Meet The Bodies Under Construction Team
The London Team
Leslie is an experienced Physiotherapist and Pilates Educator with over 25 years of Private Practice experience. Leslie has had a varied career, working with professional Cyclists and Volleyball players in South Africa, before moving to the UK over 19 years ago.
Leslie is a Pilates Master Trainer for the world renowned APPI Pilates Institute. He also has post graduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Dry needling. Over the years, Leslie has developed a passion for the wellness model of treatment. Helping patients achieve goals and desired outcomes way beyond just pain relief. He works extensively with all his staff, doing training and spends a vast amount of his time ensuring our treatment and session plans here at Bodies Under Construction keep pace with the rapid advancements that make Physiotherapy and Pilates so effective and such a 'go - to' profession for people of all ages.
Co-Founder and Lead Physiotherapist
Hollie has a keen interest in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy which stems from her passion for netball and running in her teenage years. Hollie often saw Physiotherapists and was fascinated by the way they centred the treatment plans to suit her. This made her want to help more people and give the same experience to others. Hollie has worked in multiple areas within Physiotherapy including orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, acute medicine and respiratory within the NHS. She has completed a course in kinesiology taping and sports massage which she offers alongside physiotherapy. She has also completed her Pilates training to enable her to be a fully qualified APPI instructor.
She loves helping people achieve their goals and getting patients back to full fitness. Her aim is to make Physio enjoyable and to simplify your road to recovery. In her spare time she likes to go to the gym, cycle around Richmond park and meet friends around London
Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor
Sophie Bevan - Acupuncture
Sophie has over 16 years experience as an Acupuncturist. She first became interested in Chinese medicine as a teenager, and went on to study and then teach Qi Gong and Tai Chi. She graduated from the University of Westminster in 2006, with a BSc degree in Acupuncture and Moxibustion. She has visited clinics in China and Taiwan, and spent time as a volunteer in a freeAcupuncture clinic in West Bengal. Sophie moved to Australia in 2008, where she ran successful Acupuncture practices in both Sydney and Perth, specialising in women’s health and working with pregnant women. In 2014 Sophie and her family moved back to the UK and she set up a practice in Barnes, London.
Acupuncturist - Traditional, Paeds & Womens Health
Shanza is a Specialist Physiotherapist who graduated from St George’s University, London. Her main interests lie in sports and musculoskeletal injuries. She has experience working in multiple different settings within the NHS including neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, community, falls prevention, care of the elderly and musculoskeletal injuries. She believes in assessing the body as a whole, and treating holistically, to ensure efficient and coherent movement for her patients. Shanza enjoys using a combined approach to treatment which includes, manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. She enjoys working out and talking in her free time! 😁
Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Alice is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a varied career in both the NHS and Private Clinics.
She also spent a bit of time at the start of her career doing Sports Physio for Huntington Rugby Club. She's enjoys a varied caseload ranging for spinal complaints(Neck and Back Pain) to various Sports and general muscle and joint injuries involving the upper and lower body.
Alice has recently added acupuncture and dry needling to her skill set. She is also trained in Clinical Pilates Matwork and is currently doing the Large Equipment training as well.
Alice loves to work holistically. She's a good listener and can help you get to the bottom of your problem, to take you from pain to performance and beyond.
Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Beyza is a Comprehensive BASI Pilates Instructor who has years of experience with different kind of populations such as mature clients, clients with scoliosis, clients with Diastasis Recti, clients with spinal injuries or surgeries, athletes, moms - to - be's and children.
Beyza is fascinated by the art of human movement. Pilates has a unique way by combining the art and science in a harmony, which is consistent with Beyza's background, her experience both in science and art. As a constant student, she complet ed various courses, anatomy classes and took private sessions from inspiring pilates instructors, including Real Isacowitz, founder of BASI, all around the globe.
Carmela has worked as a ballet teacher for many years in the UK, improving and opening her teaching to new ideas; creating an artistic, healthy and safe environment.
