I am a Physiotherapist and BASI Pilates instructor who is passionate about Health, wellness, the human body and movement. As an active child I suffered from persistent knee pain. I went to a Physiotherapist who explained why I was experiencing this pain and advised me on what to do in order for my body to heal itself through healthy living, manual therapy, exercise and Pilates. She gave me the tools to improve my condition and my wellbeing. Since then I have wanted to improve and help others too as I believe Movement is Medicine. Movement changed my life and I want to show others how it can change theirs too.
Sanchia Ferreira Physiotherapy is affiliated and located within the Align 4 Life Wellness clinic. Our clients range from young upcoming athletes to business persons to the older generation looking to improve their injuries, health, fitness and overall well-being. I have a special interest in rehabilitation of extremities.
As a Physiotherapist and movement specialist, I am able to offer a holistic, contemporary, extensive and in-depth study of human movement. I can form functional and realistic goals, therefore creating a personalized programme and journey for each and every client.
I also offer private and group Pilates classes to help improve balance, core and generalized body strength, coordination and breathing. Through controlled and precise movement, coupled with breathing techniques, one can improve their strength and balance in a safe yet challenging manner. All classes are adapted for each person to reach their own specific goals and needs.
I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc Physiotherapy (Hon). Since then I have headed the paediatric department at a Regional Hospital in Johannesburg, worked at numerous hospitals and clinics, worked at a step-down facility dealing with orthopaedic conditions post-surgery and opened a successful sports and rehabilitation practice in South Africa before relocating to the Isle of Man.
In 2017 I graduated as a BASI trained Pilates instructor. Since then I have loved spreading the gift to teaching interesting movement classes to anyone and everyone ranging from adolescents to older adults. Everyone is welcome.
I left sunny South Africa 3 months ago, to join the wonderful Align 4 Life team. What a privilege to have the opportunity to live and work on the beautiful Isle of Man. I am a proudly South African export though two of my four adult children and four grandchildren are still there, in the Cape where I was born and bred.
For the last 22 years I have had an incredible journey, drawing alongside various amazing persons for their seasons of healing. During the process I was as much helped and challenged to grow as much as my incredible clients. I was led to be more courageous as I witnessed others’ courage to change. I saw others learning to love and respect themselves and this continues to be a wonderfully humbling road to walk with them.
Starting out being a volunteer at a Crises Centre, I went on to study Applied Psychology at the University of South Africa. I did advanced Mediation training and ran a private practice as a registered counsellor in my hometown of Mossel Bay.
Loving others into a new wholeness became what I woke up for in the morning. I believe we all should be given a chance at dealing with our yesterdays, in order to be the best version of ourselves today and tomorrow. We can live lives filled with contentment and joy and increasing hope for the future, without anxiety.
The counseling I offer is designed around the clients’ individual needs, and meeting them where they are at, drawing on various different types of counselling skills, to bring a balance between Acceptance and Change therapy.
Rehab Technician and Personal Trainer
I joined Dr Neil Thompson (Doctor of Chiropractic) at Align 4 Life in March 2010 and it was only then that I was introduced and truly understood the philosophy of chiropractic.
My mum had visited a chiropractor several years ago and I always thought the purpose of her visits were ‘to get her back clicked!’ However, it was only when meeting Neil and I began working at Align 4 Life that I was educated about the true power of chiropractic.
I am passionate about health, fitness and human anatomy and it was after listening to the spinal presentation given by Neil, that everything I have learned and studied over the years, started to really make sense and connect with chiropractic. I have always known how amazing and capable the human body is and learning the natural, holistic approach chiropractic has, I could finally see the foundations needed to attain true optimal health.
Following a Passion
My passion has always been in health and fitness and this started from an early age. As a child growing up, my parents were forever driving me and my sisters to sports clubs each and every night of the week. My sports included netball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming and table-tennis.
Naturally, I wanted to enter higher education in the sports industry so I went on to study a BSc Hons degree in Sports Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
After completing my degree, I returned to the island and found a seasonal job at the National Sports Centre. I continued working at the NSC for several years as I was provided with the opportunity to train as a lifeguard and Level 2 Gym Instructor.
