It was 1992 when I was involved in a major car crash which altered the course of my life. Supremely fit, I’d been hiking with friends in the Lake District when we rounded a corner on a bend… An American tourist – driving on the wrong side of the road – collided with our vehicle. Wearing a lap belt in the middle of the back seat, my torso hurtled forward but my legs and pelvis stayed put…
My friends and I escaped with our lives, but the consultant informed me that although my strong body had certainly saved me from total paralysis, I was still facing life in a wheelchair. The following two-and-a-half years I faced – a gruelling road to self-rehabilitation through determination, hard work in the gym and intense sports therapy – were incredibly tough. Allergic and intolerant to painkillers, I overcame the odds through mindfulness – using meditative techniques to help my body grow stronger; all I wanted was my independence back...
Twenty-six months after the accident, I completed the Manchester to Blackpool cycle race – proving to myself that I’d regained control of my body, mind and destiny. I decided that I wanted to help and inspire others to improve their health and wellbeing – giving hope to people with life-changing injuries and to set them on a path of retraining. I’d qualified as a sports therapist during my own recovery so I could better understand my body and how muscles work.
I founded my business in 2003. Since then it has grown from a converted utility room at home to a fully-fledged wellness centre with two treatment rooms and a gym rehab area. The practice offers disabled access, which is extremely important to me because I’ve been working with both Paralympic and Olympic cyclists for the past five years.
It’s taken massive reserves of self-belief to get this far, but I always tell people that if you feel something strongly enough in your gut – whether that’s climbing a mountain or starting a company – go for it! Written by Christian Ewan from Shecan365
Storey Racing Cycling Team
"Caroline has been working with our riders since 2014 and over that time has made a vital contribution to the fitness levels of riders who may otherwise have struggled to return to racing as quickly. Her expertise and ability to diagnose an issue are remarkable and all the riders have complete faith in her treatment knowing that she will be able to get them back to full fitness more quickly. Her support at events in the pits in preparing riders for racing or seeing them afterwards with ailments caused during the event is also a vital part of the support package she provides to the team. We highly recommend her for any level of sports person and for anyone who is suffering with muscular pain or a sports injury.” Dame Sarah Storey
Owner, Sports Therapist
Tel: 07770 881 876
At times we may encounter difficulty in our lives affecting how we feel about ourselves, our relationships and our place in the world. I offer a safe and non judgmental environment enabling you to talk, explore and process the issues and challenges that are affecting you.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling to adults and teenagers experiencing a variety of issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress, anger, low self esteem and relationship issues.
I also have experience of working with issues relating to sexuality and gender identity.
I have many years experience working in the voluntary sector for national youth charities
I am a volunteer counsellor for an LGBT charity
As a member of the BACP I adhere to their code of Ethics. I am also fully insured, have regular clinical supervision and undertake continuing professional development.
I have been working as a physiotherapist for 25 years now, working as a specialist in
oncology and palliative care for last 16 years. My experience covers all areas of general
rehabilitation, general medical and surgical physiotherapy and women's health.
I continue to work part time as a specialist physiotherapist in hospice care. I have a wealth of experience working with clients who have undergone treatment for cancer as well as those
still undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Within my role I also work as a specialist cancer rehab exercise instructor (CanRehab).
My love for all things holistic led me to becoming qualified in aromatherapy, reflexology,
reiki, Swedish massage, Tibetan head massage, Hopi ear candling, crystal therapy and
manual lymphatic drainage massage. My experience as a physiotherapist enables me to provide clinical treatments as well as to promote general relaxation and well-being. I will also be qualified in pregnancy massage from October.
Physiotherapist, Holistic Therapist
Tel: 07736 453 597
"My name is Michelle Brookes, I am a qualified PT and nutrition coach with over 10 years experience in the fitness industry. All of my life I have had a keen interest in health and feeling the best I possibly can by what I eat, do and feel.
My main area of expertise is in women's health and working to balance hormones, working in line with the cycle to get best performance and health benefits to feel as fantastic as possible.
Each programme whether exercise or nutrition is tailored specifically to the individual, there is no one size fits all in my coaching.
What I love most about my job is seeing the transformation of people and how they make positive changes in their lives not just for now but for always."