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Reform Pilates is an exclusively Classical Pilates studio. We offer private, duet and small group training. We are committed to providing the highest quality and we do this by keeping our classes limited to 4 students per class. We are a minimal, no fuss, fully equipped boutique Gratz studio in the heart of Gastown. Our approach is to provide safe, progressive movement skills that support you through the Classical repertoire.
Classical Pilates AKA: Contrology was created by Joseph Pilates over the course of his lifetime (1883-1967). Classical Pilates is not like a fitness class intent on burning calories or working a set of particular muscle groups--not that there is anything wrong with that. Rather, it faithfully upholds the original intent Joseph Pilates had to create a specific framework, following a specific order and routine of exercises designed to restore the whole body, 'Return it to Life'. Classical Pilates is a therapeutic prescription to counteract the harmful effects of nervous tension and stress living a fast paced lifestyle creates. Pilates, was decades ahead of his time with his idea on how effective breathing is for stress reduction, how focusing on specific movement 'awakens the brain' and stimulates the organs. He believed in accessibility, creating the Matwork repertoire so that anyone from any economic background could practice. A Classical instructor receives a minimum of 900 hours of training in anatomy, theory, and practical experience-minimum. Instructors at Reform Pilates are expected to continue their learning through acquisition of CEC's on a yearly basis, further augmenting their knowledge base and experience.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your session or class. If you are working privately with an instructor, we require that you fill out a hardcopy liability waiver and questionaire that will help the teacher identify areas of concerns and intent for the session/s to come. Out of consideration for our teachers and students, classes start promptly, no late arrivals will be accepted as it disrupts the flow of our classes.
We have clinical experience with scoliosis, spinal herniation, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), shoulder separation, spondylolisthesis, osteoporois, osteopenia and osteoarthritis, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis as well as hip and knee replacements. We strongly suggest private sessions if you are currently experiencing any of the above conditions and especially if you are new to the studio. Please contact the studio for more information or to join these specialized classes.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends physical exercise everyday and recommends targeting your muscles and bones two times per week. The answer really depends on the goals that you set for yourself and the level of fitness you would like to attain. Classical Pilates is a system of exercise and exercise repertoire that works the whole body and mind. Students will feel immediate results after one class and can expect visible or more lasting results after 6-8 classes.
Matwork refers to the original 34 mat exercises devised by Joseph Pilates. It is an integral modality in Pilates and provides one of the most effective and challenging workouts around. These exercises are traditionally done without equipment, however small props and other devices such as balls, rollers, spine corrector (baby barrels) and bands are used in order to help you execute or optimize neuromuscular function. At Reform Pilates 'Apparatus' classes refers only to the Reformer and Chair however we also have Electric Chair, Cadillac, Ped-o-Pull and High Barrel. With the exception of the High Barrel, all have springs which help to generate resistance so you can develop greater muscular awareness and strength quicker than on the mat. Apparatus work provides your muscles with feedback through resistance and is an excellent compliment to the matwork. Both Matwork and Apparatus will help you with awareness, strength, alignment and coordination.
Grasshopper is a reference to the movie, Kung Fu where the main character is refered to as 'Grasshopper' by his mentor a wise, old, Shaolin monk. We use the term to invoke the spririt of a young jedi or student who is very excited and anxious to learn while recognizing that patience is necessary to progress safely.
Internal Shower is a referenece from Joseph Pilates' Return to Life. He aptly describes or alludes to deep circulation, heat and synovial fluid / lubrication that occurs in the body when you are able to breathe properly. We have assigned Internal Shower to Level 3 when, after learning basic concepts and demonstrating essential skills, students are not distracted by the 'basics' and can focus on moving deeply from the breath and generating the heat that is synonymous with Joe's "Internal Shower".
