Pilates and Soft Tissue Therapy









Sports Massage

The primary purpose of soft tissue therapy is to treat musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction caused by life’s everyday stresses. Whilst sport is a common factor, this is far from being the main issue dealt with.

Each treatment provided aims to meet the needs of an individual client and will include:

  • Injury assessment
  • Advanced treatment techniques
  • Remedial exercise and advice to enhance recovery, prevent injury or re-injury and improve posture and function

The aim of soft tissue therapy is to treat all minor and chronic injuries whether caused through sport or any other lifestyle factor, using massage and other more advanced techniques. It also aims to identify the underlying causes of injury and other more long-term improvements in physical well-being and injury prevention.

COVID 19 Clinic Update – my services available during this second national lockdown brings with it new statutory regulations that independent businesses by law must adhere to. These regulations affect the level of access to my services over the next few weeks.

This time around, there is a now an official appreciation that the public do need ongoing access to wider healthcare services provided by professionals who are highly qualified and can take the strain off the primary healthcare system. As a result, level 5 qualified soft tissue practitioners (of which I am one), are recognised as delivering some of the highest standards of supporting health.

Accountable to the professional code set out by the their governing body (which for me is the FHT) I can therefore continue to offer health services during lockdown, but it will not be business as usual.

The impact of increasing infection rates does bring with it a need to be even more stringent and impose greater restrictions to safeguard therapists, clients and their families in the short-term.

As a result, I believe it is prudent and in the interests of my clients to close the clinic for routine, non-urgent appointments for the next few weeks and review again at the end of that period. This means relaxation and maintenance based massage treatments will not be available.

However, for those clients who require urgent, acute clinical musculo- skeletal consultation please contact me on 07931 514358 to discuss the assistance you require and whether a short face-to-face appointment and treatment would be appropriate to prevent further escalation.

Alternatively I am able to deliver very effective and high-quality online support so do please get in touch if needed.



This is a running course for beginners. Couch to 5K, designed to get you off the couch and running in just 8 weeks. Grab your trainers, follow my lead and do your homework!

Graduation is a timed, 5k parkrun (#parkrun)

The next course starts August 28th, meeting at The Gym Cheltenham from 6.30-7.30pm.  Price £35

Book here


To make the most out of this course you should already be able to run 5k (in approx. 40mins). I will look to improve your time and increase your distance using tempo and speed sessions.

Graduation will be a 10k group run (or a race if we can find one)

Current course starts March 7th, meeting in Abbeymead from 7-8pm.  Price £30 FULLY BOOKED


Feeling shy or just lacking confidence in wearing lycra?! You can book your very own run session, that’s tailored around you, your current fitness levels and future running goals.


Pilates Matwork is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on your core.

In my classes we will concentrate on posture, balance and flexibility as well as the mind-body connection. Whilst we exercise, your mind needs to be aware of your breathing, core and the way your body moves. This builds the core strength we need for a healthy long life.

Developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany where he was a carpenter and gymnast. He invented Pilates as an exercise program for injured dancers and soldiers while living in the UK. Joseph Pilates believed that physical and mental health were closely connected. In the 1920’s he immigrated to the US and opened a Pilates studio in New York.

Classes are held:

Monday 7.30pm at Hillview Primary School, Hillview Road, Hucclecote.

Wednesday 7.15pm at Kingsway Community Centre, Kingsway Local Center, Thatcham Ave

Cost £36.00 for 6 sessions.

I’m a Level 3 Qualified Pilates Matwork Instructor

Pilates single leg stretch


Kinesio Taping

How does it work?

Sorry, lots of anatomical speak coming up.

Kinesio Taping works by aiding the lymphatic and muscle systems to substantially reduce recovery times and improve fitness levels.

Taping aims to encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards working lymph nodes (in other words reduce swelling).

Kinesio Taping can also help to facilitate the stretch response, with movement or muscle contraction. To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, I love Rocktape which is stretchier, stickier and snappier and so out performs other tapes available.

Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.

Physiological Effects of Kinesio Taping:

  • Relieves pain
  • Supports muscles in movement
  • Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
  • Corrects joint mis-alignment
  • Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
  • Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position


‘It’s never too late to start!’
Up until 4 years ago (age 47) I had never run (didn’t think I could!) I then built up, thru a local running club and managed 5k then my first 10k! Sadly I found that so tough that I pretty much gave up and vowed to never do a 10k again. That was until Jo set up Project Active. I signed up to Jo’s first C25K in October last year and am so pleased to have completed another 10k today!! It was tough going but this time I am not going to quit as have a fantastic bunch of running buddies thru the Group and Jo and Maria are inspirational and motivational and we all help each other … whatever our speed. So at 51 I have my running mojo back and it’s thx to Project Active and its members. If I can do it so can YOUAngela Roles Prosser
5 weeks ago I couldn’t get my breath back after 90 seconds. Week 6 onto ten minutes and recovery rate is unreal I still have a way to go but 5 weeks in and alongside with healthy eating I have managed to lose 8 1/2lb. Feeling really motivated. The group are truly lovely and we all comment on here to meet up, which is brilliant as running alone isn’t quite the same.
We are all ages, sizes and speeds but we are all on the same path. To each 5 k !!Joanne Caine
Jo is so knowledgeable and a natural instructor. She offered great advice and encouragement but never made me feel under pressure. I also have monthly massages from Jo which are a life saver, she always manages to put me back together! Thanks Jo!Kerrie Andrews
Incredibly professional and effective.
Thoroughly recommendable and superb value.
Amazing results.Tim Sadler
If like me you think you can’t run but it’s something you really want to try, I would highly recommend joining Project Active’s C25K group – if I can do so can you!Clare Bryce