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CMHA Mental Health Week

Good mental health isn’t about being happy all the time. In fact, a mentally healthy life includes the full range of human emotions—even the uncomfortable ones like sadness, fear and anger.

About the basics of emotions

• Emotional literacy is the ability to recognize how we feel, understand our feelings, label them and express them.

• When we are emotionally literate, we are better able to manage our emotions, or “regulate” them.

• Although we “feel” our emotions in the body and may recognize they are there, sometimes our emotions can be hard to put into words.

• An event can trigger emotions very quickly, automatically, and even unconsciously.

• Emotional events can trigger changes in our facial expressions, muscle tone, and voice tone, in our autonomic nervous system that regulates our heart and respiratory rate, digestion, perspiration, and in our endocrine system, which involves our hormones. About putting emotions into words

• Scientists call the act of putting feelings into words affect labelling.

• Saying “I feel sad” or writing about what’s upsetting me are both examples of affect labelling.

• When we put our feelings into words, we are actually constructing and making meaning of our emotions. Without words for emotions, our feelings might seem unclear to us.

• Affect labelling has been compared to the effect of hitting the brakes on when driving a car. When you put feelings into words, you are putting the brakes on your emotional responses. How affect labeling works

• When people put their feelings and thoughts about upsetting experiences into language, their physical and mental health often improve. Writing about our feelings can reduce physician visits and positively influence our immune function. Writing can also reduce cortisol (stress) levels and negative mood states.


CMHA Mental Health Week

Good mental health isn’t about being happy all the time. In fact, a mentally healthy life includes the full range of human emotions—even the uncomfortable ones like sadness, fear and anger.

The theme of  Mental Health Week 2021 is understanding our emotions
Recognizing, labeling and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone.

• 1 in 5 Canadians experiences mental illness or a mental health issue in any given year, but 5 in 5 of us – that’s all of us – has mental health.
• Regardless of whether or not we have a mental illness, our mental health is something we can protect and nurture.
• Everyone deserves to feel well, and understanding our emotions is a part of feeling well.
• Emotional well-being includes recognizing what influences our emotions, discovering how our emotions affect the way we think or act, taking action when our emotional response isn’t helpful and learning to accept them.
• Emotional self-regulation, or the ability to label and shape your emotions, is a protective factor for good mental health.
• Feeling sad, angry and anxious at times is part of being human.
• Even if we try to push our difficult feelings down, they don’t go away.
• Focusing on intense emotions doesn’t makes them worse. In fact, one of the best ways to quiet our emotions is to give them a voice.
• Bottling up our emotions can make them grow or come out in other ways—not reacting to something negative that happens at work could end up making you more likely to yell at your children later, for example.
• If your emotions are overwhelming, persistent and/or are interfering with your daily functioning, it’s important to seek mental health support. 


We can do this one more time…as of Monday, the province now wants 3 metres or 9 feet between clients in a group setting. That is their way of shutting us down without actually saying we are shut down. That’s okay, we also want this to end and we are willing to do our part. We have to get that vaccine rate higher than the infection rate.

In-person group classes are suspended till further notice. Physio private lessons are still available. The physio can still see people privately for physiotherapy. It is just the in-person group classes that are now shut down. ZOOM classes are still hot and fabulous, for Pilates, Barre, Stretch, MELT,  ELDOA and intenSati

If you haven’t already tried our zoom classes, now could be a good time to start. Classes are priced at $15 per class plus gst = $15.75,   5 cost $78.75  and 10 cost $157.50.

Thank you for your dedication to your health and wellness. Thank you for your ongoing support over the past year. We look forward to giving you some consistency in the near future. Take care. Stay safe.


Join in a beginner creative movement class to experience how to balance the body during times of great pressure and global change.

Breathe + Define Movement = Balance

Taught by Dammecia Hall, a Winnipeg Based Choreographer, Dance Education Coordinator, Musician and Elite Athlete at our Roblin location.

