Paula Rastrick

Before setting up Physiyolates with husband Paul, Paula spent 7 years working within the sports science and medical department at Aston Villa FC.  During this time, she created a unique and fully integrated yoga and Pilates equipment studio at Villa’s training ground at Bodymoor Heath.

Paula is an advanced Yoga Sports Coach and accredited Personal Performance Coach. She has studied with the Institute of Yoga Sports Science based in New York, the Institute has one of the largest research databases in the world on the efficacy of yoga to improve athletic performance.

As part of the club’s Academy Research Strategy Group, Paula worked on collaborations with both Birmingham University and Aston University and has studied Sport & Exercise Psychology and Science & Health through Open University.

Working with up to 65 players on a daily basis, Paula gained extensive experience of managing groups and individuals by creating and implementing unique rehabilitation and recovery techniques. The challenge at Bodymoor was to create bespoke programmes for athletic fitness, injury prevention and pre-habilitation at both 1st team and Academy level. This was done in conjunction with the development of a unique Yoga Long-Term Athletic Development Plan within the academy.

The overall result was the development and launch of a unique Performance Coaching Programme which was successfully rolled out across the Academy. The innovative programme, supported by a series of presentations and workshops, combined yoga and positive psychology and Paula was invited to present this work at the Football Association’s national training centre at St Georges, Burton-On-Trent.

In addition to working for Aston Villa, Paula has also acted as a consultant to other football clubs and cricket clubs. Along with her extensive yoga experience, she is also a fully accredited Pilates mat, studio equipment and clinical rehabilitation specialist.

Paula is passionate about integrating the art and science of both yoga and pilates by applying evidence based methodology which targets specific lifestyle needs. Her work is underpinned with her infectious enthusiasm and passion for coaching and positive psychology.

Along with Paul, these combined skills and experience are at the heart of the vision for Physiyolates.