery in 8 hours despite the fact she was nearly 8lb!! Will be recommending reflexology to all :) x All went very well.  Although I was contracting 8 hours I went in to hospital and she was born 2 and a half hours later and so probably only 3 hours or so of what we call active labour.  Thank you again :)

All went really well.  Labour was 1 hour 6 minutes.  Makes a change to the last one which was 4 days!! I think reflexology really helped x Jo

I can’t explain how much positive I feel after today, I’m really looking forward to next Saturday. Thanks so much for today. Sonia

Blogger Reviews

We were asked by the Association of Reflexologists to do a reflexology treatment for a blogger.  Here is what she wrote about us

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