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Pilates is power

Last week we had tips 1 & 2.
Today we offer #3 & 4. Next week we will have 5 & 6.

3. Feeling more energetic
The first week of exercise has dramatic effects on the body as it becomes more efficient. It becomes better at producing energy and your workouts begin to feel easier. You’re going to start to find that your day to day tasks, climbing stairs or walking around the block, aren’t as tiring.


You’re not just feeling lighter, you are lighter! After one month of participating in an exercise program your metabolism speeds up, meaning that it burns calories at a faster rate. Even during rest your body is going to be a calorie burning machine. If your goal is to lose weight and you’re eating well, this is when you’ll notice the pounds dropping. Gravity won’t be such a nag anymore while you’re more easily sauntering through your day’s activities.

Zoom at the cottage

Whether you are zooming from the cottage or coming into the studio, we are getting so close to being back to normal. One positive result from our crazy year has been developing a good option for remote workouts with Zoom. Now you can tone up all summer while you are enjoying our Manitoba lake life. Please text or email to make sure we got your class choices right (always double check my work). It has been amazing to see you all again!

In-Person classes resuming the week of June 28, 2021

And….we’re back! In-person classes resume as of Mon June 28. ZOOM classes stay as is. All classes are online or text 204.999.9984 or email to reserve a Reformer. Masks are required for both clients and instructors. It will be amazing to see you all again! We can’t quite give hugs just yet but soon!

intenSati Uplifting Fitness Classes with MDAM Thurs June 24 @ 6:30-7:30 pm

The Mood Disorders Association of MB (MDAM) has partnered with Annabel Scott from Pilates Manitoba to offer a FREE online intenSati class (donations welcome!) on June 24th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

This class is for the body, mind, & spirit! It is a fantastic workout for all levels. Dress ready to workout & bring water, towel & your family & friends! Oh, and a chair in case you want to sit down and do the arm moves!

We practice being in the present moment, to choose love over fear, and to be in the flow of life.

What is intenSati? IntenSati is a revolutionary workout, created by Patricia Moreno-Mori fusing high or low energy aerobics (all moves are modified and adapted so you decide the level), martial arts, dance, yoga, and strength conditioning. Combining spoken affirmations with simple choreography, IntenSati provides a heart-pumping, exhilarating workout that builds physical, mental, and spiritual muscle with a meditation at the end to lock and load in all the goodness you create and self-generate!

inten means intention and Sati means mindfulness in Pali. Here is a sneak peak!

“I am challenging myself
I can do hard things
I am growing everyday
with strength and ease”

Click this link to sign up

Plantar fasciitis relief

Anyone suffering with plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory foot condition knows how painful it can be. This class can help with a comprehensive lower body treatment to restore and rehydrate, featuring treatments that target the foot all the way up to the pelvis.

Tues & Thurs 6 pm
Wed 11:15 am
Fri 10:15 am

MELT Method for Mind & Movement Stress

DESK JOCKEY stretch class

Is your daily schedule “sit, sit, and sit some more?” Then add this 30-minute map to your routine to bring your core back online and hydrate hips and legs while improving circulation and releasing tension. Use at least 2x a week to max the transformation.

TUES & THURS 12 noon-12:30 pm

Pilates is power

After all of this isolating and maybe too little physical activity, it might be time to give your core muscles more attention.

One of the safest more effective core exercises is the Pilates Bridge

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your arms at your sides. Tighten your buttocks, then lift your hips up off the floor until they form a straight line with your hips and shoulders. Hold. Return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Your core muscles, located throughout much of your trunk, are the key to supporting your lower back and helping you stand, get out of a chair, bend, lift, and maintain your balance. So regular maintenance and tune-ups of the core muscles are important.Your core muscles provide stability for the moving parts above and below them — the mid-back, or thoracic, spine that helps you twist and turn, and the hips that move you up, down, back, or forward.Generally speaking, the core starts at the lower rib cage and extends to the buttocks. Core muscles in the abdomen include the long rectus abdominis muscles in the front; the external and internal obliques on the sides; and a wide, flat girdle in front called the transversus abdominis. In your back, a group of muscles called the erector spinae help you stand up tall. The gluteal muscles in the buttocks help you extend your leg, push off from a starting point, walk, and climb stairs. And in the pelvis area, the iliacus and the psoas muscles enable you to lift your legs and remain stable while standing; and the quadratus lumborum, a long muscle on each side, helps you bend to the side and back.

In the old days, sit-ups and crunches were the go-to moves to keep your core muscles in good shape. But those exercises are not as effective as we once believed. They strengthen only a few muscles, and they pose risks for older adults. They’re dangerous because you’re pulling on your neck. And they don’t train your core. They train the hip flexor muscles. If those muscles get too strong, they pull on the lower back and contribute to back pain.

Since we still can’t have an in-person Pilates classes, sign up for a zoom class.Start or continue your Pilates with the physio.It may be recoverable by insurance. Call,  text or click below to book a lesson. Pilates is an umbrella treatment under Physiotherapy so it is an essential service and still available during lockdown.

Integrative Medicine and Healthcare

As part of a the world wide movement to integrate medicine and healthcare for better outcomes, economics and equality for all, Pilates Manitoba initiates local activism, is the founder of the Alliance for Pilates in Healthcare and supports the National Centre for Integrative Medicine. Here is an interesting article about the future of integrated medicine, oncology, psychotherapy, healthcare and body centred therapies.

Click here to read an article by HRH Prince Charles on the future of integrated medicine and health care.

intenSati Uplifting Exercise

Welcome to your June leadSati series!

This month’s series is about upgrading the quality of our mental, emotional and physical well-being so that we can upgrade the experience of our life.
The experience of our life is based off of how we speak about our life and for any area of our life in which we wish to create change, we must first identify our set-point. If we feel stuck on money or relationships, how do we view that area? What do we think or say is possible for us? The words we use and the attitude we hold around that life area determines our set point and it’s our set point that determines our state of being and informs our current reality. So, if we want to create change, we have to know what our starting point is and then begin the work to separate the emotional connection or story from the situation itself. And, one of the easiest ways to separate the story from the situation is to find the good within the situation because it changes everything.

You’ll find an invigorating cardio series that will allow you to let go of what you no longer wish to experience so you can choose the life you want to live.. You’ll also find a soulful cool down sequence designed to further help you let go, as well as a closing meditation that will help seal all of this month’s work in.

This month, what’s good? What’s going well? And, where can you celebrate your ability to choose what you think, say and do?

WED 6 pm
FRI 9:30 am

MELT Method for Mind & Movement Stress

Sometimes your body whispers, sometimes it screams, right? Whatever the volume is at right now, if you’re feeling kinks through the shoulders, around the spine, or neck—listen. And respond with this MELT class.

Release all that pent up stuck stress, tension, aches, pains, and inflammation with this incredibly accessible 30-minute class. Suitable for beginners but a blessing for any level, it’ll directly target woes in the upper back, spine, shoulders, and neck while acting as an indirect treatment to restore fluid flow in the lower body, too. You’ll enjoy a Mini Soft Ball Hand Treatment (which you can do standing if you need the extra support of a table), the Rebalance Sequence, Neck Release Sequence, and a few upper body length moves peppered in. This is truly an all-levels, any time, any day type of class.

MELT is not a myofascial lengthening technique. It is a neuro-fascial stabilization technique, bringing your nervous system regulators back on line for true stability, communication and feel good movement. Find out more about fascial fitness,  4th dimension of fitness, beyond bone and muscle and why you need to add it to your day!