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Pilates vs Yoga

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

We’ve been offering clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford now since 2011. We started with 2 classes and have now grown our timetable to 18 classes a week. To complement this offering and help continue to support health and wellbeing, we are now adding Yoga classes to our studio timetable.

People are often very familiar with yoga and what it may entail but aren’t so sure about Pilates. A question we often get asked is

“What’s the difference between yoga & Pilates?”

Pilates

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates back in the early 1900’s. It started as a series of physical exercises based on the concept of an integrated, comprehensive system, which he called Pilates classes Chandlers Ford‘Controlology’.

Pilates encourages the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.

There are many different types of Pilates, the most popular being mat based classes or those using equipment such as Reformers or Cadillacs.

Pilates focuses on:

  • Strength
  • Movement control
  • Core stability
  • Breathing
  • Alignment

People who regularly practice Pilates find that it is a great way to manage and ease many common conditions such as back pain. It is regularly incorporated into training programmes of top athletes as a way of preventing injuries and optimising physical wellbeing.

Yoga

The development of yoga can be traced back over 5000 years. Yoga cultivates physical, emotional, mental and social health and wellbeing. The practice of yoga includes postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, and meditation. Yoga Pilates Chandlers Ford

There are many different styles of yoga. Familiar ones include Hatha, Bikram, Anusara, Viniyoga or Ashtanga. The styles vary on the intensity, amount of relaxation incorporated into the practice, the flow and philosophy.

Yoga focuses on:

  • Flexibility
  • Broad muscle groups
  • Relaxation and spirituality
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Endurance

People can benefit from both yoga and Pilates, you don’t have to choose! The most important thing is to try different classes and do something you enjoy, that supports your lifestyle and goals. Both Pilates and yoga can complement each other well.

If you’re interested in joining one if our classes, yoga, Pilates or both, have a look at our timetable.

All Pilates bookings are done directly at the clinic either in person or over the phone. These classes are run as 8 week courses, £100 per course.

Yoga classes can be booked via our Studio Bookings app or website. For these classes you can buy a single class £12.50, 5 class pass £55 (valid for 2 months) or 10 class pass £100 (valid for 3 months). You can buy class passes and book your classes online.


Receptionist Position

Posted on 13th April 2017 by

We are looking for an experienced receptionist and administrator to work at our private physiotherapy clinic in Chandlers Ford.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting all visitors in the clinic
  • Making and changing bookings in person and on the phone
  • Assisting the clinicians to help run their diary efficiently
  • Taking payments and assisting with invoicing and accounts management
  • Patient related administration such as letters, emails and database management
  • Assisting with marketing
  • Stock management

Skills, Experience and Qualifications required:

  • Customer service experience essential
  • Experience in the health care sector an advantage
  • Confident with Microsoft Office and learning new IT skills (we use a computerised practice management system)
  • Friendly and caring attitude

About Us

goPhysio is a well established, family business in Chandlers Ford. We help local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain and injury free by offering expert physiotherapy at our private clinic. In addition to physio, we also offer a range of supportive services such as Pilates, chiropody, sports massage and custom orthotics.

We have a great small team, and offer a friendly and supportive working environment. We have high expectations of our team and are looking for someone who is dedicated, hard working with a friendly and caring attitude, that help’s make our customers feel truly welcome.

The Hours 

This is a part time position, 9.5 hours/week initially. The hours will be Fridays 1pm – 6pm and Saturdays 8am – 12.30pm.

In addition to the regular 9.5 hours/week, as an essential part of the job you will also be required to cover reception staff holidays up to 20 hours a week on an ad hoc basis, covering 4-6 weeks/year when the other receptionist is on annual leave. This will include evening work to 8pm. You will also be required to cover additional reception hours at short notice on occasions, so some flexibility and willingness to work overtime is essential.

How to Apply

The interview process will be in 2 stages. The first stage will be a group interview taking place on Saturday 6th May at 10.30am. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited back for an individual interview on Friday 12th May at 12.30pm. So, please make sure you will be available for both these dates if selected.

To register your interest, please complete this application form.

Closing date for all applications is Friday 28th April.


New Studio Bookings App

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

We are delighted to be launching a range of new classes this spring to help further support your physical health and wellbeing.

These will include Yoga, Positive Steps exercise classes for older people and Active Backs guided exercise classes to promote a positive way to manage back pain.

These new classes will all be easily managed online via a new online software called Studio Bookings.

