Karen is experienced in treating a range of patients – including office/desk-workers, pregnant women, the elderly, dancers, athletes, babies and children.
She obtained a First Class Honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine, plus Diplomas in Naturopathy and Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was also awarded a prize for Natural Therapeutics.
During the four years that Karen spent studying Osteopathy and Naturopathy, she worked as a Natural Remedies adviser, and practiced Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage.
Since qualifying as an Osteopath and Naturopath, she has completed further training in Medical Acupuncture (dry needling), Cranial Osteopathy (Sutherland Cranial College), and Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). For more information on these additional therapies please see www.karenwillis.net.
Karen originally trained as a Biochemist at the University of Edinburgh. During this period she became deeply interested in the field of complementary medicine. Following some years of research into cancer, genetic disorders and disease diagnostics, her interest in natural therapeutics led her to pursue a career in the healing sciences.
Karen is a member of the General Osteopathic Council, British Osteopathic Association, General Council and Register of Naturopaths, British Naturopathic Association and is President of the UK chapter of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.
Pantelis qualified from the British School of Osteopathy with a Master’s degree in Osteopathy.
In addition to this, Pantelis has a Sports Massage diploma and is trained in Medical Acupuncture.
Pantelis has a sports background as he grew up playing football at a semi-professional level, and he thrives in the gym environment as he is able to work very closely with personal trainers. He also trained with British champions in the Escrima Philippino martial art system for four years.
His treatment utilises a structural approach involving massage, manipulation, mobilization, neuromuscular techniques, medical acupuncture and rehabilitation exercises. The treatment is tailored to each individual and is supported with advice on posture, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise. This clinical advice aims to help his patients understand the nature of their problems so that they can return to their everyday activities as soon as possible, and prevent further injury.
Pantelis treats many people suffering from work-related injuries. Occupational injuries can be caused by poor ergonomics, manual handling of heavy loads, misuse or failure of equipment, repetitive movements, and particularly, unsuitable posture. He can advise on correct posture and back care and also recommend preventative exercises.
Pantelis is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), British Osteopathic Association (BOA) and the Osteopathic Sports Care Association (OSCA).
Elodie completed a 5 year full-time course at the Institut Supérieur d’ostéopathie d’Aix-en-provence, in France, graduating with a Master’s degree in Osteopathy.
She specialises in the osteopathic treatment of babies, children and women during pregnancy. She completed her general osteopathic training with internships in paediatric neurosurgery, neonatology and maternity at Hôpital de la Timone in Marseille, and in de Vitrolles, France. She then undertook a one year full-time postgraduate course in order to specialise in paediatrics and perinatal osteopathy.
Elodie commenced private practice during 2012 in a multidisciplinary clinic near Geneva, Switzerland, and thereafter relocated to London. She has been registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) since 2013.
Elodie is experienced in cranial, fascial and visceral techniques. She is competent in the treatment of a wide range of patients including babies, children, pregnant women, athletes and also the elderly.
Clio is a general practice osteopath, treating a wide variety of patients from athletes to office workers and from newborns to the elderly. Clio has a particular interest in women’s health and treating women around pregnancy and birth. She graduated in Osteopathy and Naturopathy with distinction from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She has completed further training in Holistic Pelvic CareTM as taught by women’s health physiotherapist Tami Lynn Kent. Holistic Pelvic CareTM involves gentle internal massage of the pelvic floor muscles and fascia alongside attending to emotional holding patterns in the pelvic bowl using dialogue, visualisation, breath-work and abdominal contact. Treatments help re-balance the pelvic floor and increase blood flow to pelvic organs, which can improve problematic symptoms.
Clio has a background in contemporary dance and capoeira, and is also a trained yoga teacher, all of which she draws on to tailor her movement and exercise prescriptions for health, injury and postural rehabilitation. Advice on nutrition and lifestyle is also offered where needed to support health and well-being.
