Jo Ness - MCSP HPC
Jo is a fully qualified Physiotherapist and has been working for over 17 years in the profession treating a variety of patients to include Elite athletes, Professional Ballet dancers, amateur sports participants and the general public with complex pain conditions. She completed the training to become a fully certified Modified Pilates teacher in 2003 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.
Jo lives with her husband, daughter, their son and a springer spaniel in Barnsley and loves keeping herself fit by attending Bootcamp sessions, personal training and running. She is aiming to do her first half marathon soon.
In 2006 Jo set up Flex Pilates, originally teaching classes in North Sheffield. Since then the business has expanded to Leeds and Barnsley with people of all ages and abilities enjoying the benefits of this popular exercise.
As well as teaching Pilates classes Jo also works with the APPI as an International Lecturer, teaching other Health Professionals the principles of Pilates teaching, enabling them to take the exercise into their practice. This side of her career has seen her travel to America in 2012 to teach 6 courses to rehabilitation professionals. Jo also travels within the UK, lecturing regularly on 3 different Matwork courses developed by the APPI.
Having just had her second child, Jo has added Antenatal and Postnatal rehabilitation Pilates classes to the Flex Pilates’ repertoire, teaching mums-to-be and new mums alike. After struggling with a muscle separation (Diastasis Recti) with her pregnancy, Jo used Pilates to re-strengthen her own core with great success.
Jo is truly passionate about Pilates and loves the way it can help transform an individual’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis.
Carmel Mach BSc (Hons), MCSP
Carmel is a highly specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapist working both within the NHS and in the private setting for the last 11 years.
After qualifying in 2005 from Sheffield Hallam University, Carmel worked in a variety of community settings including GP practices, paediatrics and learning disabilities.
She has specialised as a senior Neuromuscular therapist for the last 7 years - assessing and treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and in January of this year she was successful of a Clinical Specialist / Team Leader role.
Carmel has always had a keen interest in both Yoga and Pilates and has practiced both these for many years.
She has attended many courses and continuing professional development including ‘Yoga for Physiotherapist’s’ and the UK Shoulder conference last summer, and is keen to start a masters in Advanced Clinical Practice.
Carmel enjoys a wide range of activities such as running, mountain biking, yoga and Pilates along with travelling the world.
After joining Flex Pilates last year she is really enjoying teaching the beginners & intermediate classes and enjoys seeing her clients progressing with their exercises as their core strength improves.
Rachel Dyke, MSCP HPC
Rachel is a fully qualified physiotherapist with 20 years experience.
She has specialised in adult & paediatric musculoskeletal conditions, working extensively in the NHS, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital & in the private setting.
Earlier this year Rachel launched her own private practice, offering a mobile service of Physio assessment & treatments in patients own homes.
Rachel has combined this with her love of Pilates and has completed all her APPI matwork courses.
Rachel has attended many continuing professional development courses, including acupuncture training.
Away from work, Rachel lives with her husband & 3 sons, who keep her very busy.
She loves family time with them & they enjoy walking & exploring the countryside.
Rachel attends Pilates herself, as well as teaching & regularly uses the exercises in her physio practice.
Laura Hewitt Bsc(Hons) MCSP HCPC
Laura has worked as a Physiotherapist for over 10 years, after graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007.
Her experience has included working in various different settings and countries including England, Scotland and New Zealand, and within a range of very specialist clinical areas including Neurology, Paediatrics and Women’s Health.
Laura currently works in Sheffield within Private practice (Spinal Scoliosis specialist) and as a freelance Pilates Instructor. Laura enjoys integrating Pilates principles and exercises into her clinical practice and has been passionate about teaching classes since starting her modified Pilates training in 2013 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute (APPI). She qualified as a fully certified Pilates instructor with the APPI in 2017 after completing the full matwork series and passing the exam.
Laura is passionate about using Pilates to help people move more confidently and optimally. She currently teaches the Postnatal Pilates classes at Flex. Laura’s previous physiotherapy experience of working within a maternity hospital, and having completed a number of continued professional development courses, has meant that Laura is experienced in teaching women during the antenatal and postnatal stages of their lives. Having had two children of her own, she also knows how important safe and specific exercises are to be able to prepare your body for the journey through pregnancy, and for the recovery and rehabilitation after baby arrives.
Away from work Laura lives with her husband, two young daughters, and her cat. She loves to participate in a wide range or sports and activities as a means of keeping active and staying healthy. Since having her own family Laura mainly does Pilates and runs as her means of exercise and fitness, and she likes to participate in her local Park run, as well as Sheffield 10K events. However in previous years (when she had more time! ) she has enjoyed a number of team sports (Netball, Hockey, Touch rugby), as well as badminton and snowboarding (She did live in NZ!).
Laura looks forward to meeting you in the studio at Flex Pilates soon.