Before coming to the UK in 2002 from her native Italy, Carmela was concentrating on choreography and performance in shows. Carmela came to the UK to study at the Royal Academy of Dance to become a ballet teacher and had to stop her usual 6 days a week training to concentrate on theory, which led to a back injury. This is when she discovered the Pilates method. Having realised the benefit for herself, Carmela decided to use that knowledge and experience to help people to improve their overall body posture, strength and flexibility and learn to develop focus and conscious control of each body movement, thereby restoring flexibility or recovery from injury.
Having completed a Pilates Foundation Comprehensive Teacher Training Course and a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology, Carmela always combines her dance training with the study of Pilates to offer all the benefits to her client. Regardless of age and life background, through a detailed approach, Carmela ensures each tuition is designed for the individual client’s abilities and needs. Carmela draws upon her movement background to add an imaginative and balanced approach, creating safe, effective and enjoyable lessons. Her warm personality shines through to establish a connection with each client and she has extensive knowledge and experience in injury recovery and pre and post-natal.
Carmela is also a Practical Teaching Supervisor and a Practical Teaching Mentor for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) andBA (Hons) Ballet Education (BABE) at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Born in Italy, Stefania started dancing at the age of 4. Initially she studied a ballet method called RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) but then changed to other methods like floorbarre and American Ballet. She also gained interest in contemporary dance. In 2006 she moved to Salzburg to SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) where she received a three - year diploma and a post - graduation diploma in 2009.
That year she also received the BASI pilates certificate and became a fully qualified pilates instructor (mat and equipment). In 2009 she started teaching in London at the Pilates Performance Studio. After that from 2010 until 2013 she started working privately with clients in Italy and in 2013 she decided to travel to Brussels where she lived for three years and taught in different studios as a yoga and pilates coach in : Coached by marie/ Corpus Studio/ ByP Brussel /Jims Porte de Namur/ Worldclass Fitness Center,BE Pilates Studio . In 2016 she decided to go back to London. Currently she is working at Bodies Under Construction in Chiswick and Putney, and at Kensington Physio & Sports Medicine. In May 2018 she attended her 200 hours yoga teaching course in Bangalore at Play Practice R esidency for a month. After one month there, she travelled for an extra month to embrace even more of the indian culture. She fell in love with Rishikesh were she took hatha classes and meditation at Paramath Niketan and at Yoga Niketan Trust. In February 2019 she went to India, Kerala, to attend the Ayurvedic Massage Course and Diet for different personalities (Obesity, Pre /During and Post Partum,and IBS) at Kerala Ayurvedic Academy (The health Village). She is always c onsiderate about ensuring her c lient s feel co mfortable in what they do.
After years of ballet, Isabella took her first Pilates class at the age of 15 and loved it straight away. She continued practicing it until she moved to London and qualified as a level 3 Mat work and Equipment teacher with Body Control Pilates.
Her key objective is to raise awareness about correct postural alignment and mobilization through the joints as well as strengthen the core and pelvic floor. She enjoys helping people find more flexibility and balance in their everyday life.
Jodi completed her Stott Pilates ® teacher certification in 2004 and has taught in both the US and UK. She was born and raised in Seattle, graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in International Relations.
After graduation, she moved to Boston where she began a career in the pharmaceutical industry. It was during this time that she was introduced to Pilates, recommended to her by her sports physician to address long-standing lower back pain caused by years of sports activities. Seeing the personal benefits from regular pilates training and becoming passionate about its healing attributes, she began the years-long certification process with Stott Pilates ® out of Toronto, Canada. After the birth of her first daughter, she left the pharmaceutical industry and complemented her time at home with teaching pilates both in group and individual settings. She continues to evolve in her training, completing courses on the advanced reformer and cadillac/chair/barrel repetoire, functional movement and athletic training on the reformer, and ZEN-GA ™ Facial fitness. She is also qualified as a Total Barre ® and HALO ® instructor.
Nicola is a fully accredited Pilates Instructor from Body Arts & Science International (BASI Pilates®), a leading Pilates education academy led by the world renowned Rael Isacowitz.
