Principal Osteopath/Clinic Director
Anisha qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London with a Bachelor's degree and a Diploma in
Naturopathy. Upon graduation she spent 6 months in Sydney working alongside an Australian osteopath in a busy clinic.
She uses a direct structural approach whilst incorporating soft tissue, body mechanics, hydrotherapy, ultrasound and
exercise rehabilitation. Anisha has completed the first module of cranial osteopathy, of which she plans to pursue further.
She is also fully trained in Fibromyalgia Mapping and has patients with Fibromyalgia travel from all over the country to see
As well as being principal osteopath at the Woodside Osteopathic Clinic, Anisha works 'in-house' as an osteopath in a
large law firm on Chancery Lane, Holborn offering the lawyers a personal service including postural and ergonomic advice
for their work stations. Her previous employment includes a variety of multidisciplinary clinics and Brunel University in
London working with elite athletes that compete at a professional level.
Her success lies in her experience and her supportive and friendly nature, making treatment effective as well as
informative. The treatment is catered to the individual, taking all aspect of a patient's lifestyle into consideration. Anisha
has a keen interest in sporting injuries, headaches and posture.
In her spare time Anisha will be in Starbucks grabbing a Chai tea latte or be with her family and friends enjoying a good
film and a glass of red wine.
Chris is an osteopath who graduated from the full time course at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a
Bachelor degree in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy. In 2007 he qualified in Dry Needling and has been
practicing that alongside his osteopathic and naturopathic skills.
Since qualifying Chris has continued to be interested in the sports and rehabilitation side of osteopathy and currently
enjoys working with a Commonwealth Gold Medalist, sports teams and other elite athletes. Chris has also seen the
huge benefits of partnering osteopathy with pilates classes. A keen rugby player in his time, and with a general interest
in all sport Chris has a lot of experience in the sports aspect of osteopathy and enjoys treating sport related injuries.
Chris grew his own business out of Farringdon central London. Here he was constantly seeing the effects poor work
posture and stress can have on the human body. These experiences made Chris explore into the biomechanical effects
of work posture and ergonomics and its effect on the spine. Chris enjoys teaching his patients that they can 'help
themselves' and decrease their pain by adapting their posture as well as osteopathic treatment.
A resident in Hitchin Chris will be seen around town having a coffee in his spare time or more likely out in the
countryside walking 'Neo' his dog. As a dog lover Chris plans to further his osteopathic skills into the canine and equine
fields in the futue.
Sports Massage Therapist
Robert's interest in exercise and health began while studying for a BSc in Sports Biomedicine at the University of
Dundee. Following his degree he qualified with a Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage from the NLSSM. He has a
keen interest in muscular balance using remedial exercise and stretching to aid postural alignment. To date, he has
helped a variety of patients from athletes to those who suffer with life's stresses and strains.
Robert's commitment to furthering his education and career has led him to study for an M.Ost at the British School of
Osteopathy where he hopes to graduate in 2013.
A keen fitness enthusiast, Robert maintains an excellent level of health and fitness and can often be found on the mats
training BJJ with the Tokon Academy, or when time permits indoor climbing. In his free time he enjoys cooking, eating
and drinking fine wine.
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Podiatry and Biomechanics
Gary has been in full time Podiatry practice since April 1999. Gary completed his nail surgery at Glasgow Caledonian
University and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Podiatric Musculoskeletal Medicine and a Foundation Certificate in
Podiatric Acupuncture. Gary has a keen interest in posture and has gained experience in Podiatric Biomechanics and
orthotics therapy. He is also currently working on gaining experience in Radiolase surgery for the surgical removal of
lesions and as a replacement for phenol in nail surgery. He has gained vast experience in local authority clinics, private
clinics, domiciliary work, day centres, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation. He has supplied services to
Sainsbury's and has worked at Pinehill Private Hospital, in Hitchin.
Woodside Osteopathic Clinic is the trading name for Aspire Balanced Health LTD
Helen started practicing yoga regularly as a form of exercise when she was at University in 2000. She soon became
aware of the many health benefits yoga gave her such as posture and body alignment, total body and breath
awareness, mind and body strength and relaxation.
Helen has travelled and experienced different styles of yoga in India and Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam and America.
She loves to try different styles of teaching to continuously be learning from others.
It is through her experience of Hatha yoga, Iyengar, Vini yoga, Baron Baptiste, Bikram and Vinyasa yoga that Helen has
created her own style and developed her classes to focus on breath and body awareness, dynamic and static posture
work taught with safety and individual needs in mind. Helen loves that yoga can be for everyone and encourages her
students to listen to their own bodies and develop their own yoga awareness.
Helen is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and is passionate about asana, pranayama and meditation practices in order
to reap the benefits of yoga fully. Helen believes yoga is part of her life. She has seen how yoga has helped herself
recover from a spinal injury and how students have recovered from knee and back injuries and commented on pain or
problems getting better with regular yoga practice.
