What are they?
PhysioFit is a new type of exercise and learning class, designed by Cranfold and led by experienced Chartered Physiotherapists. It is tailored to your specific needs. Each class is especially designed to support different types of condition – so whether you have a knee replacement, or suffer with back pain – we have a class to help you.
The class will be part learning-part doing. Your physio will discuss issues raised by the group, teach you more about your condition and give tips on how to manage it optimally. You will also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with others who have had similar problems.
You will get stronger and more flexible through the exercise programme, being guided by your experienced physio. As everyone is different, you will be able to go at your own pace and be sure that you are moving safely and optimally to get the most benefit.
How are they different to other exercise classes?
The classes are a mixture of exercise and learning. Before joining, you will be given a medical questionnaire and may have a chat with your Chartered Physio prior to starting your first class. This allows them to establish your individual concerns, medical history, and aims. Your physio will then use this knowledge and their expertise to individualise the exercises in the class to suit your own needs. This ensures that the exercises you will do are not only safe for your condition, but will lead to maximum benefit for you. Everyone is different. It’s like having your own physio on tap, but also being amongst others who have had similar experiences and can support each other with the knowledge that only those who have “been there” can have.
We want you to enjoy coming to Cranfold, so welcome you to stay after class for a free tea or coffee and a chat with your classmates.
Where are they?
Physio-Fit is exclusive to Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre and classes can be found in all our main practice locations – Dorking, Cranleigh and Horsham, with the majority held in our spacious purpose designed studios in Horsham and Cranleigh.
When are the classes?
See times for each class below
How do I join?
Just decide which class you want to try (details below) and give us a ring to book it on 01403 721050 or 01483 267747. For new classes, taster sessions available for either £5 or £10 depending on which Studio.
We are continually opening further classes in Cranleigh in our Large and Smaller Studio.
How much is it?
As these are a new type of class, we think that the best way to see what PhysioFit can do for you is to come along and try it out for yourself.
Classes are £12.50 a week in the Large studio in Cranleigh and Horsham and £20 per session in the Smaller Studio (max 4/5 people) except for Physiofit:Seniors which is just £10 a class. Discounted rate is applied if you pay up front for a course of 5/6.
What classes do you offer?
PhysioFit: Strength & Balance
(Cranleigh Tuesday 10.45am Wednesday 11.45am; Horsham Monday 11.15am) £10 per session
This class uses Chartered Society of Physiotherapy proven exercises to gently challenge and condition your balance, flexibility and strength, with exercises in sitting and standing. So whether you are recovering from a hip replacement, suffer with back pain, have a sports injury, or just want to move more our friendly physios are expertly and gently able to help you.
PhysioFit: Yoga Stretch with Erica
(Cranleigh Monday 9.45am)
PhysioFit:Stretch will involve simple choreographed sequences of both dynamic and static stretches and will be individualised for all ages and levels of fitness. During the programme you will progress from simple to more complex stretches and sustained postures which may address muscle imbalances and tissue shortening, improve the function, flexibility and strength of joints, help to reduce the chance of injury, improve posture, improve biomechanics and normal movement patterns, promote the release and reduction of muscular tension and aid relaxation.
PhysioFit:Yoga Stretch with Laura
(Horsham Tuessday 10am)
Laura Starmer is a physio and pilates instructor based at our Horsham clinic. Her new class on a Tuesday will be a relaxing session designed to gently mobilise and Stretch your body. Some of the movements will have a Pilates or Yoga basis to them, with an emphasis on breathing and flow to allow you to improve your flexibility in a comfortable and enjoyable way. The class will begin with a gentle warm up followed by some mobility and flexibility work and conclude with a short period of relaxation. All abilities welcome.
PhysioFit: Move & Flow
(Cranleigh Friday 1pm)
This class is aimed at those wishing to work on balance and control and involves standing and moving in a slow, controlled (flowing) way from one pose to another. The co-ordination and skill to achieve this works the mind, balance and muscles in a gentle but concentrated way.
Suitable for all ages but very popular with older people, physio Kathryn uses her professional knowledge and experience of Tai Chi to influence the content of this class.