Join a class Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Cost $20 plus GST. Text her at 437-230-5115

MAY 1 International Pilates Day

Strengthening your core is one of the best things you can do for your health as you age. Core exercises not only help to ease pain, they improve your balance and increase your flexibility, which can help you maintain your lifestyle. And a strong core matches strong emotional and mental balance, to build resilience to stress.

How Good is Your Balance? Try this test now.
Start by standing comfortably near the wall, holding your arms in any position you choose. Lift one foot an inch or two off the floor so that you are balancing on the other foot. Time how long you can do this before having to put the raised foot down or touch the wall for support.
If you can’t stand on one leg unassisted, lightly touch the wall or hold the back of a chair with one or both hands for support. Use less support as you improve your balance. If you can hold this single leg stance for 60 seconds or more, you have excellent balance. If you can’t hold it for more than 10 seconds, you could be at risk for a fall. Pilates exercises will make your stable and balanced in now time!


The exercise pictured here is for T9-10 and it targets the spine right where you need relief after sitting at a desk all day

In-person Group ELDOA class Thurs @ 7:15 pm at the Corydon location with AnnabelNo previous experience needed. All inclusive class.
Private ELDOA instruction also available so contact Annabel at 204.999.9984

MELT Method for Mind & Movement Stress

MELT stress in these classes
Heart Opener Map: This 30-minute class is chock full of transformative moves, including the Sternal Release and Rebalance Sequence. Help for rounded posture, restricted diaphragm/ribs, and hip and pelvic pain is just a 30 min class, at Tues or Thurs class @ 12 noon, away

Upper Body and Core Restore class: Your journey to body-wide stability can start with this map—sculpt your arms and core and release tension in your neck and low back with this balanced blend of restorative and strengthening techniques. Try it in the morning or lunch and sip water all day for max benefits.


April is Stress Awareness Month in Canada. That feels odd to say. All of us are already very aware of stress. But the problem is that for the longest time, stress was seen as something to get rid of, to spend energy hammering away at purging it, eliminating it. Stress has always been known to cause headaches, stomach aches, insomnia and depression. Not so long ago, you were supposed to suck it up, do your work and not complain. But then researchers began to discover links between elevated levels of stress and all kinds of serious diseases, like heart disease and diabetes. We can not get rid of stress; your mind sees all stimulus as stress

What we can do is choose better thinking styles about stress and practice the embodied exercises and breathing we teach at the studios to eliminate the negative effects of that stress. What strategies work for you, to keep you strong and resilient? Getting your cells to move, to create fluid exchange and then training the base muscle and then the bigger muscle and then doing cardio is a great 4 step recipe for success. Your mind will flow with your body; your body with your mind!

When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” Tich Nhat Hanh

Alliance for Pilates in Healthcare
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Fight it with Fitness

Fight it with Fitness Fridays


What do you fight with fitness? STRESS? Anxiety? Fear? Depression? Weight gain? Joint stiffness? Pain? Join our refreshing choice of classes on Friday classes! It’s your spirit that makes exercise medicine. Get in your own game. Be on your own side.

No classes Friday April 2, 2021

Finishing up March Mattness

To finish off March MATness..Pilates Fest North (PFN),  Canada’s premiere Pilates Festival coming Fall 2021, invited me to make this video for March MATness. Plan to join us at PFN this fall with presenters from all schools of Pilates from around the world. In Canada, 1/3 of instructors are Contemporary trained, 1/3 Stott trained and 1/3 Classically trained so try some of each! I am honoured to be teaching Pilates and introducing MELTed Pilates to Pilates instructors from around the world!

The Saw is a useful exercise to relieve neck, shoulder and low back strain and pain from sitting at a desk, or in front of the TV, for too long….however you roll during a lockdown! What it does: it stretches your entire spine and back line of fascia, it relieves tight hips and hamstrings, it is a full body stretch when the arms are added in and it challenges coordination with the breath, pulses and hand gestures, if you add those in. What’s important: Don’t overstretch or hold your breath. If your neck or shoulders or hips need a break, try it again after a short rest.