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Leslie is a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor. He has 20 years of Private Practice experience. Leslie has had a varied career, working with professional Cyclists and Volleyball players in South Africa, before moving over to the UK over 14 years ago. Leslie is Master Trainer for the world renowned APPI Pilates Institute. Teaching modified Pilates for Rehabilitation to Physio’s across the world. He has also been featured in an Advanced APPI Pilates DVD and his very own Stretch Therapy for Pilates DVD.
Leslie is the co-founder of Bodies Under Construction works extensively with all his staff and spends a vast amount of his time ensuring our treatment and session plans keep pace with the rapid advancements that make Physiotherapy and Pilates so effective and such a 'go-to' profession for people aged 35-64.
Leslie is a very proud Dad of a 2 beautiful kids. Carly and Callum. When he’s not at work you can find him doing some crazy movement. From handstands to hanging and stretching.
Bsc. Physio MCSP SRP
Dip. Sports Physio
APPI Pilates MAPPI
Born: Cape Town
Now Lives: London
· Restaurant: Tasha’s - Cape Town
· Food: Italian
· Holiday: Ibiza
· City/Place: California and Cape Town
· TV show: Supernatural
· Film: Matrix
· Singer/Group: Jamiroquai
· Book: The Magic of Thinking big – David J. Schwartz
· Sports: Volleyball
· Team: Manchester United
· Hobbies: Movement and gymnastic strength training,going to the movies. Spending time with his kids.
Jo is currently on Maternity Leave.
Jo graduated as a Physiotherapist from Curtin University in Western Australia in 1999 with Honours. She has worked in Musculo-skeletal Private Practice in Australia and the UK. She has worked and managed a leading London Practice.
Jo completed her Masters degree in Manual Therapy in 2006 and received a high distinction and was awarded the Karim Khan prize for rehabilitation science. She has post graduate qualifications in manipulation, Acupuncture for Pan relief, dry needling and Clinical Pilates. Her special interests are management of spine and pelvic disorders. She is also qualified in the management of headaches and TMJ (jaw) conditions.
Jo has returned to practice at Bodies under Construction following the birth of her second child.
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, Yoshiko qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1999, studying at the Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai. Yoshiko specializes in Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. She currently works with marathon runners and martial artists, as well as many people with non-sport related issues like occupational, emotional and postural stress. Yoshiko has a special interest in massage during pregnancy: 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.
Nikki Is currently on maternity leave:
B.Sc Physiotherapy Hons (UCT) MCSP MHCPC MAPPI. Chartered Physiotherapist, APPI Certified Pilates Instructor and International Presenter. Nikki graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town in 2003 with distinction and medal for highest clinical achievement in her final year. She immediately followed her passion for sports and rehabilitation and began working and traveling with various Rugby, Athletics and Gymnastics teams to national and international events. Through personal injury, Nikki also developed a keen interest in Neurology and assisted in the opening of the first Neurological Rehab unit of its kind in the NW of South Africa. After moving to London in 2006, Nikki began her Pilates training through APPI and worked at the APPI Wimbledon Clinic for over 8 years. She also spent 2 seasons as Senior Physiotherapist for the Harlequins RFL as well as working with the English National Ballet School. As a gymnast from the age of 3, she spent many hours in Consultants’ and Physiotherapists’ rooms! This has fuelled an interest in the treatment of a range of injuries and conditions, including hypermobility, spinal injuries, complex chronic conditions and sporting injuries.
After launching the first APPI Pilates course in Turkey in 2010, Nikki has continued to present a range of Pilates courses in the UK and internationally. She is always encouraged by the great benefits of combining Physiotherapy and Pilates and passionate about teaching these concepts to others.
She is also trained in Dry Needling and specific Pilates training for Footballers and Dancers.Nikki loves scuba diving and exploring as much of the world as possible! Her latest passion is being a mum and the rollercoaster ride that goes along with it!
Elena did her undergraduate study at the prestigious Universidad Europea in Madrid to obtain her Bsc Physiotherapy an Bsc Sports Science degree. She has also since obtained an MSc in Manual Therapy, and courses in Dry needling, kinesiotaping, MSK Ultrasound, Intra-tissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI) and Pilates. Always linked to sports, from youth development to a professional level. After graduating, she started as team physio in Spanish Third Tier Football league, simultaneously leading a Strength and Conditioning program for a Youth Basketball Club. In 2014, she started an exciting role in CB Canarias, ACB league (pro Basketball). Taking care of the physiotherapy service and as a strength and conditionging assistant, responsible for player individual training programs. During Summer 2016, she traveled around some North California Collages, learning how their Athletic and Medical team worked. Elena has also worked in Musculo-skeletal Private Practice ever since she graduated, she enjoys a various caseload, but she specializes in knee injuries and craniocervical and TMJ disorders, as well as sports rehabilitation and Athletic Performance.
Luke graduated from St Mary's University in 2001, with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation. Since then, he has gained experience working in various different sporting settings including rugby and rowing. He also has over 7 years experience as a hydrotherapist working closely with patients of all ages and abilities, to achieve their rehabilitation goals. In 2008, he gained a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy from The University of Hertfordshire. Luke has worked for the NHS as well as Private Practices in the UK.
Luke also has post-graduate qualifications in Acupuncture for pain relief.
