Our Process

You are here because you wish for a change.

We have the tools, knowledge, and motivation to help you transform your body (and your dreams) into a reality.

What to Expect

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our Wellness Concierge. She will talk to you about your goals, your Pilates knowledge and experience, and she will give you a tour of our health facility.

During your tour, you’ll see all of our different  treatment and exercise rooms and learn about the equipment you see inside. You’ll be given information about the different backgrounds and strengths of our instructors and practitioners, and you can ask any questions you have about the Pilates and wellness services we offer.

As you tour the studio, our concierge will be helping you determine which of our therapies may benefit you.

Finally, a personalized plan will be made, depending on the services and therapies you are most interested in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pilates FAQ

What is the difference between studio Pilates and Pilates taught at a gym?

 While we can’t comment on the quality of classes available at other gyms, what we can say is that we pride ourselves on the quality of our instructors, the small intimate size of our classes and the attention given to each participant. THAT, we know, is not what you will find is the norm when taking classes in a gym setting.

Classes in a gym setting are usually significantly larger with much less personal attention. Considering the technical nature of Pilates, a higher quality teaching experience is something worth paying a slight premium for. Quality teaching equals a safer experience and better results. Check out our blog post for more thoughts on this topic.

Pilates seems easy. What gives?

At face value a lot of the moves we do at the Introductory level in Pilates appear simple. And because of this, they can feel simple. But it is a process that requires you to train your body how to work differently.

In Pilates we do all movements thinking about engaging your abdominals and breathing a certain way before doing any movement. This philosophy leads to better movement patterns everywhere: your limbs can move with less tension because they are not compensating for a weak core, because you are moving with less tension you notice a difference in your flexibility and posture. It is a wonderful cycle that begins with better core strength.

Initiating movement by activating your core can feel really foreign at first. This takes time to master. Most of us have a weak core, and when something is weak it doesn’t want to work hard. In Pilates, the stronger you get, the harder the work feels. But this is the exciting part! It means you are getting better, getting stronger!

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

While there are many similarities between Pilates and yoga, they are also quite different.

Pilates was specifically created as a form of exercise centered around core stability and physical rehabilitation. Fast forward several decades, Pilates blends principles of modern exercise science and rehab to create safe and effective workouts for clients of all levels.

While yoga emphasizes flexibility, strength and a spiritual connection, Pilates focuses on alignment, stability, improving posture and creating long, lean muscles through precise and controlled movements. Both practices can complement each other nicely and serve to improve mind-body awareness.

Can anyone do Pilates?

Yes! Pilates is low impact on your joints and our instructors are able to modify exercises depending on your fitness level and any injuries or health conditions you may have. We welcome all ages and abilities.

How do I get started?

We invite all new clients to experience their first 1 hour Introductory class at a discounted rate.

Introductory Matwork Class – $5

Introductory Reformer Class – $10

Our 1-hour Introductory to Matwork class introduces you to the five basic principles of STOTT PILATES that are the foundation for all exercises taught in classes or private sessions. You are then welcome to take a 1-hour Introductory Reformer class where you will learn how to adjust the Reformer and safely work using spring resistance. Upon completion of the Introductory Matwork and Introductory Reformer classes, you are welcome to join Fluid Matwork or Fluid Reformer group classes. We highly recommend that you try both the Matwork and Reformer as they complement each other beautifully and yet offer a lot of variety!

Alternatively, you may take a few private lessons to achieve the same basic knowledge in order to join the group classes or stick with private sessions if you are looking to continue your Pilates practice in a one-on-one setting.

What are the benefits of Private Pilates sessions?
  • Tailoring to your fitness or remedial needs and goals
  • Closely monitored for form, execution and precision
  • Skilled verbal and tactile feedback to ensure safety
  • Specialized STOTT PILATES equipment and small apparatus’ to challenge or modify exercises for rehabilitation that may not be available in group classes
  • Injury recovery
  • Fast-track to more advanced group class training
  • Specially chosen Instructors to match your needs
Why do I need to complete an Introductory class before going into a more challenging class?

We pride ourselves on the standard of our teaching and the quality of your class experience.

Because Pilates is so technique based, we want everyone to understand the basics before going into a class that assumes you already know them. This is just good practice, which will reduce your risk of injury, help you do the exercises safely and effectively and ultimately allow you to achieve better results. 

You also have the benefit of knowing that once you are working at a more experienced level, that your class experience will not be slowed down for people who do not yet have the basics down!

