Clinical Pilates combines the principles of STOTT Pilates movement education with traditional physiotherapy treatments for rehabilitation, injury-prevention and to enhance general wellbeing. These unique physiotherapy sessions occur in a one-on-one setting in our Pilates studio and are covered by all physiotherapy insurance benefits.
Clinical Pilates Instructor
Each Clinical Pilates session is designed to accommodate your individual needs and fitness level. An initial assessment of your abilities, body mechanics and any injuries will allow Michelle to create an individualized plan that helps you safely meet your desired goals.
Sessions focus on the basic principles of breathing, spinal alignment, shoulder placement, neck placement, and deep abdominal connection to promote body awareness, build core stability and improve overall strength, balance and mobility. In the clinic we use specialized spring loaded equipment such as the Reformer to provide safe, progressive loading of the joints.
At home, all you will need is some floor space and resistance tubing to continue between sessions.
Clinical Pilates is a great avenue to provide positive, pain-free movement experiences and is a large contributing factor to successful treatment outcomes.
As part of regular training, Clinical Pilates can also help the athlete to integrate body control and awareness to improve their resilience to injury and improve their performance.
These sessions are covered by most extended medial plans under Physiotherapy.
Traditional Pilates in our Downtown Calgary Studio. A unique systematic exercise approach for fitness and rehabilitation that increases strength, flexibility, balance and more natural body control. Available in private, semi-private and group classes
Gwen started to expand her work in 2009, to include Pilates. She noticed Massage clients who had a regular Pilates practice had extra muscle tone everywhere and were also pliable, their tissue had a hydrated texture and their posture was changing for the better. Gwen decided to try it for herself and was able to heal her own chroinic back pain, plus her quality of movement in Yoga, running and biking also improved.
Gwen began working with Dagmar Viberg of Equilibrium Pilates, in Calgary. Dagmar is a Master Trainer with Pilates Core Integration. Gwen liked her intuitive teaching and training style, which follows the lineage of Eve Gentry, one of Joseph Pilates original teachers.
Eve’s philosophy was to “make the exercise fit the body and have the body and equipment move as though the equipment is an extension of the body, like a dance.”
Gwen completed her comprehensive Pilates Teacher training with Core Dynamics in 2011. She was certified under Michele Larsson, the owner, who developed Eve Gentry’s work into a world renowned Teacher Training Program after studying and working with Eve Gentry in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gwen continues to develop her Pilates through ongoing workshops with a variety of Master Trainers.
Gwen believes that Pilates done on the mat and specific Pilates equipment is instrumental to increasing range of movement and strengthening all aspects of the body. When combined with Yoga, Pilates dramatically improves overall joint health and flexibility.