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Have you met Mark?

How and why did you get into physiotherapy?

My first involvement with physiotherapy was in my teens when I pulled my hamstring during a 100 meters sprint final for my club in the All Ireland sprint championships. The rehabilitation process and the understanding of anatomy that was required to overcome my problems intrigued me and so initially sparked my interest. Further involvement with physiotherapists throughout my rugby career made me realize it was something I could do within sport once I was finished with rugby. However I never have any intention of retiring from rugby.

What sparked your initial enthusiasm for Pilates?

I have been using the exercises that we do in pilates for a very long time. From the age of 10 I started my TaeKwon Do training which incorporated a lot of the exercises we do today. Throughout the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s I saw a lot of the movements becoming more popular in rugby training with academy training in the munster and irish rugby camps. Pilates training plays a part in studying physiotherapy so it was a natural progression to train and learn more in this area.

What qualifications and training did you have to do to become a Physio?

Having an A+ in irish leaving certificate biology helps before you apply. Added to that going back as a mature student with a previous 4 year university degree also helped. Doing personal training, strength and conditioning and sports massage gives you a base level of knowledge. On top of that it’s a 3 year university degree in the UK. In first year a lot of time is spent on anatomy and physiology, from dissecting cadavers to learning the biomechanics of the body. As horrible as it may seem I have been fortunate enough to be able to see the human body inside and out. After a while you get over the fact you are holding a heart, brain or liver in yours hands and learn to really appreciate what we are made of.  In second and third year you have to do a thousand hours of clinical work which incorporates respiratory, neurological, musculoskeletal and community/elderly care placements. Everything from individual assessments, assignments, dissertation work to group work. The usual stuff that comes with degree work. I think the most important thing of all is having the skill to be able to critique scientific research and learning to have to be reflective on your practice ensuring you try to constantly improve.

How has your physio background contribute to your work today?

It has given me a great understanding of anatomy and how the body works and functions. Physio has also contributed to my understanding of the social and psychological problems that contribute to a person’s welfare as opposed to just their physical ailment.

What are the most common injuries you come across in your classes?

Unsurprisingly it would have to be lower back injuries 

What advice would you give to your clients to prevent getting injured when working out?

If you are unsure about anything or already have something that you may be concerned about, do not be afraid to speak up and ask for help or assistance.  

What have you enjoyed most about your career? 

Helping people solve their problems and coming up with solutions. Helping other people is extremely rewarding.

Who most inspires you?
Arnold Schwarzenegger

What do you listen to when you work out? 

Generally I am not too bothered about what music is playing when I am working out. I will listen to most things within reason. My music selection can be very broad. However, if I was to choose then Guns N Roses or AC/DC generally gets me pumped up.

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

Welcome To The Jungle, Guns N Roses  

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

A mobile, laptop and internet connection so I could go online, buy and order all the things I wanted on the island.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?

Don Johnson because he is a cool dude. I am a crazy 1980’s Miami Vice fan.

New Mini Urban Retreat with Corrie

Tone Up & Gain Energy
​Sunday 21st September
3.30pm - 8.00pm

Take a few hours out of the week to escape your daily demands and immerse yourself in a Mini Urban Retreat to completely reset your health and fitness without the need to spend hundreds of pounds and travel hundreds of miles.  This is your one stop well-being shop!

During this extended workshop we will be learning how to exercise efficiently to ensure you maximise your energy reserves rather than draining them, with trainer Corrie McCallum combining Pilates, Yoga, Breathing and Weight Lifting.

Joining us on this workshop is Julie Deeks, a top Nutritional Therapist who specialises in functional nutrition medicine.  She looks at all symptoms and signs including physical, emotional, psychological and environmental to ensure care in holistic and integrative.

Julie will be giving an exciting talk on how we can use our nutrition to manage a healthy weight and support muscle tone, whilst boosting and sustaining energy levels.

To keep us fuelled, a healthy snack will be provided and the day will conclude with a delicious salad and nutritious sweet treat, all made by London's latest urban bakery and street food gurus, Breadren.

​​3.30pm - 4.30pm -  Dynamic Reformer Pilates Class

4.45pm - 5.45pm - Nutrition Talk and Q&A with Healthy Snack

6pm - 7pm - Vinyasa Yoga Class

7pm - 7.30pm - Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation

7.30pm - 8pm - Healthy Food!

Suitable for all levels.

Cost: £95 (only 9 spaces available)



New Workshop - Complete Core Strength with Corrie

Complete Core Strength
​Saturday 6th September
2.30pm - 4.30pm

Training your core muscles means so much more than just getting rock hard abs, it's about creating endurance and stability throughout the whole body, enabling freedom of movement and the ability to make it through your day without pain, particularly back pain. 

Performing endless crunches will only ever make you good at crunches, so instead we will look at how to attack the core from all angles, giving you a functional workout and the knowledge to apply improved technique to your future health and fitness activities. 

The workshop will be dynamic and a great workout with plenty of opportunites to stop and ask questions, create modifications to suit your personal needs and go deeper into your Pilates practice. 

In the beautiful studio at Absolute Pilates Plus, we will use the innovative Reformer Pilates equipment in combination with body weight exercises, Pilates mat work and some Yoga inspired breathing techniques to work deep into the core muscles.

There will be a chance to analyse your posture and learn how exercises can be modified to suit your personal posture and how to work around any injuries or limitations you have, to enable you to maximise your exercise efficiency in the future.

A sheet of Pilates Mat exercises to be performed at home following the workshop will also be handed out and we will  work through these together.

The workshop will be lead by Corrie McCallum, who is the founder of Stretch Breathe Smile and works throughout London as a Pilates and Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer.

There are only 9 spaces on this workshop, giving you a truly personal experience and a chance to make some real progress with your health and fitness.

Suitable for all levels.


£60 (only 9 spaces available)