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Life Fit Wellness

Helping people not just bodies.

Life Fit Wellness provides the highest standard of healthcare and exercise services which are delivered within a custom designed clinic in Falkirk Business Hub.  Their integrated approach to healthcare and exercise allows them to better meet the needs of the individual in a tailored and personalised way.

They provide a wide range of treatment and exercise options in a supportive environment whilst working to empower individuals to manage their own health and wellbeing.

From their inception at their previous, smaller location in Grangemouth, they have evolved to fill their current facility in the centre of Falkirk, and they continue to develop their approach and services. They pride themselves on providing exceptional customer service in a friendly atmosphere; aiming to help people, not just bodies.

Their approach and experience

Life Fit Wellness provide an honest and person-centred approach to physiotherapy which is based on current best evidence and many years of experience throughout the team. David Bowmaker says, “We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of care to each individual client.

Our Chartered Physiotherapists follow a ‘bio-psycho-social’ approach which essentially looks at the person as a whole, meaning you come first. This approach not only addresses the physical components of injury, but consideration is given to your environment and psychological factors that contribute to your health. There is good evidence to suggest that addressing all three factors improves how likely a person is to recover.”

The Physiotherapy Team have expertise in the musculoskeletal system enabling them to assess, diagnose and treat an extensive range of issues by utilising a wide array of clinical skills. David Bowmaker says, “Our skilled team are able to provide exercise prescription and rehabilitation, manual therapy to assist with pain relief, acupuncture or dry needling and work and lifestyle management advice.”.

17 Degrees Magazine’s Sophie Robertson has been getting to know the team at Life Fit Wellness over the last few months. After a conversation with the welcoming reception team about her ongoing sciatica, she scheduled a physiotherapy session with Stewart Kerr, one of the Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Team. Following a thorough assessment, a treatment plan was agreed which involved a tailored exercise program, advice on daily management and some ‘hands-on’ treatment which provided some welcome pain-relief.

Following this session, she received her personalised exercise program by email which included photos, videos and written description of the exercises. Part of the management program discussed was to facilitate a smooth transition to Pilates. A 1-1 Intro to Pilates was arranged with Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, Carolyn Kent. This set Sophie up nicely with confidence to transition into a Pilates Class. This week she will be attending a Pilates Circuit Class at Life Fit Wellness, which utilises specialised large equipment such as the ‘Reformer’. Having both services in the same place was ideal and made the transition from physiotherapy to exercise achievable.

Furthermore, the benefit of having a dual trained Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor meant that her sciatica was accommodated, and therefore the exercise was not only achievable, but enjoyable and beneficial. She has since followed up for a review physiotherapy session with Stewart and the improvements were clear to see.

The physiotherapy team work alongside their other Healthcare and Exercise services which can optimise the care they provide by ensuring a seamless package of care and referral as required. These services include an Ultrasound Scan and Injection Clinic.

This innovative clinic is designed to simplify the patient journey. It is for people affected by conditions of the upper and lower limbs. This includes joint, tendon, ligament and conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. This clinic is run by Stewart Kerr who, in addition to being a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist is also a Musculoskeletal Sonographer enabling him to provide ultrasound-guided injections to ensure maximal accuracy of these treatments.  They also offer a Pelvic Health Care service which is run by clinical specialist Kate Leishman.

This is a highly specialised physiotherapy service for issues related to pelvic dysfunction. Therapists working in this field are highly trained to access and manage problems relating to pelvic floor muscles such as prolapse, urinary or faecal incontinence.

Dr Terrina Dickson

Private GP | Dermatology Specialist | Mole Screening | Minor Surgery Specialist

The Medical Services at Life Fit Wellness are provided by Dr Terrina Dickson and offer clients the opportunity to have flexible appointment lengths to suit their specific needs.  The services range from private GP consultations to specialist skin assessments and treatment.  Also on offer are a wide range of health assessment packages which offer clients the opportunity to look proactively at their health and well-being.

The specialist skin and mole screening services allow clients quick access to an expert opinion for their peace of mind.  The clinic offers specialist assessment equipment allowing Dr Dickson to accurately evaluate your presentation.

