About Physio on a Roll
But what is a foam roller?
A foam roller is a lightweight cylindrical tube of compressed foam commonly used for exercises, stretching and self massage. Foam rollers are versatile, easy to use for all ages and abilities, portable and inexpensive. Rollers facilitate a workout that is amazingly effective and enjoyable. They also encourage even those who are reluctant to exercise, to improve their health.
Physio on a Roll was established in 2018 by Fiona Naayen, B.App.Sc. Physio. A.P.A.M. It began as a “side hustle” and in 2020 the website was expanded to include live, on-line tele health consultations, live group exercise classes and exercise video hire.
A fortnightly blog post began, advising on all things exercise, fitness, pain and health. Subscribe below to receive this regular blog post (we promise not to spam you!).
In 2021 Fiona released “Let it Roll” her first book. It has the latest advice and recommendations for exercise and pain and teaches you effective ways to improve your strength, mobility, balance and posture by using the incredibly versatile foam roller in your workouts. It is also available as an Ebook with links back to this website for clarity around exercise execution.
If you want to move without fear, ease your pain or simply feel and function better….it is time to ‘Let it Roll’!
Fiona Naayen is a physiotherapist with over 29 years experience, in both public and private health settings. She is an accredited GLA:D Australia physiotherapist, a trained Clinical pilates physiotherapist and a Pinc and Steel trained Physio. For the last 15 years, Fiona has concentrated on working as an exercise physiotherapist; helping people manage their problems with exercise.
Based in a dedicated, purpose built, physiotherapy gym, Fiona designs and supervises individual and small group exercise classes. Her clients include athletes, chronic pain sufferers, cancer survivors and the elderly. Individuals with osteoporosis as well as kids and of course, the “weekend warrior” have managed their issues with her prescribed exercises.
Exercise as Medicine
Fiona’s aim is to promote exercise as medicine with a focus on motor control and functional exercise. Most of her clients want to ease back and neck pain and improve their core. Her aim is also to increase their muscle strength and flexibility and as well as their balance, proprioception, coordination and posture.
The foam roller has become her exercise tool of choice; accessible by all populations and its uses only limited by my imagination.
On this site you will find photos and videos demonstrating and explaining, in detail, core and specific strengthening exercises as well as stretching routines.
These exercises are graded from beginner to advanced with step by step instructions. You will find suggestions for correcting common compensatory actions or ‘cheats’. There are also specific routines to target back pain, neck pain and improve your abdominal strength.
Live, Online Classes
In March 2020 Fiona added an online exercise platform in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to exercise at home.
Live, online group classes run via zoom on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Click on the online exercise feature on this site to book in to a live, group exercise session (graded beginner, intermediate, advanced). Classes are limited to 8 participants and run for 55 minutes.
You can also book a live 30 minute 1 to 1 Tele health consultation with Fiona which is partially rebated by most health funds.
Pre recorded exercise videos, many graded to particular levels are accessible here or via the drop down menu in the upper right corner of this page under “exercise library”. Exercise videos will also be available on a subscription basis shortly.
For simple instructions on how to access any of this content (classes or videos ) use this link– online exercise class guide
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Remember that all the advice and information contained on this website, exercise videos and in the online classes is general in nature and not specific to your needs. We are unable to give specific injury related information without a thorough assessment.
By continuing on to book a class, or hire or watch the videos it is assumed that you have read and agreed with these statements and undertake any exercise at your own risk.
We make no guarantees as to the accuracy of the information on these pages and claim ownership of all the content on this site.
We disclaim liability for any physical harm caused by using a roller or performance of any of the exercises on this site or when attending an online class or video.