What’s New

New Pilates Schedule! March/April 2018

Registration is now open for our March/April 2018 Pilates session! Click here to see the new schedule!


Welcome to the studio Chris Csak

Please give a warm welcome to our new instructor Chris Csak!

Chris has been In the Health and Fitness Industry for 20 years and has been teaching Pilates for 10. He has worked with a wide variety of individuals with varying goals and limitations both in Canada and abroad. He believes that by enhancing physical function an individual betters their physiological process and overall health. Having recently moved to Victoria, Chris is very excited to share his knowledge and experience with his new Community.



Welcome to the studio Rhiannon King!


Please give a warm welcome to our new instructor Rhiannon King!

Rhiannon has dedicated herself to the pursuit of mindful movement since her early teens. Inspired by her mother’s journey to maintain health and mobility Rhiannon has trained in multiple modalities. She strongly believes in the power of moment therapy and in the bodies innate ability to heal itself. Through her experience with yoga, Pilates and Eccentrics, Rhiannon endeavours to find the right movement for the each individual body. Her passion for vitality and pain free living is not limited to the flesh and bones of the body but for the person as a whole. She is constantly evolving and draws her teaching from a continuous drive to learn and close work with very experienced mentors.



Shelbourne Pilates & Dana Carter offer Fall Pilates Teacher Training

Join Dana Carter and Shelbourne Pilates for Pilates Teacher Training Mat level 1 this Fall.  For more information or to apply click here or contact our studio coordinators to inquire at 250-598-9828 ext. 2

NEW Somatic Movement Education Class

Our newest Pilates Instructor Regina teaches how to retrain your muscles into the patterns that remove pain.

What is it?

Somatic Movement involves a series of specific exercises that reconnect the brain with the muscles so you can let go of tightness in the body. The movements are slow and mindful, and are preferably performed on the floor but can also be done sitting in a chair or standing up. The educator leading the class will verbally teach you the exercises rather than demonstrate, and you can feel free to close your eyes while you do the exercises. By not demonstrating the movements, we encourage an internal learning process. You can make changes in your nervous system more effectively and efficiently when you focus completely on your internal sensations rather than on copying someone else’s movements.  No pain = more gain!

Who is Somatic Movement Education for?

Anyone who has chronic pain, aches and pains or stiffness, or who wants to keep their body youthful! It doesn’t matter how old you are or how fit you are. The classes also help to improve your Pilates, Yoga, Barre or other sports and your overall quality of movement.

How will Somatic Movement Education help my pain?

Somatic Movement addresses the root cause of WHY you are in pain and teaches you HOW to reverse it.

When a muscle has been contracted over a long period of time, the brain accepts this as “normal” and doesn’t know it’s contracted – this is known as muscle sensory motor amnesia. You are in pain because the muscles are constantly over-contracted, causing them to be weak and tired. These contracted muscles can then compress the joints and trap nerves, causing further pain. Your body tries to compensate, changing the way you move and using other muscles instead, which sets up a further pattern of pain.

The specific somatic movements “wake up” the brain to the reality of the contracted muscles, and retrain them to release and move in a more efficient and pain-free way!

Once this happens, every day movements will seem much easier, you’ll be able to take up those hobbies that you had to put on hold because of pain and stiffness, and you’ll no longer have an excuse not to do your chores! You will be able to enjoy playing with the kids (or grandkids) and will achieve greater results in your sport and fitness training. You will look and feel younger as you move more freely.

What’s the difference between Somatic Movement Education and Yoga or Pilates

Compared to Yoga and Pilates Somatics is not considered so much a workout for your body but more for your brain. The movements provide a sensory feedback loop from the brain: you’ll teach your brain to notice when muscles are contracted, and then educate the muscles to fully release and work in a more energy-efficient and pain-free manner. If you cannot feel it you cannot change it! You have to be aware of your habitual patterns and contracted muscles first so you can actively change and release them. However, a Somatic Movement class is very relaxing for body and mind. You will leave with a sense of peace and a greater awareness of yourself.

You’ll find that somatic movement will improve your Pilates or Yoga – you’ll be able to move deeper and further, and with greater ease.