Contrology is what Joseph Pilates called his exercise regime, another reference to Pilates' book, 'Return to Life', and defines Joe's idea of achieving complete mastery of mind over body - a lofty goal indeed! We attribute the committement and dedication of the Level 4 / 5 student to the Contrology classes which are designed to take your Pilates practice to a whole new realm of challenge and possibilites. Only students who have embodied concepts and completed the repertoire in Level 3 / Internal Shower are eligible or with permission from the studio.
Our small studio strives to offer exceptional programming and flexibility. To that end and in order to compete with bigger studios, we also have adopted a first come, first served approach, allowing you to book your classes online at your convenience or until your package or set of classes "expire". However, due to the limit on class sizing, we rely on pre-bookings and reservations done in a timely manner to create and structure our progamming. We also require a minium of two students to run a class. Waiting until the last minute to reserve your spot in a specific class will, unfortunately, result in interruptions to programming and cancelled classes.
Occassionally, the class you want is full. Please sign up in advance for the classes you want to secure your place. If you see classes you want are full, please place yourself on the wait list. This not only provides us with information about what class times are popular, it is likely you may be called as spots periodically open up. Get on our lists! By doing this you increase your odds of getting the classes you want.
No form of weight training or exercise alone will help you lose weight without making necessary dietary changes. Reducing your sugar intake--including alcohol--will drastically improve your results. A cardio workout burns more calories than an anaerobic workout like weight lifting however, Classical Pilates is an incredibly effective way to achieve results because you work all major muscle groups synergistically, building overall strength and working overall posture uniformly-- sometimes referred to as dynamic alignment. Also consider that with weight or resistive training your metabolism stays elevated for a longer period than cardio because muscles burn more calories at rest compared to some other tissues. Anaerobic exercise like Pilates can increase your awareness, muscular endurance, agility and balance. Classical Pilates addresses biomechanical inefficiencies, as well as chronic pain or neuromuscular diseases. Ideally your exercise program is well rounded, regular and includes a fitness modality that supports your goals.
We encourage new students to take advantage of our Intro 5 Package.
This series of individual sessions is a 1X promotional offer designed to orient you to the studio, teaches you the basics or develops your foundations and focus on addressing your specific concerns. We also offer a Classical Fundamentals Series that is a pre-registered class consisting of 8 small group classes. After registering, students are required to book a minium of 1-2 classes per week until the sessions are used up. Instructors cover Essential Movement skills, cueing, language and apparatus set up that is particular to the Classical Method--a requirement if you have never taken Classical Pilates before.
We recommend you eat a complete meal which includes carbs, protein and fat 2-3 hours before Pilates. Consuming protein pre-workout can help increase muscle protein synthesis--the building blocks for growth. We understand that is not always possible to incorporate complex carbohydrates and protiens such as nuts or a protein smoothie in advance. If all else fails, grab a banana for energy which is a simple carbohydrate that contains potassium. Potassium supports blood pressure, cardiovascular strength, bone and muscle strength. Don't forget to drink plenty of water before and after!
Most Yoga classes, having lost its roots in the Vedic tradition of physical, mental and spiritual practice are now mainstream and more widely known for its fitness benefits. In that sense, it is easy to confuse Yoga with Pilates, especially with Pilates done on the Mat. The two practices, while complimentary and overlapping in their focus on concentration and physical discipline, are distinctly different. The most glaring difference between traditional Yoga and Pilates is that in Pilates there is an absence of religion or spritual references. Due to the risk of injury and technical nature of Classical Pilates instructors need to be highly knowledgable, and trained to be thorough because specific skills need to be demonstrated before progressing into advanced levels. Both modalities, when instructed by highly skilled instructors, provide students with excellent focused, awareness-based work. There are exceptional, highly trained Yoga instructors that pay attention to alignment and can provide you with the thoroughness synonymous with Classical Pilates. The second glaring difference between Yoga and Pilates is the absence of resistive equipment or apparatus. For students who enjoy the benefits of yoga but who are hypermobile, Pilates may help reduce their risk of injury or prevent the worsening of laxicity in the joints.
Please contact the studio if you do not see class times that suit your availability. We are a new studio and growing! We would love to hear from you!