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What is Pilates?

Posted in Pilates on Mar 24, 2015.


Pilates in Victoria BCWith an emphasis on core conditioning, breathing and body awareness, Pilates exercises are a safe and highly effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body without building bulk or stressing your joints. Performed on a mat or on specialised equipment, Pilates is a fitness regime for life. Pilates Classes are the perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, sport, rehab and life.  Pilates will leave you looking toned, feeling revitalized and moving with ease. Shelbourne Pilates classes are currently held in our Victoria studio located at 200-3200 Shelbourne Street. Please visit our pilates website to view our schedule of pilates classes.

Toning & Weight Loss

Pilates is perfect for toning and reshaping the entire body. It works on creating long, lean muscles, toning all of those hard to target areas such as the abdominals, inner thighs, buttocks, back of thighs, sides and backs of the arms. For toning, Pilates is best performed 3-5 times a week, this can include a combination of studio sessions, mat classes and home exercises.

Increased Flexibility

Pilates exercises are performed throughout a wide range of movements and work on lengthening the muscles at the same time as strengthening them. To increase flexibility, stretching exercises need to be performed daily.

Pilates equipment Victoria BCImproved Posture

Pilates focuses on strengthening the weakened postural muscles and stretching the tight muscles that pull the body into these poor postures. Studio sessions are the best way to improve posture as our physiotherapists can develop a program to target your specific postural problems.

Injury Rehab & Prevention

Pilates is fantastic for injury rehabilitation and prevention as it works on core stability, posture, flexibility, and correcting muscle imbalances and weaknesses via specific strengthening.

Enhanced Athletic Performance

Pilates is the secret tool that many high level and recreational athletes use to enhance their performance, decrease the risk of injuries and provide much needed cross training. Each sport has specific strength and flexibility requirements. When you book in for an assessment, your Physiotherapist will look at the things you need to work on to improve your performance and then proceed to design a program for you.

Pilates Classes Victoria BCPilates is beneficial for a wide range of problems, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Arthritis
  • Rehabilitation from injuries
  • Rehabilitation from orthopaedic surgery
  • Neurological problems e.g. rehab from stroke or head injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease

The best way to treat and rehabilitate pain and injuries is to book in for an assessment with one of our Physiotherapists so they can develop a specific program for you to help your pain. The principles of movement important for back health are taught in some of the simplest exercises of the Pilates movement system. One cannot underestimate the benefit of simple exercises that support the deep postural muscles of the trunk, awareness of neutral alignment, and supple use of the shoulders and hips. It is best to learn exercises that can be practiced at home between scheduled Pilates sessions.

For more information on Pilates, please contact our Victoria Studio at 250-598-9828 ext 2 to arrange a consultation to see one of our qualified Pilates Instructors. Visit our dedicated Pilates Website for more information.



Pilates – Reformer

Our reformer classes will improve your core strength and stability and help you to tone, sculpt and stretch your body.  Adding the resistance and variety of exercise options with our state of the art reformer beds allows a full body work out.  All our instructors are highly trained and will take you through a variety of exercises and postures. We offer large and small group reformer classes with the ability to individually tailor a Pilates program to suit your needs and goals. Reformer Pilates is perfect for all levels of fitness and experience. It is an excellent adjunct to any rehabilitation program or as an overall conditioning class.

Pilates Mat/Small Apparatus

Pilates mat classes will improve your overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance using a variety of postures and exercises. The mat classes utilise small apparatus such as foam rollers, magic circles, theraband and weighted balls to add complexity to exercises.  As all classes are conducted by highly qualified Pilates instructors and there is a class to suit all fitness levels, Pilates experience and fitness goals. With different class levels we can assist people rehabilitating after injury, looking to improve their fitness or strength or improve athletic performance.  

Pilates Core Stability Classes

Neck and back pain is one of the biggest problems facing people’s health in modern life. Long working hours behind the computer with a poor posture and inactivity weakens your core muscles and lead eventually to neck and back pain. However, regular core stability exercise can improve your back muscles and your posture. This will help to get rid of irritating pain during daily activities, at work and during sports.

Everybody can join our Core Stability Classesin Victoria, B.C. at any time. You don’t have to be a patient at Shelbourne Physiotherapy. If you are not sure if the Core Stability Class is suitable for your condition or you never had any instructions activating your core muscles, we offer one-on-one sessions. This will give you an optimal preparation to start with the group.

The Mat Classes will have no more than 6 participants ensuring everybody gets full attention from the instructor. This guarantees a proper performance of the exercises, which makes the outcome of the session most effective.


  • Learn to activate and control your core muscles in different positions
  • Optimize your core stability
  • Strengthen your core muscle
  • Get rid of irritating back- and neck pain
  • Improve your posture
  • Increase your general well-being
  • Benefits of core stability:
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Improved posture
  • Improved sport performance
  • More efficient use of muscle power, as less effort is lost in compensatory movements in the trunk
  • Improved balance and muscular coordination

“In summary, your body can function more efficiently with less risk of injury”

What is core stability?

Our spine, which allows us to an upright posture, is stabilized by specific muscles which are attached to the vertebras. These are called the core stability muscles. Your core is not just your back, but also the pelvic and shoulder girdle, which are responsible for transferring the forces of your arms and legs to your spine. Core stability is the ability of your trunk to support your arms and legs, in order that muscles and joints can perform in their safest, strongest and most effective positions. The body will start to compensate when the wrong muscles are activated to initiate a movement or when the core muscles are weak. This can lead to overuse and irritation of the joints and a poor posture. When this happens, you lose efficiency, and this will result in a loss of power. It can also make you vulnerable to injuries such as shoulder tendonitis, lower back- and neck pain and hip pain.

Core stability and low back/neck pain

Research has shown that the muscles responsible for supporting the lower back are the very same muscles which stop working effectively when back pain is present! Whether you are involved in an athletic pursuit or not, these muscles are necessary to control movement of the trunk and limbs, and to limit excessive stress on the spine. Development of a strong, stable trunk or core is essential to recover from a back injury, even if you just want to return to everyday tasks.

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