Shelbourne Pilates & Dana Carter offer Summer Pilates Reformer Teacher Training

Join Dana Carter and Shelbourne Pilates for Pilates Teacher Training Reformer 1 this Summer. For more information or to apply click here or contact our studio coordinators to inquire at 250-598-9828 ext. 2

Is Pilates Good Exercise for Seniors?

Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.

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Classes for Seniors

It is possible to learn Pilates from online instruction, videos, and books. However, I recommend starting out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor.

As Pilates becomes an integral part of the fitness world, Pilates classes specifically for seniors are becoming more common. They can be found at senior centers, Pilates studios, gyms, and YMCAs. If an age-specific class is not available, many seniors will find that regular beginner classes are welcoming and level appropriate. A good instructor will offer cues for exercise modifications, and most classes are small enough that some individual instruction can be expected.

Another option for the senior student is to begin with private classes. Private instruction is offered at most Pilates studios. This will ensure a good foundation in the basic movement principles of Pilates, and make it easier for an instructor to tailor modifications to a student’s needs.

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Mat or Reformer Classes?

Mat and reformer are the two most common types of Pilates classes that people begin with. Either one will be beneficial for the senior student. A Pilates mat class is comprised of exercises done on a mat on the floor, without any special equipment. However, smaller pieces of Pilates equipment, such as the magic circle or exercise band, may be incorporated into a mat class.

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Shelbourne Pilates & Dana Carter offer Spring Pilates Teacher Training

Join Dana Carter and Shelbourne Pilates for Pilates Teacher Training Mat level 1 this Spring.  For more information or to apply click here or contact our studio coordinators to inquire at 250-598-9828 ext. 2

Check out our new blog posts from instructors at Shelbourne Pilates

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The Mind Body Connection: What you can do for you and How Pilates help

With a change in weather and the holiday season approaching, now is a great time of year to slow down and bring your attention to balancing the connection between your body and mind.

Two of the main principles in Pilates are breath and concentration.  Being aware of your breath in Pilates allows you to maximise your exercises.  The breath can also be a reflection of one’s state of mind. When we are nervous or anxious, the breath shallows and speeds up making it difficult to focus. When we come into the habit of recognising our breath we can reverse the symptoms of stress by consciously slowing the breath and inhaling fully into the body. Try taking the Pilates foundations into your everyday routine with this easy mind body morning routine…

When you wake in the morning remain in bed for a few moments to give yourself the opportunity to breathe mindfully and connect to your body. Keep your eyes closed and take a deep inhale through your nose, allowing your rib cage to expand to in all directions. Hold your breath for a few moments, then exhale through your mouth, focusing on engaging your abdominal muscles, drawing your navel in towards your spine to push the stale air out. As you take breath in focus on feeling air filling the sides and back of your body. Remembering that your core includes muscles in your waist and back, think about tightly squeezing the sides of your abdominals as well as the front as you exhale.  After you are comfortable with your deep breathing and core engagement, take a mental scan of the rest of your body. Become aware of any sensations, pleasant or unpleasant, as you scan from the crown of your head down to your toes.  Remembering that your thoughts have a physical effect on your body, use your final relaxed moments to intentionally bring a positive mantra for you day into your mind and repeat it several times.

Building awareness of your core will give you better posture and balance throughout your day to come and will help you improve your performance in your Pilates & Yoga classes.  Your deep focused breathing will oxygenate your blood, increase overall circulation ensuring that enough oxygen is flowing to the muscles you are using, and help to prevent unnecessary tension in the day to come.

Have you noticed how animals always stretch after they wake up? If you have a pet you might see this around your home daily. Your pet might flex their back and extend their legs before they begin to walk around after sleeping. Complete this practice with some gentle stretching and movement.  Hug your knees into your chest, perhaps twist side to side. Your mind might be awake, but make sure your body is too before rolling out of bed and engaging the day with a clear, positive, and relaxed mind.


Mykaela Lemke

Certified Pilates Matt Instructor


NEW Athletic Conditioning Classathletic-conditioning-271x180

Athletic conditioning on the reformer will help you to sharpen agility, boost strength and endurance and prevent injury. Our instructors will educate you on how to isolate muscles and increase movement efficiency while emphasizing core stability in a sport-specific Reformer-based workout.

This class is now being offered Saturdays at 8am with Pilates instructor Sharon.


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