We don’t change the exercises. The exercises change us.
The principles of natural movement inherent in the Classical Pilates Method is the lens through which we observe and address posture. Using specific Pilates techniques and state-of-the-art Classical Pilates equipment we teach you how to calibrate your movements for optimum results. We believe that movement is dynamic and interconnected and we encourage exploration, curiosity and play.
The Classical Pilates repertoire consists of exercises designed to address the whole body so that range and ease of movement, flexibility, and strength is achieved in a balanced way. Rather than holding poses or focussing excessively on stabilization without context, students build biostructural strength, stability and support.
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Knowledgable, Adaptable, Supportive
The immersion in Classical training and the dramatic physical results spurred the completion of a second pilates certification in 2015 in the Advanced Program at The Pilates Center, Boulder. Since then Marlene has also become a Certified Level 1 Hypopressives® Teacher.
In 2017 Marlene Founded Reform Pilates and she became passionate about creating a culture that continued the legacy and knowledge of Classical Pilates and also reflected the values of integrity, commitment, health and compassion.
Marlene enjoys organizing information about the body into simple concepts and applying the Classical Pilates Method to address clients’ unique physiologies. She is passionate about facilitating learning opportunities and exploring creative ways to teach others about the Classical Pilates Method with its roots in wholistic health. Marlene enjoys helping clients overcome physical fears and limiting beliefs through movement education and awareness techniques but she loves supporting students’ emotional well-being and humbly offers space and the tools that are most effective at delivering this.
Away from the studio, Marlene can be found in the forest, hiking our scenic local mountains, reading and spending as much time with her two teenage sons as they can bear.
Thoughtful, Committed, Empathetic
Alex first came to the Pilates Method because of low back pain induced by many years of sitting at a desk. After a few months of practice, she was feeling better and her low back pain was all but gone. A few years later, reading Joseph Pilates’ Return to Life through Contrology, she was blown away by his vision: empowering people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she took the opportunity to enroll in The Pilates Center Intermediate Plus Teacher training program. Alex is looking to inspire and empower people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement.
Alex graduated from The Pilates Center Advanced Teacher Training in November 2022. She is also a certified Pilates Teacher through NPCP.
Curious, Supportive, Playful
Born and raised in Vancouver, Melissa fell into the local Film Industry shortly after finishing a Fashion Design Diploma. The long hours and stress were demanding, so at the recommendation of a co-worker, she started taking Pilates classes in 2003. She enjoyed the challenge, both mental and physical, as well as improved posture and more self-confidence; she quickly got hooked.
To deepen her personal practice, she completed a Mat Teacher Training through PhysicalMind Canada in 2009 and from there maintained a home practice for several years as well as a “lazy weekend warrior” lifestyle that included kayaking and backpacking.
In 2017, soft tissue injuries from a car accident forced her to hit the pause button on most of the activities she loved. As soon as she was able to, she returned to the Pilates studio to help heal herself. She continued to work full time in the Film Industry, but found it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working a 70-hour work week.
In the fall of 2021, she enrolled in an 850-hour Comprehensive Classical Pilates Teacher Training Program with Matilda Christensen. Melissa is set to graduate from the School of Natural Movement in March of 2023. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for Pilates!
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Accountable, Passionate, Dedicated
Laís has been a Physiotherapist for 10 years in Brazil before moving to B.C.. She is passionate about rehabilitation and is inspired by the body’s ability to heal given the right tools and support. In college, she continued to explore other modalities to support her training as a therapist. During that time she specialized in Aesthetic Physiotherapy.
During her treatments, Laís focuses on providing full-body integration and focused breathing to bring higher levels of relaxation to the massage. She sees value in treating the body as a whole and is genuinely invested in helping her clients manage pain. She uses her knowledge of the nervous system to help invite tranquility to your sessions, creating an environment conducive to healing.
When Laís is not working, you can find her exploring the world with her wonderful son.
Teach at Reform
Are you passionate about Classical Pilates? If you are a certified Pilates instructor or Classical Pilates Instructor who is motivated to develop and grow your career, email your cover letter and resume to Marlene with the subject line “I love Contrology”.
- Spots are limited! Pre-booking your preferred class times well in advance ensures your spot and prevents class cancellations and interruptions to programming.
- We now offer recurring memberships, for your convenience. Cancel anytime, this one-time setup makes it easier for you to book into your regularly scheduled sessions in advance at a reduced rate. Please call or email the studio for more information.
- We encourage students to bring their own water bottles whenever possible to aid with hydration before and after class.
- Please remove shoes upon entering the studio as we do not allow footwear.
- Please refrain from wearing perfumes or potent scents in the studio.
- Please arrive a few minutes early for your class as we do not allow late arrivals.
- Due to the intimate nature of our studio please keep electronic devices turned off so as not to distract students currently in session.