Fitpilates @ Physioworks NI

"In ten sessions you'll feel the difference, in twenty you'll see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body." Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed by a man called Joseph Pilates in the 1940’s. It involves a series of exercises/movements geared to  work and condition the whole body.  It will  improve your flexibility, strength and give you ease of movement. People often think of it as a “core workout” but Pilates is so much more than this!

It has become popular recently with celebrities and athletes being widely regarded as a total body workout. To get involved in Pilates you can either join a class or alternatively have individual sessions  in the studio.

Classes are mat based and an instructor will guide you through a series of exercises and will help you with your technique to keep the exercise safe and effective. Small apparatus such as foam rollers and spiky balls are also  regularly used in classes.

Studio sessions involve various  Pilates machines  - including the Reformer, Ladder Barrel, Cadillac and Chair. Unusual names but fantastic equipment that challenge, are great fun & add something extra to your workout!  

With Pilates if practiced regularly you will see and feel the difference in your posture and  will notice that you can move more freely – you may well be able to touch your toes even if you have not been able to do this for a number of years!




Benefits of Pilates

  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved strength
  • Improved posture
  • A more toned, balanced and aligned body
  • Better health
  • De stresser
  • Feel happier

If you would like to try Pilates either in a class format or for individual sessions please contact us at PhysioworksNI Tel. no. 02890702002


Who can do pilates?

Pilates is really for everyone. Due to its beneficial affects with regard to flexibility, strength and control it can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female, athletes and people who just want to stay active and healthy.


Benefits of Classes at PhysioWorksNI

  • Small numbers. We have a maximum of 12 people in each class.
  • Classes should be tailored for different levels of experience and ability. At PhysioworksNI we have Beginner classes, Progressive Beginner classes, Intermediate and Intermediate+. This is extremely important especially if you are learning the technique for the first time. You will learn the method much more quickly and you will also enjoy it more.
  • Fully Qualified Instructors. The best teachers will be those who have completed a certified training course over many months and have practised Pilates for a number of years themselves.  All our instructors at PhysioWorksNI are fully qualified Instructors with a wealth of experience.
  • Links with Physiotherapists
  • Pilates and Physiotherapy are a great combination. PhysioWorksNI is a custom built Physiotherapy practice and Pilates Studio.  Many clients after Physiotherapy  attend  classes or 1-2-1 sessions to help prevent further problems or reoccurance of an injury. We also have the advantage of having physiotherapists on site and as Instructors to give advice when required.


Pilates for the treatment of back pain

Pilates is an excellent therapy for the treatment of back pain.

Many of our clients over the years have let me know how they have found Pilates has helped to reduce their back pain and allow them to move with more ease. It has helped them carry out normal day to day tasks like cutting the grass or getting the shopping out of the boot without pain!

A lot of our back pain has been caused by sedentary lifestyle so our backs have become weak and vulnerable. Our spines are held in the same position or do the same repetitive movements over and over again.

Pilates, carried out regularly will allow the spine to move more freely and with less pain .It will also make you more aware of how you sit and stand.


Pilates and athletic performance

Pilates and sport compliment each other very well. Whether you are competing at club level, international level or just enjoy taking part in sport and fitness activities for general health, making Pilates part of your fitness  routine will be of benefit to you. It can help to improve athletic performance and help towards preventing injuries.

Class Timetable

Time Class Teacher Start Date Price Spaces Available
6.10pm Intermediate Emily Waters 8th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 3 Spaces
7.20pm Progressive Beginner Emily Waters 8th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC -15th Dec
8.30pm TBC Susan Lambe 8th January 2018 TBC TBC
9.30am Intermediate Debbie Matchett 9th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC- 15th Dec
11.00am Progressive Beginner Debbie Matchett 9th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC- 15th Dec
6.00pm Intermediate Emily Waters 9th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC- 15th Dec
7.15pm Progressive Beginner Emily Waters 9th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC - 15th Dec
8.30pm TBC TBC 9th January 2018 TBC TBC
9.30am Progressive Beginners Jayne McIlveen 10th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC - 15th Dec
6.15pm Intermediate Jayne McIlveen 10th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC - 15th Dec
7.30pm Intermediate+ Jayne McIlveen 10th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 2 Spaces
6.10pm Progressive Beginner Emily Waters 11th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 3 Spaces
7.20pm Intermediate Emily Waters 11th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 1 Space
8.30pm TBC Susan Lambe 11th January 2018 TBC TBC
9.30am Intermediate Debbie Matchett 12th January 2018 10 weeks at £100.00 TBC - 15th Dec

Class Descriptions

  • Keep to the ‘Principles of Pilates’ of alignment, breathing, core control and ease of movement.
  • Progress you through at a level that suits you.
  • Often use small apparatus such as foam rollers, resistance bands and weights. These add to the fun and the challenge, and will help you ‘feel the exercise’ in a totally different way.
  • Have fully qualified instructors. We have a lovely mix of instructors who are physiotherapists, dance teachers and other health professionals.



