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About Us

Belper Life-Fitness & Performance Physio (Previously known as Belper Rehab Physio) was set up in 2008 by Ruth Anness.  Ruth has been a practicing Sports Therapist since 1998, qualifying with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2008.  This was alongside other qualifications in gym instruction, Swiss ball, sports taping, fitness testing, and bio-mechanical analysis.  During this time, Ruth has had a successful practice in Belper now for 11 years and has treated many international and elite athletes, as well as large local client base treating all musculoskeletal/neural injuries and pain.

  Ruth is an ex-international pole-vaulter, ending her professional sporting career in 2003 to begin studying her second degree in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University.  Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, Ruth was a practicing Physiotherapist in the NHS for over a decade and Private Health Care simultaneously, before committing full-time to her business, enabling her to provide the very best in her field to all her clients.

Currently Ruth competes for the Age Group GB Team in Sprint Duathlon and is a member of the local Triathlon club Belper TenTwenty.

Ruth is a specialist in sports and musculoskeletal injuries, providing rehabilitation of the highest standard to enable a smooth return to sport/physical activity with injury prevention advice.

Ruth also trained as a Pilates Instructor with the Australian Pilates Institute and teaches 15-20 classes per week for injury rehabilitation and core stability.

Ruth is also a published researcher in Sports Performance having had her work published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Our Team:

Welcome to our fabulous team of therapists and staff!!

Ruth Anness

Lead Specialist Physio & Practice Owner


BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

APPI Pilates Instructor

11-years ago I set up the clinic as a sole trader, the clinic boomed and I had to take on others to help provide the quality services.  We are open 5 days a week in clinic  9am - 9pm, and provide over 22 Pilates classes and specialist sessions per week.  We also work with many insurance providers.

I am extremely proud of what we do and the quality services we provide.

Fiona Blackwell

Senior Physiotherapist


APPI Pilates Instructor

Fiona is a very experienced Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor.

She has a special interest in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Holistic Health, and Functional Rehabilitation.

Fiona is available for Physiotherapy,  Acupuncture, Pilates classes and 1-2-1 Pilates sessions, and Reiki Healing.

Elizabeth Bevan-Beirne


Josh Taylor

Sports Therapist

Bsc (Hons)

APPI Pilates Instructor

Elizabeth and Josh achieved a first degree honors in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.

They are available for Sports and musculoskeletal injuries, Sports and deep tissue massage, Pilates classes and 

1-2-1 Pilates sessions.

Connor Levai

Sports Massage Therapist & Class Instructor

Cally Bennett