A self professed 'Pilates Nerd', Nicola enjoys nothing more than sharing her enthusiasm for Pilates with others; helping clients reach their goals and seeing them leave their class feeling invigorated, with a smile on their face
Originally from Poland, Magdalena is a certified Pilates instructor with over 15 years experience teaching throughout Europe and Australia. A qualified pharmacist, Magdalena made a life - changing decision to leverage her in depth knowledge of the human body and pursue her love of exercise, becoming an accredited fitness instructor and certified body bu ilding trainer.
Having experienced so many forms of exercise, Magdalena was amazed by the benefits of Pilates in terms of strength, flexibility and relaxation. She has specialised in Pilates ever since discovering it. She studied Pilates through the Pilate s Institute, Queensland Institute of Pilates and most recently Polestar International. She moved to Australia in 2006, mastering English and teaching permanently in many places around Brisbane. She has recently settled in London as is teaching at Bodies un der Construction on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
James is a fully qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, having qualified at the School of Natural Therapies.
He comes from a tennis background, played at University level and has worked as a full time coach for over 10 years.
Having suffered multiple injuries himself -both as a player and a coach, James developed an interest in how to look after the body. His interest was heightened in 2016 when he completed the London Marathon - just 6 months after overcoming a back injury that was treated by the BUC team.
James then turned his interest in the craft into knowledge and developed his skills to help others that have been through similar situations. James’ understanding and expertise continued to grow as he worked through his coaching levels and studied biomechanics.
On completion of his qualifications, James has worked with and helped tennis players, runners and event competitors with their fitness journey through his understanding and experience of the demands placed on the body - as well as those just wanting routine work done.
It is his passion to get you back to your desired comfort and function. Helping you to relax, release and re-energise tired, overused muscle.
Over many years of experience Glenda has perfected a unique style of deep yet sensitive massage, responding intuitively to the individual needs of each client.
Glenda’s primary objective is to help the client to achieve an increased overall self - awareness through heightened bodyawareness. This can lead to early recognition of stress symptoms and the opportunity for improved stressmanagement. She believes that ma ssage is complementary to a range of the therapies which, when tailored to the individual, can significantly improve well - being.
Yoshiko’s main skills are in Sports and Remedial Massage. She currently works with runners, cyclists, tennis players, dancers, musicians and martial artists... as well as many people with non - sport related issues like occupational, postural and emotional stress.
Recently she has been seeing clients with repetitive strain injury (RSI) otherwise known as work related upper limb disorder (WRULD). A massage every fortnight, three or four weeks can be beneficial and cost effective in terms of maintenance. Yoshi ko specialises in Pregnancy Massage: gentle and safe, provided in comfortable positions so that expectant mothers can feel the benefits of a relaxing, calming and soothing massage in a safe and supportive environment. She also has a special interest in Onc ology Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (except for those with Lymphedema). Yoshiko qualified as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist from the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) and has a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido. In Japan, Yoshik o qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1999, studying at the Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, followed by hospital practice at the Acute Brain Surgery Hospital, the Orthopaedic Department (General Hospital) and the Day Care for the Elderly Hospital.
Marc’s interest in Clinical Pilates came from his own injuries over a professional Ballet career that spanned over two decades. He always cross trained with Pilates to condition his body to handle the extreme physical workload involved in professional ballet. Combining his own Pilates knowledge with his medical team’s rehab approaches, Marc was able to sustain a very long and gruelling stage career and gain an incredible amount of clinical knowledge as a result.
From 2007, while still dancing professionally, Marc began working in Pilates based rehabilitation. He found it incredibly stimulating and rewarding to help people of varying fitness levels and presenting pathologies. Towards the end of his dance career Marc moved into choreography to great critical acclaim. He found that his Pilates knowledge translated to the rehearsal floor seamlessly, helping these athletes understand their bodies better, as well as identifying potential injuries or issues from an alignment, muscular skeletal or negative movement pattern perspective. Marc is passionate about adapting and evolving that information for varied types of patient referrals and clients.
