I started my professional life as a Solicitor while teaching fitness on the side.
When I married and had my 3 children, I trained as a Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapist after building a bespoke building in our garden. Finding that I had a fascination with the human body, I... [read more]
I have been in the complementary therapy field for over twenty years. I began with an excellent grounding in anatomy and physiology. From there I qualified in therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, seated acupressure, oriental face massage, clinical hypnotherapy and psychology, reiki, and most recently Bowen Technique. I... [read more]
I have been a physio since 1988 and an osteopath since 1998.........I find my work challenging and fascinating.
Every day is different, every client is different, every treatment is different
There are plenty of things I'm not so good at treating so I have surrounded myself with a team of skilled colleagues (physios,... [read more]
Sophie is a qualified Pilates Teacher and Myofascial Release Therapist.
Sophie offers Pelvic Floor Training, Pilates One to Ones, specialist Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates and group classes.
I have been working as a Pilates Teacher in Reading and Caversham for over ten years now. I love the way my skills can help... [read more]
Head Physio Andrew Binning qualified in 1990. He worked 1 year in the NHS before moving onto St Mirren FC for 7 years. He also worked for Alloa and East Stirling FC, the Glasgow Lions, Paisley Pirates and the Scottish Football Association. In 1998, Paisley Physiotherapy Centre was formed and the... [read more]
Clinical Pilates focuses on posture, core stability, balance, strength, flexibility and breathing to treat a variety of muscular injuries. It is an adaptation of traditional Pilates in that the client is normally treated on an individual basis by a physiotherapist and given a target program specific to their injuries.
Clinical Pilates can help people with a variety of conditions including:
It can lead to improved posture, increased strength and greater flexibility. It can also help prevent injuries, provide better control over breathing, improve body toning and reduce stress.
Prior to commencing Clinical Pilates you will undergo an initial hour long consultation where the practitioner will assess the injury as well as the cause of the injury. Further sessions are likely to be 30 to 60 mins which will involve matt work and a range of equipment.
There is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification for mat based pilates, but there is no formal qualification for teaching pilates using equipment. This level 3 qualification is ratified by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA) and is overseen by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs - a UK regulatory body set up to ensure instructors meet industry standards). This qualification is voluntary and not all pilates teachers have the qualification or are registered with REPSs). Many teachers of Clinical Pilates are qualified Physiotherapists. Practitioners can join a professional association and they do require members to provide proof of qualifications, as well as adhering to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Professional bodies that Clinical Pilates practitioners may be members of include:
It is important you feel safe with the Pilates instructor and therefore we would advise you choose one that is qualified and a member of a professional association. All counsellors on the site have indicated they are registered with one, however it advised you also make the necessary checks.