Enliven Health was created and founded by Alexandra Chapman, who’s vision was to create a Wellness Centre for those with pain and dysfunction to restore their health, whilst being in the comfort of beautiful and relaxing surroundings.
Alexandra always knew she wanted to be a Physiotherapist, since completing work- experience with Milton Keynes Hospital Physiotherapy department aged just 16. She qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of Birmingham in 2003 and initially worked in the NHS in a variety of Physiotherapy fields including Stroke rehabilitation, Amputee rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Surgical and Medical wards and Intensive Care, before going on to specialize in the Musculoskeletal sector.
Over the years, Alexandra has worked in a number of private practices and clinics, has become trained in Acupuncture and has gained a Masters Degree in Manual Therapy from Coventry University, in order to provide advanced management and treatment to those with musculoskeletal disorders.
She has always had a passion for exercise and truly believes that movement heals. This has lead to her becoming fully certified in both Mat and Equipment Pilates, and she now leads the running of a busy Reformer and Mat Pilates studio within the Milton Keynes clinic.
Since having her children, Alexandra has recognised the need for improving and developing Women’s Health services in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. Overtime, she has undergone extensive further training in Women’s Health-specific Physiotherapy and has also secured roles within the NHS within the Pelvic Health teams at Bedford Hospital and Newport Pagnell Medical Centre. She is undertaking a Post-Graduate Diploma in Continence Physiotherapy with the Pelvic, Obstetric, Gynecological Physiotherapy association.
Alexandra has undergone advanced training for Pilates-based rehabilitation after breast cancer surgeries. She has been teaching Clinical Pilates since 2008 and is a certified instructor with the APPI [Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute] and with Mbodies Training Academy, for whom she has written a comprehensive course bringing together her two passions, Pilates and Women’s Health. She has a special interest in the role of ‘The Core’ and how it’s weakness or altered function can impact the body.
From her own experience, Alexandra believes that people require time, quality, skill and attention from their Physiotherapist and she is committed to providing these important considerations to every client she sees, with the passion and determination to not only get people better, but to help them stay better. Clients will receive treatment on a wholly individual and holistic basis, always considering every aspect of their health to get the most out of their treatment.
“Consider your health to be like your house. It’s made up of many building blocks, but if one part is malfunctioning it can bring other walls down. Everything is connected and everything must work together to keep things up. If your boiler breaks you get it fixed, so why not invest in your health when things go wrong?
I work with people of all ages with a diverse range of conditions and I take pride in delivering the highest quality of service that I can. I strive to ensure that each client receives my time, is treated as an individual and benefits from my extensive training and clinical expertise to the utmost of my ability.”
“I can’t recommend Enliven health highly enough to any new mothers who want to start getting their pre-baby body back. After my c-section I was amazed how little strength I had but was worried about doing the wrong exercises and causing myself injury. Alex provides friendly and professional classes that have enabled me to get back into exercise safely and effectively – I have seen such a difference to my core strength already. Knowing a qualified physiotherapist is guiding me through the class is a huge benefit to me as I can trust her to ensure I am doing the right things. I wish this was about to help me recover after the birth of my first child!”
“As someone who has a history of back and various joint issues, it was refreshing to find someone who took the time to listen in order to understand how best to help me. As well as treating me for some acute problems on a few occasions, Alex has also advised on posture and Pilates based exercises to address the long standing problems I have had. After every session, I have felt considerably better and experienced more pain relief than with any other method of treatment that I have tried in the past. Guided by her expertise, I am now more confident going forward, of leading a happier, healthier, pain free life.”
“I would highly recommend Enliven Health Pilates classes. Alex is an excellent teacher and very attentive and I thoroughly enjoy her classes. I am feeling the benefits already.”
“I have recently joined Enliven Classes after my previous Pilates Teacher just “left” overnight some months ago. Alex is incredibly Professional and friendly and with also being a qualified Physio she totally and quickly understands any issues with injuries, pain and restrictions in movement. In class she pays close attention to every person and any conditions. I know Pilates helps my knee condition and I have missed not being able to do it for some months and I am so happy to have found such a great teacher so local to me. I would not hesitate to recommend Enliven Health.”
“Alex is an amazing pilates teacher. She is totally professional, understanding and the classes are not big being just 4 of us in total it was perfect. Alex is very hands on which is what we particularly like being our first ever class and not knowing any moves! My mother who is (76) and I started on the beginners course and immediately loved it. We have already booked our next course and can’t wait.”