I am originally from Lancashire and come from a family with a medical background. My dad is a Sports Physician who has worked in several elite sporting environments and my mum is a physiotherapist. I also have a twin sister who is a othotist! So, you could say I started my journey into physiotherapy from a young age.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2008 and in 2010 completed my MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Cardiff University with my research interest focused around dance medicine. Following this I had the opportunity to present my research in Singapore at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
I have been lucky enough to work in several settings over the past 11 years from the NHS to the Private sector developing my skills in treating a variety of complex musculoskeletal conditions. Having danced myself from a young age I have a special interest in the field of dance and sports medicine. With this passion, I have had the opportunity to work with the Royal Ballet Company, leading West End theatre companies and with BBC productions such as Strictly Come Dancing.
I am also extremely passionate about Pilates and completed my training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in 2013. I use Pilates daily both in a 1:1 setting and in group classes. I have followed my love of teaching further and work nationally training others to become Pilates instructors.
Following the birth of my first daughter I trained in the assessment and treatment of women’s health conditions. I have found both my experience in physiotherapy and Pilates to help this population group improve their symptoms and quality of life.
3 years ago, I started 'Pippa's Pilates' running a number of Pilates classes locally in Bridgend where I now live with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I started by running a mum and baby Pilates class and this quickly developed into running a number of other classes. As a physiotherapist, I offer a form of clinical Pilates which can be adapted and modified for all levels. I feel very strongly about making Pilates accessible for all and ensuring people are exercising in a way that is safe and best for them.
During the Lockdown period, I have moved my classes online and have been offering a free class a week to help keep people moving for their own physical and mental health but also raising money for Velindre Cancer Centre a cause close to my heart. I have also spent this time developing an online platform where people can subscribe to access my Pilates classes monthly. I am so excited that this is now live and ready for you to access. My main aim is to provide high quality advice and information which I will be sharing through this blog and my social media.
Myself and my husband have decided to pool our physiotherapy skills to develop ‘Carters Physiotherapy and Pilates’ with ‘Pippa's Pilates’ covering the Pilates aspect of our business. For more information check out our new website and follow our social media pages.