Physio Assistant and Clinical Pilates Instructor
Fleur is a registered nutritional therapist and a clinical psycho - neuro - immunologist . Clinical psycho - neuro - immunology is a therapeutic practice linking psychology, neurology and immunology and underpinned by the science of evolutionary biology. Insights into ancestral living patterns help us to understand the impact of chronic stress on the body and the subsequent nature of chronic inflammatory conditions.
Fleur uses nutrition and exercise as medicine as well as psycho - social techniques to bring about change. Change comes in the form of regeneration of immune tolerance and supporting energy levels. She has extensive experience in the fields of autoimmune disease, gluten intolerance, chronic fatigue, infections, digestive disorders and weight ma nagement. She has co - written the successful weight management book The In - Sync Diet which is now an online programme www.theinsyncdiet.com
Mary Grace Anderson
Marygrace Anderson is the owner of MG Hypnosis, a premier hypnotherapy practice offering hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and life coaching. She brings all of her experience and passion for hypnotherapy to our clients (adults, teens and children).
She became a hypnothe rapist after experiencing first - hand how it can change lives. Marygrace is from the USA but has been practicing in London for 14 years. She is registered with the GHR and attends regular CPD events. If you are looking for advice on MG Hypnosis’s service s, please call her on 07931 547414 for a confidential, no obligation talk.
Mary Grace Anderson
Flavia Di Tommasi
I started practicing Pilates in 2014 after a friend of mine could not stop praising it – to the point that I wanted to see by myself what the hype was all about. I was a gymnast as a kid, and I have been a movement curious all my life. Gyms have seen me coming and going, always looking for some sort of meaningful, disciplined movement that would resemble the approach we were used to have in gymnastics. This is what really hooked me with Pilates: its focus on the quality of the movement, which improves with practice and widens the opportunities available to each and every one of us. I believe in movement as an experience, rather than a sequence of exercises, and this is what I would like to offer you.
After my mat work and equipment qualifications, I wanted to be able to support specific populations’ needs, so I qualified for Pre and Post Natal Pilates, I attended a course for Hypermobile and EDHS syndrome and as a Stroke rehab specialist.
Over the years, I discovered Trigger Point Pilates™, which blends Pilates with the principles of Myofascial release, and I focused on the Pelvic Floor and Orthopaedic restorative work.
I am a Biomechanic Coach and I can count a Boxercise instructor qualifications amongst a few other non Pilates disciplines that I decided to add to my list, along with Aqua Fitness ( I have to admit, that was more for the opportunity of playing random 80s music loud) and Barre Fitness.
Flavia Di Tommasi
For thirty years Jacqs has worked in the health and fitness industry with an absolute passion. Within this time she has graduated from the London School of Osteopathy and Greenwich University with a certificate of education, which enabled her to teach sports massage for many years in the adult education sector. She is a clinical pilates instructor with the APPI, and even trained as an adult nurse for three years.
With this unique holistic perspective, as a woman she naturally has an interest in women's health and wellness. She also has a particular interest in educating patients about their pain experience, alleviating people from discomfort with the use of structural and cranial osteopathic techniques, and safely rehabilitating in the pilates studio to increase confidence, so future goals can be achieved.
Osteopath, Sports Therapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor
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The Berkshire Team
Mike Davis has been qualified for over 19 years and has a wealth of experience in treating sports injuries and spinal (neck and back) pain. He has spent the majority of his time in private practice in London working with some of the top orthopaedic and spinal consultants in the UK.
He is a keen runner and as a consequence has a particular interest in running injuries and running based rehabilitation. His other strong interest is in shoulder pain and shoulder rehabilitation.
He uses a wide variety of treatment skills ranging from Acupuncture to joint manipulation plus massage and exercise therapy to alleviate and resolve symptoms such as pain and stiffness .
