Pilates

Currently classes are instructed at the clinic by Susan Cook individually, please call the clinic for more information!

Individual 1 hour sessions are available.

The Stott Conditioning form of Pilates is an exercise program that emphasizes pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization in order to restore the natural curve of the spine instead of flattening them out as more traditional exercise routines have done in the past. Pilates incorporates both mental and physical training concentrating on breathing and maintaining the rib-pelvis connection, and uses flowing movements unlike the static postures in Yoga.

Pilates nurtures the body instead of conquering the body that the aerobic/tai bo routines seem to do. In Stott Pilates body conditioning, we want you to work-in not work-out, focusing more on body awareness and positioning as you exercise. The goal is to create a strong torso by working the key postural muscles of the trunk and gently realigning, reshaping and balancing the muscles so that the whole body moves efficiently.

The ultimate goal of Pilates is to create strong abdominals, full body control and flexibility by performing low repetitions of a sequence of exercises that will strengthen the muscles and elongate them without creating bulk.

Joseph Pilates developed this program for dancers and elite athletes at the beginning of the century and over the last 5 years his techniques have gone through a renaissance and surge in popularity.

  • Builds core abdominal strength and back strength
  • Flattens abdominals and restores natural posture
  • Develops strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Tones and elongates without adding bulk
  • Enhances mobility, agility and improves balance and function
  • Heightens athletic performance
  • Alleviates pain and tension

We now have 2 certified Stott Pilates Intructors on staff.

Stella Roy is a physiotherapist who has completed the intensive training in Stott Pilates with Moira Stott in Toronto and continues to progress her knowledge with regular personal training sessions herself.  

Susan Cook is a Registered Massage Therapist, currently in her fourth year of osteopathy studies.  Susan is a Stott certified Pilate Instructor with 20 years of experience. Susan is pleased to share her knowledge to clients on the benefits of using the Pilates Reformer. Susan currently instructs Pilates matwork and equipment-based classes offering 1 hour Pilates education sessions and workouts.

Essential Core Basics:

An introductory level mat class designed to introduce the STOTT PILATES foundation principles, from which all the other classes build from. Learn to activate your core, neutral spine awareness, and work your body efficiently to build strength, improve your posture, and prevent injury.

Somatics Reconnect: 

Return to your senses with proprioception using Props to enhance your balance systematically; the Fitness Circle, Foam Roller, BOSU and Stability Ball.  These props are integrated into this mat based class to add variety, and to challenge your strength and coordination.  Drawing inspiration from Hanna Somatics, Feldenkrais and Dance conditioning, the awareness of mind-body sensory motor learning will improve your stability, stamina, resilience, and freedom of movement.

Pilates/Yoga for Osteoporosis:

The bones are not static. Bones in the human body are living, ever changing tissue that requires a steady supply of blood, oxygen, nutrients and a flow of energy (prana), through exercise that gently pushes and pulls the skeleton.

The fundamentals of Pilates and Yoga offer a terrific platform for strengthening bones and preventing fractures as well as reversal of bone loss. These core strengthening workouts strengthen bones, help prevent further bone loss and stimulate new bone growth. 

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