“The reason why I wanted to become an osteopath is that I love helping people return to their optimal health. I use all aspects of my osteopathic skills to create a treatment plan which is best for the individual in order to achieve the best treatment outcomes. I also love that patients are viewed holistically and that all aspects of their health are considered when they are getting treated.”
Sofia is passionate about helping all types of patients. She has always been active and her past in sports such as swimming and dancing have given her an understanding of athletes’ needs and a keen interest to get patients out of pain/discomfort and help them to live life as they desire. Sofia has a keen interest in women’s health and pregnancy health and is looking to expand her CPD and training in these areas and she develops through her career as an osteopath.
As an osteopath Sofia uses a range of techniques such as Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT), cranial osteopathy, structural osteopathy and visceral osteopathy along with modern western medical acupuncture (dry needling) and soft tissue massage and joint articulation, mobilisation and manipulation (HVT). With such a broad range of techniques and modalities SOfia is able to treat a wide range of patients who visit the clinic.
When Sofia is not working, her interests are in sports including the gym, boxing, swimming and dancing. Sofia also enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and cultures. Sofia is looking forward to basing herself in London and she is looking forward to exploring all that London has to offer, including music events, restaurants and art galleries.
“One other reason why I love being an osteopath is that you meet so many people from lots of different cultures and backgrounds. Everyone always has lots of recommendations and ideas which they share with me whilst we are in the treatment room.”
Sofia is also an APPI-qualified Clinical Pilates teacher and is offering 1 to 1 mat-based Pilates appointments at Bodytoinic. Sofia decided to qualify in pilates after trying it herself and immediately feeling the benefits of feeling stronger and more agile after just a few sessions. Since then she has learnt more about the benefits of pilates and more specifically the importance of a strong core in day-to-day life. Since then she has thoroughly enjoyed educating patients on how to properly move their bodies and giving them the tools to strengthen and mobilise areas specific to their needs.
When practising pilates herself she realised how this could help many of her osteopathy patients improve balance and proprioception, increase flexibility and overall gain full body strength to prevent recurring injuries from happening and re-gaining strength and mobility after injury.
Sofia likes to see a range of different patients but particularly likes to provide programmes for beginners in pilates, women after childbirth and athletes training for an event. She sees a variety of patients from office workers and athletes to the elderly and enjoys creating patient-specific plans to them specific to the patient’s discomfort (if any) and personal goals.
Sofia grew up in both Scotland and Italy and is therefore fluent in both Italian and English which allows her to provide great levels of communication with patients. Additionally, Sofia has attended many CPD lectures and courses during and after her osteopathic studies in order to maintain and develop her knowledge. These include:
Modern Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling) – London June 2021
First Aid Training – London 2019