If you’re new to Pilates, this is the class for you.  Whatever your age, sex or fitness level, learning Pilates will improve your flexibility, posture and reduce back pain.  You’ll be taught the basic Principles of Pilates including alignment, breathing and centring (core control) and you’ll learn a series of exercises which are a fantastic foundation on which to build your knowledge of the technique.

On occasions we will use small apparatus, eg bands & weights, to add fun and increase the effect of the exercise. Our Beginners classes are friendly and enjoyable and all equipment is provided.  There’s no need to buy special clothing - comfy clothing such as jogging bottoms/leggings and a t-shirt or long sleeve top are all perfect for Pilates.



This is for you if you have completed a Beginner’s course of Pilates.

You will learn more challenging exercises and perfect the exercises you already know.  The aim is to improve your strength and flexibility.  In these classes we also start to have a bit of fun with the more ‘classical’ style of exercises. 



Choose this class if you have been practicing Pilates for a period of time and are competent at the Progressive Beginner level. In this class you will continue with the basic fundamentals and carry them through into a challenging circuit of exercises known as “The Intermediate Mat”. You will practice different exercises in different positions and, to give you a total body workout, small equipment is often used. 



It is what it says it is!

This is for you if you have been practising Pilates for a number of years. Intermediate Plus is a challenging class that will stretch you to your limits in regard to control, flexibility and strength. It truly is an all-over body workout.

Sports Clubs Classes

Sports Clubs Classes

If you are a club or society and you would like to run short courses of pilates specifically tailored to your sport, we can organise this at PhysioworksNI.  Classes we have run have included pilates for runners, rugby clubs, hockey clubs, cycle clubs, football clubs and golfers.  Feedback has been very positive.  Benefits include better flexibility and strength and helps towards better technique and injury prevention specific to your sport.  We can organise the classes here or we can go out to your venue.

Reformer Sessions

Studio Sessions with Emily.

1-2-1- £50 for Initial Session and £40 for all subsequent Sessions

Duets (2 people attending) - £25 per person

Trios (3 people attending) - £20 per person

Each Session will last for 60 minutes.

A Studio Session is a workout utilizing the traditional Pilates equipment, the cadillic, reformer, wunda chair, barrel, spine corrector, smaller apparatus and mat work. It is a full body workout using springs for resistance It is a fantastic flowing workout with the intensity gradually increasing as you become stronger. As your flexibility and co-ordination improve you begin to move into exercises encompassing full body integration.

Our personalized program will give you a real sense of achievement within a short space of time enabling you to improve any activity and your overall sense of wellbeing.



The sessions are a specific workout tailored to your needs for all levels. We offer Private sessions, Duets and Trio sessions.

Our Pilates Instructor Emily Waters is qualified to teach any level from rehabilitation to advanced. Emily also offers advanced sports specific programs and Anti/Post Natal sessions.

At PhysioWorksNi our philosophy is to teach the client safely and effectively where you are under constant supervision.



Pre/Post Pregnancy Pilates Studio Sessions

1-2-1 Session- 60 minutes

1st Session £50. All Subsequent Sessions £40

Pilates is a safe, challenging experience that will help prepare and strengthen your body and mind for your birth experience and assist in a quicker recovery. Our private sessions are designed to help your body cope with ever changing requirements of your developing pregnancy whilst providing you with a dynamic and effective workout.

Feel confident with our highly qualified and experienced instructo Emily, who can individually tailor your workout according to your pregnancy needs and minimising the seperation of the rectus abdominlas, leading to quicker and easier reconnection after the birth.

There are many of the great benefits which include

* Pilates breathing for relaxation, hormone and labour pain management

* Specific exercises for improved pelvic floor function

*Strong core stability focus for postural support

* Flexibility exercises within safe intensity levels

* Postural maintainence

* Upper body conditioning and muscle balancing for feeding preparation and neck care.

Post Pregnancy

Most women can return to regular exercise 6 weeks after a regular birth when they get clearance from their Physician. If they have had a cesarean section this will usually be a little longer. Our Post Pregnancy Pilates at PhysioWorksNI specially targets any issues from a standard delivery or cesarean section. We develop an individual programme for our clients for a successful full healthy recovery.


We begin with teaching the basics of Pilates with a strong focus on reactivating and stabilising the pelvic floor, deep core stabilising muscles as well as developing lower back stability. 


Session Duration - 60 minutes 

Instructors - Debbie Matchett and Emily Waters

 BackFit sessions will generally past 1 hour, with one of its main goals to reduce back pain and get you moving better. During the BackFit sessions you will be assessed and given advice and exercises to help reduce pain and improve  flexibility and mobility of the spine.

These sessions will also give you awareness of correct posture  as well as increasing your awareness in maintaining a healthy back.

 If you have suffered from back pain or have any pre exisiting conditions these sessions can be an ideal way to start to learn the fundamentals of Pilates, begin to resume to normal activities and can also be a great pathway to our regular Pilates mat classes.

Please contact us directly for more details.