How to book

  1. Visit our Studio Bookings page 
  2. Click on the ‘MY INFO’ tab, this will enable you to create a free account
  3. Click on the ‘STORE’ tab to purchase class passes. There are 3 options to purchase classes. A single class (PAYG) costs £12.50 (valid for 1 month), a 5 class pass costs £55 (valid for 2 months) and a 10 class pass costs £100 (valid for 3 months). The class passes will be valid to use for any of the classes on our Studio Calendar – they will not be used to book Pilates, which will still need to be booked via the clinic directly.
  4. Before booking your first class, click on ‘MY INFO’ and then ‘Waiver of Liability’. Read the pdf waiver document and click ‘Sign Here’ to sign the waiver. Through the ‘My INFO’ tab you can also update any communication preferences, your personal details and see your payment and class booking history.
  5. Click on ‘CLASSES’ to see the scheduled classes. Select your chosen class, make sure you’re logged in and select the classes you’d like to book. Click ‘Book Now’. Your class credits will automatically be adjusted.
  6. Through this system you can book classes, buy class passes and cancel classes (24 hours notice is required to cancel any classes). You can also see your past and future bookings.

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As well as accessing this online, you can download the Studio Bookings app.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Apple here.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Android here.

Plesae note that Pilates classes will still need to be booked at the clinic directly either in person or by calling us on 023 8025 3317.

Get ahead and sign up now on Studio Bookings, so you’re ready to join the classes when they start!


We’re Looking For Freelance Instructors To Join Our Team

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

Are you an experienced Yoga, Barre, Thai Ch, Mindfulness or Instructor of similar health & wellness class?

To complement our existing services at our brand new clinic and studio in Chandlers Ford, we’re looking for freelance instructors to join our team.

  • Guaranteed pay
  • Modern, spacious and well equipped surroundings
  • Air conditioned studio
  • All class promotion & booking taken care of
  • Friendly working environment & team
  • Small classes

If you’re interested in finding out more, please send your CV, covering letter and a short video (no more than 2 minutes) detailing why you’d like to join our team to fiona@gophysiotherapy.co.uk. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12th March 2017.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to join us for the morning at our clinic on Thursday 23rd March when you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about us, meet some of our team, take a look at the studio and our facilities and tell us about you and what you are looking for. If you’re successful at this stage you will be invited back to take a demo class on Wednesday 29th March, so I’d recommend you keep both these dates free.

Yoga Instructor Chandlers Ford


Low Back Pain & Sciatica – The Latest NICE Guidelines

Posted on 20th January 2017 by

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently published new guidelines on best management of low back pain. This includes both people with ‘simple’ back pain (localised to the back) and those with referred pain (sciatica) which can affect the nerves down one leg. These guidelines are based on latest evidence and expert analysis of what is the best course of action for people with low back pain.

Here’s how we’re putting them into practice at goPhysio

Assessment

When you come to see us with back pain we will do a thorough assessment by asking a number of questions to find out more about your pain and to rule out any ‘red flag’ conditions. These red flags can indicate serious pathology such as cancer, infection, trauma, inflammatory conditions or Cauda Equina Syndrome. Thankfully these conditions are rare but if we have any suspicion we will referral you on to the appropriate speciality for further investigations without delay.

We will do a complete back examination to assess how the joints, muscles and nerves are functioning. We know there are a number of factors that can influence your recovery both positively and negatively so our staff are undergoing further training on use of the STarT Back Risk Assessment tool. This will help us identify those who are at risk of poorer outcomes and ensure that we tailor our treatment to address these factors.

Treatment

Self-management education is a vital aspect of treatment for any patient. We help you to understand why you have pain and what steps you can take to reduce it – both during an acute flare up of pain but also long term strategies or simple changes you can make to your lifestyle which will help your back.

Your treatment will vary depending on the nature and cause of your pain, how severe it is and a variety of individual factors. Physiotherapy treatment may include manual therapy such as joint mobilisations or massage, alongside a personal exercise programme and advice on pain relief.

Research has shown that anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s) such as Ibruprofen or Naproxen are much better than paracetamol for back pain, however, for people that are unable to take NSAID’s or that find them ineffective, weak opioid medications such as Co-codamol can be recommended for simple back pain.

For acute sciatica your GP may recommend stronger ‘neuropathic’ pain medications which are much better for nerve pain (tingling/burning/shooting pain). Please note all medications have side effects and can interact with other medications you are already on or other conditions that you may have so please check with your GP or a pharmacist before taking any new medication.

What happens if you are not responding to treatment?

For acute sciatica you may be referred on to a spinal consultant, who in more severe cases can consider epidural injections or a spinal decompression surgery. However it is important to remember that this is never a first course of action as most episodes of sciatica resolve within 6-12 weeks. Your physio will help you decide when it is appropriate to be referred on depending on how you respond and recover.

