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The hardest part is pronouncing it!

~ Pilates ~ Pi·la·tes ~

~pi-lah-teez ~ pəˈläˌdēz ~


Why Pilates?

We have so many reasons, but don’t just take our word for it. Let’s hear from the creator – Joseph H. Pilates.  ‘Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit’ – Joe Pilates (referring to Pilates, which he named Contrology)

We are confident you’ll have your own list in no time!

Hear what other clients who have worked with Hannah have to say on our Testimonials page.

Is Pilates right for me?

Come see us and find out for yourself! We offer a free 30 minute studio visit. It's a great way to meet Hannah, see the studio and try the equipment before committing. Pilates is a low impact form of natural movement. It strengthens and balances the whole body. PLUS it's fun!

Do you answer YES to any of these?

Is it getting difficult to get out of bed? How about putting your socks on? Do you have lower back pain or body aches? Maybe you've developed some strong muscles while others seem elusive? Is playing with your kids or grand kids at their level getting harder? What about running, skating, gardening, or {insert your hobby here}? Do you sit at a desk or computer all day? Has it started affecting your breathing? Do you think giving up the activities you love or enduring those aches and pains are just part of getting older? We don't think it has to be that way.

We believe Pilates can be right for EVERY body. Pilates is natural movement that encourages concentration with a focus on breath while strengthening and balancing the whole body by targeting those lesser used muscles. The Pilates method is designed for beginner to advanced bodies. From Just off the couch to the highest level of athlete, you can benefit from incorporating Pilates into your routine. The key is consistency and persistence to feel the benefits. 

The fine print? (Always consult a physician before starting any physical activity routine and don’t forget to disclose any medical conditions no matter how small to your instructor and on your intake form. Although rare, there may be some conditions that are not a good fit)

Are there different types of Pilates?

Yes! Pilates with Purpose follows closely the classical method as passed down from elders who studied with Joseph Pilates. This means each session will provide a full body work out.

As Pilates becomes more popular there seem to be an abundance of Pilates teachers, which means the quality of instruction can vary greatly. Our founder was trained and certified at the only accredited Pilates School in Canada – Embody School of Pilates in Canmore, AB. At Pilates with Purpose it’s important to us that we follow the work of Joseph Pilates closely. Why? Because it works, he was a man ahead of his time. When looking for a studio we recommend doing your homework; talk to the instructors, take a tour, and most importantly, try some classes. Most studios have an Intro Offer for new students that will allow you to try a range of classes and private sessions at a great price. Remember it might take several sessions before you really feel comfortable with your new routine. Change is hard and you deserve a pat on the back for starting something new; embracing it with an open mind will yield the results you strive for.

How often should I do Pilates?

Like with most things, consistency matters. The more often you practice the quicker you see and feel the benefits. Although you will notice improvements with a once per week practice, our recommendation is twice per week. We do have clients who practice 3 times per week and their progress is remarkable. You'll need to decide what is best for you but we are here to help discuss a membership that best fits your lifestyle.

How do I decide on Private Sessions or Group Mat Classes?

These resources might help: Get Started Group Mat Class Schedule

Still not sure? We are here to help! Call, email or message us from our Contact Us page

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

At Pilates we provide the mats :) Joking aside, there are some similarities like a focus on breath and concentration, but a couple key differences with Pilates are: small class sizes and a focus on increasing core strength. Although we do offer classes on the mat, there are also several pieces of specialized equipment. Check out some photos in our gallery.

Romana Kryzanowska, who studied under Joseph Pilates said, “Pilates can be described as 3 words, stretch with strength and control, and the control part is the most important, because that’s what makes you use your mind!”

Why is Pilates more expensive than Yoga or a gym membership?

In few words– Pilates incorporates specialized equipment into many classes and private lessons. With small class sizes you can expect personalized corrections and encouragement; you will never feel you’ve been left alone to work out. You will feel our instructors are ‘with you’ the entire time. 

Gym memberships are a little like insurance – they put all their chips on you not using it so their model is based on volume. At Pilates with Purpose your spot can be guaranteed in the classes that fit your schedule. We need you to use your membership. How else will you spread the word about how great you feel after a session?!

Will My Insurance Cover My Sessions?

Some insurance companies do cover Pilates. If you have a plan that includes wellness or a HSA (Health Spending Account) it's likely. The best thing is to call your plan provider and ask. If you can get reimbursed you should! If insurance coverage isn't an option  be sure to ask your accountant how you can use your receipts on your tax return.

Do I need to be in shape to do Pilates?

No. We offer beginner classes and private sessions. Maybe you’re asking because you’ve heard of the ‘Pilates body’ and think you need to have a certain body type to do Pilates? Nope. What is a 'Pilates Body' anyway? It certainly isn't a shape or size but what it will become is strong and by that definition we are all capable of a 'Pilates body.' All bodies are unique and can benefit from Pilates. If you're nervous, a private session can be a great option to introduce you to Pilates. Come see us or give us a call to discuss options.

What is expected of me? What do I wear?

All you need is an open mind and clothing that allows you to move. Form fitted clothing allows your instructor to easier see your movements but wear what is comfortable for you.

We prefer bare feet but if you wish you could wear ToeSox or socks with some grip. No shoes allowed in the studio.

No strong scents or perfumes please - this can cause headaches for other clients and your instructor.

No clothing with zippers, buckles or snaps as they could tear the upholstery of our equipment.

Can Pilates help with my back pain? If I have a bad back or joint replacement can I do Pilates?

‘Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds’.  - The PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) 

Many people find relief with a regular Pilates practice. The method helps people with pain get back to living life! A Pilates workout has no sudden movements and is therefore low impact on the body. Choosing a certified instructor is important as they will offer modifications for your specific injury. Committing yourself to a consistent schedule will allow you to feel the results sooner. It's important to share any past or current injuries with your instructor. Depending on the injury a few private sessions might be recommended as a starting point.

It’s never too late to decrease the age of your spine. ‘If, at the age of 30, you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If, at 60, you are supple and strong, then you are young.’ – Joe Pilates

The fine print? (Always consult a physician before starting any physical activity routine and don’t forget to disclose any medical conditions no matter how small to your instructor and on your intake form. Although rare, there may be some conditions that are not a good fit)

I’m Pregnant. Is Pilates safe for me?

We recommend speaking to your doctor before starting any exercise when you are pregnant. If you've practiced Pilates prior to becoming pregnant it's likely your instructor can modify based on your needs during a class. Pilates certainly has proven benefits for your whole body, but specifically for your core which includes; transversus abdominis, multifidus, diaphragm and pelvic floor; thus preparing you for the birth of your baby and for recovery after. Every pregnancy is different and therefore it might be best to start with private sessions or a Prenatal class when offered. See Hannah's Bio and how Pilates helped her through a unique pregnancy journey.

Is Pilates only for Women?

Nope! Pilates was created by a man for men. Although Pilates has seen more of an interest from women in recent years many men have started incorporating Pilates into their fitness regime. Some studios offer men only classes but at Pilates with Purpose we welcome everyone in any of our classes. 

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