Mike believes strongly that it is essential not just to treat and resolve the patient’s symptoms-e.g pain, stiffness, swelling but also to analyse and correct their faulty posture and movement patterns. His experience in treating spinal conditions allied with his knowledge of the current evidence based research on the most effective exercises for spinal pain will give patients the best possible opportunity to gain strong healthy pain free spines.
For anyone with running injuries Mike can undertake a detailed biomechanical analysis of your running technique which often is one the causative factors leading to injury. With expert analysis Mike can help fine tune and improve your running pattern to make you a more efficient runner and ultimately less vulnerable to re-injury.
For those looking to lose weight who are unsure of how or where to start Mike can also offer advice based on the current scientific research on nutrition and he can dispel lots of common myths associated with weight loss and provide the most effective strategies for long term gradual weight loss and improved general health and conditioning.
Lead Physiotherapist and Clinic Owner Bracknell
Ashley Is a Chartered (CSP) and Health Professions Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapist. She trained and qualified with a BSc in physiotherapy at King's College London in 1995. She has worked the past 19 years in musculoskeletal physiotherapy throughout the UK and internationally treating sport injuries, work-related injuries, post-operative orthopaedic conditions, and any general or specific aches and pains
Ashley is a former rower and now keen cyclist so understands the needs of the body for sports and will tailor your exercise rehabilitation to facilitate muscle balance and correct movement control to enable your healthy return to sport or exercise. She is a hands-on physiotherapist with excellent manual therapy skills and has been practicing westernised acupuncture for 12 years and can unravel even the most complex of musculoskeletal problems with a long-term view to enable self-management and a pain-free future. Ashley has recently undergone extensive post-graduate education and completed a PGDip in the field of ergonomics with a special interest and knowledge in office ergonomics so is able to offer practical advice on any work-related issues.
Senior Physiotherapist Windsor
Neha graduated from Brunel University in 2006 in Physiotherapy. After graduating, she worked for the NHS and later joined the private sector in 2011. Her experience working in teaching hospitals, community hospitals and private clinics has developed a broad base of expertise.
Neha specialises in all aspects of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions and has a particular interest in treatment of TMJ pain, facial palsy & chronic pain. She recognised the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates and therefore went on to complete her training with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institution (APPI). Using this pilates training, she provides 1:1 sessions as well as group classes. She also completed postgraduate qualification in acupuncture.
Neha is keen to keep up to date with current research and evidence which she implements into her treatment with all patients. She works closely with consultants and other health care professionals to ensure appropriate and optimal care is provided.
Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Teacher Bracknell
Olly graduated from Brunel University in 2008 with a First Class Honours. Since then he has been working with the NHS specialising in orthopaedics and trauma. Olly joined Apple Physiotherapy in October 2013.
Olly enjoys working both with inpatients and outpatients. Away from Apple Physiotherapy, he is the Physiotherapy lead for Weybridge Vandals Rugby Club. He used to play lots of rugby in his hey day, but now enjoys training for triathlons and long-distance swimming events.
Senior Physiotherapist Bracknell
Darren qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2005 from Teesside University. His interests lie within musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, particularly related to the spine. Darren has worked in various NHS, Navy and private settings encompassing both in-patients and out-patient care.
Darren has a keen interest in sport, football in particular and in his youth played for both Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. Darren enjoys travelling and plays the guitar. He has been a dedicated physiotherapist to sports teams including the Royal Navy Hockey and cricket teams and the HMS Collingwood Field Gun Team. He also looks after Weybridge Vandals Rugby team and has been involved in Chelsea Ladies Football Club.
Senior Physiotherapist Windsor
Issaree provides a luxurious, relaxing experience.
With more than 9 years’ experience, NVQ level 3.
She provides a friendly, professional service so you can feel pampered.
Jess is our remedial and sports massage therapist at our Windsor clinic. With a background in sport she understands the importance of maintaining muscle health. Whether injury or life stresses on the body are to blame, she believes soft tissue therapy can help restore and rehabilitate you back to a functional state of well being.
