After graduating in 2007 from AUT in New Zealand, I worked in private practice and a hospital in Auckland where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. I have published various papers from my university research (author name: Renee Bigelow) for ‘Mulligan’s Mobilisation with Movement’ in the NZJP in 2008, and the JMMT in 2009. This research was also used in Brian Mulligan’s new book: Mobilisation with Movement: The Art and the Science.
My postgraduate development continued with the NZMPA and the McKenzie Institute, gaining credentials under scholarship in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
I have been doing Pilates since I was 16 years of age, and since university I have been teaching mat, equipment and then ante & post-natal clinical Pilates. During and after university, I also worked with various sports teams including at national tournaments.
I then spent nearly 6 years in London where I worked at Six Physio, and part time in my final year at UCLH and Chelsea and Westminster hospitals in the women’s health team. I continued to gain qualifications in rehabilitation, pilates, acupuncture/dry needling with the AACP and women's health (gynaecological and obstetric management) with the POGP. In London, I began my specialty in pregnancy related issues, pelvic and sexual pain, post-partum recovery, rectus abdominis diastasis rehabilitation, pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, and overactive bladder.
Following London, I spent 5 years in Dubai at Up and Running Integrated Medical Centre, a multidisciplinary private clinic in Dubai. My roles included Senior Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal and Clinical Pilates Physiotherapist; Team Manager for Women's Health and Clinical Pilates Services; and Corporate Wellness Service Lead.
I have also found interest in learning Osteopathic techniques, mainly for women's health, over the last 3 years through mentoring, workshops, courses abroad, and also with the Molinari Institute in London and Greece.
I have a unique understanding of how the pressures of daily life can impact pain, injury recovery, stress levels, sleep and overall well being. Realising the link between pain, mental health and the physical body I decided to train as a Mindfulness Teacher in 2017.
I have a passion for health, wellness and exercise and consider Physiotherapy a challenging yet rewarding profession. I am 100% committed to finding the best outcomes, from research based treatment options, to using an integrated referral system within the professional community whenever required.
BHSc (Physiotherapy) - Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand
Credentialed Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy practitioner
Certified Clinical Pilates Instructor - DMA, APPI (Ante and post natal Pilates also)
NZMPA Spinal Manipulation Course
AACP certified Acupuncturist and Dry Needling Practitioner (AACP and Club Physio)
POGP certified Women's Health Physiotherapist
Mindfulness Teaching Certificates - MBSR and Workplace Mindfulness - ‘Teach Mindfulness Online Premium - Shamash Alidina Ltd, United Kingdom. Accredited by the Society of Holistic Therapies and Coaches.
Current Work Employment:
Auckland Physiotherapy - Newmarket, Auckland, NZ. Senior Physiotherapist, Women's Health Specialist, Clinical Pilates and Corporate Wellness
Haven Wellness Ltd - North Shore, Auckland, NZ. My own business from home and in the community.
Auckland Physio Rehab Group – Auckland, New Zealand (Covering Netball, Rugby, Football games and tournaments)
1RM Physiotherapy – Private practice, Auckland, New Zealand
Mercy Parklands Private Hospital - Auckland, New Zealand
Elevate Pilates – Auckland, New Zealand
Six Physio – London, United Kingdom
UCLH and Chelsea & Westminster locum NHS, Women’s Health – London, United Kingdom
Up and Running Integrated Medical Centre, Dubai, UAE - Service and Rehabilitation Team Manager at UPANDRUNNING
DXB Minds - Mindfulness Course teaching at the Surf House Dubai
Hing, W. A., Bigelow, R., & Bremner, T. (2008). Mulligan’s mobilisation with movement: a review of the tenets and prescription of MWMs. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 36(3), 144-164.
Hing, W. A., Bigelow, R., & Bremner, T. (2009). Mulligan's Mobilization with Movement: A Systematic Review. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 17(2), 39E-66E. https://doi.org/10.1179/jmt.2009.17.2.39E
Mobilisation with Movement (1st Edition) The Art and the Science - eBook ISBN: 9780729578950 Published Date: 17th December 2010. (Authors in Chapters 3 and 5)
Dubai Eye Radio interview 2018 with doctors. Topic - Incontinence. https://www.instagram.com/p/BgG-sVihWkn/?hl=en
Awards and Recognitions:
2007 ASICS New Zealand Best Undergraduate Research Award (1st Place)
2007 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists M.L Roberts Undergraduate Research Award
2008 Scholarship for the McKenzie Institute courses and examinations
Semi Professional/Elite/Professional Sports Physiotherapy Appointments:
1 weekend assisting with Royal New Zealand Ballet 2009
Team Physio for under 16/under 14 female/male soccer tournaments - Napier x2
Elite sports men and women - e.g triathletes, marathon runners to rugby players
Great Britain athletes - Trampolinist, and an Ice Hockey player
Elite sports men and women - e.g dancers, triathletes, marathon runners to rugby players
National netball players, elite, gymnasts and runners/triathletes, golfers
Women's Health - Pre and post natal, gynaecological issues, sexual pain
Rehabilitation and movement analysis
Acupuncture / Dry Needling
Pre & Post surgical rehabilitation
Return to sport tailored programmes
Personal Sport Interests:
Previous netball, soccer, waterpolo player and gymnast.
Ex performance dancer, and current recreational dancer
Running, hiking, cycling
Strength and conditioning, clinical Pilates, and yoga
Paddleboarding, skiing, rollerblading
DMA Empower Clinical Pilates Courses
APPI Pilates Pre and Post Natal Theory/Management course
Six Physio Pilates Training
Peter O’Sullivan Lumbar Spine course
AACP UK foundation (acupuncture) course and Dryneedling courses registered member of the AACP
POGP certificates: Assessment and Management of Urinary Dysfunction, Anorectal Dysfunction, and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Continual women's health and physiotherapy/rehabilitation based education in work with inservices
Acupuncture certificate for Women’s Health Conditions
Club Physio Dry Needling Certificates
Visceral Mobilisation and Advanced Pelvic Floor Course - London and UAE
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"Renee is an angel in disguise and has quite literally changed my life forever. She diagnosed my Diastasis Recti (a condition I had never even heard of or been educated on until I met her) and helped me through a very difficult postpartum recovery with empathy and kindness. I could not bring myself to even begin this journey until she helped me and is much more than a women's health professional and Physiotherapist to me. She is truly a healer with incredible sixth senses and magic hands. She helped my recovery physically and mentally and I could not recommend anyone to see her more. She will change your life forever and I wish I knew how to thank her for everything she has done for me."
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