Why not start on the reformer?

Reformer is designed to intensify basic Matwork exercises and adds the extra challenge of spring resistance and a base of support that moves. As such, having an understanding of foundational movements and knowing how to properly engage your muscles allows for a safer, more effective workout for you.

What is the difference between Fluid and Precision classes?

Fluid classes are open to clients of all levels, who wish to master proper technique and develop core strength, stability, endurance and mind-body awareness. By learning and incorporating the basic principles of Pilates into each exercise, participants will learn to modify exercises based on their individual abilities and make the muscular connections necessary for a safe and effective workout. Fluid classes will introduce participants to various Pilates props and small equipment all of which add variety and can increase or decrease the difficulty of exercises as needed.

Precision classes are designed for participants who have mastered proper technique in the Fluid series and are looking for a more challenging workout, in which exercises are performed in more complex sequences requiring a greater degree of endurance. As the exercises in Precision classes are more advanced and fast-paced, participants are required to have the approval of an Instructor prior to starting Precision classes.

How can I progress from Fluid to Precision classes?

Rest assured, if performing all exercises correctly, you will get an amazing workout in both Fluid and Precision classes!

All Pilates exercises are effective if done with proper form and technique. Once you have mastered proper technique, are able to respond to cues quickly and fluidly, know the names of most of the exercises, your individual modifications and the props you need to achieve proper alignment AND you have the required endurance needed to execute a series of more complex exercises, your Instructor may recommend for you to make the move over to Precision classes.

For many clients, Fluid classes provide a challenging and well-rounded workout, which agrees with their abilities, strength and maybe even their schedule! It all depends on the individual, but don’t worry about that just yet! Let us first show you what we are all about!

What do I need to bring to class?

Everything used in the class is provided for you. Just wear comfortable workout clothing and bring a bottle of water, if you choose. Classes are done in socks or bare feet. Anti-slip socks are available for purchase at the studio.

What type of group class packages do you offer?

Option #1 – Drop-In Classes

You have the option of purchasing single drop-in classes for Matwork, Reformer, Stability Barre, Eldoa and Yoga Tune-Up. Advanced registration is required.

 

Option #2 – Drop-In Packages

Drop in packages offer a discount and give you the flexibility to sign up for any available class multiple times per week if you choose to. If you have to skip a week or a few, no problem! We have drop-in packages with longer expiry dates available just in case! Link to prices.

 

Option #3 – Pre-Registered Packages

Pre-registered 8 week Matwork & 5 week Reformer packages are the most cost-effective. In this option, clients must pre-register in the same class each week for either or both the Matwork & Reformer session. You can miss up to 2 classes in the Matwork session and 1 class in the Reformer session. Missed classes must be cancelled with a minimum of 12 hour notice and made-up within 8 weeks of the missed class in question. Link to prices.

What is your cancellation policy? How do I make up a missed class?

We require a minimum of 12 hours notice when cancelling or rescheduling group classes and private sessions to avoid being charged. Cancellations and scheduling changes must be made by contacting our studio at 905-727-2963 or online through the Mind Body Online website or app.

We offer the benefit of making up a maximum of 2 missed classes in the pre-registered 8 week Matwork session and a maximum of 1 missed class in the 5 week Reformer session. Classes in the pre-registered sessions must be cancelled with a minimum of 12 hours notice and must be made up within the 8 week (Matwork) or 5 week (Reformer) period of the session in question.  Classes and make-up classes can be booked in person, over the phone, right from our website through the class schedule or by clicking on the STORE button, or on the Mindbody app.

Please note: Makeup classes require flexibility on the part of the client as we cannot guarantee ideal time slots and class choices, the client needs to make themselves available to take advantage of class space. Make-up classes are a wonderful opportunity for clients to try different classes and instructors. No credits are given for missed classes.

Please see our studio policy for more information.

What are the prices?

Click here to view our Private Sessions Pricing

Class rates are listed on our Pilates page by clicking on the tile of any class type.

Therapy rates are listed on our Wellness page by clicking on the tile of any therapy type.

Wellness FAQ

What is Osteopathy?

Manual Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

For more information, please visit our Osteopathy page.

What is Naturopathy and how can I learn more?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopaths are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Their aim is to discover the underlying cause of disease and treat the root rather than simply suppress symptoms, as these are an expression of the body’s attempt to heal.  

Naturopathic Doctors focus on disease prevention, patient education, and health maintenance. They treat patients with the aid of safe, gentle and often non-invasive natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine works to support the natural healing ability of the body.

