Helen Cann

Meet Helen


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy,

MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy

JEMS Certified  Clinical Rehabilitation Practitioner

APPI Certified Pilates Instructor

Specialist Fields

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor


I have been working as a Physiotherapist since 1996, initially inspired into the profession by my horse having equine physiotherapy. I trained in Bristol and then went on to study Veterinary Physiotherapy in London. For 10 years I combined my human and Veterinary practice. For the last 13 years I have focused on developing my human practice here at the Courtyard Clinic.

I trained as an APPI Pilates instructor in 2012 and qualified as a JEMS (Joanne Elphinston Movement Systems) certified clinical rehabilitation practitioner in 2019.

JEMS is a systematic effective method of physiotherapy which targets the body’s efficiency of motion and addresses physical performance as well as injury prevention.

My JEMs training has made me more aware of all the systems in the body and how stress, anxiety, breathing and diet can all affect how we process pain and how we move.

I enjoy teaching my 9 weekly Pilates classes, both in Dursley and Wotton under Edge, and strongly believe that practising Pilates has an important role for both rehabilitation and maintenance of spinal and postural problems in all age groups.

My holistic approach to the care of my musculoskeletal clients includes the use of JEMS rehabilitation, manual therapies, breathing work, advice, and Pilates. I am always open to new ideas and enjoy working in a dynamic and developing clinical environment within a great multi-disciplinary team.