About us

Shock Wave Therapy London Team

Leading the way in Shock Wave Therapy across London. The team, led by Liz Tough, excel in effective rapid pain relief treatments.

A large presence in the local community, BODY FIRST UK clinic goes beyond just a west London physio. Liz Tough, was recently nominated for female entrepreneur of the year for the Richmond borough.

In 2018, Liz and Body First were nominated and highly commended for People's Choice Award by the Richmond business awards. This was a significant achievement that has inspired BODY FIRST UK to push on even more. The team is constantly growing and in early 2019 a new physio with great experience and a very friendly manner was added to the team.

BODY FIRST UK is also a key supporter of a local charity Rulis.

Here at BODY FIRST UK we're all about looking after you and your rapid recovery with quality treatments and cutting edge technology. Meet our outstanding team of highly qualified practitioners and hear from our happy clients here ...

Meet the team

Liz Tough

Liz Tough MA, BSWA

Clinic Owner, Injury Expert and Shock Wave Specialist

Liz is a highly qualified and experienced Injury Rehabilitation Therapist.

Liz has been practicing for over 20 years and specialises in soft tissue injuries such as, muscle tears, tendons, ligament and nerve issues, range of movement dysfunctions and postural issues.

Areas of expertise:

  • Frozen shoulders
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tennis / golfers elbow
  • Sciatica type pains
  • Hamstring/quad issues
  • Calf / Achilles/ plantar fasciitis
  • Head aches
  • Strapping and taping

Devon West, BSC Rehabilitator & Sports Injury Therapist

Devon West BSC

Rehabilitator & Sports Injury Therapist

Devon is an Injury Rehabilitation Therapist who specialises in injury assessment and rehabilitation. With many years' experience in the sporting industry, she is an expert in helping you prepare for sporting events, avoid injury and recover fast.

Devon has a BSc degree in Sports Therapy and has worked throughout the football leagues for 8 years. Devon has worked at teams such as AFC Wimbledon and Walton Casuals first team.

With a background in dancing, Devon specialised in tap to teaching level. She also has a passion to learn and is always looking to enhance her experience and qualifications by undertaking continual personal development.

Areas of expertise:

  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Sciatica type pains
  • Headaches
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Tennis / Golfers' elbow
  • Hamstring / quad issues
  • Calf / achilles/ plantar fasciitis
  • Strapping and taping
  • Dry cupping

Ivaylo Todorov

Senior Physiotherapist

Ivaylo is a highly experienced and qualified Chartered Senior Physiotherapist with Chiropractic training. He is currently practicing for Richmond & Hounslow NHS.

Ivaylo qualified and has been practising for 22 years. During that time Ivaylo has worked with the NHS in Westminster, Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Oxford University hospital John Radcliffe as well as Berkshire Community hospital and North West Surrey community rehabilitation team. Originally from Bulgaria Ivaylo now lives locally and enjoys swimming and working out at the gym.

Ivaylo practices at BODY FIRST UK every Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm – 8pm

Areas of expertise:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Chiropractitioning for realignment of spine
  • Neuro Rehab – post strokes
  • Short and long term condition and injuries
  • Football injuries

Sofie Levick

Sofie Levick

Sports Massage Therapist and Injury Rehabilitator 

Sofie is a highly experienced Massage Specialist with 20 years of experience. She is trained in Sports injury rehabilitation, on-site chair massage, Aromatherapy, and is also a Thai Yoga Massage specialist. Qualified and certified Shock Wave practitioner.

Sofie also specialises in remedial massage using a wide range of techniques such as deep compression therapy, myofascial and dynamic stretches, range of motion and herbal compresses to compliment her very unique style which she uses in her treatments.

 

Areas of expertise:

  • Shock Wave Therapy
  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Injury rehabilitatior
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Dry cupping

Kashane Gayle BSC Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kashane Gayle BSC

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kashane has a degree in strength and conditioning science with in-depth knowledge to help you return to sport and perform at your best.

Strength and conditioning science is all about how a coach can improve performance using sport specific movements to ensure you meet your desired goal. Shane can get you stronger and assist with your rehab journey using various forms of training which improve your mobility, muscular strength, balance, and the use of regression and progression techniques to ensure your return to your sport is safe and effective.

A strength and conditioning coach is sport specific (different to a personal trainer) who works with athletes on areas of their body which require extra strength and endurance for that particular sport.

When Shane is not coaching, he is a county/national level sprinter who coaches and trains at Wimbledon AC. He specialises in the 100m and 200m sprints and has been competing at this level for 3 years. Athletics is his passion in life and he loves every minute of it, as well as helping others reach their true potential.

Areas of expertise:

  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Sport specific/general training
  • Running Biomechanics and Physiology
  • Core strength
  • Hamstring/Knee issues
  • Speed training
  • Strength training
  • Power training
  • Flexibility training

Lesley Cooper DHypPsych Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Lesley Cooper DHypPsych

Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Lesley specialises in hypnotherapy for sports performance, helping you to use the confidence you have in your game to the very best of your ability.

Hypnosis is best described as a deep state of relaxation and focused attention. It is neither sleep nor unconsciousness; it is an altered state of awareness otherwise referred to as a ‘trance state’. This gives access to the subconscious part of the mind — which at this stage is wonderfully open to constructive and creative suggestions — allowing a positive shift in your thoughts, emotions and wellbeing. Uncertainty and ever-changing circumstances lead to emotional changes, anxiety, depression, anger and various other emotional reactions, all of which can lead to ill health.

She also works with and pain management and needle phobia, ie for pre-operative to help you prepare mentally for surgery.

Lesley has been helping people for 15 years. She is a great advocate of the power of positive thinking and is dedicated to improving her clients’ lives in any aspect in which they seek help.

Lesley can help you achieve a happier, healthier mindset, working with you on areas such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, addictions and even weight management. Helping you to be a better version of who you are and achieve those life goals.

In her spare time, Lesley is a keen golfer.

For more information please take a look at Lesley’s website -Lesleycooperhypnotherapy.com or call 07767 823890

Areas of expertise:

  • Sports performance
  • Pain management
  • Needle phobia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confidence
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Weight management

We Work With...

Testimonials

Just had my first visit to Body First UK and have just had a fabulous back massage and facial with Georgie and with the added bonus of a foot massage while the face mask was on. Highly recommended. Thank you.
Janine

Thank you Liz, I certainly feel the difference. After 3 sessions only, my back pain has eased and my movement has improved. I would highly recommend you.
Omar

Liz was amazing. I was suffering with terrible leg pain and I was hardly able to move after the birth of my son. With my husband returning to work and myself unable to walk up the stairs I was in a bad place! One session and Liz nailed to cause of my pain and I was 99% back to full mobility and pain free within 3 days. One more follow up session and I was back to normal. Could not recommend her more highly!
Emma

Totally brilliant and totally great value.
Alex

Very welcoming and friendly - amazing full body massage too! I can't wait to come back for my next appointment in May. Highly recommended.
Jo Jo

An incredible treatment plan has been put into place for me to regain living without the chronic back pain and neck pain I have been experiencing over the last two years. After a course of treatments of intensive deep muscle tissue massage and trigger point therapy, for the first time I feel progress is being made. Thank you Liz for your incredible work in starting to fix me and making me endure the trigger point therapy.
Ronnie

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