Getting to the core of wellbeing
Surrey Hills Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing based in The Barn at Denbies is a tranquil place to escape the stresses of modern life and invest time in ME ME ME.
A new type of wellness centre has opened up in The Barn on the Denbies Wine Estate – Surrey Hills Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing – offering physiotherapy, women’s health services, massage and reflexology as well as classes in Pilates, yoga and tai chi.
The location is beautiful, set among the Denbies’ grapevines against a backdrop of the rolling Surrey Hills, which fits nicely for a centre that has wellness at its core. But not just wellness, there’ a real community vibe and a warm, welcoming feel. All natural materials were used in The Barn conversion, and the big windows, timber flooring and oak beams add to the sense of calm at the studio.
It’s owned and run by husband and wife team Massimo and Helen Barcellona – he’s a consultant physiotherapist and she’s a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor who each had their own practices in and around Dorking. And as well as their own expertise, they’ve brought together a team of health experts including a women’s health specialist physiotherapist, physio-led Pilates instructors, massage and reflexology therapists and tai chi and yoga instructors.
The centre opened the day before the nation went into Covid lockdown – so the first few months have not been without their challenges. But quick to react, they moved many of the classes online, either livestreaming them from the bright studio or pre-recording them.
Studio-based classes have now resumed six days a week and there’s something here for everyone, from dynamic Pilates, matwork Pilates, dynamic yoga and tai chi. Some are also available to do live online and there’s a pre-recorded library too.
As well as the classes and physiotherapy clinics, the centre will also host yoga and Pilates workshops and retreats throughout the year, plus workshops covering topics like women’s health and how to understand with back pain. There will also be courses and training for health professionals.
It’s a well-rounded offering – a one-stop wellness shop, if you like. It’s not all about treating muscoskeletal problems – there’s also a strong focus how to maintain good health and wellness for all ages.
The team here has a wealth of scientific-based expertise. Massimo is a clinical physiotherapist who as well as running clinics at The Barn also holds a position as Consultant Physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital and is a clinical researcher. He’s also worked extensively in sports rehabilitation. In short, he’s super-experienced.
Helen is also a physio, as well as teaching Pilates, and in combining the two has created her own signature Pilates class which is a fusion of dance, Pilates and classic aerobics. She’s also an APPI-trained and accredited Pilates instructor. (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute is recognised as an industry leader.)
Physio and Pilates instructor Becca Hull brings expertise in physio and women’s health (anti and post natal, menopause, hormonal imbalances); and physio and Pilates instructor Laura Starmer has a special interest in bike fit and cycling biomechanics.
The clinic has also collaborated with Surrey and Sussex Midwives, who offer antenatal and hypnobirthing classes. The first courses are expected to begin in January – watch this space.
If you’re looking to embark on a journey of improved wellbeing, Surrey Hills Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing is a good place to start.