What is Pilates? How is it Different?

Pilates is a form of exercise that many have heard about but not that many have actually experienced. If the name “Pilates”  does not really conjure up a picture for you, read along and learn about this amazing form of physical fitness:

  • Pilates allows you to train and strengthen muscles using resistance and body weight without requiring impact or heavy weights.
  • In particular, Pilates strengthens the deeper postural muscles found in the core. The movements and techniques of Pilates access the essential muscles required to protect your back and allow you to enjoy a wide range of sports and activities.
  • Pilates is not cardio-vascular exercise, but involve conscious use of the breath, which helps tone your respiratory musculature and oxygenates your entire body by getting the blood flowing to all areas.
  • Pilates builds long and flexible muscles as opposed to the bulkier muscles created by weight training. Due to this, many athletes use Pilates as a counter balance to traditional sports training, to prevent injuries and to rehabilitate existing ones.
  • Pilates is a great way to not only get in excellent shape, but to regain good posture, flexibility and tone. As you progress through your exercises more and more benefits are revealed to you…better walking and running, better skiing and a feeling of standing taller and with ease.

If you are curious to try it, give us a call at 604-736-2634 to talk about how Pilates can benefit you and take a look at our Testimonials to read  our client’s stories.

 

Are you too out of shape for Pilates…?

The answer is NO! pilates is perfect if you are ‘out of shape’

PIlates Is the ideal exercise for bringing you back to fitness and an active life. At Boditree Pilates and Healing, we custom design each client’s program in order to address any issues and goals you may have, at any age. Our clients come in all ages, ‘shapes’  and sizes, and we create programs that are helping people right now!

Did you know that Joseph Pilates devised the first versions of his exercises for fellow World War One internment camp detainees, many of whom were in poor health or injured? Right from the beginning, Pilates was able to create exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate even bed-riddent fellow inmates.

So bring your brand new joints and old worn out ones, your post-natal abdominals and pelvic floor, your unused postural muscles and aching feet, neck or any other body part to us…we can help!  There is a reason more and more Physiotherapists are embracing and incorporating Pilates in to their practices…and at Boditree you can get one on one training with Pilates and the ongoing support you need to ensure you are getting the results you need.

At Boditree Pilates & Healing, we are wheelchair accessible and welcome all clients to experience and enjoy Pilates. Call us for an initial consultation and discuss your needs and how we can help!  604-736-2634

 

 

Physiotherapy now at the Boditree Pilates & Healing Studio

New! Boditree Pilates & Healing is pleased to welcome Marjorie Walker, Physiotherapist & Pelvic Health PT, Student of Osteopathy

At Boditree Pilates & Healing we are pleased to announce that we have a new partner in our spacious treatment room… it is Marjorie Walker, Physiotherapist and Pelvic Health Specialist!  Physiotherapy and Pilates are natural partners, working together to create results more effectively! We are very excited to  have Marjorie on board and look forward to 2019! Remember, our facility has free on-site parking for you as well as a wheelchair accessible entrance and elevator. We are also within one block of the transit stop at Broadway and Maple.

Abouth Marjorie:
Knowing no single approach is the right one for every individual, Marjorie has travelled the world studying and learning how to be the best therapist she can be in order to indulge her passion for helping others.  Marjorie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008;  graduated with honors in a 4 year Physiotherapy program at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Marjorie is currently in her 3rd year at the Canadian School of Osteopathy-Manual Practice-Vancouver Campus. This is a 6 year program to become an Osteopathic Manual Therapist (D.O.M.P).

book a physio appointment with Marjorie

 

 

New group-led classes at Boditree for 2019

New group-led classes at Boditree for 2019 !!

Classes commence : Monday, Feb 4th 2019
(group-led classes will be cancelled from March 20-29, 2019)

By registration only, spaces limited !

Fletcher Dance Conditioning
a dynamic and energetic workout integrating Ron Fletcher principles, exercises, and breath work blended into a full body workout using the mat, the floor, and the ballet barre. Be prepared to work hard, you will leave feeling immense strength and length, and you will work up a sweat !

Level 1 Mat/Reformer Fusion
a comprehensive workout that will teach the critical aspects of Pilates and integrate them into a fluid hour of exercise. Integrating the classical Matwork with classical and modified Reformer exercises, this workout will ensure the participants experience the Pilates Method from a place of structural integrity, controlled movement, and the power of breath. Strengthening core, pelvic floor, and quality of movement, you will leave this class feeling a foot taller !

Level 2 Reformer/Barre/Floor
an intermediate workout seeing integration of Fletcher Floorwork and Fletcher Barre sequences with classical Intermediate Reformer exercises. A dynamic workout that will ensure you feel every muscle in your body working in harmonic symphony with breath.

Schedule :

Mondays :
12:00 pm Fletcher Dance Conditioning
7:30 pm Level 2 Floor/Barre/Reformer

Wednesdays :
12:00 pm Level 1 Mat/Reformer fusion
5:30 pm Level 2 Floor/Barre/Reformer
7:30 pm Level 1 Mat/Reformer fusion

Thursdays :
12:00 pm Level 1 Mat/Reformer fusion
1:00 pm Level 2 Floor/Barre/Reformer
4:30 pm Level 1 Mat/Reformer fusion

Fridays :
12:00 pm Level 1 Mat/Reformer fusion

Saturdays :
4:00 pm Fletcher Dance Conditioning

Dates/Fees : (please add GST to all rates)

Pre-regisration is required for attendance to all group-led workouts as spaces are limited. No drop-ins permitted. Please provide 24 hours notice for all cancellations.

Single class : $40.00
5 class pack : $185.00 ($37.00 per class)
10 class pack : $350.00 ($35.00 per class)

Begin your Pilates journey

You have heard of Pilates but who designed it and where does it come from? What can it do for you? Is it suited to your needs?

Start off by exploring and gathering information about Pilates and take a look at who, besides celebrities, is using this amazing system of exercise to support their sport, art or well-being.

Here is a little reading tour to start your journey. Find out how even the most fit and athletic person needs the specific core training Pilates provides so well. Learn about how any one, regardless of age and physical limitations can benefit from Pilates.

Here are a few links to begin your journey!
When you are ready, give us a call and we can start together!

Mayo Clinic: Explore the Core

Male athletes get no pain, big gains from Pilates: Jill Leiber, USA Today

Watch NFL Wide Receiver Antonio Brown do a (Challenging!) Pilates Workout

Strength and Power through Pilates

Great work today with this strong guy, he makes it look easy! Long Box Pulling Straps, its a tough one that many make mistakes on, mostly because of breath.

Male Client at Boditree PIlates works out on the reformer doing Pulling Straps

Challenge your Core!

At Boditree Pilates we want to make sure our clients clearly feel and understand how breath guides the work. By doing so, we enable the body to find the right planes and lines. From an instructional point of view, It’s critical to break down these variations so that the explanation can guide the best result. It is amazing how even our strongest clients are continually challenged by the ingenuity of a Pilates workout.

Boditree Pilates in Kitsilano, Vancouver offers customized workouts so that every client is doing what is appropriate for their body, needs and goals. You will see people of all levels of strength and conditioning working out together, each one doing their own custom program and working towards getting the exact results they are looking for. How is this different from the usual Pilates studios that feature group led programs? At Boditree Pilates every client is challenged to meet their own goals working with both the strengths and weaknesses they bring in. With a customized program, anyone can be challenged, regardless of their starting point. With constant instruction while you workout, you are kept on form and maximize your results. Try it out, call us at 604-736-2634 to set up your intro sessions today!