Hannah is a physiotherapist and yoga teacher. She's been working in private practice for 10 years and has a wealth of experience and a holistic approach that has naturally led her from physiotherapy to yoga therapy and a fuller understanding of the ‘root causes’of pain. She specializes in women's health physio and has an empowering approach to pre and post-natal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She also specializes in persistent pain associated with biomechanical or postural issues and often works with dysfunctions in the breathing pattern. She uses dry needling and acupuncture effectively to complement her manual therapies. She enjoys working with athletes and has helped GB triathletes to achieve their PBs. Hannah has lots of hippy interests including meditation, singing and practising the esoteric forms of yoga.
Sophie has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Westminster, and has spent the last 8 years practising acupuncture in Australia. She has worked with all age groups, and is used to treating a huge variety of conditions. Sophie's aim is to take excellent care of each person she works with, and to make the sessions as relaxing and enjoyable as they are therapeutic.
Aidan has multiple qualifications under his belt. Sports Rehab at the Carlow Institute of Technology in Ireland, 2010. And Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton. He was worked over the years with a number of sorting disciplines, including; Rugby, Football, Rowing and Running. He played football at a professional level at home in Ireland for two years with Cork City FC and also rowed at a national level. Having undergone two ACL reconstructions it gave him a great insight to how important Physiotherapy is to enable one to get back to their desired sport. He is currently half way through a part time MSc in Sports Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine at Middlesex University which has allowed him to work with the Saracens Rugby development squad. His main area of interest is sporting injuries and Biomechanics. Not only does he treat injuries he also looks at preventative strategies and setting goals with his patients no matter how small or big and working with them to achieve these goals while making the experience an enjoyable one.
Rebecca graduated in 2000 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University.
In 2006 she gained her MSc In Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UCL, and became a member of the Manual Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She incorporates a range of therapeutic techniques including: manipulation, joint mobilisation, myofascial release, dry needling, exercise therapy and Clinical Pilates.
Rebecca enjoys a varied caseload, but has a special interest in tennis injuries, spinal and shoulder conditions. Having worked with young tennis players, she is keenly aware of the importance of sports screening, especially throughout a players developmental years. She advocates preventative rather than reactive intervention, and offers a player-specific approach.
Bhavini graduated in 2005 from the University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. Since qualifying she has worked in the NHS within the Manchester areas, followed by an opportunity that took her to Salisbury and finally moving to London in 2007 to work at Kings College Hospital.
In 2010 she joined the team at Bodies Under Construction. Bhavini has trained in the APPI Modified Pilates and the Polestar method, Acupuncture and dry needling techniques. She has experience in kineso-taping, movement dysfunctional problems and has developed more specialist skills in the Kinetic Control concept of ‘Uncontrolled Movements’. This is a specialist assessment tools for detecting movement faults in both sporting and non-sporting related injures, which then allows Bhavini to design a specific rehabilitation programme for individual needs. Bhavini has a keen interest in all kinds of movement impairments, but with a particular interest in tri-athletes, runners and shoulder-based injuries. Bhavini has returned from Maternity in June 2018 and currently works Wednesdays and Fridays.
Joseph is a qualified Sports and Remedial massage Therapist. He is also qualified to deliver Holistic and Deep Tissue massage. Leaving his competitive Judo days behind, he currently teaches Kempo Jujitsu both privately and as part of an International association, as he prepares for his 3rd degree black belt. Having trained for several years as a powerlifter, he clearly understands and is sympathetic to the demands and stresses placed on the body together with the desire to keep active. He knows the importance of body maintenance to achieve sporting goals and the need for relaxation as part of a balanced healthy life style. Joseph has treated people from a wide spectrum, those preparing for competitive challenges to the sedentary office worker. Through massage, soft tissue and muscle energy techniques, he aims to reduce tension, free muscle restrictions and adhesions, improving postural balance to get people back to their chosen activity, be it sports and everyday activities.
Denah studied Sports and Remedial massage at the School of Natural Therapies, gaining a level 5 BTEC diploma. Continuing her professional development at SNT she has further certifications in Deep Tissue massage, massage during pregnancy, elastic therapeutic taping and Seated Acupressure massage. She is an avid martial artist with a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. After dealing with several of her own training injuries, she elected to study massage herself and now works with a number of amateur and professional athletes as well as those who are office based, aiding in relaxation, stress management, injury recovery, rehabilitation and pain relief. Denah is a firm believer in finding and treating the cause of pain/discomfort rather than just the symptoms.
JULIA MAY - PHYSIO
Julia May graduated from university of Brighton with a masters in rehabilitation science with licence to practice physiotherapy in 2005
After this she consolidated her practice in an acute NHS inpatient teaching hospital in east Kent relocating to London to Westminster to continue her senior rotations and focusing on musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
As a multi marathoner and successful triathlete Julia has plenty of understanding of running, cycling and training programmes, being able to offer bike fit assessments and treadmill gait analysis
Additionally as a STOTT Pilates instructor Julia coaches at Ful on Tri ( triathlon club) locally and has appeared on sky news in her role as a Physio to educate on starting sports in an injury free manner
Julia is a holistic physiotherapist considering the spine and it's interaction with the long bones of the limbs and posture during all her assessments.
Julia will ensure you learn how to self manage your individual complaint, working with you to achieve your goals in health or sport, as well as providing you immediate techniques to control and manage pain and dysfunction.