Sometimes there are psychological factors affecting your rehabilitation such as depression, anxiety or other mood disorders. In this case your physio may recommend that you are referred on to a psychologist for cognitive-behavioural therapy. This is because we know that people with negative mood and health beliefs rarely respond well to usual treatment without first addressing these factors.

So if your pain is persistent or not responding to usual treatment it is important to seek professional help.

What about x-rays and scans?

X-rays are no longer routine for lower back pain unless there is the suspicion of a fracture (such as after a severe trauma or in people with osteoporosis). This is because it exposes you to radiation but does not often provide any useful information on how we should best treat your back. Likewise MRI’s are only needed to rule out serious spinal pathology or to help a consultant identify if a nerve in your back is being significantly compressed to warrant injection or surgery. The vast majority of this information your physio will be able to deduct from a thorough assessment.

Once an acute episode of back pain has eased off, we recommend continuing with exercise to help keep any further recurrences at bay. Research indicates that any form of exercise is great for people who’ve had back pain – being active and moving helps! many of our patients go on to our specialist Pilates classes. These are particularly beneficial as they are taken by our Physiotherapists, so they are well equipped to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with your back and can modify and progress the exercises for you individually. The classes are also small, so you aren’t lost in a sea of people struggling – you get individual care and attention. We run 16 classes a week, so there’s plenty of choice to fit in with your weekly commitments.

NICE back pain

If you’re suffering with back pain and want some peace of mind and reassurance that it’s nothing serious and help to get on the road to recovery, come and see one of our Physio’s at goPhysio. We make it easy for you, with appointments available 8am – 8pm and Saturday mornings, we can normally offer you an appointment within 24 hours, if not the same day. Just call one of our friendly Patient Services Team on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online.


Win A 30 Minute Sports Massage Today!

Posted on 18th December 2016 by

Sports Massage Chandlers FordIt’s finally almost here. Tomorrow we are opening the doors to the new clinic and studio, ready to welcome you and help you live a healthy, active, positive life, free of pain and injury. For our last giveaway, you can win a 30 minute sports massage. Just like and share this post!

We can’t wait to see you in our new clinic.


6 Days Until Opening – Win A Computerised Foot Analysis

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

goPhysio Foot AnalysisWith 6 days to go until our opening, here’s another chance to win a free computerised foot analysis. With so much going on in your feet, and such a crucial part to play in your day to day movement – seeing what’s going on with your feet can be really insightful. You can win a 30 minute session with one of our Physio’s. They’ll take a look at your feet and carry out a computerised foot scan. They can then discuss the findings with you. You can find out more here.


January 10% Off For All Who Like & Share Our Page Today

Posted on 12th December 2016 by

10% off at goPhysioThis time next week we’ll be opening the doors to our new clinic. Welcoming you to wonderful surroundings and facilities which support and promote your physical health this January.

To celebrate, today – everyone who Likes our Facebook Page, Follows us on Twitter or Instagram AND shares this post, will receive a voucher for 10% off physiotherapy & sports massage throughout January.


Christmas Drop-In Pilates Classes

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

Be one of the first to experience our fantastic new Pilates Studio in Chandlers Ford by joining our Christmas drop-in Pilates classes.

We have a range of classes on offer. It’s a great opportunity to take some extra classes whilst you’ve got some time off, try Pilates if you’ve never done it before or give it a go before signing up for a course in 2017.

All classes are taken by one of our Physiotherapists, the classes are small and supportive and will be held in our brand new, spacious, air conditioned studio.

To book a place on an of the classes (just 1 or as many as you like!), pop into the clinic (45 Bournemouth Road until 16th December, 11 Bournemouth Road from 19th December) and book your place. Payment is required in advance to secure your place as places in the class are limited.

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The New Clinic Countdown Giveaway

Posted on 29th November 2016 by

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally nearly ready to open the doors to our brand new Physiotherapy Clinic & Pilates Studio. So, what better way to countdown the days till opening with our own special festive advent countdown giveaway.

From the 1st of December through to the 18th of December, we will be hosting our very own Christmas new clinic countdown giveaway with prizes to be won each day to celebrate the new clinic opening! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a prize every day is to like our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and share each of our giveaway posts.

Visit our Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or Instagram pages from 1st – 18th December to uncover 18 days of giveaways.

So join us as we countdown to the most magical time of the year and see what special giveaways and treats we have in store for you!

You can also follow our hashtag #MoveAndImprove on social media to see what’s happening each day.

See you on 1st December!

Love, the goPhysio team x

goPhysio Moving Date