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A Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor with post graduate training in movement health, neurological rehabilitation and women’s health. 10 years working in the NHS before venturing into private practice. Rachel wanted to provide a service that met the longer term needs of clients, supporting them fully with their health and well being.

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Frustrated by 6 sessions of standard physiotherapy you might receive in a clinic setting Rachel felt there was a different way to improve the movement health and wellbeing of individuals. Rachel is passionate about what she does. Pilates and movement health is a way of life, it never feels like a job. Rachel has Greek Cypriot heritage and is keen to harness the caring, family feel she grew up with in the Phoenix Freedom family.


10 years of primary care working as a physiotherapist within the NHS. Rotational posts initially and then specialising in neurological conditions such as stroke, MS and Parkinson’s rehabilitation. This training has developed Rachel’s knowledge and skills in functional movement patterns and how to modify exercises from the lowest level through to full function.  Her experience can translate across to chronic pain and managing long term conditions and Rachel is well placed to support your long term health.


  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherpy from Keele University in 2006.
  • MDip from Keele University in 2016.
  • APPI Pilates Instructor in 2014.
  • Equipment trained Pilates in 2016.
  • Ante & post natal Pilates trained in 2017
  • POGP Women’s health training in 2017.
  • Acupuncture for mood in 2018.
  • The Mighty Psoas in 2018.
  • Oov Fundamentals 2019.
  • Oov Advanced 2019.


Hi I’m Rachel, Chartered Physiotherapist & APPI Pilates Instructor. I was first introduced to Pilates in 2013 and instantly fell in love with its versatility as an exercise regime. Whatever a person’s need Pilates can help. From a general wellbeing exercise regime to treating common injuries like back pain, through to strength and conditioning training for high level athletes. This flexibility is what makes Pilates so popular!

Too often in my physio career I’ve got frustrated with the limitations of standard healthcare. I struggled with having to discharge clients before I could see them throughout their rehabilitation journey and recovery. Sadly, ongoing physiotherapy becomes too expensive.

Secondly, excellence in healthcare should be multi-disciplinary, coordinated and timely. I wanted to provide an affordable, but personalised service that could meet the individual’s health, rehabilitation and fitness goals. I believe that small group based interventions with specialist clinicians can provide this. That is why in 2016 Phoenix Freedom was born.


Small group based Pilates classes provide an excellent way to offer specialist or personalised interventions at less than half the price of a physio consultation. At Phoenix Freedom we believe that our Pilates programmes ensure that you are targeting the right muscles to aid your rehabilitation; and that those muscles are being strengthened appropriately according to the needs of your body. At the same time, we work with you to improve other components such as balance, flexibility and coordination to help prevent future injury.

Prevention is better than cure! Many of us don’t realise what leads to common ailments such as back pain. We are not aware of the impact of how we bend, lift and move during everyday activities and how it can lead to future physical problems and predispose us to common injuries. Pilates teaches you to move better and understand your body, so the benefits you get from the classes spill over into your life….do Pilates and do life better!


All clients have an initial assessment to find out about you. We teach you the basic Pilates principles, explore your problems and clinically evaluate what your future treatment plan should be. For the majority, an assessment and group based Pilates is enough to meet your rehabilitation and fitness needs.

The aim at Phoenix Freedom is always to deliver the service through our Pilates classes to keep it as affordable as possible. However, there may be occasions where you need 1-2-1 intervention and support. The reasons for this will always be explained to you. You can then be assured and trust that should we feel you need 1-2-1 intervention, this is absolutely appropriate and necessary for your needs.

We look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix Freedom in the near future.