In her spare time Helen enjoys her home comforts, swimming, drawing, walking their dog, and food and wine!
Throughout life Maiwenn has explored a passion for movement through many years of dance, Yoga and Thai boxing.
She stumbled across Pilates as a way to find relief from sportng injuries and daily back pain. Astounded by the impact it
had on her daily routine, as well as the possitive results in the boxing ring, Maiwenn was empowered to share Pilates
She has trained with the renowned Body Control Pilates Institute London and obtained REPS Level 4 Specialist Exercise
Instructor and Basic matwork teacher certification. Along with various pilates workshops, frequent trips to the Yoga
Retreat and Siam Healing Centre Thailand where she graduated as a Thai Massage Practitioner, she continued to
expand her knowledge of the body and apply it to all aspects of her life.
Her success lies in her ability to fully understand and challenge the human body. She is passionate to get people
healthy and to feel at peace with their bodies regardless of shape, size or natural ability.
Every client is evaluated through programs built on the integrity of 'Joseph Pilates' classical technique. Just as
importantly creativity and her ability to have a giggle will keep sessions fun and fresh!
Holistic Health Care Practitioner / Tai Chi Shibashi Practitioner
Sukh specialises in the Healing Arts and is passionate about her clients understanding of their own subconscious
limitations related to emotional stress and physical symptoms. She offers a bespoke service involving a wide
range of multiple therapies to help restore balance and well-being within the body and stresses of life.
Therapeutic modalities range from Energy Medicine, Applied Kinesiology, Ayurvedic principles, Pulse Listening,
Jin Shin, Reiki, Body Movement, and NLP amongst other natural methods.
Sukh works with clients of all ages, and successfully with a wide range of symptoms, empowering each individual to
understand and reach their optimal health potential.
She teaches Reiki, Tai Chi Shibashi, Meditation & Shakti dance. During her spare time, she loves to engage with
activities related to body movement, spiritualism, and having fun with friends.
Amanda, from a young age, always enjoyed sport, both playing and watching.Having taught Aerobics and Body
Conditioning for many years, she added Pilates to her qualifications.However, she soon realised that the way she had
been taught did not qualify her to deal with the numerous postural and bio-mechanical faults that people were
presenting with. Amanda started training with Body Control Pilates just over 6 years ago and now teaches Beginner
through to Advanced on both mat and machines. Her professional development continues. She loves the way that
Pilates can make such a difference to people's functional daily living and how easily it can be incorporated into
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Mark graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, achieving distinction in his Masters in Osteopathy
degree. He also gained a diploma in Naturopathy, which Mark uses in combination with Osteopathy to aid the healing
Mark's passion for Osteopathy stemmed from sustaining numerous sporting injuries from football and rugby; the way in
which Osteopathy helps to restore your body's balance and promotes healing greatly attracted him to pursue a career
within the profession.
As a keen sportsman, Mark is a regular visitor to his local sports clubs and he enjoys treating sports related injuries. He
also enjoys treating the older patient and seeing the benefits osteopathic treatment can have on conditions like
osteoarthritis to help prolong active life.
In his spare time, Mark is often found at the gym training with friends or eating at Nandos. Mark is an avid football
watcher and regularly travels to London to watch his beloved Chelsea.
Katharine qualified in Person Centred Counselling in 2009 and is a member of British Association for Counselling
and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Katharine offers one-to-one counselling on a weekly basis, this can be long term or time-limited counselling.
Since qualifying Katharine, has been working with teenagers, staff and parents at a local school.
She is committed to maintaining her professional development and has on-going training. She also receives independent
supervision and support on a regular basis in order to maintain and enhance good practice.
Katharine believes that being heard with a compassionate and professional understanding is one of the most healing
elements in counselling. She provides a safe and confidential environment where a client can explore their issues.
She does not give advice, nor judge what a client may say, but will help a client find their path and move forward.
Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Coach
Liam Sartorius is a freelance personal trainer and weight loss coach offering individual and group weight management
programmes. Since qualifying with Premier Global in 2003 he has completed over 10,000 personal training sessions
and coached over 400 private clients including actors, TV presenters, entrepreneurs and senior executives at leading
institutions such as BT, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Liam doesn't work with athletes or sportspeople. His expertise lies in designing weight management programmes for
mums and dads, busy professionals and hardworking men and women who struggle to find the time and motivation to stay
in shape. He has spent the last 10 years exploring and studying the science and psychology of weight management, with
a particular interest in food addiction and its role in obesity.
Liam works with people of all shapes and sizes and can see the potential in every client - no matter how big they are
or how unfit they feel. Most of his clients sign up with him when they are overweight and work with him to achieve a
healthy and sustainable weight, rather than a cover model physique.