Therapists Biographies

Hayley Sheard

I qualified in 2001 with a Sports Studies degree from University College Worcester.   In 2007 I graduated from Chester University with a post-grad diploma in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

I have worked in gyms, taught exercise classes and provided exercise rehabilitation programs for people with long term health conditions when working for the NHS.

More recently I qualified in Sports Massage and I’m currently working towards my level 4 qualification alongside a Nutrition & Health qualification which is another topic I have interest in.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and enjoy going to the gym, participating in a variety of exercise classes and even going out for an occasional run.

Sports massage is not just for sport people, your occupation and day to day activities can affect your posture, causing niggles, pain and decreased range of movement too.   I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding a Sports Massage treatment.

Holly Pearn

Holly found her passion for wellness through Pilates. In 2014 she trained to become a Modern Pilates instructor and Sports Massage Therapist to better understand the workings of the body.

Holly has since continued her training in India, studying Yoga, Thai Massage and Indian Head massage…deepening her understanding of anatomical knowledge and yogic philosophy as well a further improving her own practice and teaching skills.

With a variety of experience working in different environments including a Physiotherapy Clinics, Bootcamps and Health & Yoga Retreats, in UK, Ibiza & Greece,

Holly regularly updates her training and attends many classes, workshops and courses to remain up to date and bring you fresh and effective techniques.

Holly will be available for relaxation, deep tissue and sports massage treatments using a variety of techniques and stretches to relieve muscle ache, tension and stress, as well as offering exercises to help rehabilitate injuries.

Elaine Parry

Elaine has been practising as a massage therapist since 2001, initially training in London then completing further training in Sydney.   She also taught massage at a well-renowned massage school in Sydney for several years before returning to the UK recently.

She is passionate about complementary health and achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.    She has also trained and worked as a naturopath and nutritionist and therefore brings a truly holistic approach to her practice.

Elaine practises Swedish, remedial, deep tissue and sports massage, Indian head massage, pre- and post-natal massage and manual lymphatic drainage.    Essential oils are used in most treatments to enhance the effects and benefits of the treatment.

A Swedish massage with Elaine will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated, whilst remedial and deep tissue treatments will alleviate musculo-skeletal pain and tension, headaches, migraines and stress.    A sports massage is great for those participating regularly in training or exercise, helping to keep soft tissues in optimal condition and addressing injuries, muscle tension and lactic acid build-up.   Lymphatic drainage is a specialised massage used for oedema and lymphoedema, especially post-breast cancer surgery but it has a variety of other uses too. Indian head massage is excellent for those who love a vigorous upper body treatment and pre- and post-natal massage are tailored to the pregnant or post-natal client.

In her leisure time, Elaine loves to practise yoga and meditation, frequent the gym and roam the hills.    She is a big animal lover and loves nothing more than to offer free massage to dogs that bound up to her on her walks!

Sarah King

I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2010 and in the past I have worked in Gyms as a Fitness instructor, Personal Trainer and Lifeguard. Recently achieving my qualification in Sports Massage Level 3 has enabled me to continue to work within the health and fitness sector alongside my 9-5 office based job.

I don’t get much time outside of having 2 jobs but when I do I enjoy travelling, walking up mountains and running.’

Lindsay Trevarthen

I have been practising Qigong, an ancient Chinese health care system that combines physical postures and breathing techniques, since 2002 and qualified as an instructor in February 2009.   I was one of the principal tutors for the Fit as a Fiddle programme, which was co-ordinated by Age UK Derby & Derbyshire between 2008 and 2012 and I am one of their approved Strictly No Falling (falls prevention) tutors.

I love teaching Qigong – in class, we combine mindfulness meditation with stretching and gentle movement, working towards a more balanced body and mind.

I continue to deepen and broaden my knowledge by attending courses, seminars and retreats to benefit my students as well as myself.

Victoria Turner

I am a BASI (Body Arts and Science International) trained Pilates Instructor having completed my training on both mat and Pilates studio equipment.

I have practiced the Pilates method for over 12 years and believe in the effectiveness of the extensive repertoire for flexibility, strength, endurance and general well being.

I have recently completed an additional training course in Pilates for the mature client.

My learning is ongoing and I will continue to attend courses to update me with Pilates and all over body conditioning.

I like to lead a healthy and active life and in addition to Pilates I run with my 2 dogs and play tennis with my husband and children.

Becky Britchford

Becky teaches what she calls Pilates with a Twist.

These classes are an opportunity to make friends with your body again and develop a healthier relationship with it. This can be particularly beneficial after pain, injury, illness or surgery.

The classes encourage the idea that movement can be fun and that respect for the body is crucial to our well-being. They mobilise stiff joints, improve balance, re-introduce good function and wake up the important stabilising muscles in all areas of the body.

Becky trained as a Personal Trainer in 2001 and added a Pilates Diploma (with the Pilates Institute) in 2004. Having taught Pilates in France and the UK for 4 years, she discovered and qualified in, Anatomy in Motion, which completely changed her thinking about the body and movement. Further varied reading, and the experience of a variety of other techniques, has led to the creation of Pilates with a Twist.

Carmella D’Afflitto

I trained at The Pilates Institute in London and have over 13 years experience with the Pilates technique.

My particular interests include ensuring thorough understanding of core stability and correct movement.   Re-educate to correct misaligned postures and muscle imbalance.   Core strength, spinal stability and pelvic stability.   Correct movement through joint rehabilitation.