Pilates - Acupuncture - Physiotherapy - Massage
Return to Form
We are a team of dedicated therapist consisting of: physio, pilates instructors, massage therapist, nutritionist, naturopath, personal trainer and psychologist. We can get rid of your pain, get back your movement and return you to top form!
Our longer appointments and personalised treatment programmes ensure you recover quickly and feel great.
Some examples of conditions that can be treated are:
- Alleviation of pain
- Ante and post natal care
- Help with Incontinence in Men and Women
- Pilates rehabilitation/training/classes
- Treatment and prevention of sports injuries, Muscle strains, tears and joint sprains
- Restore motion in joints and increase in the range of motion
Back to top...
- Ante and post natal issues
- Muscle/ligament/joint strains
- Post surgical rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Women’s Incontinence/Pelvic floor weakness
The physiotherapy process involves assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, education treatment or rehabilitation.
We do a holistic assessment with you of your problem and prepare the best regime of rehabilitation for you. Appointment times will vary according to need.
We are ACC registered and will help you register a claim you DO NOT need a Dr's referral and you will be covered if you have private health insurance.
We have therapists trained in ante and post natal physiotherapy techniques and run pregnancy Pilates classes as well as 1:1 sessions, Incontinence services for men and women, pre and post prostate surgery.
We are certified providers of Pinc and Steel cancer rehabilitation programmes and service providers for Sweet Louise.
Back to top...
Pilates is a regime of exercise focusing on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine.
In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
Pilates transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.
It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion.
Back to top...
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving and regaining normal movement.
It is a drug free mechanism of pain relief and is beneficial for a wide range of problems.
Acupuncture is a evidence based modality and only sterile, disposable needles are used. Our practitioners have post graduate qualification in acupuncture
Back to top...
Treatments are catered to your individual needs so you gain maximum benefits to relax, re-energise, overcome injuries and maintain optimum health and well being.
Therapeutic massage services include:
Benefits of Massage:
- Remedial massage
- Sports massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Myofascial release
Back to top...
- Alleviates muscle and joint pain
- Improves circulation and helps to eliminate toxins from the body
- Relieves fatigue and headaches
- Increases flexibility, improves range of motion
- Helps reduce sports injuries, enhancing athletic performance
- Revitalises the whole body
Trying to lose weight? Have a disease or illness? Or just wanting to get the optimum for your foods?
Then our nutrition consultations are for you.
When exercising, nutrition and eating healthy is key. If you aren’t eating the correct food then your training and body may suffer. Your body needs the right nutrients in order to give you optimal performance during your training and on race day.
Back to top...
Naturopathy is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. There are two areas of focus in naturopathy: firstly to support the body’s own healing abilities and secondly, empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health.
Nellie uses a range of therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and massage. Naturopaths treat the whole person so look at a variety of factors such as the patients mental and emotional state, diet and lifestyle, family history and environment before making a diagnosis.
Back to top...
Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you have to put up with back ache, pelvic girdle pain or other pregnancy-related problems. We’re here to help you enjoy your pregnancy and make you as comfortable as possible during those 9 months!
Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in hands-on treatment therapies to help with your injury or pain. You will undergo an assessment at the first session where we will identify the cause of your pain and discuss with you the best treatment options.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective modality during pregnancy that helps with pain relief and encouraging blood flow and nutrients into the injured area.
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, labor induction, and shortening the length of labor.
Pilates may be beneficial for you, particularly if you have poor core stability or are suffering from lumbar or pelvic pain. This can help to reduce the tension in your muscles by strengthening and toning them whilst maintaining flexibility.
Our instructors will focus on improving posture and alignment so that your body is in the optimum position to take any strain. We teach you how you can use your muscles to support your back and bump, how to avoid developing problems with your tummy muscles separating and how to get your flat tummy back postnatally.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Designed to support your bump and lower back during pregnancy, using a maternity belt or maternity band can reduce or remove pregnancy related pain and can make your entire pregnancy more comfortable – some say it can even reduce the number of stretch marks you get! We are also able to use Kinesiotape instead of belts, to provide support and pain relief.
Back to top...
The essentially physiological aspect of this therapy brings instant relief unlike any other therapy.
It has the distinct advantage of being non-intrusive. We ask a lot of our feet, this is a chance to give them a deep nutritive massage as well as activate pressure points for maximum sense of lightness and relief. Sessions on a regular basis, lift the mood and maintains good circulation. It is so effectively reassuring to the patient, regardless of the condition being treated.
Back to top...
Get results fast with a personal trainer committed to your fitness.
Whether you are looking to lose weight, improve strength or increase flexibility, we can give you the motivation.
At Return to Form studio there are no gym fees to pay, you achieve the individual goals you want with a programme designed just for you with one to one assistance and direction. You also have access to state of the art equipment such as Total Gym GTS.
One on one personal training, 2:1 and group sessions are available with our personal trainer, Dan Rivers.
Back to top...
Breathe easier with physiotherapy
If you think breathing is as easy as ‘falling off a log’ think again.
Even those of us blessed with the strongest and healthiest set of lungs can develop issues with how we breathe.
And if you have a breathing problem such as asthma you’ll be very aware that breathing freely can be a daunting challenge at times.
Back to top...
Total Gym GTS
GTS provides a full-body, intense workout in 30-minutes without the use of any additional accessories. Quick and easy transitions between exercises facilitate a fast-paced cardio-strength workout that delivers observable body-shaping results. Total Gym GTS is the award-winning equipment anchor for time-efficient, personal training, group fitness and Pilates program.
Back to top...
Our Teams' Qualifications
Zee Sharif - Physiotherapist
BSc (hons) Physio, PGD Acupuncture, APPI Pilates
Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor, Acupuncturist, Aromatherapist.