The clinic has quick access to laboratories for rapid analysis of blood and other specialist testing.

They also offer corporate medical packages to suit the particular requirements of employers from small to large companies. Competitive rates and bespoke, flexible packages can be provided. Their website is a great resource for all the healthcare and exercise services on offer, plus the patient resources section has lots of useful health and injury advice freely available. The friendly team at Life Fit Wellness are always happy to discuss their services and the most appropriate options to suite your needs.

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Colessio – a magnificently transformed victorian manor

Stirling’s Hotel Colessio is in the perfect location to explore Stirling’s historic old town and the wider central Scotland area. Our Editor-in-Chef, Sophie, had the pleasure of dining at Colessio with an overnight stay at the hotel in March, along with her partner. Here’s what she thought of her stay:

Arriving at Colessio, you can’t help but notice the beauty of the building, with its huge pillared entrance. We parked around the back of the hotel in the car park and were greeted by the staff and offered a refreshment as we entered the building. We enjoyed the drink in their chic, contemporary cocktail bar which had plush seats and a great atmosphere, with an extensive cocktail menu which also includes some light bites. Although it was a Thursday evening, the hotel was fully booked so there was a buzz about the place.

We finished our drinks and headed up to our room on the second floor. it was a suite, which was spacious and modern with a large bathroom with both a bath and shower – you couldn’t ask for much more! There was also a plasma television, in-room tea and coffee facilities, iron/ironing board, a lounge area and hotel robes.

Our evening meal was booked for half past six in the grill restaurant, which has great big, comfortable chairs and booths and a relaxing ambience. We were seated at our table and presented with à la carte menus and a drink offering and decided to start off with one of the many gins. The server told us about their state-of-the- art kitchen which is equipped with a Josper grill, one of the newest and most sought- after kitchen innovations which has taken the culinary world by storm. Hotel Colessio is proud to be one of the few venues in the UK with this type of grill.

The menu has a huge variety of traditional Scottish dishes with a modern twist, prepared by Head Chef Stephen Donnelly.

For starters, you can choose from a selection of salads, Isle of Skye king scallops with black pudding, and Perthshire wood pigeon. Mains include Ayrshire Pork Belly, short rib of Angus beef, potato gnocchi, North Sea cod or a selection of steak cuts from the grill. The steak cuts include Sirloin, Ribeye and Fillet which are served cooked to your liking with full steak garnish.

The food was nothing short of excellent. From presentation to taste it was world- class, and another great example of being able to get the best of the best, locally in Forth Valley.

After clearing our plates for starters and mains, we really struggled to finish our desserts; even though there were delicious! Once the table was cleared the chef came out and asked if everything had been okay as we hadn’t cleared the dessert plates like the last two courses.

We assured him everything was perfect – we had just over indulged! It was nice to see the chef taking so much pride in his food, and the rest of the staff also took great pride in their customer service.

After dinner, we enjoyed a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the bar.

“From presentation to taste it was world- class, and another great example of being able to get the best of the best, locally in Forth Valley”.


STARTERS: Isle of Skye king scallops with black pudding, celeriac, apple, frisée and unoaked Chardonnay Terra.

SOUP OF THE DAY: Served with freshly baked bread and sea salted butter.

MAINS: Ayrshire pork belly with Savoy cabbage, carrot, cumin and orange.

Potato Gnocchi (vegetarian) with wild mushrooms, butternut squash, sage and lemon.

DESSERTS: Sticky Toffee Pudding served with vanilla ice cream. Apple Tart Tatin.

In the morning we headed down to breakfast, which is served until 10 am in the grill room and is a buffet-style breakfast with a hot and cold section.

The hot section has a full Scottish breakfast on offer and a member of staff makes up your plate for you – an added touch I’ve never experienced before!

The cold buffet has a selection of pastries, yoghurts and fruit, and the servers bring toast and tea or coffee to your table.

The breakfast was delicious, and a great way to finish off an excellent overnight stay; even better that we were only a 15-minute drive from home!

We will definitely be back.