“I have been coming to this class since it started and I really enjoy it. I find it relaxing and fun. Having just been through Chemotherapy, I needed to get fit again and I do feel this is helping me greatly. I certainly recommend it.” Mrs R from Wonersh
(Dorking Tuesdays 13:15: Horsham Tbc)
This is a stand-alone 5 week course for people with spinal pain to learn how to manage and move forward in safety and confidence. It is ideal following an episode of pain – whether it’s the first attack or a recurrent problem, or for those who feel limited by fear of a recurrence of pain. Each week you will spend half the hour learning about an aspect of Back Pain to help you better understand and manage your problem. The other half of the class is spent doing some gentle beginner’s Pilates mat exercises. Known to improve core control and reduce episodes of pain, these exercises are your first step to improved spinal health.
At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and tools to manage and maintain your back in good condition.
Those wishing to progress their core strength further following this course should consider joining one of Cranfold’s Clinical Pilates classes.
(Horsham & Cranleigh- please contact reception to confirm your interest)
The epidemic of the Western world is dodgy hips! This class is for those with arthritic hips, hip replacements, bursitis, hip impingements, or just plain painful hips that have no name!
The session starts with your physio explaining about an aspect of hip problems eg, what is arthritis? or what actually happens when you have a hip replacement.
We then exercise in a circuit. This means everyone does one exercise at each station and moves around to complete the whole circuit of all stations. You work at your own pace, and the exercises can be tailored to different levels of difficulty to suit all. It is non-competitive and the atmosphere is relaxed and collaborative.
(Physiofit:Hips&Knees combined class in Dorking at Pixham School, Mondays 13:00)
(Horsham & Cranleigh- please confirm contact reception to confirm your interest)
Arthritic knees? Had an operation? ACL repair? cartilage problem? This is the class for you.
PhysioFit:knees starts with an initial discussion and learning session, followed by purpose designed circuit exercises specifically to help improve the flexibility and strength of the knees. It’s as gentle or hard as you need it to be. Guided by your physio who is on hand to correct, teach and encourage you as you work to ensure you gain maximum benefit.
PhysioFit: Ski (Next course tbc) £12.50
If you are a first time skier or snow boarder, or even an experienced piste rider or powder shredder then you will find this one hour workshop useful before you hit the slopes this winter.
Starting with an educational presentation on injury prevention and techniques followed by some exercises and stretches to make sure you are properly prepared for the snow.
(Horsham and Cranleigh, please call for dates.)
Do you have a persistent cough? suffer with asthma? Frequently sigh or yawn? feel breathless? suffer with anxiety or panic attacks? Have stiffness around your ribs? Are always exhausted? Do you hyperventilate?
If you suffer with even one of these symptoms then this course can help you.
Week by week you will learn about the cause of these symptoms, and practice techniques to begin to eliminate them, taking the first steps to a symptom free life.
PhysioFit:Breathe is taught by our expert Respiratory Physio, Claire Mott. With 20 years’ of experience in the NHS and NZ working with respiratory patients, Claire uses many techniques including those from Buteyko and Bradcliff.
PhysioFit: Equestrian with Amy (tbc) £12.50
25 classes a week Cranleigh, Dorking and Horsham.
See www.cranfoldphysio.co.uk and click “classes” tab for the full timetable in each location, or call us to ask about place availability
Many of our physios are spinal specialists. Current research promotes the benefit of Pilates in reducing recurrences of Back and Neck pain by addressing core weakness and improving posture. Our physios are APPI* trained in Pilates, and tailor mat based exercises to your specific needs, ensuring your safety and improvement. Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 to allow for adequate supervision by the physio for each person. This one hour class involves gentle controlled exercises in standing, kneeling and lying. Small equipment such as stretch-bands and balls are used and are all provided. Progressions are introduced as you develop, to continue to challenge your core, increasing your control and strength.
(*The Australian Physio & Pilates Institute)
Class open to Cranfold Members* only
*No joining fee. Includes free 1:1 session with physio per year. one class a week for 40 weeks a year. members pay by monthly standing order, cancel at any time. Full Ts and Cs available on our website