Jasper graduated from the University College of Osteopathy with a masters degree during which his undergraduate research speciality was the neurology of pain, breathing and interoception (internal body sense). He has undertaken additional training in advanced structural and visceral techniques and in the application of mindfulness for the treatment of chronic pain, and has experience in treating expectant mothers.
With a special interest in the role stress plays in our lives and especially the interplay between psychosocial factors and the biomechanics of injury, Jasper aims to support the individual coping mechanisms of each patient. His previous experience brings a broad understanding of the impact of different lifestyles to bear in his assessments and he treats structurally using breathing mechanics and lifestyle and nutritional advice when appropriate.
Jasper enjoys an active lifestyle, he has been a keen cyclist since he got his first bike aged 5, and has experience of many sporting injuries. As a result of his active background and his appreciation of current research he often uses exercise prescription to supplement his manual therapy treatments.
Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structure and function of the body. In 1993 Osteopathy became the first major complementary healthcare profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act.
Osteopathy is based on the simple concept that if the structure of the body is in trouble the body itself cannot function properly. It is a way of assessing and treating damaged parts of the body in tissues such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints.
When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with the minimum degree of wear, stress and energy, thereby reducing pain and disability and leaving more energy for living.
For Whom is Osteopathy Suitable?
Osteopaths treat people of all ages and backgrounds. The techniques that the osteopath uses depend on the patient and the presenting condition. For example, the approach towards a 25-year-old rugby player will be very different to that for an 85-year-old arthritic pensioner or a pregnant woman.
Will Osteopathy Help Me?
Osteopaths look at the body to understand how it functions in order to discover what’s going wrong, and the best way to fix it. Most people think of osteopaths as spinal specialists. However, although the spine is very important, the body is more than just a spine. 50% of people with back pain actually have mechanical problems affecting their spines, which originate in the arms, legs, head or internal organs.
Although osteopathy is best known for the treatment of back pain, many other conditions can be helped. Conditions that can be treated by osteopathy include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Postural strain
- Disc injuries
- Migraines and headaches
- Frozen and stiff shoulders
- Arm and leg pains
- Tennis elbow
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Hip and knee problems
- Ankle and foot problems
- Trapped nerves
- Strains and sprains
- Arthritic pain and stiffness
- Sports injuries
- Muscular strains
- Structural problems in pregnancy
- Childhood problems
The Initial Consultation: What to Expect
The initial consultation with an osteopath includes taking a full medical case history, a thorough physical assessment and evaluation. This is then followed by treatment. Each treatment will be tailored to the individual patient and presenting problem, and will be re-assessed at each visit. The treatment may include soft-tissue techniques, cranial osteopathy and articulatory techniques to free the joints, acupuncture/dry needling, and/or spinal manipulation (often producing the ‘click’).
Patients have complete choice in treatment techniques applied. Once the treatment is over it is likely that some form of advice will be given and a rehabilitation programme may be advised. Further visits may be necessary but the practitioner will be able to advise on this after assessing the body’s reaction to the first treatment.
If you would like more information or to book an appointment, please contact Karen Willis or Pantelis Xenophontos directly. See below for contact details.
The initial 45 minute consultation, which includes treatment, costs £90 with Karen and £80 with Pantelis. Subsequent treatments are £60 for 30 minutes with Karen and £55 with Pantelis.
Contact Details: Karen Willis
Contact Details: Pantelis Xenophontos
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- Direct Line: 07585 800461
Contact Details: Elodie Bridelance
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- Direct Line: 07956 787388
Contact Details: Clio Turton
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- Direct Line: 07932 124258
Contact Details: Jaz Clarke
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- Direct Line: 07786 268949
Clinic Central is located just off Upper Street in the heart of Islington, North London.
This is within easy reach of Angel, King’s Cross, Clerkenwell, The Barbican and The City, and within a couple of miles of Holloway, Camden, Kentish Town, Bloomsbury and Holborn.
Please note: These therapists are independent of Pilates Central.