Saree Hewlett – Owner and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

About me and what a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist does!

Hey there! My name’s Saree – pronounced ‘Marie’ with an “S” but I will answer to pretty much anything half way resembling it! I am fortunate enough to own and go to work with our fabulous team here at Core Fusion.

I’m originally from the UK – born in Coventry, and trained to get my BSc degree  in Physiotherapy in the North East of England at Teesside University a wee while ago! The English system is fairly different to here in Australia. Here physios  can go into private practice straight away –  in the UK it was near compulsory to spend a number of years rotating through all hospital departments, so I worked with  kids to the elderly, medical, neurology and neurosurgery to intensive care, cardio thoracic surgery and neonates, eventually I specialised in “outpatients” or what we call here – private practise.

I wanted to have a life adventure so I moved and worked over seas in the Middle East for a number of years where I was assistant chief at a large Military teaching hospital with a staff of 24. I met my Aussie husband as he was also working over there  – and here I am!

Making the move to Australia I wanted to make sure I was up to speed with my skills and completed my Masters in Manual Therapy at UWA in 2003. Soo – that means I have advanced post graduate training in using hands on techniques of assessment and treatment to get good treatment outcomes. It means that I should have a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the body – joints, how they move, what to do to change that and be able to also carry out more complex treatment techniques such as manipulations. Also effectively it means that I should have that deeper knowledge to be able to get you guys better more efficiently and quicker due to enhanced clinical reasoning skills.

Why Pilates?

The working lifespan of a physio these days has been averaged at about 7 years – mainly due to the stress and strain we place on our hands, thumbs and wrists and fingers! I have been at it over 20 years so mine are pretty shot but I have reduced the amount of actual “hands on” I do. There was also a need to try and empower clients to be able to see what they do day to day can have just as powerful an effect on their issues – especially by doing the right things at the right time.

I re-directed my energy into incorporating PILATES into our treatment strategies having done the Full Polestar course which took nearly a year to complete. I use it to mainly try and get the best outcome for people – if we get you that better movement or better strength – you need to know how to then maintain it yourself so you stay better and don’t slip back to square one. I have re -structured how we work – we know we can get clients better with or hands on and advise etc – BUT we need to make you able to STAY BETTER.  I am very pro- active – I cannot bear that clients have had to go somewhere for treatment every 6 weeks because their pain keeps coming back – Pilates has meant we can educate them and get that muscle change and re-education to be able to get then their long lasting results! – that’s where the magic happens! It really does work – even in the long term chronic cases.

Its really rewarding having client come through  the door that we can help quickly, but then also being able to give them the tools they need to maintain it themselves. Empowering clients to self manage as much as possible has given us a strong client referral system – we get most of our new ones from recommendations following good outcomes. we ended up with “families” coming to us – which is lovely and hopefully we can maintain that friendly casual approachable feel we have worked to cultivate.

There is nothing better than knowing you have got through to someone where when they leave you – you know they have the tools to be able to self manage – if this happens they will do A, if this happens they will do B, if that doesn’t work then you need to see me again. Not just when you get sore again come back and we’ll fix it enough for another 6 weeks….

When I started there was little Pilates outside of Perth CDB, so setting up with a large 240+ studio space with specialist equipment was a daunting and big step to take – I’d like to think we have a fabulous studio with state of the art equipment – when people walk in they see we mean business – we haven’t just got a reformer tucked away in a little room and claim to do Pilates – we live and breathe what we preach and have invested in ensuring we have the equipment to do so.!

My Strengths

I have a head full of knowledge and a genuine want to help get the best out of people – sound corny – but its true! Just ask some our most challenging rehab clients – we don’t give up! If we cant help you we’ll tell you. And after 20+ years I still feel like I am just learning – the more you know – the more you realise how much you don’t know! I love learning and love being challenged –

I have also been a competitive Artistic Roller Skater – training up 20 odd hours a week from the age of 6- 21. I have been fortunate to compete at International level for GB at Youth, Junior and Senior level, so have a good understanding of both sports people’s brains but also the after effects of “retiring” and being left with chronic injuries and ongoing pain. Years of Falling on concrete floors is not kind to bodies! I have also been club physio for the local rugby union team which my hubby and two sons play for. I have also managed national and international level sports people in our studio and have strong ties with local sporting communities.


My Weakness

  • I’m a perfectionist! I would rather not do or start something unless its near perfect!
  • Great food
  • I’m am a raging coffee addict – don’t even try and talk to me until I’ve had at east two in the morning!
  • My family – my gorgeous husband and two boys!
  • My quiet understated ego – I DO know better!
  • I am not a “chatter box” so I will be the wall flower when I’m  not running the show!  So if you see me outside of work – don’t mistake me for being rude – or take offense  if I don’t  bounce over –  I’m just shy!


Favourite Pilates Exercises

  • Standing Hip Stretch – in the main post picture
  • and “climb a tree”  on the ladder barrel or short box


Least Favourite Pilates Exercise

I absolutely HATE –  SWAN DIVE 3 – or anything into swan!!! My back doesn’t bend that way any more!



About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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