Meet your therapists

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. Hence, they take appointments 7 days a week from early mornings through into the evenings. We understand what it’s like.
Each has their own speciality besides both being experts in post surgery aftercare. And both are also passionate about helping you improve the quality of your life. Charlie is an expert in massage and radiofrequency therapy; and Karen in reflexology. Both are qualified in pregnancy. Find out more about each of them below.

If you’d like to find out more, use the menu above, or text us on 07941 668456 or book your session using our online booking system now.

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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 in 2010 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. Since qualifying, Charlie has continued his professional development, and now mixes massage modalities to customise your treatment plan.

As well as being qualified and experienced in Massage and Advanced Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), 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 session which he’ll tailor for your needs.

Post Surgery

Both Karen and Charlie are post surgery aftercare specialists. Karen manages the site in Central London and Charlie provides the same in Romford, Essex. In addition to this Charlie also provides the radiofrequency post surgery skin tightening service in Gidea Park. Both are referred from doctors in Harley Street and Knightsbridge.

Affiliated with Harley Street

We are both proud to be affiliated with Harley Body Clinic on London’s prestigious Harley Street as a recommended provider of their manual lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage & skin tightening treatments.

Karen is your fertility specialist (reflexology & massage) in Essex, and also works out of the Mayfair branch with our post surgery clients there.

The power reflexology to balance the effects of persistent wellness issues still amazes Karen. This could be fertility and bringing on labour to mental problems, including stress, but also depression and Alzheimer’s (to name a few). She is also fully qualified in spinal reflexology, which she and Charlie may combine with massage to ease back pain. She particularly loves the clients whose only medical remedy for their pain is surgery.

Karen is a member of the Association of Reflexologists and carries the letters MAR after her name which show she is not only a registered reflexologist which is a sign of professional excellence in itself, but the letters are also an assurance that Karen has met the strictest standards of reflexology and is committed to constantly developing her skills and knowledge base.

Karen is also qualified in Anatomy and Physiology with a special interest in the disease of the human body as well as being 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.

“Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential Feeling. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable… I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages.”

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Matthew Hassell
Matthew Hassell
13:38 27 Oct 21
Superb sports massage and service. Would highly recommend to everyone. My mum gets massages done regularly here and... they’re always well priced and definitely do the job!read more
Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly recommended.read more
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
09:14 26 Oct 21
I cancelled my appointment due to illness and I was expecting to receive a refund almost four weeks ago and no refund... issued. Don't waste time calling they don't answer their phone. I understand their services are good. However, very poor customer service...read more
Ellis Evans
Ellis Evans
18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly recommended.read more
Adebimpe Bodunrin
Adebimpe Bodunrin
17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and team.read more
Dana Caushi
Dana Caushi
19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly recommended.read more
Emma Hancock
Emma Hancock
08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular customer.read more
Manpreet Kaur
Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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