During Covid-19  we are offering an online tele-health service for Physio & Pilates*

PHYSIO: 45 minutes (£40)

PRIVATE PILATES: 55 minutes (£50)

GROUP PILATES: 55 minutes  (bookable as a course, £11 per session)

*  An online screening will be sent and returned prior to the consult detailing your problem and any previous injuries 

*  During the live online Physio assessment we observe how you move, which muscles are working well and which aren’t

  doing their job properly  

*  What about ‘Hands-on’ treatment?   Of course we can’t offer that service at the moment. 

*  But remember hands-on work is only a small part of your recovery

*  We will continue to provide advice, reassurance and progress your graded exercises each time we catch up.


Strong Foundations


Joanne Gilshan Bsc (Hons) MCSP HCPC

Chartered Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates instructor 

After graduating from the University of Bradford in 1997, I worked in the UK and Australia before specialising in musculoskeletal outpatient Physiotherapy. I have worked in private practice since 2004 founding Glow Physio & Pilates in 2011.


In 2020 I completed a mentorship programme with Pro-Sport Academy which has proven invaluable in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal patients.

 'Fascia' (a very special soft tissue) continues to interest me and I have completed many of the Myo-fascial Release courses run by MFR UK. 

 Discovering Pilates in 2004 transformed my practice and is an integral part of my approach to managing musculoskeletal pain dysfunction. My pilates training through the APPI and Polestar Pilates certifies me in both mat and studio Pilates.

If you are after a magic quick fix then we are probably not the right people for you. But if you want to understand your body, how it moves, why it doesn't move, and how you can change this then you are in the right place! Let's get started....

Jim Rohn

"Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live"


On your first visit you will undergo an assessment to help diagnose the underlying pathology, muscle imbalance or movement dysfunction. From here Jo can identify areas which need addressing and create a bespoke treatment plan. This will often be a combination of hands on treatment and movement based exercise using the Pilates equipment.

We liaise closely with other health care professionals and doctors to ensure continuity of care.

Those with private health care insurance are very welcome. 

All sessions are 55 minutes.



Glow offers private one-to-one Pilates sessions in our equipment-based studio in Wheathampstead. The private sessions allow you to work on your individual programme whilst under the close supervision of your Chartered Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates instructor Jo.

Her wealth of experience and knowledge allows Jo to work with a wide range of clientele including patients with musculo-skeletal pain; ante and post-natal clients as well as those simply wanting to improve their posture, core strength and flexibility.

We use the Pilates reformer and tower, the wunda-chair and spine-corrector barrell which are wonderful bits of kit specifically designed to aid your movement, balance and coordination.  

We offer sessions during the day within school hours.

And if you need to re-schedule or cancel your appointment we require 24 hours notice.

One studio private session       £65

   Block of 5 private sessions       £320 

  Block of 10 private sessions     £620

All blocks are payable in advance and are non-refundable.


At Glow, we run mat classes from 9.30am-12.30pm on a Monday morning locally in Wheathampstead. These are ideal for clients wanting regular Pilates sessions.

All small equipment is provided and exercises are modified as necessary to accommodate any injuries or spinal pathologies.

Mat classes - run as a course £11 per session.

K Vonnegut

"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."


“Jo is simply great. She’s helped me through one-to-one pilates and weekly class sessions over the last year to understand and mitigate my joint issues. Alongside practical physical teaching, her positivity is infectious, helping me feel more optimistic and in control of my long term physical outlook.”

J. Murley

"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'."

M Macdonald

“I have spent many years doing Pilates and Yoga and Jo is the first instructor to really show me how my body works. She focuses on you as an individual even in a class environment and always offers challenges or adjustments for each exercise. I am amazed at how much difference just an hour a week can make and I really notice the effect on my body the following week.”

Cate Brown

“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. ”

R and K Cackett

“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.”

F Harrison

“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.”

R Cook

“I have been attending Pilates Classes with Jo for several years now and find the classes very gentle, but at the same time you can certainly feel the improvement at the end of the class as you use every part of your body.  I particularly feel the difference when I have missed a few classes through holidays or work. Jo always asks if anybody has a particular problem and makes sure that you all work within your limits and yet still allows you to push your own boundaries. There is a tremendous feeling of well-being after a class that certainly gives you a glow.”

D. Van B


My goal is to offer bespoke Pilates and Physiotherapy for all. Please feel free to call, email or use the contact form below.



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