Esthesis – meaning ‘a sensation of touch’ is a physiotherapy practice established in 2015 by Melissa Connell in the lovely seaside community of Largs Bay. Whilst supporting clients with a range of issues, women’s health is its specialty.

After graduating from the University of South Australia in 2000 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Melissa went on to work in a number of different Musculoskeletal private practices, in which time she gained extensive experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Her passion for women’s health and pelvic floor physiotherapy developed throughout her career. This led to her completing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health and Continence and setting up Esthesis Physiotherapy in 2015 as the Principal Physiotherapist.

Melissa is also a member of the APA and Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group and works closely with a number of GPs, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Melissa is dedicated to treating women of all ages, helping them to improve their overall health and well-being. Her areas of interest include:
-Pre and postnatal care
-Pelvic Organ Prolapse
-Pre and Post Gynaecological Surgery
-Pelvic Pain
-Pelvic Floor dysfunction
Plus a range of other Women’s Health issues.

Melissa has also completed levels 1-4 of Clinical Pilates training through Dance Medicine Australia and worked in various Pilates studios within Australia and believes that improving people’s movement patterns in conjunction with manual therapy is vital in long term rehabilitation.

Hip treatment at Esthesis Physiotherapy Largs Bay


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