The Studio

Our mind shapes our bodies and working-out in tune with your mind and breath has countless benefits. This is your space to empower your best you through movement and feel the energy from inside. Movement heals and I’d like you to  feel well more often, let’s inspire this in each other every day of your lives.

At b-well Pilates you will notice your body gradually becoming stronger, more flexible and better balanced. I like you to feel well from the moment you enter the studio, during your practice and beyond, so that we create long lasting energy and wellbeing. You can expect to be challenged and feel every muscle of your body working although you’ll never be pushed into something you don’t feel ready for. The studio philosophy is to condition the bodies so that we can do better what we LOVE and this will have such an impact that even the things you don’t love doing will become easier. 

Every body and mind is unique though (isn’t beautiful?) and b-Well Pilates will help you thrive regardless of your level of fitness or hobbies

You will leave the studio feeling stronger, more flexible (in your mind too) renewed and a few inches taller!

Hello, I'm Raquel

Pint-sized Pilates teacher with tons of knowledge and experience who is passionate about guiding you to be your best you – that’s me.

Originally from Argentina, my love of travelling, a degree in Tourism and a variety of airlines jobs led me to this special island on the other side of the world where I put down roots in 2003. A recent dig around into my ancestors’ DNA may provide a clue. I’m delighted to say I’m 18% Irish.  So now you’re definitely stuck with me and my family. 

The youngest of three, what a disappointment to my mum that her only girl turned out to be an ebullient tomboy who couldn’t rest for a moment. Not even in my sleep! On waking me in the mornings she was greeted by my feet on my pillow. :O)

“I love what I do and work very closely with people"

As I grew up, nature became my playground and I’d often be found hanging upside down in a tree.

Put that together with my innate curiosity about trying new things and you have a teacher qualified in many areas – pelvic floor, pre and post-natal Yoga and Pilates, Reformers and big Pilates apparatus. Seriously you’ve got to try the Big Boys. There’s probably a reason why mine is the only studio in the wider area to offer them. But I digress.

My journey to being here today as a Pilates teacher – on the mat, on the Reformer, on your rehabilitation to a new you – has been a long one. 

About 10 years ago feeling unfulfilled in my work and being told I could never have children brought me to my lowest point. But it’s true that sometimes when you think you’ve been buried, you’ve actually been planted.

I needed to make a change. I embraced my love to teach (I previously taught Tango for fun with my husband) and trained as a Yoga teacher; If I wasn’t going to be able to have my own children, I wanted to genuinely care for others. I still do. That is what my studio is about.

And as it happens during that training I became pregnant. Within two years, I had given birth to two beautiful boys.

It was a nagging back issue that led me to try Pilates to build core strength and that’s when things shifted for me. Not only did my back pain subside with Pilates but I became strong and toned while experiencing the connection of my mind, body and breathing as one in a way I had never before. It felt so good and I wanted others to feel this way.

Many thousands of hours of training and qualifications followed and b-Well Pilates was born.

Today I bounce out of bed (the right way up!) and am passionate to fully support every body I meet – whether you have back pain, are a mum wanting to get fit after giving birth, are in your 70s and want to feel stronger and build bone density or you are just curious about what is possible if you were to move differently.

Alternately if you’re recovering from an injury or are an athlete wanting to perform optimally, I am a qualified big Pilates Apparatus instructor.

“I LOVE what I do and work very closely with people. Through the years I’ve learned in working with clients that every body is unique. When I see a body and its moving patterns I get a feeling about what it needs. Combined with information given by the client, I create an exercise program to best suit them.”

I offer one-to-one private classes and small groups to ensure personal attention.

Make no mistake: You will be challenged – lovingly – but you will be energized by the transformation in your body and mind within only a few classes.

How To Start with Reformer Pilates

One size doesn’t fit all and I’m thankful for that! It means our bodies and minds are unique. On top of we all having different genetics and cultural traits, we move differently and we hold tension in different parts of the body too. It goes without saying that your Pilates journey will also be a unique experience. If you are completely new to Pilates I’d recommend starting either with a block of 5 Reformer Foundation classes or a 1:1 to have a short assessment and decide which class will suit better.

If you have been doing Pilates for a while and wish to try the Reformer you can get a pack and use the few classes for Foundation. You can then move a level up once you are familiar with the use of the machines.

Remember if you had a recent injury you should have the clear to exercise first. There are semi-private Pilates sessions using other studio equipment that can be really beneficial for you if you are in the process of rehab or wish to work specifically in injury prevention (for example if you play a particular sport)

Work with b-Well

If you are a Movement Educator and teaching is your passion, if you truly care about others and  enjoy helping clients achieve a more healthy life-style naturally I’d love to hear from you. You can email Raquel at [email protected] and I’d be delighted to have a chat about a series of possibilities available to teach in this fully Pilates dedicated studio.

