Joanne Gilshan MCSP HCPC
Glow Physio & Pilates
Jo at GLOW
1994-1997: Graduated from the University of Bradford with a love of curry and a 2:1 honours degree in Physiotherapy
1997: Started working in the NHS before specialising in MSK Physiotherapy and settling into private practice
2004: Fell in love with Pilates and began training with the APPI
2006: Began the comprehensive studio/rehab training with Polestar Pilates for use with the Pilates equipment
2010: Moved to Hertfordshire and opened our Glow Physio clinic
2010: After two of my three monkeys arrived, became comprehensively certified with Polestar Pilates
2014: Began MFR (MyoFascial Release) training with MFRUK
2019: Completed and continue to study with the 'goto' therapist mentorship programme through Pro-Sport Academy
2022: So that's Jo at Glow! If you want to understand your body, the root cause of your problem and how we can work to change this then you are in the right place! Let's get started….
"Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live"
Glow Physio is based at the Mid-Herts Golf Club in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.
Our Ethos is to achieve long standing results by identifying and addressing the root cause of your problem. A thorough assessment will start the ball rolling as we look into previous injuries and experiences as well as looking at how the body moves.
Once we have completed the assessment we begin helping you get back to the level of activity you need and want to return to. So whether it’s been able to reach back for the seatbelt, lift the children or run a marathon we can help.
Intervention will often be a combination of hands on manual therapy complimented by a graded rehabilitation programme using the Pilates equipment.
We will look to integrate your home exercises into your daily life. We are realistic. We will help you work out the easiest time to exercise so even those with the busiest of schedules can still work on their programmes.
We liaise closely with other health care professionals and doctors to ensure continuity of care.
Those with private health care insurance are very welcome.
Initial assessment &
follow up sessions 40 minutes
At Glow we offer both Pilates mat classes and studio sessions in our fully equipped Pilates studio.
The spring-based equipment was originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself. He designed an extensive repertoire of exercises which continue to be taught to this day.
Whether you want Pilates for strength & conditioning, are recovering from an injury or surgery or require rehabilitation then Jo can create a bespoke programme tailored to your individual needs.
PRIVATE 1:1 tuition
Individual session £65
Block of five sessions £315
Block of ten sessions £600
DUET tuition perfect for sharing with a friend or partner
Individual duet £44 pp
Block of five duet £210 pp
Block of ten duet £395pp
TRIO tuition ideal for a small group of 3
Individual trio £34pp
Block of five trios £160pp
Block of ten trios £295pp
Our Pilates mat classes are run by Chartered Physiotherapist Joanne Gilshan
from our studio at Mid-Herts Golf Club, Wheathampstead.
Mondays & Fridays
Bookable as a course
£11 per session
"Enjoy your body, use it every way you can.
Don't be afraid of it, or what others think of it.
It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own."
What the patients have to say....
"Working in construction for over 30 years, I had developed some aches and pains that had started to keep me awake at night. I was recommended Glow Physio. It wasn't the usual drill I'd had from previous Physios - far from it. The approach was completely different. We spoke in depth about the background of my pain, then Jo set a course of therapy which included a mixture of release work, movement and breathing techniques. I'm now pain free. I'm sleeping properly and my attitude towards self care has completely changed. Thank you." RF
"I've been attending mat classes with Glow Physio for the last 10 years and I truly believe it's the sole reason I don't suffer with any niggles/aches/pains. 2020 brought us online Zoom Pilates classes and I wasn't sure how these would work. But they do! Jo is fantastic at communicating online and keeps a very close eye on us - always correcting our cheats! Thanks Glow Physio for keeping me moving throughout 2020 when I have needed it more than ever." PL
"Jo marries her expertise as a Physio with an extensive portfolio of exercises drawn from Pilates and functional movement. She has helped me tackle long term deep seated physical issues. My life has been transformed and movement is now a joy. I can't recommend her highly enough." MM
"I was 60 before I tried Pilates for a sore back. I wish I had started earlier particularly with a teacher like Jo who is so encouraging and patient in both 1:1's and in group classes." MP
“My daughter and I are so so lucky to have been introduced to this highly trained, professional and gentle lady. Jo's skills and knowledge around Myo-fascial release (MFR) have relieved pain and tension that for years have been attributed to another health condition and therefore apparently unresolvable. Jo has given huge relief, mentally and physically. She is equally careful when the cause of pain is unclear and offers guidance to the right medical tests for diagnosis before she starts treatment. We couldn’t be more grateful for her help. ” KC
“I have been having one-to-one Pilates tuition from Jo for several years now and hugely benefit from exercising safely and correctly. My whole body is definitely less stiff, stronger, more balanced and the lower back pain troubling me for years significantly minimised. If problems arise, with Jo's physio and Myo-fascial release (MFR) expertise, she is able to alleviate those too. I would strongly recommend her Pilates tuition and treatments.” FH
“Pilates is just for women right? Well as far as I know men are equally prone to becoming less flexible as they get older. Certainly in my case. The Tuesday evening classes are an hour long led by Jo. In the last 6 months, I can feel the difference. Picking up a pen off the floor used to feel like a surgical procedure, and is now effortless…. thanks Jo.” RC
"I came to Jo originally for Myo-Fascial Release (MFR) but what attracted me to her in particular was her multi disciplinary qualifications. I cannot recommend her highly enough and she has freed the parts of my body that years of Pilates just couldn't touch. MFR is something that really has to be experienced to be understood and for me it has transformed the way I relate to my body. The benefits have been immeasurable and Jo has taught me the importance of 'letting go'." MM