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Pilates Classes

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One-to-One Pilates

Over 60’s Pilates

Core Stability for Men


Church Street, Carlisle, CA2 5TJ  

Tel: 01228 599482


Text: 07919 451864

Join one of our Pilates classes or book an appointment with a Chartered Physiotherapist today.


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Places are limited so please book





To ensure a smooth progression, our classes are run in blocks of 5 lessons.

Please click here for start dates for the next block of classes

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Daytime and Evening Appointments Available

Rachel Mills - Co-Owner

Rachel qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 from King’s College, London.

Shortly after, she began training in the Modified Pilates Method with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).

She worked for several years as a physiotherapist and as a Pilates instructor in London, before moving to Carlisle and co-founding PhysioPilates Carlisle.

Rachel loves to travel and being outside. She has cycled in several foreign cities, such as Beijing and New York; hiked through the Alps and spent a winter snowboarding in Canada.

She believes that Pilates has helped her to develop a strong core and flexible joints which has helped her to remain injury free when doing the sports she loves.

Steve Mills  - Co-Owner

Steve qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from the University of Cumbria.

He spent a couple of years building up experience of working with different patient groups, such as stroke, the elderly and respiratory, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

After a nasty cycling injury in 2012, Steve discovered first-hand the many benefits of Pilates in his own rehabilitation of quite severe neck and upper back pain. This experience led Steve to complete his Pilates training with a APPI (Australian Physiotherpy and Pilates Institute).

As well as road cycling, Steve also enjoys running, kayaking and mountain biking and is always looking for an excuse to get outside, especially when the sun comes out!

About Us

PhysioPilates Carlisle was founded in 2014 by Chartered Physiotherapists Rachel and Steve Mills. Initially only running a few Pilates class from community centres, PhysioPilates Carlisle quickly grew into the largest physiotherapist-led Pilates provider in Carlisle.

In May 2016, we expanded into our own premises on Church street (directly opposite the Sainsbury’s superstore). The new premises consists of a light and airy Pilates Studio on the first floor and a modern ground floor physiotherapy clinic and rehabilitation gym.

From our clinic and studio, we offer Pilates classes, Physiotherapy, one-to-one Pilates classes and Acupuncture.

Caroline Matthews

Chartered Physiotherapist

Caroline completed a degree in sports science in 2002 and worked in the outdoor education and fitness industry before moving into physiotherapy, qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2006 from the University of Teeside.

As a physiotherapist, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, such as Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Out-Patients and most recently Community Physiotherapy.

She was a gymnast for 15 years and has retained a love of sports and the outdoors. In her spare-time, Caroline enjoys climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, skiing, cycling and running. As a busy Mum of two young children, she has found Pilates especially beneficial in helping improve her Core Stability after the birth of her second child.

Iona Palmer-Smith

Chartered Physiotherapist

Iona qualified as a physiotherapist in 2009 from the University of Cumbria. Since completing her degree, she has worked in several clinical settings, including Orthopaedics, Neurological Rehabilitation and Respiratory. Iona currently works for the NHS as a Specialist Amputee Physiotherapist.

Iona is a keen horse rider, specifically Showing/Dressage, with some Jumping, XC, Riding Club and Endurance. When not on her horse, Iona loves camping, skiing, gardening, running after her two kids and “living the good life” with her veggie plot, chickens and bees!

She has experience teaching specialist Physiotherapy classes in the NHS and has found Pilates to be an excellent form of exercise and is looking forward to helping make Pilates accessible to everyone!

Steph Holmes

Chartered Physiotherapist

Steph qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 from the University of Cumbria. After qualifying, she spent a few years gaining experience with a variety of clinical groups, including: people with neurological conditions, elderly rehabilitation, orthopaedics and respiratory/intensive care. She specialised in Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy in 2014 and currently has clinics both in the NHS and in the private sector.

Steph is a busy and active Mum of two and enjoys Fell Walking, Camping, Travelling and loves living in the Lake District.

Steph has a special interest in movement awareness as she trained as a dancer with the Royal Ballet when she was younger and has spent many years practicing yoga. She has found that Pilates really helps prevent and/or treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems and helps people move more naturally.

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