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Alison Strauss – The Massage Specialist KZN

My unique style of massage has evolved over the past 28 years, I combine several techniques, and offer services from a neurological-science perspective, with a heavy focus on nurturing the human body, to obtain relief and balance. I have a passionate interest in women's health, using all my knowledge, I bespoke my treatments for each client and specifically use the healing art of massage for and your babe before and after birth.

My story

After 15 of my 19 years of marriage spent struggling to have a child and several losses at different stages of pregnancy, I’ve personally experienced the need for special care before, during and after pregnancy. I now have 1 miracle babe. Through these life experiences, I’ve gained plenty of valuable knowledge which has also given me personal intuition. This enables me to help others on their journey to motherhood and I do it with gusto and dedication!

I share what I value

I believe that women who are assisted and nurtured from conception to the birth of their babies feel more knowledgeable and empowered, and have more self-confidence in their mothering abilities. Because of this, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge. I also promote specialised products through enlightening presentations and seminars.

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My industry experience

Since 1997, I have created impressions on people’s lives. My journey started with Lasting Impressions health and beauty studio. When I began to concentrate solely on helping mums and babes, I let the studio go in order to continue focusing on what is still my absolute passion. I have hands-on experience in a variety of fields relating to the health and wellness industry including: specialised massage therapy, doula services, infant massage, aqua and Preggy fitness, and lecturing.

I am a long-term registered member of the International Association for Infant Massage (IAIM) and have attended many infant/baby/toddler/nutrition/ massage seminars to increase my knowledge in this field.

As well as continuously furthering my own education through seminars related to my fields of speciality, I’m a highly motivated professional Somatologist and hold both local and international qualifications that have taught me the value of positive Touch and nurturing, the human body.

These include:

  • Somatologist    Jill Farquharson:  International College of Beauty Therapy (1991)
  • I.B.T.A.C.             British Confederation of Beauty & Health (1991)
  • I.D.E.S.C.O.         International Beauty Certificate (1993)
  • Jacquie Sunley        Movement & Exercise/Customer Relations
  • The South African Red Cross (First Aid renewed as required by law)
  • International Association of Infant Massage (Europe & South Africa)
  • Sacred Space Doula Training (South Africa)

I have also practised around the world (Mauritius, England, Austria, and, The Netherlands) as:

  • Massage specialist & beauty therapist
  • Yoga teacher / muscle movement & exercise: Theory & practical
  • Aqua teacher (specialising in injuries and special needs/pregnancy)
  • Infant Massage Instructor – Workshops for Moms & Babes
  • Massage Training for AIDS caregivers
  • Physiotherapy Workshop presenter
  • Doula / Doula massage trainer

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you and helping to give you the best possible experience of pregnancy that any mum-to-be can have!

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About The Massage Specialist

Our Vision And Mission Statement:

The Massage Specialist wishes to create increased awareness of our unique, specialised massage treatments and services offered within our multi-faceted, continually successful business! The Massage Specialist achieves excellence in business by striving for happy, loyal customers who attain their desired objectives and results through our specialised massage and other personalised services, offered by our multi-faceted business - we encourage limitless possibilities!

Customer Relations:

Your satisfaction is my highest priority.  I'm privileged to serve you with my highest level of attention and expert skill at all times.  As a client of The Massage Specialist, you can expect the quality and service expected from an industry leader.  In your interests, my business is always evolving to facilitate the needs of my clients.


I endeavour to have happy, relaxed clients, who enjoy their treatments in a peaceful, friendly studio.

Our Values:

All offerings at The Massage Specialist are strongly underpinned with nurturing, healing, and empowering.