Zee qualified from the University of Brighton (England) in 1994. After working in a combined setting of paediatrics and general adult physio she made the switch to clinic based work on moving to New Zealand.
Zee is owner and principal physio at Return to Form. She has a hands on holistic approach combining her acupuncture, pilates and general physio skills for her clients needs. She has a special interest in women’s health and treats men with prostate issues. Zee has completed various post graduate courses including acupuncture for women’s health problems acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth.
Zee often returns to the UK for courses to keep up to date with the latest techniques and skills.
Personal goal: Having run 4 half marathons in 2014 Zee is hoping to complete a marathon within the next two years, ideally in her birth home town of London.
Nellie Pigot - Nutritionist/Naturopath
BHS (Massage & NMT)
Nutritional Diploma – Dip. ION (Merit), London College of Naturopathic
Medicine and Health Science UK. Naturopath
Nellie Pigot is a UK trained nutritionist and naturopath and has been practising since 1999. She has worked as the nutritionist for a major London investment bank and as a naturopath in an integrated practice working alongside medical GP’s. Consequently Nellie is very experienced in interpreting diagnostic medical tests.
Her areas of expertise are treating digestive disorders, food allergies and intolerance, women’s health, optimising thyroid function. She works on increasing energy levels through manageable dietary and lifestyle changes with the help of short term vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements.
Susan Mae Hinds
Senior Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Women’s Health Specialist
Highly skilled professional with over 35 years practical experience in hospital, and the private practice of physiotherapy.
Established in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture for 25 years. She has an holistic approach to patient support including assessment, education regarding diet and lifestyle issues, conversation and treatment with a variety of modalities that compliment the physiotherapy role.
Lecturer and supervisor for the TCM acupuncture post graduate course at AUT 2012-2014
Senior Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Facial Acupuncturist
Jo is a physiotherapist with over 30 years experience. She practices in Wellington at her own musculoskeletal clinic and here in Ponsonby.
She trained in acupuncture at Otago University in 2005, graduating with certification in acupuncture. She furthered her studies training in Manaka, a style of Japanese acupuncture. She completed the Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification at North Western University in Minneapolis in 2012 and 2013 under renowned author Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. She is a certified teacher for foundations in facial acupuncture and teaches here in NZ and Australia. Jo is a PAANZ tutor. She completed all modules in sound therapy using a meridian therapy approach.
Jo completed Toyahari training in 2018, a style of acupuncture taught and administered by blind therapists in Japan. It is an extremely effective but gentle treatment approach going hand in hand with her previous training.
Jo is a fully qualified Trigenics Practitioner with an emphasis on biomechanics. It assists in restoring normal patterns and range of movement. It is extremely effective for frozen shoulders.
Senior Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor
Michelle has her bachelor degree in physiotherapy from AUT and has almost completed her post graduate diploma in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She believes in helping support patients to return to functional independence through a holistic approach.
She considers it of the utmost importance to work in a collaborative manner with the patients, to give them an understanding of their condition in order for long term management and prevention, and to provide the best possible hands on therapy to help with pain management
Michelle has helped support a wide variety of patients to reduce pain and get back to a improved functional wellbeing. These include persistent pain patients such as lower back, neck, headache and TMJ pain patients (jaw). She is also trained in biomechanical assessment, pre/post operative rehabilitation exercise therapy and clinical pilates.
Kara completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from AUT in 2017. Working part time as a receptionist at Return to Form throughout the degree, Kara now joins the team as a new graduate physiotherapist.
She has a special interest in osteoarthritis and self-management for long term conditions. Previous to her studies at AUT, Kara completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Anthropology from Auckland University. She also has 3 years experience of volunteering at the Les Mills Adaptive Athlete
program that is run for school children with physical and intellectual impairments.
In her spare time, Kara enjoys keeping active with outdoor adventure, social touch games and beach swims.
Registered Acupuncturist (NZRA) BHSc Acupuncture (NDA) Dip. Tuina Massage – Dip. Herbal Medicine – Dip. Qi Gong – Cer. Cosmetic Acupuncture – Cer. Cosmetic Topical Herbs – Cer. Cancer Management Herbs – B. Computer Science
Julia has a Bachelor of Health Science in traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. She is a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists and an ACC provider. She has been practicing for more than 10 years using a combination of Korean and Chinese acupuncture techniques.
Julia is experienced in treating musculoskeletal (general muscles/tendons/ligaments) complaints, women’s health (including fertility, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances), digestive disorders, stress, arthritis, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, cancer management, mental and sleeping disorders. She is also specialized in cosmetic acupuncture and slim acupuncture.
Roni has a Bachelor of Health Science in traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture
She provides an intuitive, supportive and a unique treatment atmosphere. She uses traditional Chinese medicine including gentle acupuncture, cupping therapy and moxa (warming), combined with lifestyle advice to support and inspire people to well being.
Roni is experienced in treating a wide range of health issues and has particular interest in treating musculoskeletal (general muscles/tendons/ligaments) complaints, women’s health (including fertility, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances), digestive disorders, stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists and an ACC provider, she is dedicated to continuing to develop her skills and her learning to improve people’s well being.
Roni works closely with other practitioners to ensure full holistic management and treats ACC and private clients.
Sharon Shan Qu
Sharon joins our team with seven years’ experience in Chinese Medicine. Coming from China, Sharon started her life in New Zealand in 2013.
Healing her clients through natural methods provides her with a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Sharon treats ACC and internal conditions using a wide range of treatment modalities such as cupping, moxa, electro-therapy and massage.
Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Breathwork, Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage, Infant Massage, Mens Health, Myofascial Release Therapy, Naturopaths, Nutrition, Personal Trainers, Physiotherapy, Pilates, Pregnancy Massage, Remedial Massage, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Weight Loss, Womens Health