TEAM – REACH PHYSIOTHERAPY

You can find background information on the Reach Physiotherapy team members on this page. You can contact our team by using the contact form. To book a physiotherapy or a massage appointment, you can use our online booking form. To attend yoga and/or Pilates classes, you can book here.

physiotherapists and other therapists at Reach Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists: Antony Causton, Patrick Mundy

Rehabilitation specialist: Gabriella Rose

Massage therapists: Melanie Menendez, Fiona Gilbert

Nutritionist: Jo Lewin

Pilates instructor: Sharon Luff

Yoga instructors: Sarah TilleyLaura Prychidko, Ilana Kateb

Alexander Technique: Sarah Barfoot

Physiotherapists

Antony Causton – MCSP, HPC, Certified GUNN IMS Practitioner

Antony Causton - Physiotherapist at Reach PhysiotherapyWith over a decade’s worth of experience in the musculoskeletal and orthopaedic field of physiotherapy, Antony has a wealth of knowledge in treating and preventing a diverse range of injuries affecting all areas of the body. This includes nerve pain, joint and muscle pain, muscle weakness and re-education, preoperative and postoperative care, balance problems and orthotic prescription.

After graduating from Brunel University, London, Antony then worked in the big city for a year providing physiotherapy to professional football players, disabled children and also set up a service within a gym in Kensington. He then moved to Vancouver, Canada to further develop his skill set practicing alongside Canada’s leading physios at the city’s most renowned clinic. There he advanced in all areas of physiotherapy including occupational rehab and sports injury management by treating Vancouver’s leading athletes and winter sports population.

Antony then returned to his beloved Brighton, where he furthered his knowledge in pre- and post-operative care; working at local private hospitals and private clinics. Being the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at Reach Physiotherapy, Antony prides himself on providing the highest quality of care to his patients possible and will always go the extra mile to make sure his patients get back on track and are cared for. His passions are fixing people, attending courses about fixing people, music, teaching spin to keep fit, fishing in the summer sun, surfing, snowboarding and Brighton.

 

Patrick Mundy

Patrick Mundy is one of the physiotherapists working at Reach Physiotherapy

Patrick first began training and working in Ontario, Canada as a Physiotherapy Assistant in elderly care before he decided to move back to England in 2010. After Patrick graduated from St George’s University London in 2013 he developed an exercise and weight loss program at the South London and Maudsley Recovery College before moving back to Sussex.

Since returning he has worked in the NHS while pursuing his own personal interests in understanding both Chronic Pain and Mental Health. As the majority of us are faced with mental health problems either personally or through someone you love, his focus is providing a friendly inviting environment to promote integrative recovery and rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation specialist

Gabriella Rose

Gaby is one of the physiotherapists at Reach Physiotherapy

Gaby is a qualified Personal Trainer, Rehab Specialist and Pilates Teacher who has studied the Appi Pilates method in London as well as her GP Referral qualification with Premier Training International. Currently she is employed as a Physiotherapy Technician at the Brighton County Hospital. She specialises in working with patients completing their rehab whether they have sports injuries, back pain or are recovering from surgery. Furthermore, she supports people who simply need to improve their strength and flexibility to reduce pain and unease in the body. Drawing on various methods to help clients to reach their goals and feel empowered through movement. This technique plays a huge role in her work at the hospital producing fantastic results with her patients.

Gaby has always enjoyed and thrived on activities such as dance, yoga, running and swimming. Through her own personal experience she has come to understand that the mind and body are strongly related; she draws upon her knowledge gained from meditation courses and her yoga practice. Gaby believes that physical strength and peace of mind can have significant positive effects on how we live our lives and our general wellbeing.

Remedial Pilates

Feel the healing power of movement in an intimate remedial 1:1 Pilates session for anyone who is recovering from injury or illness. The session will be gentle and restorative, working closely towards your wellbeing goals in a relaxing and healing environment. Using breath work, Pilates based exercises and stretches to reconnect, restore and re-balance the body.

