‘Absolutely phenomenal!’

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After eight months of being unable to walk and after countless other treatments, Franco Gasparotti turned to Leon Almashan at PhysioExtra – and today Franco is setting off on an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Franco suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being seriously injured in the Coldstream Guards in Ulster. His weight ballooned to 27 stone as a result.

After losing an incredible 17 stone and reducing his waist size from 72 to 32 inches he is now a fitness consultant

He still needs skinfold removal surgery and is raising funds through the Kilimanjaro expedition.

The whole trip was put in jeopardy due plantar fasciitis.

“My heels were so bad, I could hardly walk,” says Franco. “I tried everything, then heard about Leon’s Shockwave treatment at PhysioExtra. I could hardly walk 12 feet, but the day after the first session I walked 12 miles and I’ve been walking 15 miles a day ever since, catching up on eight months of missed training.

“I can only describe the results of Leon’s treatment as absolutely phenomenal!”

For further information about Franco’s appeal: https://www.gofundme.com/francoappeal

 

Thai Yoga Massage

[from a post to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Physio-Extra]

Last week I had a massage from Adela who recently started at my local physio studio, PhysioExtra.

Despite doing my best to set up an ergonomic workstation, tapping away all day at a screen means I end up with chronically tight neck and shoulder muscles, not to mention my lower back and hips, so the occasional massage is a real treat.

To be honest, at first I was a bit sceptical about the “Thai Yoga Massage” Adela practices. I’ve had a lot of massages while travelling in Thailand and not much has come close to their standards in England, but she certainly knows her stuff.

The hour-long session was on a mat in the gym with some relaxing music. I was actually so relaxed that I almost nodded off.

Adela has a really pleasant manner. You basically relax and leave it all to her as she stretches and manipulates your back and limbs, working from head to foot.

She doesn’t faff around and presses deep into knots of tension, managing to be firm and gentle at the same time.

Talking to her, you can tell she has a lot of knowledge and passion about what she does.

She calls it yoga massage because a lot of the stretches are similar to those in yoga, but because she is helping you stretch it’s more dynamic than anything you’d be able to achieve in a yoga class – at least as a beginner.

I came out of my session feeling relaxed and lighter. I quickly realised that my usual aches had dissipated. Not surprisingly, they are back again after a week in front of the screen.

In an ideal world, everyone would get a massage like this every day…

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