Tess Bio

The heart and soul behind Healing With Tess, is Tess Nikolopoulos Skudlark, a well respected healing arts therapist and familiar face in the West Valley, Calabasas, Topanga and Westside communities for nearly two decades.

Tess is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Yoga Instructor and SVA Ayurveda practitioner. With a hunger and deep passion for healing, she loves continuing to learn and explore healing modalities and integrate them into her practice.

Tess was attuned through Reiki Master Teacher by the amazing Reiki Master/Teacher Dr. Katayoun “Kathy” Kangarloo and also received training in Craniosacral Therapy. Through her own experiences with energy work, she believes that experiencing deep spiritual connection is essential to healing and wellness.

Tess is also a certified, California licensed and insured massage practitioner (Lic #57705). She has received training in a variety of modalities over the years but primarily uses a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Structural, Trigger Point, Myofascial (including the use of myofascial tools such as the Fasciablaster), Ayurvedic and Lymphatic techniques. She also trained with the well-respected Saul David Raye in Thai Yoga Therapy and will often incorporate therapeutic yoga stretches into her sessions. Tess is currently embarking on deeper studies of the lymphatic system and continues taking workshops with Dr. Perry Nickleston. Tess believes in the essential power of touch, and the incredible healing that occurs from peeling away the built-up and stored layers of tension, stored emotions and trauma and restoring balance and freedom of flow to the system.

In addition, Tess completed training and certification in yoga and Ayurveda with Mas Vidal through Dancing Shiva’s Veda Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training Program.

Tess’ approach to yoga practice is to offer it as a physical form of spiritual ritual or as she refers to it “body prayer”.   Her instruction is based on Raja Yoga or the traditional eight limbed path and Ayurveda,  and are taught in the vinyasa flow style. This includes traditional yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, chanting and other yogic practices with focus on cultivating a deep relationship with the inner self.

Tess has been studying Ayurveda for many years. She has received training and certification in Ayurvedic Bodywork through California College of Ayurveda and also is a certified Ayurveda Practitioner & Herbalist through Ayurvedic Living School. She was blessed to have a sacred relationship with her mentor, the late and great Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra and continues to study Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda, his lineage. She accepts Ayurveda clients on a case by case basis.

Tess has had her own personal yoga and meditation practice for over twenty years. Her dharma in life, or main objective is to facilitate her clients with the love, wisdom, healing touch and guidance needed for discovering the real healer – the healer within.  She is honored and grateful to share her passion for healing and wellness with you. Thank you for visiting this site!  Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Peace.

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