 

Functional Rehab

Build strength to restore your body’s natural balance. If you have experienced back pain, recovering from illness or injury a 1:1 session with your goals in mind can show you the powerful benefits of exercise and movement. Get back to sport, improve your fitness and mobility!

Weekly programs are given to each client along with support and encouragement when working towards individual goals.

 

 

Massage therapists

Melanie Menendez

Melanie Menendez is a massage therapist at Reach Physiotherapy

Melanie is a clinical/sport massage therapist, reflexologist and reiki practitioner.

She offers a full range of holistic treatments. By combining a variety of hand on techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, reflexology, and energy work, in addition to traditional soft tissue techniques, you will be provided with an individualised treatment that is specific to your needs.

How can she help you?

  • Alleviate aches, pains and headaches
  • Relieve muscular tightness
  • Tension and stress relief
  • Improve mood, breathing, circulation, posture and immune system function
  • Encourage efficient energy flow

Fiona Gilbert

Fiona Gilbert is one of the massage therapists operating at Reach Physiotherapy

Fiona is a qualified Advanced Sports and Clinical Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor and specializes in injury, pain and chronic pain.  Fiona has been working with people’s bodies for over 9 years and is also qualified in Traditional Thai Massage and Abdominal massage.

How can she help you?

  • Alleviate aches, pains and headaches
  • Relieve muscular tightness
  • Tension and stress relief
  • Improve mood, breathing, circulation and posture
  • Restore immune system function
  • Encourage efficient energy flow

 

 

Nutritionist

 

Jo Lewin

Jo is a nutritionist at Reach Physiotherapy

Jo is a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), working in Brighton & Hove.

Since graduating 2010, Jo has worked in a variety of public and private contexts, including the NHS, charities and private workplaces. Jo works with people of all ages and shares her passion for food and commitment to balanced, no nonsense nutrition.

 

Nutrition support to help you with:

  • Weight loss
  • Pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Energy levels and mood
  • Digestive health
  • Meal ideas and recipes

 

She currently works as a Community Nutritionist for the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership with a specialism in adult weight management and behaviour change. Jo supports adults in achieving their goals and believes in real nutrition; no fads or gimmicks, and takes a realistic approach to diet. Alongside diet, consultations with Jo will look at lifestyle factors that influence both physical and mental health such as exercise, sleep and stress.

As a member of the Association for Nutrition, Jo adheres to their Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance.

Jo enjoys all aspects of food; cooking, gardening, markets, restaurants, permaculture, not to mention talking, eating and regularly writes for the BBC Good Food website.

Joe’s website: www.nutrijo.co.uk

Pilates and yoga instructors

Sharon Luff – Pilates instructor and CBT Practitioner

PFT – eta, GFT – H.F.P.A, CBT – SNHS dip CBT

 

Sharon teaches Pilates at Reach Physiotherapy

With over 19 years’ experience as a Personal Fitness Trainer and 16 years as a successful Rehabilitation Specialist, Sharon has developed a holistic approach to healing both the body and the mind, believing that your psychology and physiology are intrinsically linked. As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) Sharon can assist you to manage your problems and find solutions by changing the way you think and behave. It is useful for anxiety and depression, other mental issues and any physical health problems you may be struggling with.

 

Sarah Tilley – Yoga instructor

Sarah first came to yoga in 2002 upon the recommendation of her osteopath. From an introduction to it through the precision of the Lyengar method, Sarah found herself drawn gradually towards a stronger more dynamic practise and ultimately trained to become a teacher in 2008.

Yoga meaning Union, to draw together the mind and the body using the vehicle of the breath to do so. Whether we come to our mat with a tendency towards stiffness or flexibility through the practise we find more space physically. As we find more space within the body we find more space within the mind also. We find the gaps between our thoughts where there is peace and stillness to be found.

