Having always had a love of the countryside and outdoor activities I travelled to New Zealand to work and pursue my career. I soon developed an interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation ( MSK ), the assessment and treatment of muscle, tendon, joint, soft-tissue and nerve structures. On returning to the UK I continued my professional development and gained qualifications in manual therapy, exercise and movement focused courses and continuing to work in the NHS and private practice. I became aware of the Integrated Systems Model, an evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment, with the focus on the person at the centre of the rehabilitation plan; allowing me to work with clients to help achieve their goals and ultimately improve quality of life.
I was introduced to the APPI method of Pilates in 2012, a movement based treatment approach which fits entirely with this model of rehabilitation.
After completing all my APPI Mat work and Reformer Pilates training (2012–2015), I set up a local Physiotherapy & Pilates practice combining my passion for pilates and MSK rehabilitation. The physio and pilates studio is set in a picturesque garden, a countryside location with peaceful surroundings, adding to the holistic experience, yet with close proximity to main roads, providing easy access and ample parking facilities.
I believe that by gaining knowledge and understanding we can improve our body awareness, feel more ease in our movement with improved health and wellbeing benefits. I aim to provide a friendly, supportive yet professional service, engaging clients in a high level of rehab with enthusiasm and committment to help you achieve your goals. With the combination of highly skilled manual therapy and giving individual attention to those who require a high level of specialisation in Pilates, producing long-term benefits.
Committment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development ) and Evidence based Practice.
What is Pilates?
“Pilates is a method of exercise, which aims to encourage the use of the mind to develop core postural muscle strength, stability and flexibility resulting in more efficient and graceful movement.” – Joseph Pilates
History of Pilates
Joseph Humbertus was born in Germany in 1880. He had to fight a physical weakness, spent his childhood determined to overcome his ailments of rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Instead of following an established fitness regime, he experimented with many different approaches; studying yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training, which all influenced him and he chose aspects of each to develop his own body.
By absorbing these methods and selecting the most effective, Joseph was able to work out a system which had the perfect balance of strength and flexibility.
Benefits of Pilates
Retrain correct movement patterns
Improve postural awareness
Correct poor muscle control
Stretch for flexibility
Improve overall muscle strength
Improve general fitness
Reduce stress / anxiety
Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP HCPC
APPI Pilates Instructor