Pilates gift certificate for the wellness conscious

Meet Monique Lavoie, Owner of Pilates Winnipeg and STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer

Monique teaching Star  Reformer exercise that is killer on core

Monique teaching Star
Reformer exercise that is killer on core

Monique is a serious goal crusher and a true inspiration when it comes to living with purpose and doing what you love. She has had such a positive influence on the Dance and Pilates community and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her.

Is PILATES WINNIPEG on your list of classes to try for 2016!                                  

Text for an appointment 204-955-8900


Purple Day

Every once in a while clients will come in wearing all the same colors.  Cool!

A psychic connection to each other ?  Perhaps or just a coincidence more likely. On this cloudy day in downtown Winnipeg, purple was dominating.purple day 1

enjoy the rest of your weekend



Dancers and Pilates are a match made in core-strengthening heaven! Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson reveals the “secret weapon” that keeps her in shape and stage ready.

Best kept secret in fitness. The power of Pilates….give it a try at Pilates Winnipeg,       254 Edmonton street

Watch this video demonstration by National Ballet of Canada principle dancer.


Reformer will change how you feel about Pilates

I’ve heard so many people lately saying “oh I’ve tried Pilates and I didn’t like it”
What they don’t know is that the majority of the pilates exercises are done on equipment.The Reformer is the key to understanding Pilates. If all you’ve tried are Mat classes, consider equipment-based classes. It is dynamic, fun, safe and so effective.

Consider these 5 myths about Pilates: PW 5

1- Pilates is slow and boring

2- Pilates is for woman

3- Pilates is like yoga

4- Pilates is expensive

5- Pilates is to easy

If you are one of those people who think you won’t like Pilates, think again. Try it, I know you will love it!


Book your class today PILATES WINNIPEG 204-955-8900

Passion for Pilates

 Kal Barteski has found back-pain relief with Pilates.

Kal Barteski has found back-pain relief with Pilates Winnipeg (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

KAL BARTESKI, artist, painter, poet and creator of ‘brush script” art

Her Favourite workout?  Without a doubt, my favourite workout of my entire life would be a solid intermediate workout on the reformer (a machine that provides resistance to assist in developing proper alignment, core strength and flexibility). I found Pilates on the reformer after a long love affair with the gym and a drag of a back injury. Pilates is a workout for your body, but also for your brain. I love the challenge. I love the connection, the feedback, the endorphins. I love the body awareness. I love the physical test and intelligence behind the science. Read more…


Lisa Howell is Coming to Winnipeg February 2015

Due to popular demand Lisa Howell from Sydney, Australia is finally hosting an intensive Dance Teacher Training weekend for Dance Teachers and Health professionals in Winnipeg: February 20 to 22, 2015Lisa 3

Whether you are a dance teacher who wants to give more to your students, or a health professional who works closely with dancers, this 3 day intensive training course will be very powerful for you. The focus of the course is to help fine tune your observation skills, assessment of technical faults and anatomical restrictions, allowing you to work with dancers at a much higher level. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how to correct these issues with specific exercises or stretches, and how to integrate this into a dancers training and class work.

Lisa is the owner and creator of Perfect Form Physiotherapy and has a strong history in classical dance and is well respected both nationally and internationally for her work with young dancers, professional dancers and dance teachers. Lisa’s focus is on education to prevent injury and maximise performance rather than waiting for injury to occur. At the 2007 IADMS conference her poster on pre-pointe assessment was joint-winner of the award for the poster making “The Greatest Contribution To Dance Medicine” and continues to develop programs to educate and inspire young dancers to become the best that they can possible be. Lisa is also a qualified instructor in The Pilates Method and has had extensive personal involvement in various forms of Dance and Yoga. Throughout her professional studies and career she has continued her involvement with dance and uses her personal experience as a constant learning tool to advance her knowledge.

For more information on Lisa’s workshops and how to register please go to:



MELT to a pain free posture

melt logoMonique & Anne are presenting The MELT Method, a simple self-treatment method that combats chronic pain, improves performance, and decreases the accumulated stress caused by the repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. MELT was created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, based in New York City, and it’s now being taught across the country to groups and individuals by instructors trained by Hitzmann

The MELT Method is the very first Hands-off Bodywork® method developed for the general public as a self-care tool to prevent and relieve chronic pain. It’s an affordable addition to any wellness or fitness routine.

MELT WITH US on Sunday September 21 from 9:30 to 11:30, 254 Edmonton Street, unit 203

For more information on the workshop please email me at pilates-winnipeg@shaw.ca



open doorWelcome everyone to Pilates Winnipeg, now open for business downtown at 254 Edmonton Street. I have morning, noon and after work Pilates classes for all levels. Perhaps you were coming to Pilates when I had my studio on Adelaide street. Well I’m back downtown and would be happy to teach you again.

Email me at pilates-winnipeg@shaw.ca and le’s get you booked in for fall.

See you soon,

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STOP using a roller on your IT band

IT band I’ve been saying this for years “don’t roll your IT band on a hard roller”  Don’t get me wrong!! I like the foam roller as a tool to increase the level of difficulty stabilizing a position. Take for example an abdominal exercise performed on your back. When done on the floor you will feel the prime movers contract but when the same exercise is done lying lengthwise on a roller, you’ll feel those core muscles, the deep muscles that form your inner unit ( tranverse abdominals, Multifidus, pelvic floor) Lately, I’ve been seeing people with those rollers that look like Michelin tires rolling their body weight up and down the leg. The IT band is pretty much just a tendon and so treating it like your tenderizing meat isn’t going to help. I’m all for self release but use caution with hard materials on soft tissue. Best place to start is by strengthening the glut med which can be done with good old fashion side leg lift executed properly, with good alignment, parallel legs and slow control movement.That would be the short answer. Long term you need a well balanced, total body exercise program that focuses not only on your global strength but on your stabilizers. Try Pilates Winnipeg and get ride of IT band trouble. If you are interest in reading more go to: http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/your-it-band-is-not-the-enemy#.VA0krx1aR68.facebook monique_signature