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Sara McGowan

Chartered Physiotherapist
Reg. HCPC & CSP Member. 

Sara has over 30 years of clinical experience,  first qualifying as a Physiotherapist from St Marys Hospital in 1992.  Sara gained over 10 years experience working for the NHS, specialising in neurology and rehabilitation before moving into private practice.  She went on to complete a Masters degree in 2005 before joining the teaching staff at the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy.


As well as offering Clinical Pilates locally she is also the current Lead Physiotherapist for the Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis where she manages a team of Physiotherapists and Gym Instructors to support people living with MS.

In 2018 Sara qualified as a Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and now holds several Physio-led Clinical Pilates Classes locally as well as now providing 121 Reformer Pilates from Guildford Chiropractic Centre. 


We understand that incorporating movement into your rehabilitation journey can feel daunting, especially when recovering from an injury or managing a symptomatic condition. That's why Reformer Pilates is an exceptional addition to our services. Under the expert guidance of our experienced chartered physiotherapist, patients can safely navigate through movements tailored to their specific needs.

Joining our team is the talented Physiotherapist, Sara McGowan, who will be conducting personalized 1-2-1 sessions in our dedicated rehab area.

Why Choose Reformer Pilates?

"Change happens through movement and movement heals." - Joseph Pilates

Movement is fundamental to effective rehabilitation. We've moved past the era of prescribed rest, recognizing that keeping the body active is crucial for long-term recovery. Alongside manual therapy, strengthening the body's framework and refining movement patterns are vital components of any rehabilitation plan, leading to sustained symptom improvement.

The Pilates Reformer, renowned for its diverse repertoire of safe and effective exercises, serves as an invaluable tool for both rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

Why Opt for Physio-Led Sessions?

Our clinicians are able to assesses each patient individually, prescribing tailored Pilates exercises based on their rehabilitation needs and abilities. You'll exercise at a level that's both safe and effective for your current condition and stage of rehabilitation.

Who Can Benefit?

Our sessions welcome individuals of all levels, whether you're new to Reformer Pilates or have prior experience. They're suitable for those rehabilitating from various injuries or managing different health conditions. Unsure if Reformer Pilates is right for you? Feel free to reach out to us before booking your session.

Reformer Pilates is a safe and effective option for many, catering to specific needs that generic exercise classes may overlook. Whether you're dealing with joint replacements, arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, chronic pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, or other conditions, we're here to support you.

Availability & Booking

Booking is now available online or via reception. 

Please note that this service is new to Guildford Chiropractic Centre, and availability is currently limited. However, more slots will become available in the coming weeks as we expand this service. If you can't find a suitable time slot, simply email us:, and we'll add you to our waiting list, reaching out as soon as new openings arise.


Initial Consultation £75
Follow Up Appointment £69

Block booking discounts available.  


Classes are held in the Barn on Tuesday evenings by Claire Rayner from Claire's Pilates.

In good weather classes may be held outside in our beautiful garden.

6:15pm - 7:15pm & 7:30pm - 8:30pm

6 Week Course - £60

Pay as you go - £12

Payment and booking is required in advance of class

to manage class numbers.

All classes and courses can be booked with Claire directly.


Through yoga we can learn to quieten the noise of the world around us. Finding peace in movement & restoration in stillness.

The myriad benefits of yoga – including lowered blood pressure, increased strength and bone density and reduced anxiety.

FLOW - We flow from one pose to the next without stopping to talk about the finer points of each pose. This class has a little more pace and you will come away feeling that your body has worked. 

YIN -  Yin yoga focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine.  The aim is to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go. It is also a  wonderful way to learn the basics of meditation and stilling the mind. 

Join anytime and the first class is FREE

A fun and friendly mixed ability mat Pilates to help strengthen, tone and mobilise your body.


Pilates exercises can assist in the prevention, rehabilitation, and management of

common orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and joint hypermobility.


Pilates is low impact but is not easy!

Each class focuses on six main principles: concentration; control; centre; flow; precision and breathing.

Classes are male and female mixed and reasons for attending range from hip and lower back issues to those looking to improve posture, balance and flexibility.

Join anytime and the first class is FREE


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Claire Rayner

Level 3 Mat Pilates

Level 4 Nutrition Advice

07702 468946

"I have been an advocate of the Pilates practice for twenty-years. Five-years ago, I left my corporate career behind to study the theory and practice of Pilates and Nutrition and I am now delighted to be teaching Level 3 Mat Pilates and offering Level 4 Nutrition Advice."

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Annie Hearle

Yoga Teacher & Meditative Coach

Dip. Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist

"  I learnt in my youth how much diet & lifestyle impacts our health & overall wellness.

After long-term suffering of chronic fatigue following a ruptured appendix, I was finally labelled with Rheumatoid Arthritis. A painful inflammatory condition that effected my joints, leaving me debilitated, exhausted & depressed. 

Medicines were making me worse with side effects & I began to believe the narrative Dr's told me... that I would be in a wheelchair by 30.

I had to understand the body better so I could support myself & find a new trajectory.

I became inquisitive of what my body could still do. I took a whole rewilding approach, stripping back all aspect of my life, spending more time outside & eating whole foods. As my mobility & mindset began to improve, I followed the path that felt right - to study Nutrition & Yoga. After many fascinating years of study , I'm pleased I can finally support others on such transformative journeys."

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