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, which led to her completing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health and Continence and setting up Esthesis Physiotherapy as the Principal Physiotherapist.

Melissa is also a member of the APA, Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group of the APA and the Continence Foundation of Australia and works closely with a number of GPs, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to help provide an integrated approach to managing a variety of health issues.

Melissa is dedicated to treating women of all ages, helping them to improve their overall health and well-being. Her main areas of interest include:

  • General Physiotherapy and Injury Management
  • Pre and Post-Natal Care
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Management of Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Low back and Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Pre and Post Gynaecological Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Neck Pain and Headaches
  • Exercise prescription

Melissa has 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.

melissa connell, women's health physiotherapist, largs bay, west lakes, minlaton


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