About Us

Belper Life-Fitness & Performance Physio (Previously known as Belper Rehab Physio) was set up in 2008 by Ruth Machej.  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 Suffolk and has treated many international athletes, particularly members of the Great Britain pole vault, bobsleigh, and swimming squad.


  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.

She is also a keen horse rider and enjoys cycling and core stability training.


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 Machej

Lead Specialist Physio & Practice Owner

MCSP HCPC 

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

APPI Pilates Instructor

9-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 6 days a week in clinic  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

MCSP HCPC 

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.




Zoe McDonough

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

APPI Pilates Instructor




Zoe has been a valuable staff member over the past 5 years, providing Degree Level Sports Massage,  Thai Massage,

1-2-1 Pilates sessions, and Pilates Classes.










Abbie Wilton

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy





Abbie provides 4 evening clinics a week of Degree Level Sports Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Therapeutic Massage, and Sports Injury Assessment & Treatment.










Sheridan Harries

Senior Physiotherapist

MCSP HCPC APPI


Sheridan is a very experienced Senior Physiotherapist.

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

Sheridan is available for Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Pilates classes and 1-2-1 Pilates sessions.