Alternative Therapies

Whilst we are predominantly a physiotherapy practice, we have allied professionals working with us.

Pilates exercises are based on a regime of stretching, strengthening and body awareness. This can help to control posture, improve trunk stability and prevent joint injury. Clinical pilates exercises are adapted from the ‘traditional’ form to retain the benefits but remove potential strain, making them suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels.

Is Pilates for me?

Clinical pilates has exercises to suit almost everyone, whatever their age, flexibility or previous fitness regime. Exercises are adapted for those with back or neck pain, shoulder problems or hip and knee problems. 

How will I be taught?

Most clients benefit from an individual session prior to booking a class, in order to assess posture and stability and discuss any concerns or problems. From this session a tailored home programme can be devised for practice at home. All our classes are small which allows the physiotherapist to give you plenty of attention; classes include breath exercises for stretching and strengthening

What if I’ve tried Pilates classes before?

If you’ve previously enjoyed classes but are ‘out-of-practice’, small classes or individual sessions can help ease you back to your previous level. This is especially important if you have sustained an injury and need a graded programme to return to fitness. If you’ve tried a pilates class and didn’t think it suited you, why not try individual approach. Take advantage of one-to-one tuition and support and learn the exercises at home at your own pace. Many people find a class environment difficult it they haven’t had time to master the basics.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment are two major parts of Chinese Medicine, they both are based on the same diagnoses and both are treating patient as a whole connected unit.

Acupuncture is a unique physical treatment based on ancient Chinese philosophy: the human body is connected by many meridians, and the energy (Qi) floating within the meridians affects our well-being. Acupuncture helps to keep the energy floating regularly within the body and connect the human body with external natural surroundings. Recent modern scientific researches have collected rich data of the effectiveness of Acupuncture regarding Pain Relief.

Chinese herbal treatment is one of the greatest herbal systems of this world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Due to its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness, it has for centuries had a great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.

The recent battle against COVID-19 in Wuhan (China) has proved the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine.

Katherine (also known as Zhi-Hua) studied Chinese Medicine since she was 16 years old, after spending 5 years of learning in Nan Jing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she gained a Bachelor Degree of Medicine at the age of 21.  She worked in Nan Jing Red-Cross Hospital in China after her graduation, during which time she gained intensive clinical experience in both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

In May 2000, Katherine came to the UK working as a TCM doctor.  Her fluent English helps her to understand the British culture and her patients very well. Katherine has worked in Bedfordshire since 2005 and joined our clinic in Nov 2010.

If you have any chronic or acute conditions which cannot be dealt with by conventional medicine or treatment, her appointments are available in our clinic every Thursday from 8:30am-4pm. She also works from another two local clinics during the week and weekend.

Katherine is a registered acupuncturist with Bedford Borough and Central Bedford Council, she also is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

Swedish massage is a classical massage, which is applied with a light or medium pressure. It mainly involves gliding, kneading and percussion movements , to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles. This improves the circulation to the area, and allows the muscles to relax. Each hourly session includes a health assessment, hands on massage, and a short rest period at the end.

1 hour session: £45