I decided I wanted to further my training in the health and fitness industry and returned to Liverpool to complete my Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Personal Training and Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Diploma before returning to the island and setting up my own business. In 2007, I set up ‘Return 2 Fitness’ based in Port Erin. During my years of self-employment, I had the pleasure of working as pitch-side therapist for Douglas Rugby FC as well as travelling to Aland for the Island Games to work as Sports Massage Therapist for the Gymnastics and Badminton teams. I continue to provide treatment and sports massage at the Parish Walk and other charity/sports events alongside my colleagues at Align 4 Life.
In the clinic I am involved with setting clients up in spinal traction, assisting with corrective mirror-imaging rehab exercises, helping clients with core based rehabilitation and providing sports massage to clients to help manage their soft tissue complaints. Alongside my other colleagues, I also work with new clients in the clinic by carrying out the Stress test and Posture Analysis during their initial assessment. This great variety in the clinic keeps me excited and interested about what we have to offer at Align 4 Life.
I am happy and honoured to be working alongside other team members and enjoy helping clients work towards achieving their true health potential.
Rehab Technician and Personal Trainer
I joined the team at Align4life in March of 2020. Prior this this, I had very little knowledge of chiropractic. Since joining the team, my eyes have truly been opened to the power of chiropractic. Like most, I believed that chiropractors were there to ‘crack backs’. Little did I know how wrong I was. After suffering with stomach problems for 6+ years, one adjustment with Neil and my symptoms drastically improved. I was amazed, (and skeptical) worried it was a one hit wonder type scenario. But too this day my pain has not returned. I can now eat what I want (which is a lot) without worry. I’m In awe at how much is involved in chiropractic. It’s far more than just ‘sore backs and necks’.
Throughout my life I have always been interested in sport. I have represented the Island in ballroom dancing, badminton and athletics. My main passion however is CrossFit, recently qualifying for my first international competition. From this love off exercise, I decided to take a plunge and train as a personal trainer in 2019. Throughout my studies, I discovered how interested I was in the body and it’s mechanics. Specifically, muscle imbalances and how to fix them. I furthered my studies and specialised in corrective exercise and performance enhancement. This knowledge has really helped me give the best to my personal training clients as well as assist in my own training.
Prior to working at the clinic, I was a serving prison officer at the IOM prison. This allowed me to see people at their most vulnerable and just emphasised my passion for working with people. Although tough at times, this job allowed me to mould into the person I am now.
I’m very happy to be working at the clinic with the great team. I can’t wait for the day when everyone understands the importance of chiropractic!
Beauty Therapist and Massage Therapist
Health and Beauty Matters
I am Shelley Cretney. I’m affiliated and based in the Align 4 Life Wellness Clinic as a sports massage therapist and beauty therapist. I am very passionate about my work and I enjoy caring for others as well as challenging my creative side. I believe that being kind to yourself and self-care creates balance and serenity of a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
From a young age I was passionate about having my own business as a beauty therapist. I regularly visited a friend who had a successful salon and I would investigate up-and-coming treatments and trends. When I was young I had a Saturday job in a pharmacy which was when I began to become familiar with various beauty lines.
I studied advanced massage and beauty therapy at the Isle of Man College, qualifying at NVQ level 3. Following my successful qualification, I was able to combine my new skills with my passion of travel when I was lucky enough to work on cruise liners for the next two years. I was fortunate to visit some of the most extraordinary places, some of which included the Caribbean, Amazon, Panama, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
When I returned from travelling I started working in a Clarins studio in Douglas which involved frequent travel to London for training. I took this knowledge and training and established a new beauty salon within a new innovative gym, Carrefour Health and Beauty. I launched the brand Dermalogica and attended training schools around the UK. Working in the gym I used my advanced massage skills frequently and, as such, I decided to continue my professional studying and qualified as a sports massage therapist with Sports Performance Services. I qualified in Cardiff with a Diploma in sports massage and soft tissue therapies. Much of my work involved treating athletes; ranging from recreational athletes through to those preparing for sporting events such as the Parish Walk, triathlons as well as supporting weight trainers and even ballet dancers.
Whilst working in the gym environment I became more aware of the importance of health alongside beauty; I regularly exercised, enjoyed various classes and even hired a personal trainer. At this point in my life, with the combination of physical and emotional self-care, I had never felt so good!
