“I have been suffering back injuries and general back wear and tear due to my work for over twenty years. I had real concerns about my ability to continue in the in the work that I enjoy. Injuries were one thing but I was finding that my recovery time was taking longer and longer as I got older. I was finding I would aggravate an injury before it had had a chance to recover. Dale has given me back some of my lost flexibility and has shown me some of the habits my back has developed to try and compensate for its weaknesses. I now have an exercise program that has really helped to free up my back. What has been very noticeable is that after I have had an injury, my recovery time is greatly reduced. I do not hesitate to recommend Dale Ischia as an Exercise Physiologist, she is very knowledgeable and is very good at what she does.”

David Hanna – Box Hill

“After major abdominal surgery I was bedridden for months. It took seeing Dale to help me feel safe and confident enough to try the most basic movements like sitting up. She gave me very clear, safe and specific exercises to strengthen my body and helped me reach my goals. I saw results within a 2 weeks. I have continued seeing Dale, she keeps adapting a new program and teaching me new movements that increase my strength, help me decrease side effect pain and improve my overall wellbeing.”

Alexis – Melbourne


Upon returning from a trekking adventure overseas, and with no symptoms that I could detect, a regular blood test quickly led to further tests. Within days I was shocked to be facing major abdominal surgery for aggressive cancer. This was followed a few weeks later by a regime of chemotherapy.

Without hesitation, the oncologist stressed the importance of a professionally advised, developed, and supervised exercise program. This was recommended to safely rebuild general muscle strength, core strength, and stability, and to help deal with the effects of the chemotherapy. The oncologist encouraged me to contact Dale Ischia.

After a detailed consultation, Dale provided a series of exercises, then patiently demonstrated them and supervised me in ensuring that I did those exercises correctly and safely. The online personalised PhysiApp video exercise program Dale provided so I could do the exercises at home was excellent. Dale monitored my progress through the App and updated my program at subsequent visits.

A personal objective was to develop sufficient core strength to go surfing again, albeit in small waves. I was able to do a bit of surfing seven months after surgery and three months after chemotherapy.

I attribute much of my recovery of flexibility and strength to Dale and her very professional, knowledgeable, and good-humoured attention to my condition, and patience with me. I would strongly recommend Dale to anyone recovering from cancer and needing an exercise physiologist.


An Old Surfer