How it all began…

Together we founded Life Balance in 2003. We realised that our work with clients complemented each other in working towards our clients’ health and fitness. We both have many years of experience in our respected fields. Working with others, seeing results and improvements has always played an integral role of what we are about. Individually we are affiliated with some of the industry’s leading educators and companies both nationally and internationally. Continuing to educate, update and research has always taken importance and proves successful when being able to apply ourselves to the needs of our clients. Preserving standards, adhering to protocol and providing an extremely high level of service to our clients is also a key element in the day to day operation of our business. Most importantly we enjoy what we do which makes the experience for the client all the better, whether it be a workout or a treatment.

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy has been implementing the use of Pilates to assist with physical rehabilitation and therapeutic conditioning for many years. He originally studied as a Fitness Instructor and later as a Personal Trainer in the late 90s and started his journey with STOTT PILATES in 2004. At the same time Joe began to study Orthopedic Massage and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy at the National Training Centre. During this time Joe has continued to further his education with STOTT PILATES (Merrithew Health and Fitness) having completed Full Certification in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrels and later gone on to successfully become an Instructor Trainer in Matwork and Reformer in 2009. In addition to his qualifications in Pilates he has also specialised and fully completed the STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation Program. Joe did his training with some of the industry’s leading Instructors in Toronto Canada, the UK and here in Ireland. He is the only STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation Certified Instructor Trainer in the country.

Since 2009 Joe has been teaching STOTT PILATES courses and workshops to Physiotherapists, fitness professionals and students through Ireland’s licensed training centre Complete Body Movement and he has also taught in the UK and South Korea. Joe has also lectured with Litton Lane Training and delivering courses in Anatomy, Nutrition and Biomechanics on the ITEC/FETAC and FAS FAI courses.

He has always had a keen interest in enhancing his own ability to exercise and perform and comes with a wide background of disciplines in exercise and movement, running, karate, rugby, strength training and drumming.

Joe has a vast knowledge of experience and delivers extensive repertoire to clients of all levels. He works in the studio full time and is available for one to one private sessions both fitness and rehab, group classes and treatments.

Maryrose Fitzsimons McCarthy

Maryrose Fitzsimons McCarthy qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist with Martin McHale at Moytura Healing Centre in Dun Laoghaire in 2001. She went on to study Chelation Healing and Indian Head Massage in 2002 as part of her ongoing holistic studies. Maryrose started working in 2002 as an on call therapist in several of Dublin’s top hotels, such as Four Seasons Spa, Merrion Hotel Tetra Spa, The Westbury, The Clarence, The Conrad and several others. In 2005 she completed her training in Reflexology at the Beaumont Institute with Sister Brega. She also travelled to the UK to complete a course in Hot Stone Fusion with Jing Advanced Massage Training.  Maryrose worked with various companies as part of Life Balance on-site services, carrying out treatments of Massage, Reflexology and Indian head massage. In addition to her experience as a therapist she has studied Nutrition at DIT and regularly attends workshops on wellness and nutrition. She is an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic products out of Covent Garden London.  Her most recent workshops included Reflexology in both Fertility and Cancer Care.