Skip to content Skip to sidebar Skip to footer


Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve strength, balance and mobility. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and is based on principles of natural movement. It works with your body’s natural anatomic design and focuses on lengthening and strengthening muscles from the inside out in proper alignment. Core strength improves stability and balance, resulting in better posture.

Pilate’s original goal was to rehabilitate people from injuries. When Joseph brought Pilates to North America the dancing community fell in love with it. Dancers’ bodies can develop frequent injuries and pain.

Pilates works with the body’s natural anatomic design and builds upon postural alignment by using springs, resistance bands or weights to create what are called “Pilates movements.” These movements use the mind-body connection to coordinate breathing with movement in order to build core strength and control.

These movements are performed on specialized equipment that can be used by beginners all the way up through advanced students. The equipment includes:

  • Reformer – An apparatus that allows you to perform hundreds of different exercises using your own body weight as resistance.
  • Wunda Chair – Similar in appearance and function as the Reformer but more compact and portable for people who want an intense workout at home or at work (when you don’t have access to a gym).
  • Cadillac – A piece of equipment with springs on either side that helps increase balance while performing various exercises such as squats or planks
  • Mat – all you need is a mat and you can perform all the original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. These are called Contrology.
Christine Kirkland Online Pilates

Unlocking Your Strength and Confidence with the Magic of  Pilates for Women Over 55

In today's fast-paced world, prioritizing fitness over 55 can feel overwhelming. However, it's crucial to remember that when it comes to achieving strength, confidence, and overall well-being, less can be more.  As a dedicated Pilates instructor specializing in online classes tailored for women over 50, I understand the unique needs and challenges this demographic faces.…

Read More

Gentle Online Pilates classes for seniors

Exploring Pilates: Which Method is Best for Beginners?

Pilates has gained widespread popularity for its ability to enhance strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. For beginners looking  to embrace this transformative practice, navigating the array of Pilates methods can be overwhelming. From classical to contemporary, each approach offers unique benefits tailored to different fitness levels and preferences. In this blog, we'll explore various Pilates…

Read More

online pilates classes

Unlocking the Power of Pilates: What Pilates Does To Your Body

In today's fast-paced world, finding an effective workout routine that not only sculpts your body but also nurtures your mind and spirit is paramount. Enter Pilates, a dynamic exercise system that has gained immense popularity for its transformative effects on both body and mind.  Pilates, originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century,…

Read More

Gentle Online Pilates Classes

Transforming My Fitness Journey: From High Impact to Low Impact & Embracing Pilates

Being a fitness enthusiast has been a consistent part of my life. In my early twenties, I was centred around rigorous training for 10K races and dedicating hours at the gym every week. However, as I approached my mid-thirties, the landscape of my fitness journey underwent a transformation. The stress that high-impact workouts imposed on…

Read More

online pilates classes

Pilates for Back Pain Relief: Pilates Classes for a Stronger Spine

As we gracefully navigate through the golden years of life, one thing becomes increasingly important: maintaining a strong and healthy body.  For many of us, back pain can become an unfortunate companion that hinders daily activities and limits enjoyment. But fear not! There's a low-impact solution that doesn't involve endless hours in the gym or…

Read More