Joanna qualified as a physiotherapist, gaining a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy at Kings College University, in 2002. Since qualifying Joanna worked for Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust where she became a senior physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients, treating a range of acute and chronic conditions. Joanna then moved into the private sector working at various private physiotherapy clinics throughout the years. She has continued to develop her skills and knowledge working with a broad spectrum of clients and with her post-graduate professional development attending training and courses. Joanna also has the experience of treating clients in the hydrotherapy setting working in the NHS and private sector. Joanna is a member of The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
Joanna became a certified APPI Pilates Instructor in 2006 and has the experience of teaching Pilates on a 1:1 level and class setting. Joanna has a special interest in assessing and treating abnormal movement patterns through the Pilates approach, bridging the gap between physiotherapy and Pilates. Joanna teaches Matwork Pilates Classes at local village halls and 1:1 Pilates sessions from her studio in Walberton. Joanna has recently trained in Reformer Pilates with the APPI, broadening her Pilates knowledge and skills.
With your Pilates instructor also being a physiotherapist, clients are provided with the highest standard of care, can receive individual programmes to consider medical and physical conditions and have access to the most recent research knowledge.
On your first appointment, Joanna will carry out a full assessment to accurately diagnose any issues you are facing. From this assessment, a treatment programme will be formulated and discussed to manage your recovery.
Physiotherapy is used to treat:
- Back and neck pain
- Peripheral joints and limb pain
- Post-operative and post-fracture rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Work related injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Postural re-education
- Whiplash injuries
- Management of conditions e.g. osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis
Pilates when performed regularly, positively changes the body. The exercises combine awareness of the core stability muscles, breathing sequence and postural correction with suppleness and flexibility. Pilates exercises use body weight, gravity and specially designed equipment to provide resistance, aid mobility, promote strength and endurance.
“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty sessions you will see the difference and in thirty sessions you will have a whole new body!” – Joseph Pilates
The benefits of Pilates are well-documented and include:
- improving postural and body awareness
- improving mobility and flexibility in all joints including the spine
- helping to alleviate pain and tension in the body
- recruitment and endurance of core postural muscles which helps prevent injuries and minimises recurrent episodes of pain
- improving balance and increasing bone density
- promoting relaxation and good mental health
Pilates provides clients with exercises that improve patterns of movement. This can then be carried over into daily functional activities and other forms of exercise, as well as being used in the rehabilitation of specific health conditions e.g osteoporosis.