What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century and operates as a form of low-impact exercise. Its goals are to strengthen core muscles, encourage proper movement patterns, improve flexibility, maintain proper body alignment, and allow your body to move with ease. Throughout your Pilates journey, we’ll aim to help you enjoy life more freely through movement and focus on breaking bad habits.
Our comprehensive approach focuses on the difference between an Imprinted Spine and a Neutral Spine and will teach you techniques and exercises designed to maintain a Neutral Spine and proper body alignment. If you have an imprinted spine, you have lost the natural curve of your lower back which can inhibit your ability to move freely. You tend to over engage the top part of your hips and glutes which often creates an insufficient pelvis alignment. Instead, Pilates helps you get back to a neutral spine which still means your body replicates the natural curve of your spine. You want your hip and public bones to be on the same plane so that when your pelvis is neutral, your spine is also neutral. This alignment will help your body move more naturally and reduces the risk of developing muscle deficiencies and injuries.
Find Your Clinic
Patients looking for private and group Pilates sessions come to LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy Waterloo because of our holistic approach. Our certified instructors focus on the relation between body and mind to improve your overall health.
How Can Pilates Help Me?
Our Waterloo Pilates practice and methodology break your muscles down into two groups, the inner unit and the outer unit. The inner unit is your base and when activated, allows the muscles that move your body, your outer unit, to move more effectively. Think of your inner unit as your body’s message centre that allows the rest of your body to move optimally and with ease. Below are just a few of the many benefits you can experience with regular Pilates sessions at one of our clinics.
Provide a refreshing mind-body workout
Reduce general aches and pains
Build strong, long, and lean muscles
Improve flexibility and mobility
Develop a strong core and better balance
Evenly condition your body
Assist with injury rehab and prevent future injuries
Increase bodily awareness
The LiveWell Approach
Our Waterloo Pilates instructors are trained and certified to help you reconnect with your body and mind. We do not take the responsibility of teaching Pilates lightly and are always working to improve our methods. We are passionate about helping people meet their goals and working through their pain to live and love life with a fluidity they’ve never felt before. We’re excited to help you get started or continue your Pilates journey!
LiveWell Pilates Sessions
At LiveWell Health & Physiotherapy Waterloo, we approach Pilates with a focus on the science connecting your mind and body so that we can work with you to break old movement patterns and habits. This change will allow you to move more freely and without pain. This comprehensive approach will focus on posture, core control, movement of the spine in all four directions (flexion, extension, lateral, rotation), joint mobility, and muscular flexibility.
Our LiveWell Health & Physiotherapy Waterloo clinic offer Pilates in private and group sessions. Private sessions are a great way to introduce you to the world of Pilates and teach you how to move optimally and work on your core strength. Group classes are an excellent way to maintain your gains from private sessions in a small group setting. They are also a unique way to work out with a friend or two. Please note that we have a cancellation policy for our Pilates sessions. We ask that your give us at least 24-hour notice to cancel private sessions and 12-hour notice to cancel group classes.