Why Choose
Reform Pilates?


Optimize your physical and emotional health

Throughout history human beings have used movement to heal. Movement is our first language and how we relate to ourselves and the world around us. Without this direct connection to the body we are missing our greatest ally. Because life has a way of impacting us in less than ideal ways, we are here to guide you back to optimal, balanced health through specific, guided movement. Our highly trained and experienced instructors respect your journey and your innate capacity to change, adapt and access your greatest emotional and physical potential yet.

Our teacher-led classes are strategically small and grounded in expertise and empathy to provide customized transformation that is simply not possible in larger studios.


Treat and Prevent Posture Related Pain

We highly recommend Private Sessions for new students and students who have kyphosis, scoliosis, osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. The Classical Pilates method broadly focuses on uniform development and is proven to provide an excellent vehicle designed to achieve and sustain good, pain free posture. Our students build strength in a knowledgeable, safe and supportive environment so tasks like sitting, climbing stairs, picking up young children / pets or lifting heavy objects can be achieved pain free.

Sport Specific Training

Correct Muscle Imbalance for Better Performance

Your ability to execute efficient, sport specific movement is key to success in any sport. However, due to the repetitive nature of sport specific training, injuries are inevitable. It is invaluable that you understand the biomechanical inefficiencies related to your sport and make adjustments to achieve a more balanced training program.

At Reform Pilates, we lead you through training that is focused, specific, progressive and incorporates the fullest expression of movement that you are able to achieve during your session. Whether you are on the bike, the slopes, the court, the gym, or in the trails, you will feel the benefits of awareness-based, embodied movement.

Women’s Health

Address Lumbo-Pelvic Stability and Pelvic Floor

Pilates is a good choice for women who are pregnant, are thinking of becoming pregnant, or who have had babies due to its low impact nature and focus on abdominals, posture, and pelvic floor. Exercising correctly will help to maintain or improve good posture and provide trunk support but doing exercise incorrectly can increase the chances of developing diastasis recti or worsen urinary incontinence.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy will promote flexibility in joints and muscles. However, this laxity can make it easier to injure joints or overstrain muscles so exercises and certain positions should be modified or eliminated as you progress from 1-3rd trimester.

We teach safe, effective modifications for abdominal work as well as how to understand and monitor your changing body. Significant physical changes that expectant and new moms experience can be challenging and frustrating. When taking these factors into consideration, it is important that you work with a team that has expertise in women’s health and understands the physiological as well as emotional challenges that occur pre and post baby. Always check with your doctor when starting a new exercise program.


​“Reform Pilates is a great studio in a convenient location (just a couple blocks away from Waterfront Station, in Gastown). Marlene is a Pilates instructor’s Pilates instructor. I know, as it’s my profession as well and Marlene is one of the few instructors in this city that I choose to go to in order to deepen my own embodiment of Pilates.”

–Oliver G

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