I have always been passionate about fitness and exercise. As a professional physiotherapist, I know how important it is to stay fit and active during the day. Of course it’s not always easy to make time for yourself to keep fit and remain active. I understand the challenges you’re facing, the potential amount of things you’re juggling. By attending my Pilates classes you will get a full body and mind workout in 60 minutes of your time.
Who am I?
Hi I’m Marie Fell – The Pilates Physio.
I am mum to two amazing children, a wife, a sister, an auntie and a Pilates enthusiast.
I qualified with a BSc (HONS) as a Physiotherapist way back in 2003 at the wonderful Northumbria University and I started life in the NHS up North. For a couple of years I worked my way through my core rotations in the hospital assessing and treating everything from bad chests, to hip & knee replacements, to stroke patients and helping keep the elderly patients on their feet. I dabbled in out-patients treating bad backs and shoulders but found this terrifying initially.
My passion initially was ward based work. I loved the complexity of it and the multi-disciplinary team working and really blossomed into a competent physio. My experience equipped me with an extensive amount of medical knowledge in all core areas which has helped me enormously get to where I am today.
I moved from Newcastle to Nottingham in 2008 following my husband’s career change (like you do) and decided to get brave and focus on a career in out-patients, working more autonomously. I was fortunate enough to gain a musculoskeletal rotational post at the QMC.
My work varied from broken bones to joint replacements, pulled muscles and bad backs in A&E, broken bones in fracture clinic, ACL rehab and women’s health. This is where I fell in love with all the amazing advise and tips physiotherapists have for pregnant and post natal ladies. I was fascinated by the pelvic ninja physio’s and loved working with this group of people.
I fell into Pilates in 2016 after looking for an alternative career choice that still enabled me to be a physio but not in the busy NHS setting. I’ve practised yoga since I was 18 years old but never really grasped Pilates. That is, until I started training with the wonderful APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) team of physio’s in London.
I finally found those core stability muscles that I had struggled with for so long. I became an accredited instructor in March 2017 after sitting their practical and theory exams (I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time!).
I love Pilates and continue to expand my knowledge and expertise by attending regular courses and conferences that they run. It’s a thrilling career to teach something you love and its so rewarding connecting people with their core – it really does light me up with joy.
It’s fair to say that the last few years have been particularly challenging for me and my family, with several life-changing events leading me to this moment. I fell in love; I got married and was overjoyed when I fell pregnant. Life it seemed, was falling perfectly into place… But then everything changed; the glowing pregnancy I had envisaged gave way to complications and the serene, natural birthing experience I imagined switched to an elective C-section. Finally, at a time when I was already emotionally and physically fragile, I lost my mother suddenly and unexpectedly.
To help me cope, I returned back to work, but quickly found I was struggling. I was overwhelmed, exhausted and completely burnt out so I decided to take a career break.
My personal experience had left me with an in-depth understanding of the physical and emotional difficulties life can send us. So, I decided to start a new career path doing something I love that was still central to helping others but without as much overwhelm.
This led me to the APPI. I love to educate and empower people about HOW to learn to reconnect with their bodies: improve their posture, restore their core and reconnect with that all important pelvic floor. And so, The Pilates Physio was born.
Combining my personal experience with my professional knowledge and Pilates training helps me to coach others in a caring, compassionate way. I’m committed to empowering women, both physically and mentally as I truly believe the way you FEEL affects the way you FUNCTION.
I am here to educate, empower, influence and transform the way you understand and move your body.
Physiotherapy BSc (HONS) 2003
APPI Matwork Level 1 Jan 2016
APPI Matwork Level 2 April 2016
APPI Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates May 2016
POGP Physiotherapy assessment & management of pregnancy related lumbo-pelvic conditions September 2016
APPI Matwork Level 3 October 2016
APPI certified matwork instructor March 2017
APPI Pilates for Scoliosis June 2017
Anatomy Trains: The Female Pelvic in the Cycles of Life May 2018