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COVID 19 SAFETY POLICY

As per the December 9th, 2020 BC Provincial Health Order, we have included our safety plan below in regards to small group clinical pilates low intensity exercise at Shelbourne Physiotherapy:

  1. All group classes are 4 people maximum pre-registered and spaced a minimum 6 feet apart.
  2. As the clinic is a public space, all clients/participants and staff are expected to arrive and participate in masks. Please stand behind the protective shields when dealing with reception staff.
  3. A mandatory COVID screen sent to each client by email must be completed before participation in class is allowed. If it is not completed by the night before, reception will contact clients as a reminder. Also, please provide any billing/payment information required by reception staff prior to attending the clinic to minimize interaction at the front desk.
  4. Clients are expected to arrive and wait in the upstairs common area not more than 5 minutes before class. If they arrive early, they are expected to wait in their vehicles until a few minutes before class. There is no late admittance after the class has started.
  5. The instructor will invite the participants into class once he/she has ushered the previous class out of the studio. Hand sanitizer is used upon entry and exit from the studio.
  6. Each participant will leave their footwear at the door in assigned locations, sanitize their hands upon entry, and put whatever valuables/personal items in the plastic bins at their reformer before taking their spot on their reformer. Masks stay on. Classes are 50 minutes in length with enough time at the end to allow for proper cleaning and drying time before the next class. Appropriate disinfectant is provided at each mat/reformer to disinfect all items/surfaces used in the class.
  7. When the class is completed, the instructor will instruct the participants on items to be cleaned and monitor the disinfection process. He/she will then orchestrate the exit from the studio space before ushering the next group in.
  8. If clients need to communicate with reception, they are encouraged to communicate via telephone or email. If they prefer to communicate in person, they are to return to the common area and enter the reception area once prompted by reception staff.
  9. A HEPA air filter is in operation and /or windows opened during your class. HVAC is always in operation.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To Our Valued Clients,

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Pilates Studio on Monday, June 1st! We are looking forward to welcoming you back!

Please call or email Kim or Kelsey to tell them which class you would like to attend.

In order to maintain social distancing and ensure safety, the following measures have been implemented:
-maximum class size of 4
-hand sanitizer provided and to be used upon entering and exiting the studio
-full disinfection of mats, reformers and equipment between classes
-minimal interaction with our reception staff.

Please read the following PRIOR to registering for classes:

We ask that any payments be taken care of over the phone with providing credit card information PRIOR to your class which can be kept on file, or only upon entry into our clinic.
There is one way flow within the clinic so if for any reason you need to speak with reception after class, we ask that you call them from your car/home, or enter the main upstairs reception after you have exited the studio. There is a limit of 2 people allowed in the reception area at a time.

-classes will start on time. We ask that when you arrive, you check in with reception and wait in the upstairs common area where you will be allowed into the studio from the”old pilates door” off the small pilates reception area at the top of the stairs. If there is a class finishing before yours, please allow them space to exit before you are invited in by your instructor.
Please arrive on time but not more than 5 minutes early. Those who arrive late will not be allowed entry once class has started.
-priority for registration for classes will be given to those registrants whose classes were cancelled mid March.
-please come dressed ready for your class to decrease congestion in the communal washrooms.

please wear a mask to the clinic, it can be removed once you are in class.
-If you are sick or have been exposed to anyone who is sick or if you have any of the following symptoms please do not attend classes:
fever/chills, cough/shortness of breath, sneezing/nasal congestion, sore throat/painful to swallow, chest pain, loss of sense of smell, loss of appetite, headache, atypical muscle aches/fatigue or vomiting/diarrhea.

To book an appointment, please call our reception desk at (250) 598-9828 ext 2. To book Physiotherapy or Massage Therapy Appointments online.


Welcome to the studio Danielle O’Reilly

Please give a warm welcome to our new instructor Danielle O’Reilly

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Cardio Tramp HIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

We are pleased to offer two high intensity Interval training classes throughout the week both which focus on strength training and cardio conditioning.

Our Trampoline HIIT class centres around the Reformer Trampoline. You’ll do intervals of high intensity cardio work on the Trampoline followed by short intervals of strength work. Take your endurance to the next level by “jumping” into this high energy class. Water and a towel are highly recommended.

For additional information about this class please contact our studio coordinators.


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.


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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.


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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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.

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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