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Our team offer individualised, effective and evidence-based care, to help you feel better, faster. 

We are based at the Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga Studios in Writtle, Chelmsford. We have a purpose built clinic, from which we provide physiotherapy and massage treatments to help you to recover from injury and feel better as quickly as possible. Our Clinical Director was the first fully qualified Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor in Chelmsford. Ellie uses a range of modern equipment in addition to her Physiotherapy skills, to design specific rehabilitation programmes for improved flexibility, strength, posture and balance. 

Eleanor Searle


Ellie, the founder of Stretch Physio, holds a First Class Degree from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice. With a background as a Specialist Spinal and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in both NHS and private sectors, she excels in diagnosing and managing complex conditions, facilitating referrals to specialised services and conducting necessary medical tests. As the first fully qualified APPI Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor in Chelmsford, Ellie also leads Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga, offering personalised rehabilitation programs that integrate her extensive physiotherapy and Pilates expertise. Committed to professional development, Ellie participates in research aimed at evolving the treatment of lumbar spine pain, influencing future physiotherapy training.

Our Team

The knowledgeable and experienced therapists working in the Stretch Physio clinic and our wider medical network will provide you with specialist care in a friendly and relaxed setting.


Physiotherapist and

Pilates Instructor

Erica has been in the health and wellbeing industry for over two decades. She has worked in all aspects of fitness from sports specific training to fitness rehab liaison with Nuffield Health. Continuing her professional journey, she moved on to work with a large private Physiotherapy and Pilates facility in London dealing with prehab and rehab, post musculoskeletal surgical, ante and post natal, teaching mat and reformer Pilates and tutoring for a major training academy in reformer Pilates. She then completed her Sports Injury Therapy certification at the prestigious London School of Osteopathy, moving further into hands-on-management of injury from classic back pain management, to post Stroke, golf/tennis elbow, hip, knee and shoulder injuries, to ante and post natal massage. 

At both Stretch Physio and Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga she works closely with the Director and Clinical Lead Ellie Searle to move patients from acute injury or long term pain to fully recovered, or able to self manage their problem,  by the best and most effective treatment. She can also supplement her massage sessions with rehabilitation advice  and provide information about how to incorporate Pilates or yoga into your recovery programme. She runs all group mat Pilates classes for Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga.

Enquiries go directly through and will be passed on directly to Erica. 

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