Meet the Team

Our team currently consists of fully qualified Massage therapists and Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessors.

All our Essential Vitality Massage Practitioners have attained high standards of training and qualifications in On-Site Massage and are fully insured.  Our DSE Assessors have the appropriate training and, where required, are trained to conduct DSE Assessments virtually, as well as face-to-face.

Essential Vitality always aims to provide the highest standards of service and customer care, both in person and with our virtual well-being services.

‘Caring’ is one of Essential Vitality’s core values. We care about your employees and we want each person to gain from our professional expertise. Our Well-being services are a culmination of our years of training, experience and advising on health and wellbeing topics to support your staff and their well-being.

Paola Saunders

Essential Vitality Paola Saunders giving a Seated acupressure massage - on-site massageHello, I am Paola Saunders and I established Essential Vitality’s Corporate On-Site Massage service in 2007.

I am proud of how much the business has achieved so far. For me, Essential Vitality has allowed me to combine work with devoting time to my family. I am very excited about the future for Essential Vitality and plan to expand the service and build on our professional team of practitioners, and DSE Assessors.

Whilst we’re not able to provide workplace massages, I’m delighted to continue supporting well-being whilst employees are working from home or transitioning back to the office. We have introduced a range of virtual well-being services to help companies demonstrate their genuine commitment to employee welfare.

All our Virtual Well-Being services provide effective methods for promoting self-care.Essential Vitality's Virtual Well-Being SErvices

Helping people to feel good whilst at work or working from home, and taking care of themselves, leads to a happier and healthier workforce. I am keen to inform and educate people on how to sit correctly whilst working at their desk, and how this can make a positive difference to well-being.

Qualifications and Experience

With a HND in Beauty Therapy, I have over 25 years’ experience in the Health & Beauty Industry and have worked in a number of prestigious health clubs.
National Massage Championships awarded 2nd place Chair MassageI gained a Diploma in Seated Acupressure Massage (On-Site Massage) in 2006 after completing 50 massage case studies and a 6-day training course over 6 weeks. I continue to update and revise my skills in On-Site Massage with regular workshops and training. I have been trained by some of the best massage practitioners in the field.

In 2018 I received 2nd place award at the UK National Massage Championships for Chair Massage.

Additional qualifications include a DSE Assessors Certificate, Virtual DSE Assessment training, PureStretch, and diplomas in Clinical Aromatherapy and Thermal Stone Massage.

When I have time!

In my leisure time I love designing and making clothes – a skill I have practised since I was 9 years old! I also love getting out in the fresh air either gardening or going out with family and friends. I keep active by exercising, which helps to balance out my love of cooking and baking cakes!

Anne-Marie Manners

Hi, I’m Anne-Marie, I began working life as an administrative and social research assistant in the Civil Service, before succumbing to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In the process of recovery, I developed an interest in Complementary Health, particularly in relation to pain management and stress relief. I decided to retrain in massage, and to focus on treatments suitable for use in the workplace. Having seen and experienced the effect of workplace stress, I very much wanted to become a part of the solution, helping those in working environments to relax, maintain their health and be at their best.

I qualified in Indian Head Massage through ITEC and Hand Reflexology through the London School of Reflexology, before training in Seated Acupressure with the Association of Onsite Massage. It is very rewarding to see the positive effect of these treatments on people’s wellbeing – both immediately and over time. What I love most about them is that they work on the mind and body together to bring relief from strains and stresses to both at once. And of course, they make people feel good!

Taking inspiration from Paola I have also trained as a DSE Assessor.  This is such a practical qualification and valuable addition to our on-site massage services, focussing on prevention of pain and injury and reducing the risks from incorrect working posture.

In my spare time, I like to get out and about in the natural world, whether that be walking in local woodland or tending to my own garden. I also enjoy helping my daughter with arts, crafts and science activities.

Helen Hopkin

Hi, I’m Helen and I qualified with a Diploma in On-Site Massage with the Academy of On-Site Massage in 2004, with on-going follow up courses in No-Hands Massage and Advanced Seated Acupressure. I enjoy providing Corporate On-Site Acupressure Massage and Indian Head Massage to Companies in the North West.

I’m also a Professional Clinical Aromatherapist (qualified 1998) and have qualifications in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stone Massage. In 2012 I qualified in Professional Clinical Reflexology, with qualifications in Nerve Reflexology and many other Reflexology specialisms. I offer these therapies to individuals.  My background is in Exercise and Sports Coaching and I have a keen interest in Yoga.

Debbie Foster

Up until March 2020 Debbie Foster was a valued member of the Essential Vitality team. She is a very warm and caring person and Massage Therapist. “To know that I am going into workplaces, where people are generally the most stressed and tense and that I can make a positive difference to their day, and to their lives, is very rewarding. I love the fact that On-Site Massage reaches the people who need massage the most!” This really comes across in Debbie’s work ethic and her massages.

Debbie trained and qualified in Seated Acupressure (On-Site) Massage with the Academy of On-Site Massage in 2010 and Additional Skills in 2011.  At present she has taken a career change but I am hopeful that one day we might be able to work together again.

Julie McGall

Hello, I’m Julie and after 20 years of corporate life, working at a desk, behind a computer, with its associated stress (and agonising shoulder tension!) I took the plunge in 2013 to pursue my dream of a much more fulfilling and rewarding career in complementary therapies. As well as gaining a City & Guilds Diploma in Seated Acupressure at the Academy of On-Site Massage, my training has included gaining qualifications in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Hot Stones and Deep Tissue Massage.

One of the things I like most about being a Seated Massage therapist is that it really does make a difference. Apart from easing the physical tension and both relaxing and energising staff it has an effect on morale. I am often told that people look forward to coming to work when it is massage day! After my years working in an office, it’s great that I can help to make a positive difference to someone’s day at work – I think On-Site Massage is simply fantastic.

Julie has worked for Essential Vitality in the past and I hope that we can work together in future.

If you’re a qualified Seated Acupressure Massage therapist and are interested in joining Essential Vitality please get in touch

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