Nazleen Reed

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Qualified Physiotherapist

Member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) 

Nazleen Reed co-founded Ultimate Performance Lifestyle in 2012. She has a BSc (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently the official Physiotherapist for the Peterborough Phantom’s Ice Hockey team.

Nazleen specialises in providing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to runners, dancers, gymnasts and footballers experiencing back injuries, and offers posture re-education.

Nazleen is also qualified in Foundation Acupuncture, a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and has completed additional courses in electro-acupuncture and Auricular (ear) Acupuncture.

Keen to encourage long-term health, mobility and flexibility, Nazleen is qualified to teach level 1 to 3 in APPI (Australian pilates for physiotherapists institute) Modified Pilates and leads many of Ultimate Performance Lifestyle’s popular classes. A strong believer in continuous learning, Nazleen has also completed courses in Antenatal Modified Pilates and Post Natal Pilates, including courses focused on Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation), a common condition in women post-pregnancy. To support these clients, Nazleen teaches a weekly Post-Natal Modified Pilates class guiding new mums through a series of exercises specifically adapted to target and strengthen the rectus abdominis muscles from deep down.

Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Nazleen worked as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also spent time volunteering for a charity CCD (Christian Care Foundation) supporting abandoned children with disabilities in Thailand.

In her spare time, Nazleen plays Netball for the Ultimate Performance Lifestyle team, enjoys walking her dog Poppy, swimming, baking cakes and spending time with her family. Nazleen is a keen runner, she has completed both the Great Eastern Run and Tough Mudder twice, and participates in Peterborough’s Parkrun.


Komal Bhuchhada

Qualified Physiotherapist

Member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) 

Komal Bhuchhada is a qualified Physiotherapist with a BSc (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Nottingham.

Komel specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy helping patients experiencing chronic lower back pain and sacroiliac joint pain.

Komal has completed a number of Musculoskeletal qualifications including Pilates Matwork Level 3, Acupuncture, Grade 5 Manipulation, Congnative behavioural therapy training and the Peter O’Sullivan Cognitive functional therapy for targeted management of disabling low back pain.

Having worked in both the NHS and private sector, Komel has gained experience in many areas of Physiotherapy including Neurology, Respiratory, Women Health, Orthopaedics, Care of the Elderly and Amputee Rehabilitation.

Prior to commencing her Physiotherapy degree, Komal was a qualified lifeguard and swimming teacher.

In her spare time, Komal is currently pursuing a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. She is also a keen netball player and plays in the Stamford League.


Poonam Anandaraj

Qualified Physiotherapist

Member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) 

Poonam Anandaraj is a qualified Physiotherapist with a BSc (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy from Coventry University. She has been working as a Chartered Physiotherapist since August 1998 and has great enthusiasm for the profession and her patients.

Poonam specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Orthopaedics (including after surgeries) and focuses on working with paitents experiencing cronic pain, cronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Poonam is focused on patient education, teaching patients about their conditions so they can fully participate in their injury rehabilitation, take steps to prevent future injuries and promoting self-management techniques.

Poonam is a credentialed McKenzie therapist (The McKenzie programme is focused on effectively diagnosing and successfully treating conditions such as disc prolapses). She has a Masters level Post-Graduate certificate in Acupuncture, is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), and was previously the AACP’s Regional Representative for East Anglia.

Passionate about treating patients using evidence based scientific research, Poonam attends training courses to maintain her Continuous Professional Development.  

Having worked in both the NHS and private sector, Poonam has gained considerable knowledge and expertise in both basic as well as complex conditions. Through her career she has worked with patients experiencing various conditions such as neurological, respiratory and Women’s health concerns (including strokes, M.S., head and spinal injuries, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid conditions, COPD, frequent fallers and loss of balance, ante- and post-natal pains and SPD). Poonam also has a strong background in Occupational Physiotherapy including ergonomics and conducting workstation assessments.

In her spare time, Poonam enjoys training in Traditional Shotokan Karate, Jazzercise classes, swimming, walking her Golden Retriever, cooking new and exciting foods, and spending time with her family.  Poonam is currently focused on improving her running endurance and pursuing a City & Guilds Level 2 qualification in patchwork, quilting and design.


Helen Verney

Deep Tissue, Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist

Helen Verney is a Deep Tissue, Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist. She has a degree in Sports Studies from Wolverhampton University and a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) in Physical Education and Maths from Loughborough University. Helen also has a ISRM/BTEC (Level 5) Professional Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy from the Active School of Complementary Therapy: an affiliated school to the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM).

Helen specialises in offering a variety of soft tissue massage techniques to help treat a wide range of complaints from injury recovery to chronic conditions, postural corrections to post operative recovery as well as general aches and pains.

Having played sport to high level for many years, Helen personally experienced numerous injuries and develop a strong interest in how the body works and repairs. This interest led Helen to pursue a career in Deep Tissue, Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy.

Prior to becoming a Deep Tissue, Sport & Remedial Massage Therapist Helen spent 16 years in the Royal Air Force both as a Navigator on Tornado and VC10 aircraft and then as a Training Officer. As a keen sports person over the years Helen was been involved with RAF Rugby as a player, then as a coach and finally as Massage Therapist for a Station Rugby Team.

In her spare time, as a trained classical singer, Helen likes to perform and also enjoys spending time with her family.


Helen Manning

Qualified Yoga Teacher

Helen is a qualified Yoga and Pilates teacher.

Helen’s personal frustration of managing a recurring back injury led Helen to try Pilates and Yoga. She was so impressed by the impact the exercises had on her return to health that she began pursuing the journey to train as a teacher.

Helen teaches Ultimate Performance Lifestyles Hatha Yoga classes. With an exuberant passion for Yoga, Helen recognises the differing strengths of her class participants so her sessions offer a range of options/adaptations for each pose. Her classes focus on teaching effective breathing techniques for overall health and stress management, poses to maintain healthy joints and muscles, and promoting mental calmness and positive outlook. Encouraging the sense of relaxation needed to help the body recover from the inside.

Helen is also a Bowen Technique Practitioner and a qualified specialist teacher of Yoga for people living with Cancer.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys spending time in her garden – nurturing her vegetable patch, cycling, walking and working out in the gym… she might be a Yoga teacher but she’s still a work in progress when it comes to relaxing!




"Dear Naz I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the recent physio you carried out on my shoulder. You quickly worked out what the..."

" Dear Naz, I am emailing you after a fantastic 2015/16 season. As Head Coach of the Peterborough Phantoms Ice Hockey club, I would personall..."

"Dear Naz, I have been a long term sufferer of lower back problems and have visited Chiropractors many times, usually with a good degree of succes..."

"Hi Naz, Just to let you know that I managed to get round the full 26.2 without having to stop for my knee. I did get a bit of pain for the la..."

"Naz welcomed me to the Ultimate Performance Pilates class whilst I was 18 weeks pregnant. She adapted the exercises where necessary and I went to..."



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