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Pilates by Physio


There are many different Pilates institutes. APPI method is modified Pilates evidence based and designed by Physiotherapists specifically for use in the rehabilitation setting. This varies from people with low back pain to elite sports men and women wanting to improve their performance. The APPI have used the traditional Pilates exercises and broken them down to create exercises that are safe and suitable for specific populations. Some examples are pregnant ladies, rugby players, back pain sufferers, multi-trauma victims, and skiers. This is a small example, if you are unsure if Pilates will benefit you why don’t you contact us.


Pilates works the deep core stability muscles. These muscles create a secure background on which our movement muscles work to allow us to do things like walking and making a cup of tea to playing rugby or going for a run. Often, because of poor posture, a repetitive movement through work, hobby or sport, pregnancy or injury, there can be an imbalance between these muscle groups. If the stability muscles are not working well the movement muscles can try and take on the stability role as well as their own. This can result in pain and stiffness.

Through Pilates you can re-balance your body by reactivating these core stability muscles and improve posture and flexibility. When you have a stronger core you can move in a more efficient way, possibly shaving time off your personal best or just making it a little easier to get out of bed in the morning

Postnatal Pilates Classes

Mums are often very keen to get back in to shape following the birth of their babies. However, rushing back or doing the wrong type of exercise risks injury to your joints, pelvic floor muscles and abdominal's. During pregnancy the muscles that normally support your back and pelvis will have stretched and weakened. Due to all the feeding, nappy changes and playing with your baby your neck and shoulders may also become rounded. Pilates can help combat all of these problems allowing you to enjoy your time with your new baby. You will benefit with a stronger pelvic floor, improved posture, a more supported spine and pelvis as well a more toned body.

Postnatal Pilates is safe, it can be started relatively early in the postnatal period and can accelerate your postnatal recovery. It is advisable to wait until after your 6 week check if you had a vaginal delivery or 12 weeks after cesarean before joining a class. One to one sessions are possible before these times to ensure a gentle but specific return to exercise. You are eligible to attend this class until your little one is approximately 1 year old.

Pilates for Fitness: Mixed Ability Classes

These sessions are designed for those who want to address an injury or improve core strength, spinal stability, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. In order to do everyday tasks it is important to have a strong centre, your core muscles are like your body’s foundations. If they are weak then your body will find it more difficult and inefficient to do actions like lifting, walking, running and playing sport. You may become more susceptible to injury. Core muscles are essential in all sporting activities and having a strong base on which you move can improve your performance in all activities.

Current Class Timetable

Monday:  9.30am-10.30am Mixed Ability. 10.30-11.30am  Mixed Ability


Wednesday: 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm Mixed Ability, 7.30pm - 8.30 pm Mixed Ability

Thursday: 6.30pm - 7.30pm Mixed Ability. 7.30pm-8.30pm Intermediate Ability

Saturday: 8.30am - 9.30am Mixed Ability. 9.30am-10.30am Mixed Ability

Pilates by Physio: Instructors at Creation

Debs Paterson MSCP SRP

Pilates by Physio is run by Debs Paterson, a state registered Chartered Physiotherapist. Debs qualified in 2000 and has worked in a wide variety of settings in both the NHS and private sector. She has worked with various sporting teams and is proud to have worked for the FA as team physiotherapist for England's amputee and partially sighted football teams.


As part of her post graduate training Debs has trained to advanced level with The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute. She has also completed training in Ante-Postnatal Pilates. There are various styles of Pilates and the APPI style is gentle enough for people with various aches and pains but challenging enough for elite athletes too. 


Debs provides both private sessions and group work at Creation. 

Sarah Parkinson MCSP SRP


My journey began approximately just under three years ago, I joined a Pilates antenatal class with ‘Pilates by Physio’ and absolutely loved it!  I felt the benefits immediately and the exercises and education really clicked. I was hooked!  

As a physiotherapist with a background in rehabilitation I can appreciate how posture, flexibility and strength is absolutely crucial to the foundation of any exercise, maintain health, fitness and wellbeing.  My knowledge in Pilates based exercise grew during the APPI course and I enjoy teaching and sharing this knowledge. 

Elaine Humphreys MCSP SRP


I have 15 years physiotherapy experience across both the adult and paediatric sectors from acute to community experience.  I discovered Pilates through my physiotherapy and wanted to further my knowledge and skills and expand into teaching.


I like to exercise and I do yoga, dance and taekwondo. I love the way Pilates benefits all other forms of exercise and how you can never underestimate the power of a strong core.  It is invaluable in helping me rehabilitate my bouts of back pain following a previous fracture and disc bulge.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others and also sharing and learning from the other physio instructors at Pilates By Physio

Nicky Creighton MCSP SRP

I have been teaching exercise classes since 1985 and started teaching Pilates in 2000 whilst working as a physiotherapy assistant. I graduated with a degree in physiotherapy in 2011 and now work full time in musculoskeletal out-patients where I regularly prescribe Pilates for my patients.

Pilates exercises are adaptable to fit with individual lifestyles and body types, helping to improve general muscular and joint pain. Many clients report positive effects from regularly participating in Pilates classes. One such client recently stated he was able to complete an annual cycling trip without back pain for the first time and has now incorporated Pilates principles into his general fitness programme.

All Pilates by Physio classes should be booked by contacting  Debs via www.pilatesbyphysio.com