Owner, Sports Therapist
It was 1992 when I was involved in a major car crash which altered the course of my life. Supremely fit, I’d been hiking with friends in the Lake District when we rounded a corner on a bend… An American tourist – driving on the wrong side of the road – collided with our vehicle. Wearing a lap belt in the middle of the back seat, my torso hurtled forward but my legs and pelvis stayed put…
My friends and I escaped with our lives, but the consultant informed me that although my strong body had certainly saved me from total paralysis, I was still facing life in a wheelchair. The following two-and-a-half years I faced – a gruelling road to self-rehabilitation through determination, hard work in the gym and intense sports therapy – were incredibly tough. Allergic and intolerant to painkillers, I overcame the odds through mindfulness – using meditative techniques to help my body grow stronger; all I wanted was my independence back...
Twenty-six months after the accident, I completed the Manchester to Blackpool cycle race – proving to myself that I’d regained control of my body, mind and destiny. I decided that I wanted to help and inspire others to improve their health and wellbeing – giving hope to people with life-changing injuries and to set them on a path of retraining. I’d qualified as a sports therapist during my own recovery so I could better understand my body and how muscles work.
I founded my business in 2003. Since then it has grown from a converted utility room at home to a fully-fledged wellness centre with two treatment rooms and a gym rehab area. The practice offers disabled access, which is extremely important to me because I’ve been working with both Paralympic and Olympic cyclists for the past five years.
It’s taken massive reserves of self-belief to get this far, but I always tell people that if you feel something strongly enough in your gut – whether that’s climbing a mountain or starting a company – go for it! Written by Christian Ewan from Shecan365
Storey Racing Cycling Team
"Caroline has been working with our riders since 2014 and over that time has made a vital contribution to the fitness levels of riders who may otherwise have struggled to return to racing as quickly. Her expertise and ability to diagnose an issue are remarkable and all the riders have complete faith in her treatment knowing that she will be able to get them back to full fitness more quickly. Her support at events in the pits in preparing riders for racing or seeing them afterwards with ailments caused during the event is also a vital part of the support package she provides to the team. We highly recommend her for any level of sports person and for anyone who is suffering with muscular pain or a sports injury.” Dame Sarah Storey