Physio Focus – Zoe Butler

About Zoe

Zoe has been studying and working as a Physiotherapist since 2009. She has worked in a number of private practices in Adelaide in a number of different fields, making the move over to Melbourne to join Balance & Control Pilates & Physiotherapy in 2016.

Zoe practices Physiotherapy in a holistic manner, taking into account the mind, body and gut when working with clients to improve their pain and function. This has been strengthened by the recent addition of Japanese Acupuncture to her skill set. Zoe really enjoys using the combination of Acupuncture with more traditional Physiotherapy techniques (such as dry needling, McKenzie Method, Pilates, manual therapy) and the effect it has on the body and movement.

In particular, Zoe loves working with those who have back pain (acute or chronic). The more complicated, the better! With her holistic approach and emphasis on education and empowerment, she gets results.

About Acupuncture

Japanese Acupuncture is an ancient technique used to treat a number of ailments. It works on regulating the balance of hormones, chemicals, and your nervous systems and immune systems to resolve pathology.

Japanese Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of tiny needles into specific points on your meridians. This helps to stimulate, diffuse or unblock the flow of energy (Ki), blood and fluids along these meridian pathways.

The acupuncture model is based on the idea that our organs are all attached to a meridian, and the meridians circulate energy (Ki), blood and fluids through the organs. All our organs need to be functioning to be healthy, but sometimes an organ system can become imbalanced, causing disruptions to the flow, and symptoms follow.

Symptoms of system imbalance include but are not limited to:
• Musculoskeletal pain/stiffness (often on affected meridians)
• Hot flushes / persistent cold
• Mood fluctuations – angry, irritable, anxious, agitated, flat
• Gut trouble – bloating, tummy pain, food intolerances, constipation, loose bowels
• Poor sleep – trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, or waking up feeling tired
• Low energy levels
• Poor appetite

When there is system imbalance it is often tricky to get lasting relief with traditional Physio, as it isn’t treating the root cause of the problem (the organ systems). So the combination of Physiotherapy and Acupuncture can be incredibly effective.

Click here to view Zoe’s availability and to book a session with her in Prahran

New 2016 Practitioner – Melissa Salvia

As we continue to grow the BCPS team through 2016, we’d love to introduce our wonderful clients to the most recent addition to the team – a real asset in Western Australian Physio and Rehab Pilates Pracitioner Melissa Salvia. Melissa has recently relocated to Melbourne to undertake a three-year Masters in Acupuncture at RMIT.

Melissa’s availabilities for both Physiotherapy sessions and Rehab Pilates Sessions at the Richmond Studio are:
Monday evenings,
Wednesday evenings,
Thursday mornings and afternoons.

Book a session with Melissa here

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Melissa graduated from Curtin University of Technology early 2009. Over the past 7 years, she has been working privately in the area of musculoskeletal & sports physiotherapy and Pilates exercise rehabilitation. During this time she has taken a special interest in the treatment of chronic & psychosomatic pain disorders, energetic healing, sporting injuries and postural & biomechanical movement disorders. Furthermore, Melissa has a keen interest in sports injury management and rehabilitation, with four years experience working as head sports trainer with the WAAFL and assisting with various teams including NSW Rhythmic Gymnastics, Perth Glory Juniors and Salzburg Ballet Company. Her clinical experience also includes hydrotherapy, occupational & industrial health and home rehabilitation.

Melissa has completed a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction with Polestar Pilates Australia to further progress her movement analysis skills and expand her exercise repertoire. She has also undertaken further study in sports physiotherapy management, women’s health Pilates, RTUS, Power Plate, advanced biomechanical and pelvic assessment, dry needling, chronic pain, Reiki and the Franklin Method to name a few.

Melissa is currently moving towards being a more holistic practitioner and is exploring different forms of energetic healing and ways of obtaining whole body health. Personally, Melissa has a passion for all forms of movement & dance, and enjoys participating in Xtend Barre, Burlesque, Martial Arts and Yoga and hopes to encourage her clients to move to the best of their ability whilst having fun.

We are sure you will find sessions with Melissa very effective and enjoyable as you continue towards you health and wellbeing goals in 2016.

Book a session with Melissa here

Featured Team Member- CHLOE


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MEET CHLOE– our fantastic physio!


Give us a brief summary of your career to date – how did you get involved with Pilates?
Previously worked for 4 years as a physio across Melbourne’s eastern hospitals and rehabilitation centre, including time in the Pain Management team at the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre. As a Richmond local I first got involved in pilates as a client at BCPS!

What is your favourite thing about Pilates?
The fact that the sky is the limit- there is always so much more the body can achieve…

If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be? Why?
New York- To the home of Joseph Pilates and his craft.

What food could you not live without?
Muesli, fruit and yoghurt- My favourite way to start the day.

What piece of advice would you give to someone about to embark on their Pilates journey?
Patience, Persistence and Practice.

What do you love about Balance & Control Pilates Studio?
Our sense of community; inspirational, enthusiastic colleagues and delightful clients.

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