 

 

Laura Prychidko

Laura Prychidko in a yoga instructor in Reach PhysiotherapyAfter experiencing yoga for the first time on the beaches of Australia, I instantly fell in love! I liked the changes that yoga brought to me, not just the physically changes that came from the being on the mat but also the much more profound changes that came in my daily life.

Since that moment, I have been deepening my own personal yoga practice and have spent time in several different Ashrams (yoga communities) in Nepal, England and India. In 2015, I took the plunge and completed my 200 hours yoga teacher training course with Arhanta Yoga School in India, based on the teaching of Sivananda. After spending 6 months in India practising and teaching yoga I moved to Thailand where I taught yoga in a healing and awakening school, finally moving to Brighton at the end of 2016.

Now I want to share the true sprite and wisdom of yoga. Whilst learning how to do a headstand can be fun (or not!) and is a benefit that comes from attending regular yoga classes, I also want to teach the philosophy and spiritually side of yoga that can get lost in this modern world so people can bring the benefits of yoga off the mat and into their daily lives.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self to the self” Bhagavad Gita

 

Ilana KatebIlana Kateb is one of the yoga instructors at Reach Physiotherapy

“I love the creative, dance-like nature of Vinyasa Flow yoga; I first discovered it several years ago after exploring various other styles, including Hatha and Ashtanga. Initially drawn to yoga as a way of relieving pain in my back and neck, I began to really appreciate the calming effect of connecting with the breath and energising the body. I am continually inspired by all the different things you can learn and find out each time you come to the mat.

Fulfilling a long-standing desire to share the rewards of yoga with others, in 2016 I completed my 200hr teacher training with Vidya Heisel at Frog Lotus Yoga International in Spain. This followed a year travelling in South America where I had the wonderful opportunity to connect with yoga communities and teachers across the continent, including an eco-community and yoga centre in Colombia.

Since returning to the UK I have led Vinyasa Flow classes in Brighton, and continue to deepen my own practice and knowledge by regularly attending retreats, workshops and classes around the country.

My dynamic alignment-based yoga classes are open to all. The sessions focus on using mindful movements to help us explore and feel well in our bodies and mind. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, I encourage participants to grow in their practice and confidence.”

 

Alexander Technique

Sarah Barfoot

sarah-alexander technique

Sarah is a member of The Society of The Teachers of The Alexander Technique (STAT). She teaches one-to-one private lessons at Reach Physiotherapy and also runs group workshops.

Sarah believes that Alexander Technique lessons are beneficial to everyone. The technique is a psychophysical re-educational process that has many therapeutic values, it can help a person to break out of old, unhelpful patterns of movement and behaviour and restore their natural, poise, balance, and equilibrium.

The Alexander Technique can help you to recognise and prevent harmful postural habits that might be causing you stress and pain. In lessons you can learn to release tension and balance body and mind. The Alexander Technique can be used to:

  • Relieve Back, Neck and Joint Pain
  • Reduce Muscle Tension and Stiffness
  • Help with Breathing and Vocal Problems
  • Improve Posture
  • Develop Business and Presentation Skills
  • Reduce Anxiety and Stress
  • Improve Performance in Music, Drama and Sport
  • Support Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Help Sufferers of Long Term Chronic Pain
  • General Wellbeing

The technique is a powerful tool for personal development, self-awareness and learning new skills. Learning to use yourself better, with poised natural body alignment will help improve overall function and wellbeing. It has been found to be particularly effective in helping sufferers of lower back pain as demonstrated in a major NHS trial.

Sometimes referred to as embodied mindfulness. People of any age and ability will find the technique helps them to feel calmer and more confident. Sarah brings a friendly approach to her lessons and is always happy to answer any enquiries. She also specialises in working with performing artists and has worked with actors at Rose Bruford College and The Actors Centre in London. She also recently worked with singers at The London School of Musical Theatre and Young Musicians at Arts Educational College, London.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about The Alexander Technique or would like to book a session