Feeling the love

I have been taking classes with Raquel since January, first in her classes in Lusk, and then online. I was so happy that she started the online classes as it kept me busy and exercising and connected to other people, and I could continue on my Pilates journey. I look forward to trying the Reformer studio, and continuing my mat class online. Thank you for keeping me sane Raquel
Anne McGrath
I have been attending Pilates with Raquel for over three years. She is a gifted teacher who accommodates all levels of experience and all abilities. Her Pilates classes are challenging, relaxing, and always interesting with new exercises and props introduced. I highly recommend Raquel and B Well Pilates to novice and experienced Pilates practitioners alike.
Grainne Seaver
I had suffered with back pain for years, until I started attending classes at b-Well Pilates. Now I go every week (sometimes twice a week, if I can) - and I'm pain free!(…)The new reformer studio is really well equipped, and it's a very friendly, safe, and welcoming environment to exercise in.
Stephen Grice
Really enjoying the classes in b-Well Pilates and happy to have this dedicated studio in Balbriggan. There is a very friendly and relax atmosphere and after my 3rd Reformer class I started feeling the difference. Less pain, more energy. I run, and I feel the stretches and leg work are really helping.
Aoife Finnegan
Delighted to see Raquel starting her new adventure! A wonderful Pilates teacher. I recommend her to all my Mums to be and New Mums. Best of luck Raquel!
Womens Health Skerries
I had suffered with back pain for years, until I started attending classes at b-Well Pilates. Now I go every week (sometimes twice a week, if I can) - and I'm pain free!(…)The new reformer studio is really well equipped, and it's a very friendly, safe, and welcoming environment to exercise in.
Stephen Grice
Raquel is a brilliant Pilates instructor, very conscientious, and also thoroughly lovely person. I've been attending classes with her for a couple of years and I can highly recommend B-well Pilates Balbriggan.
Caitriona Halpin
Very relaxing and well equipped new studio at b-well Pilates.. Raquel is a great teacher all aspects of the class are well explained and positive encouragement for all levels concentrating on your specific requirements. Highly recommended
Lynn Fynes
I did Raquel’s prenatal Pilates class and found it great. I just started her reformers class and I’m really liking it. Lovely, spacious, clean studio and Raquel is excellent at explaining things.
Susan Hyland
I absolutely love going to reformer pilates with Raquel, she takes her time and genuinely wants you to get the most out of her class. You can tell how passionate she is about pilates and what a positive affect this has on her clients.
Tara O'Dwyer
I have been doing mat Pilates classes for several years before the lockdown and depend on them to keep me fit and flexible. When lockdown came Raquel set up on line Zoom classes very quickly so we were able to continue classes. The bonus was I was able to do 3 and sometimes 4 classes a week in my sitting room. The quality and detail of the instruction was always top class. I would have no hesitation to recommend these classes and am hoping to continue with my 3 or 4 a week especially in winter no having to drive to classes just turn on the Zoom link so easy so great for wellbeing.
Cathy Jackson
I have been practicing Pilates with Raquel for more than 10 years, which is the longest I have attended any kind of exercise class. Pilates is now part of my life and helps me to maintain the core strength I need to manage back pain. When I started attending b-Well Pilates I was struggling with a back issue while playing GAA. Thanks to Raquel I strengthened my back and core and went two seasons injury free. This was definitely down to Pilates and particularly Raquel’s style of practice where although it’s a class setting she works with the individual to achieve your particular goals. Without Raquel I definitely would have stopped playing sooner. She knows how to make sure you are doing your best without being at all pushy and her enthusiasm makes even the very challenging stuff fun! 2 children later and in addition to Pilates I have also been to Pregnancy Pilates, Baby Massage and Mum and Baby classes at b-Well Pilates. It is Raquel’s tailored style and friendly approach that has ensured I would not even consider going else. Delighted to see the expansion of b-Well Pilates to include the reformer studio and this is only place and the only instructor I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone.
Louise Prendergast
I had suffered with back pain for years, until I started attending classes at b-Well Pilates. Now I go every week (sometimes twice a week, if I can) - and I'm pain free! The class sizes are kept small which allows Raquel to give everyone the individual care & attention that they may need. Raquel is always enthusiastic & encouraging in her approach, and the mix of strengthening & stretching exercises in each class is inspiring and varied - no two classes are ever the same, which keeps me interested. The new reformer studio is really well equipped, and it's a very friendly, safe, and welcoming environment to exercise in. I always feel amazing after each class, and I've noticed that I'm getting stronger, more flexible, and I'm even sleeping better at night. I would highly recommend for anyone to consider attending a class at b-Well Pilates - if you're like me, you won't regret it.
Stephen Grice
I have being doing Pilates classes with Raquel for 2 years and found that doing Pilates has been very beneficial to my balance and overall fitness. I love to swim and have seen a big improvement in my core strength which in turn has improved my swimming . I highly recommend Pilates to all athletes who want to improve their technique .
Patricia Healy
I love the reforms Pilates Great class feel good after each class full energy and good for my back.
Dervisa Osmanovoc

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