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An enthusiastic sportsperson, Monique played soccer for 16 years at premier league division as a goal keeper but has now traded in her gloves for her love of Pilates. As a nationally qualified Myotherapist, Remedial Massage Therapist and Pilates instructor; Monique understands the importance of both injury prevention and rehabilitation from a practitioner and patient point of view. ” I love trying to understand how the human body moves and works and I love helping people experience over-all good health and well-being.”
Combining assessment with evidence based treatment plans to strengthen the body using exercises, Monique is able to formulate the right approach to overcome a range of ailments including acute injuries, chronic pain management and general maintenance.
As a myotherapist, Monique is often asked how it differs to remedial massage. Most people know that remedial massage is one component in a myotherapist’s training, however fewer people realise that myotherapists are Independent Allied Health Practitioners, who treat many of the same conditions regularly seen in community settings by osteopaths and physiotherapists. “Myotherapists, like remedial massage therapists, are highly skilled in the use of massage to reduce tension and pain in the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. However, this is where a remedial therapists skills stop. Myotherapists also utilise a wide range of additional manual therapy techniques including. joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques, myofascial manipulation and release, positional release techniques and assisted PNF stretching.”
Monique understands that treatment doesn’t have to be about ‘no pain no gain’ – massage doesn’t have to be painful to work well. “So much of helping an individual can be achieved just through touch but I also like that we have multiple methods in our tool box to help our clients correct movement imbalances and treat musculoskeletal function problems.”
Monique has a special interest in the management and rehabilitation of hypermobility, chronic pain and pelvic dysfunctions. She enjoys treating clients of all ages and athletic ability, especially elite athletes, weekend warriors and kids who are honing their skills on their way to elite level performance.
Clinical Pilates is one of Monique’s secret weapons to help all her clients return to their activities of daily living and sport.
She is also passionate about the use of dry needling to assist with local muscular pain and improving function through trigger points. Using a fine filament needle inserted into the center of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibers to relax by providing those fibers with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply. “I use dry needling to aid in releasing myofascial trigger points (muscle knots in any part of the body) that’s often too painful for the client to release using manual therapy techniques.”
When not working, Monique likes to hone her Pilates skills, spend time with her long fur child Hugo (the dachshund) and watching EPL at 2am with her partner.
As a physiotherapist, Peter relishes the opportunity to help his clients return to the things that mean the most to them, whether that’s sport, work or family. “A strong and healthy body maintains a healthy mind, which allows us to perform and work to the best of our ability.”
Peter is a strength and conditioning enthusiast with a unique understanding of the demands of high level competition and performance. Having previously worked within the National Premier League Victoria (soccer) as well as part of the medical team for Futsal Victoria at their National Championships, he has a passion for treating all aspects of musculoskeletal or sporting pain with a particular interest in shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.
He is also a great advocate for the involvement of children and adolescents in sport, helping them develop healthy habits as they grow.
“It’s so important to stay at the forefront of the industry in terms of latest techniques, advancements, patient care and rehabilitation and use this information to continue to play a key role in patients’ recovery.”
Peter has valuable experience in pre- and post-operative care and has developed expertise in using Clinical Pilates to facilitate optimal recovery and performance.
“The challenge of pre and post-surgery and the journey between physiotherapist and patient to integrate them back into daily activity or sport in an even better condition than before their injury is what drives me.”
Whether it’s an acute injury or simply wanting to optimise performance, Peter has the expertise to diagnose and prescribe a program to get you back on track to achieving your goals. His unique combination of physiotherapy and high level coaching skills is a valuable asset in both the prevention and rehabilitation of injury – particularly in the areas of sports performance in the younger athlete.
Away from CSSM, Peter has developed a keen interest in golf, enjoys attending sports events, training in the gym and keeping up with the latest research and advancements within the physiotherapy industry.
After 15 years of intensive dance training and working as on osteopath, Kim was looking for a pro-active way to help people manage their conditions. “Pilates was the perfect fit.”
Rather than “treat” conditions, Kim says Pilates improves movement and helps to relieve pain. “I work to help people overcome their back and neck pain, manage restrictions with arthritis, rehabilitate joint injuries, improve balance, build strength and increase bone mass in osteoporosis. I also love keeping people strong throughout their pregnancies and beyond.”
According to Kim, clients are surprised at how easily a problem area can be identified. “We have elite athletes coming in who are very strong and fit but have pain or an injury. We can find a muscle not doing its job properly and they are surprised at how quickly that muscle tires and how we can progress exercises to keep Pilates continually challenging.”
“I love that my clients are very pro-active leading to great, long term results. There is a huge variety in the people and conditions I see, keeping each class interesting. I also love getting to know people and hearing about their lives.”
Kim has first-hand knowledge in the role pilates can play in pre and post-natal health but also has extensive experience treating and rehabilitating AFL and dance injuries.
Away from the clinic, Kim enjoys spending time with her three boys and getting involved in sports, activities, camping, and bushwalking. She also loves walking her dogs.
For Jennie, Pilates was an exercise passion that sparked a new career. “Pilates was the only exercise regime I have ever been totally committed to, enjoyed enormously and felt motivated by every class I attended. I started to consider how amazing it would be to learn more about the practice and actually be the person teaching people.”
Moving to Melbourne from Liverpool in the UK, Jennie immersed herself into a new lifestyle and new career.
“I don’t just like Pilates, I absolutely LOVE it. Pilates is a lifestyle that you create for yourself. I love that a person who is doing their first class and someone who is at an advanced level can join in the class together as the movements can be regressed and progressed to accommodate for people’s fitness and comfort levels. I love that we move our bodies through all planes of movement and get the spine moving.”
As Joseph Pilates himself said, “you are only as young as your spine is flexible.”
At CSSM, Jennie works with clients to program exercises that can assist with rehabilitation. “I believe that Pilates is a great way to help prevent injuries, assist to increase performance in other sports/dance etc and day to day life movement. Just getting the body moving is beneficial for everyone.”
Jennie says clients are often surprised that small movements can really get the muscles working. “Comments like ‘it looks so easy but actually it’s hard do,’ get spoken quite often. I think also the mind-body connection with Pilates can surprise people in the way they feel energised even after working hard in the session. Often, people feel balance can be challenging when actually this is something so important to keep practicing as we age. Clients are surprised that with practice, how much stronger they get, how much they have progressed – those little achievements and milestones along the way are wonderful to see.”
Jennie says the sense of community at CSSM engages both staff and clients. “We are forever learning as Pilates instructors’ and to have other professionals here to bounce ideas off and brainstorm with is very fortunate. I love that all staff jump into classes and can provide me with constructive feedback and be guinea pigs for any new ideas I come up with!”
When she’s not putting her clients through their paces, Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband and friends which usually means a wine or two! Travelling and visiting restaurants is also top of the list for this new Melbournian. “We are spoilt rotten for choice in Melbourne and I could quite happily eat my way through the city and beyond!”