Curious if Naturopathy can help you?  Book a complimentary 15 min Meet and Greet with our Naturopath.

For more information, please visit our Naturopathy page.

What is Massage Therapy and how can it help me?

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body:  muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments as well as joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy can help relieve:

  • Inflammatory conditions i.e  arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress and associated conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Back pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort
  • Post-injury, post surgical and post-accident rehabilitation
  • And many other conditions.

For more information, please visit our Massage Therapy page.

I heard Acupuncture has many benefits and uses including facial rejuvenation. Is that true?

Yes! Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural alternative to surgery and can help you look younger and more refreshed!

Acupuncture applied to facial points can:

  • Eliminate or reduce bags under the eyes
  • Decreases the tendency toward sagging and jowls
  • Eliminates or reduces puffiness of the face
  • Can help to eliminate fine lines of the face and has a diminishing effect on larger wrinkles
  • Improve complexion
  • Reduce double chins
  • Brightens the eyes
  • Helps lift drooping eyelids
  • Promote overall health and well-being!
  • Each treatment, facial along with whole body, is tailored to the individual. The end goal is not only to rejuvenate the look of the face, but also improve health in general.
Everyone is talking about ELDOA! What is it and how do I try it?

ELDOA is both a stretch & an exercise where you sweat and you aren’t even moving! The ELDOA are a series of static postural exercises that decompress joints and allow normalization of function locally and globally across many body systems.  It was developed by world renowned French Osteopath Guy Voyer, DO. We offer ELDOA group classes at our studio! You can do drop-in classes or purchase a package.

Some of the benefits of ELDOA include:

  • toning the intrinsic muscles of the spine for more stability and less injury risk
  • normalizing nerve function through spinal disc decompression
  • stretching the suspensory muscles and connective tissue for organs.
  • Increase postural health
  • Reduced back and joint pain
  • Increase stability
  • Enhance athletic performance

For more information, please visit our ELDOA page.

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a unique, table-based assisted stretching technique that focuses on decompressing the joint capsule to effectively restore mobility and function to the myofascia. It combines gentle traction with active and passive stretches in multiple planes of movement to unglue restricted tissues and optimize flexibility gains without pain. Fascial Stretch Therapy is different from other stretching systems in that it aims to effect the entire myofascial chain, rather than individual muscles.  

Fascial Stretch Therapy is performed by a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist.

For more information, please visit our Fascial Stretch Therapy page.

How does an Infrared Sauna compare to a traditional steam sauna?

Infrared saunas are ideal in their design as they operate as safer, lower temperatures compared to conventional steam-based saunas. This feature makes breathing more comfortable and is considered safer making infrared sauna therapy a better alternative for a greater variety of individuals. Although an infrared sauna operates at only 110o F to 140o F, compared to a conventional sauna which operates at 180 F to 210 F, radiant heat from an infrared sauna can help the body produce two to three times more sweat.

The radiant heat of an Infrared Sauna has the ability to penetrate to a depth of over 15 inches, warming the body to a much greater degree than the conventional sauna.

You can book your private infrared sauna session by phone or through the Mind Body Online website or App. Shower facilities are available.

Do you have any Yoga type classes?

We offer an all level Yoga Tune-Up group class, which utilises scientific approach to movement, with a yogic perspective. In this class,therapy balls are used to help release and activate the tissues and muscles that will be focused on during class. The class then progresses to use classical yoga poses and specially designed exercises to strengthen muscles and joints through proper alignment and muscular engagement.

You can do drop-in classes to complement your regular practice or purchase a package.

Are any of the therapies offered covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately, OHIP currently doesn’t cover the therapies outlined here, however, coverage may be provided by many group health benefits under extended healthcare and/or through a health spending account. Please check with your insurance provider for more details.

How do I get started?

Give us a call or stop by for a tour!  Stop by any time during reception hours.  Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our Wellness Concierge. She will talk to you about your goals, your Pilates knowledge and experience, and she will give you a tour of our health facility. During your tour, you’ll see all of our different  treatment and Pilates studio rooms and learn about the equipment you see inside.

You’ll be given information about the different backgrounds and strengths of our instructors and practitioners, and you can ask any questions you have about the Pilates and wellness services we offer. As you tour the studio, our concierge will help you determine which of our therapies may benefit you.  

Finally, a personalized plan will be made, depending on the services and therapies you are most interested in.

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