I offer 1-2-1 Postural Alignment Therapy in-person at my clinic (Worcester, UK) or via FaceTime/Skype. I love working face to face with people, but it's amazing that I can help people from other countries too (my longest distance client is currently located in Melbourne, Australia)!
1-2-1 Therapy is a bit like seeing a personal trainer for your posture. We will teach each joint in your body to start working more functionally (through corrective exercises suited to your posture and limitations), starting with the areas causing the biggest issues and, as time goes on and you move better, giving each joint a bit of a re-educational MOT!
It's a process of change, support, interaction and challenging your beliefs over what your body can do and how it can change (if given the correct stimulus). It's not easy, but it's incredibly powerful.
I work with all ages. My youngest client (to date) is seven and my oldest is in their nineties. Age doesn't stop anyone from hugely reducing, or entirely eliminating, their pain.
I work with people with all sorts of conditions. Postural Alignment Therapy is not a symptom-led therapy, so I don't ask what your MRI shows or the name of the 'thing' your Orthopaedic Surgeon tells you you have. I ask you what your body can currently do comfortably, and I teach you how to move a bit more comfortably each time you see me. Your levels of pain are the only guidance I need, I don't need to see your scan or hear what 'itis'/'osis'/'opathy' you've been diagnosed with to work with you. It doesn't change how I operate.
I work with people of all levels of sporting ability, from lifelong coach potatoes to ultra-marathon runners (and every sport in-between). Your sports do not immunise you from postural problems and pain, but neither do they always cause them. Most sportspeople still lead sedentary Western lifestyles which impact the biomechanics of their bodies. When you increase the load through a wonky body, you lead yourself towards pain and injury. Get each joint in your body more functional, and you'll see how much more enjoyable your favourite sports and hobbies become.
Moving more/differently is always the answer to reducing chronic, musculoskeletal pain ... but I teach you how to move in a way where you aren't compounding the compensatory movement patterns causing your issues in the first place.
My 1-2-1 clients who buy a package of appointments also gain access to the same video content available to my Digital Therapy clients (coming soon). This will also help bolster your knowledge of what you need to do in your own time!
Please send me an email to to book an appointment or a 15 minute phone call to discuss how 1-2-1 Postural Alignment Therapy will benefit you and permanently fix your posture.
N.B I also recommend to ALL my potential clients to buy (and read!) a copy of the 'Pain Free' by Pete Egoscue book.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A 1-2-1 APPOINTMENT
IN-pERSON OR VIA FACETIME
To start, we will discuss your symptoms and limitations so we have an idea of where you're starting from. This helps us measure progress as time goes on.
Secondly, we'll review and discuss what I see in your posture (I'm looking at the bits which do not rest naturally in neutral) and then I will guide you through movements which will begin the process of pressing 'factory re-set' on your body.
Always working at a pace your body can manage, we will be waking up muscles (that currently don't work very well) through corrective exercises. As these muscles wake up, your joints will move into a better position and your pain will reduce.
I will be guiding you through movement, but I won't be 'doing anything' to you.
The power of The Egoscue Method is that it puts the control back into the hands of my clients. They learn to listen to what their body wants/doesn't wants and really tune back into what their body is telling them.
After a course of sessions, my clients don't need anyone else to 'do' anything to them, they'll have all the answers they need ... if they are prepared to put in the work in order to change and maintain their body's biomechanics long term.
N.B I cannot reiterate enough that this is a not a quick fix. It requires hard work from my clients and it requires them to communicate with me throughout the process so we can change things that aren't working. I am not interested in working with people who aren't prepared to do a minimum of 20 minutes of corrective exercises a number of times a week, or who expect an overnight success.
Postural Alignment Therapy will not work for you if you do not put in the hard work in to alter movement patterns of a lifetime.
"Ellie helped me walk again"
"It’s not that I couldn’t walk, but a year ago I had developed a pronounced limp, walking more than short distances had become painful and niggling pains in my hip and knee were often keeping me awake at night. Walking has always been a favourite leisure activity for me and I was loathe to accept this was the inevitable consequence of increasing age. Clearly I needed to do something about it. A group session with Ellie showed me that I was actually unable to stand up straight for more than 30 seconds! She also taught us a few tips on walking ‘properly’ and I immediately felt some relief when I put these into practice. Ellie seemed to have some answers so I booked some sessions.
Ellie patiently assessed the way I was standing and moving and drew up a set of exercises to start reversing many decades of bad habits. Avoidance of pain was an important factor in this, but some stretches and twinges were inevitable as muscles I didn’t know I had were coaxed into action once more. Each session involved a meticulous re-assessment and some more challenging exercises: walking became progressively more pleasurable. Going through the exercises daily was of course tedious, but it has paid off. At a critical point in the programme I realised that if I omitted the exercises one morning, I instantly reverted to old and painful walking habits, so this was a good incentive to do them properly! Clearly they were important and working for me so I persevered.
Now, once again, I am walking with a spring in my step and enjoying long distance footpaths again.
Thank you, Ellie."