Jess has also worked in the equine industry for over 14 years, working within a range of disciplines from riding club horses to polo ponies. Working in this industry has given her knowledge of the stress horse riding can have on the body and the importance of core and overall body strength to maintain position.
She has previously completed several half marathons before switching to sprinting. She currently competes in athletics as a 200m sprinter for Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow Athletics Club based at Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton. She competed at the British Championships in 2018 and finished the 2018 season ranked UK number 1 for her age in the 60m, 100m and the 200m.
She was also World Number One ranking for 100m and 200m masters athletics 2019.
Massage Therapist Windsor
Michael Marks is our remedial and sports massage therapist at our Bracknell Clinic.
He has worked at our Bracknell location for over 20 years!!! Outside of the clinic Michael lives in Oxfordshire with his better half Kay and his son Josh. As well as being a great therapists and a fab member of the Berkshire team he is also one of the tutors at LSSM in London.
Massage Therapist Bracknell
Nikki Hey is a STOTT trained Pilates instructor from Johannesburg. She’s been teaching Pilates for many years. When she lived in South Africa, her main focus was teaching private sessions from her home studio. Since moving to the UK in early 2016, she’s started teaching a large number of group classes including 2 for Jessica Pilates in Frimley on a Monday morning.
Nikki comes from a very active and sporting family background. Her parents were sports people and her eldest sister a professional ballet dancer. Nikki did everything from gymnastics to cricket but had a true passion for running/sprinting. Unfortunately, this resulted in a recurring knee injury, which is what led her to Pilates. Nikki was amazed at how beneficial she found Pilates to be, not only for her knee but also her entire body!
Nikki has a true passion for helping people out of pain. She’s a lively and vibrant character who makes her classes both challenging and fun. With a lot of experience in 1:1 work, she has a keen eye for detail and is very hands on, ensuring that all the clients in her class are performing the exercises correctly. Nikki’s witty humour certainly adds to her abdominal workouts!
Pilates Instructor Bracknell
Adam has always had an interest in health and wellbeing but following a severe stroke at a very young age that interest became a passion as he used all elements of fitness to rebuild his own life and body.
Although he studied engineering, fitness became Adam's choice of career as he was keen to share his own experiences and learning with others.
Having been extensively trained in Pilates, Adam is now enjoying helping our clients achieve their health, fitness and wellbeing goals through Pilates.
Pilates Instructor Bracknell and Windsor
Senior Physio & Clinical Pilates Specialist
Petra Vojnova is an experienced and highly qualified specialist in the world of personal wellbeing. Professionally she has been part of the fitness industry for over 15 years in a range of capacities and currently teaches Pilates Mat, Reformer, Yoga and Meditation classes, delivers well-being workshops in the corporate sector and works with private clients.
Petra holds a variety of qualifications relevant to the delivery of group exercise, talks and workshops within her field.
Following her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Strategic Management, she now continues her academic learning as a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing at Sunderland University.
Pilates Instructor Bracknell
Hi I'm Saskia.
I was first introduced to Pilates during the years I spent pursuing a career in professional dance. I sustained 2 injuries that required surgery and found the benefits of having Pilates in my rehabilitation program life changing. This resulted in me discovering that Pilates was not just a basic form of movement but a way of life that brings longevity to the human body no matter your age or ability.
I'm passionate about the world of Pilates and in helping people grow from strength to strength through movement. Qualifications held are BASI Pilates, Sport Massage, RAD ballet and AIDT dance.
Pilates Instructor Bracknell
Olivia has been with The Berkshire Clinics since 2000! She can often be found chatting in the reception area to anyone that will listen.
Olivia was originally in the hospitality industry before starting at The Berkshire Clinics. She has is married with two children and outside of the clinic she loves skiing, spending time with her family and friends but loves talking most of all!!!!
Ria has worked at both our Windsor and our Bracknell clinic since 2014.
She is now based at our Bracknell clinic. Ria has a crazy 5 year old boy called Dash that keeps her on toes. Her family and friends are the most important thing to her and she loves spending time with them when she isn’t rocking it on our Front Desk.
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