Physio with a difference
CoreFitPhysio in Westcott, just outside Dorking, specialises in physio-led Pilates. It’s a boutique style clinic that’s quite unlike any other physiotherapist I’ve been to – far less clinical with a warm, friendly and holistic approach to therapy.
It’s owned and run by Helen Curzon, a former professional contemporary dancer and choreographer who went on to own and run a yoga and Pilates studio in South Africa, before she moved to London where she trained in physiotherapy. With a background like that, a melding of Pilates and physio was inevitable.
There’s a warm welcoming vibe to the clinic. Downstairs is the reception room – and it’s beautifully styled with pretty rose gold damask wallpaper, chesterfield sofa, large coffee table, vintage mirrors and a stunning chandelier. Up a pretty spiral staircase you’ll find two treatment rooms, a small group studio and a dedicated Reformer studio.
Our appointment was scheduled with Helen, and it was on a Saturday morning so my daughter didn’t have to miss any school.
After taking notes on my daughter’s history, Helen talked through what happened when she came off the horse (both times), asking lots of questions. My daughter is only 12, and as well as the recent falls from her horse, she’s also very tall and prone to slouching.
Next, Helen got her onto the treatment table and performed a hands-on assessment. Helen had a wonderful manner, explaining what she was doing to both me and my daughter in an easy-to-understand way. She had a lovely way of relating to my daughter, but without ever sounding patronising.
She found that her sacrum (the bone in the lower back that sits between the two hip bones of the pelvis) was turned a little to the left, and that her left hip bone was sitting slightly higher – and she then corrected this with a combination of massage and manual mobilisation.
After Helen had finished working on my daughter’s back and hips, we moved into the studio next door so she could work through a series of exercises that would form her treatment programme.
My daughter has hypermobile joints. But while she’s mostly pretty flexible, her hamstring muscles were super tight – which could also be causing problems. She also pointed out her typical teenage posture, which could do with some correction.
Helen devised a simple at-home treatment programme that would help strengthen her core muscles, improve flexibility in her hamstrings and improve her posture. We spent some time going through the exercises, and felt we’d made significant progress by the end of the session.
Helen then emailed detailed information on how to do each exercise, which included diagrams and a video clip. The exercises are not overly complicated, and take less than 10 minutes a day to do.
I may have left with a teeny tiny girl crush. Helen was amazing, and the first thing I did after we left the clinic was call Mr Muddy and wax lyrical for 10 minutes about how wonderful she’d been. After two weeks of twinging back pain, my daughter is now back in the saddle (literally) and hasn’t felt any discomfort since.
Helen had said she may feel a little achey after their session, but the mudlet said she felt great. No aches, just looser and more free.
An initial one-hour biomechanical assessment and introduction to Pilates will cost £62, and follow-up costs depend on your treatment plan and whether you require manual physiotherapy and / or which Pilates treatment you require.