"Thanks to Theresa and Body Works I have experienced significant improvements to the various ‘challenges’ to my body since I was 80. The original physiotherapy sessions in 2012 (recommended by the shoulder consultant) helped to keep the shoulder in use and subsequent...
I am a patient and a Pilates student with Theresa. The fact that she is both a physio and a teacher of Pilates says a great deal about her approach to looking after her students and patients and helping them to look after themselves.
I feel in very good hands when being treated by Theresa. She really knows what she’s doing and is also very intuitive and reassuring, which is as essential when being treated physically for me. I could not recommend her more highly or more confidently both as a physio and as a teacher of Pilates.
Bodyworks is a great and long established practice, and the support staff are friendly and really efficient at getting back to you about appointments. We are very lucky to have them on our doorstep.
“Having been told by my GP that the strange symptoms I was experiencing as a result of a back problem were due to stress and that I should try Pilates, I contacted Theresa Bell at Body Works. I was so relieved and elated to be told on my first appointment with her that my symptoms were real and a result of the peripheral nerves becoming inflamed due to my lower back problem. I was taught some basic Pilates exercises to be carried out at least twice a day at home and within a week my symptoms had disappeared. I was also able to walk without pain using my core muscles as instructed.
I have continued to see Theresa weekly over the last two years for studio Pilates sessions and also on numerous occasions as a physiotherapist when having acute episodes of pain. She always seems to know exactly where the problem is and I always leave feeling so much better than when I arrived… and what’s more it is fun!
Thank you Theresa! One Very Happy Customer!”
Graham, a postman, had 5 physiotherapy treatments for lower back pain. After completing his treatment he said that he would recommend Body Works for the following reasons:
“I felt nervous about physiotherapy before for I came in for the first time, but the practice was warm and friendly and Theresa was smart and reassuring. Everything was explained clearly and I was given a simple exercise programme to follow. I felt comfortable during and after each session. Theresa was able to answer any questions in an understandable manner. It helped me feel alot better, thank you.”
Ruby aged 9 attended 4 physiotherapy sessions for longstanding lower leg and heel pain when walking and ballet dancing. After 4 treatment sessions (which included soft tissue massage, stretches, advice and exercises to improve leg alignment, strength and calf flexibility, reduce pain and improve alignment when walking and doing ballet) Ruby was discharged by Theresa as her pain was significantly better and leg biomechanics improved. She has since passed her ballet exam she was preparing for.
“When I was in the car to go to you for the first time I was really scared, but afterwards I was absolutely fine. When I got home I couldn’t wait to go back again. I will be really sad that I will not be going back again.”
— Ruby, aged 9
“I think many people are not aware of the importance of breathing in Pilates exercises. I have asthma, and I find the emphasis on controlled breathing very helpful, I invariably go out of the session breathing better than when I came in. When I am not well I use Pilates exercises and visualisation to help me control my breathing, and having strong core muscles and improved posture enables me to remain more active during bad spells.
The emphasis on slow, controlled movement and the relaxed atmosphere make it an ideal environment for those with breathing problems – there is no competitive spirit or pressure to “keep up”. Theresa is very aware of one’s specific difficulties and encourages everyone to work in an individual way. I have been coming to classes for over 10 years and I am convinced it has really helped me to live with my asthma.”
— Meredith Wilson
“I started Pilates to ease back pain (sciatica) and Body Works has been instrumental in helping me along the road to recovery.
Working in he studio based classes is always fun and even on one of my ” bad days” there is always something I can do. I have seen a reduction in my symptoms and an improvement in my posture and strength, I am back working full time.
I have on occasion required “hands on” physiotherapy and acupuncture – booking appointments was quick and easy, no waiting around for weeks.
Would I recommend Body Works? Absolutely! I couldn’t have done it without them. Many thanks.”
— Di Noon
“I suffered from debilitating headaches almost every day. The GPs eliminated “serious” illnesses. Painkillers weren’t working. I felt I was on my own.
I started to go to Body Works and immediately felt I was being taken seriously. The combination of treatment and simple exercises brought noticeable improvement. My headaches diminished week by week and by the end of the course I was feeling so much better.
My headaches have not returned and I am certainly going to keep going with those exercises.”