After having two beautiful children I set up my own successful business working as a mobile therapist. This involved travelling to clients houses which gave me the flexibility to continue working around my children’s needs as well as being able to provide a high level of service to my clients, including those with compromised mobility and other health problems who would otherwise have struggled to receive treatment. I have continued growing my business by taking advantage of being able to offer my services from Align 4 life. Here I continue to offer sports massage therapy, therapeutic and pregnancy massages, as well as a wide range of beauty treatments. I use the product line Eminence which is unlike any other beauty product I’ve used before. Eminence Organics is a multi-award winning organic skin care line using natural and healthy ingredients for your skin. It is free of any harmful chemicals or additives which fits perfectly with the Align 4 Life ethos of natural healing and health.
Beauty Therapist and Eminence Organic Skin Care Specialist
My interest in beauty therapy started in Rhodesia as a child massaging my mother’s hands and developed into a desire to help others make the best of their skins and looks with skin care and make up.
Beauty Therapy, as a course, was not available in my home country; so my parents sent me to London to train at the Ray Cochrane Beauty Clinic. I loved it and passed with an honours diploma, encompassing skin care, facials, and body therapies. After my training I worked for Sylvia Taylor and then trained and worked for Revlon London.
Back in Rhodesia, I became a traveling consultant launching, Dalene, a local brand of cosmetics, and later worked as a therapist for a pharmacy doing both facials and sales giving me wide experience of at least a half dozen cosmetic houses including Lancôme, Rubinstein and Innoxa. I attended the sales schools for each of them.
Skin Care Became My Priority
Marriage and a family launched me headlong into running a full time beauty salon, at home. Skin care became my priority and took me through many years with AvroyShlain cosmetics both in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and then again when we went to Cape Town in South Africa.
To be closer to family brought us to the Isle of Man where Neil asked me to open my salon in Align 4 Life promoting Eminence, organic skin care.
It certainly supports his holistic wellness clinic, living up to his maxim “Do not put anything on your skin which you would not put in your mouth!”
For my part, I have found working with a completely organic brand both exciting and extremely demanding given the extent of the range – – to get my head around 40 odd moisturizers is no mean feat and I have been more than impressed at the results.
For clients a facial using Eminence products is an adventure of the senses, an exciting cocktail of textures and fragrances leading to sparkling skins and complete relaxation. I am delighted that I am able to support Neil in his holistic approach to wellness.
Chiropractic Assistant and Administrator
I am absolutely delighted to have just joined the team at Align 4 Life during December 2019. After attending Dr Thompson’s free weekly “better results faster” talk, which explains how the spine and central nervous column affects all parts of your body and mind, I realized that with my lifelong love of nutrition, wellbeing and health that this position was the perfect fit for me. It made sense and opened my eyes to the benefits and comprehensive care available here which I found hugely exciting. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and my hobbies include the gym, hiking, swimming, kayaking and horse riding. Loving a challenge, I have completed the original Inca Trail Trek in Peru and a sky dive for charity.
After completing a business course at the IOM college, I started my career within customer service and sales. I spent the next 20 years progressing within the company to showroom and office manager, taking a break in between to work part time, allowing precious time to spend with my two daughters Lauren and Alex while they attended primary school.
My next post gave me the opportunity to work initially as accounts and administration in the office before it was developed to sales and distributor accounts manager allowing more time with personal customer contact which I really enjoy.
My role at Align 4 Life as first point of contact on the front desk is amazing, being able to welcome our clients and see the improvement in their health grow as their care progresses is very rewarding. Using my skills to run the office gives the rest of the team more time and energy to devote their time to care for our clients. I am very much looking forward to the coming year with the many incredible upcoming marketing projects we have planned.
Chiropractic Assistant and Administrator
I am thrilled to have joined the Align 4 Life team as I have a keen interest in promoting and pursuing health, fitness and wellness.
I was born in Bolton and moved to South Africa as a child. From an early age my two major interests were fitness and animals. I thought my career would follow one of these routes but it was not to be!
Leaving school I studied computer programming and progressed from Computer Programmer to Systems Analyst while continuing to keep fit and healthy as well as doing a part-time Health and Nutrition diploma.
After 28 years in South Africa I moved to the Isle of Man to be with my family. I changed career to Customer Service and Payroll, working part-time in a gym.
In 2005 I suffered a herniated disc in my lower back which resulted in severe sciatica. I started long distance and race walking to strengthen my back and core. To date I have completed 8 End2End walks (40 miles), 8 Parish Walks (85 miles) and 2 Centurions (100 miles in 24 hours) as well as many shorter distance race walks – but I’m not finished yet.
I am so excited to be working on the front desk with Audrey, the two of us being first point of contact is very rewarding. I look forward to helping people achieve their health goals.