In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body – Joseph Pilates.
- Beginners – Intensive Introduction: The intensive introduction will consist of 60 minutes private tuition learning basic Pilates principles, enabling beginners to move forward with understanding and confidence.
- One-to-one: personalised individual tuition.
- Studio sessions: where you work under the direction of a teacher with individual workouts which allow safe and effective progression of your individual programme.
- Pilates classes: working in small groups in our studio at set class times. The level of the classes varies from beginners to advanced.
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Deep tissue massage
Using slow strokes and deep pressure points, the focus is on deep muscle tissue and aims to release chronic patterns of tension. It is particularly effective in treating neck, shoulder and back tension, whiplash injuries, persistent ‘tension’ headaches and restriction in muscular movement.
Also known as ‘remedial’ or ‘sports’ massage, deep tissue massage is not just beneficial to athletes. It is highly recommended for people with physically demanding jobs and those troubled by postural or emotional stress.
Essentially a means of relaxation, this type of massage is a perfect way to de-stress and relax. The soothing application technique, using gentle strokes and stretches, allows the body and mind time to slow down and gain some respite from the ever-increasing pressures of hectic, modern life.
Therapeutic massage is extremely effective for anyone suffering from fatigue, severe emotional stress or trauma.
What kind of massage is best for you?
Our massage therapists are professionally trained and when you come along for your appointment, they will discuss your condition with you and advise on the best massage therapy to help you.
Some conditions can specifically affect women. This can happen at any age, but more often during and after pregnancy and around the menopause. These problems are very common, 1 in 3 women may be affected, but very few seek help.
- Stress or urge incontinence
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy related back pain
These conditions need to be treated by a physiotherapist with a special interest and training in this field.
Why do these conditions occur?
Stability and support around the pelvis is often compromised by hormonal changes, pregnancy, the way we use our bodies and just the way that we are designed.
Support for the pelvic organs, the low back and pelvis are by an intricate arrangement of muscles and their connecting tissue. When there is damage to this system or the nerves which supply them, the ability to close off the bladder and bowel exits, support for the pelvic organs, spine and pelvis may fail.
These problems are very common as many as 1 in 3 women are affected, but very few seek help.
A study by Wilson et al in 2002 showed that at 7 years post partum 45% of women were incontinent. Restoring pelvic floor muscle function is very important to both treating and preventing these conditions.
Physiotherapy will help in the majority of cases. The aim is to correct any dysfunction of the pelvis, teach correct contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles and re establish good bladder and bowel habits.
It is usually necessary to perform a painless vaginal examination to check the pelvic floor muscles. There is some equipment we may use to help with assessment and treatment. EMG which shows your muscle strength in graph form on a computer and Muscle stimulation which is used if the muscles are very weak.
Pilates is a very effective way to build up and maintain pelvic floor muscle strength.
Who do I see to get help?
Sarah Thomas is an experienced, chartered physiotherapist who has had specialist training in this field with over 10 years experience and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health. Sarah works closely with local gynaecology consultants and can refer you directly if further tests are necessary.
How do I make an appointment?
You can refer yourself directly for physiotherapy. You can fund your own treatment or pay through private health insurance (check with them first as you may need a GP referral). All appointments are discreet, simply request an appointment with Sarah. There’s no need to explain what it’s for.
Phone us on 01233 611776 with any queries. Calls will be confidential.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art developed over the last 4,000 years, predominantly in China. Working on the body’s vital energy flow, very fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points so that the body’s healing response is stimulated to restore it to its natural state of balance.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received. Acupuncture treats the whole person, rather than symptoms in isolation, working to improve overall well being through helping to recover equilibrium between mind, body and spirit.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to those used in blood tests and injections. They are much finer and are much less painful. When a fine needle is inserted a slight prick may be felt or nothing at all. A tingling or heavy sensation is often felt when the acupuncture point is reached. The number of needles varies greatly but may be only two or three. While the needles are in place (usually 20 minutes or more) a feeling of pleasant relaxation is often experienced.
What can acupuncture help?
Stimulating the body’s self-healing mechanism; it is effective for a variety of conditions including:
- Headache and migraine
- Pain from arthritic joints
- Back pain, sciatica
- Joint and muscle pain and spasm
- Acute sporting injuries
- Chronic postural problems
- Neck pain
What does treatment involve?
At the initial consultation, we take a full history and diagnose both the underlying problem/s and the likelihood of acupuncture to alleviate the symptoms. Each patient’s case is assessed by the practitioner and treatment is tailored to the individual. Treatment might be once a week at the start, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. The length of a course will vary with the nature and duration of the problem, individual constitution and response to acupuncture. A typical course may involve 5-8 treatments, after which a review is conducted. Longstanding conditions may take longer to improve, while more recent conditions tend to respond more quickly.
Professional standards and safety
Our physiotherapists who use acupuncture are fully qualified members of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association (AACP). All needles are pre-sterilised and disposable.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 to 19:00 (last appointment)
Physiotherapy – Women’s Health:
Mon / Wed / Thu: 09:30 to 17:00
Thu / Fri: 09:00 to 17:00
See timetable on ‘Pilates’ page