Connexion Pilates

Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. It improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

Developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe, gentle exercise system using a floor mat or specialized equipment. Whatever your age and physical condition, Pilates will get you in top shape.

More concretely, Pilates emphasizes proper breathing and correct spinal alignment to strengthen the deep abdominals and the muscles supporting the spinal column (the core). By concentrating fully on smooth, flowing movement, you will become aware of how your body feels, where it is in space and how to control its movement.

In Pilates, the quality of a movement is valued over the quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential as it helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Finally, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles. Weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger, which creates a muscular imbalance, a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Pilates conditions the entire body, including the ankles and feet. It lengthens and strengthens muscles, improving their elasticity and joint movement. No muscle group is under or overtrained; your entire musculature is evenly conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less risk of injury. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less prone to injury.
Pilates is particularly effective for improving sports performance or posture or achieving better health, and can help rehabilitate the body after an injury.

Pilates is a very flexible exercise system. Modifications can be made to the exercises to create a range of difficulty, from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Choose the program that best suits your needs.
Pilates transforms the way your body looks and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually retrain your body to move more safely and gently.
Professional dancers have known about the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility and injury prevention. Movie stars and models use it to maintain their long, slender physiques. 

Polestar Pilates
Forward-thinking doctors, therapists, trainers and health club owners know that Pilates is the leading edge in rehabilitation and fitness practice. They also know that the effectiveness of Polestar Pilates is based on demonstrated data.

Built on scientific principles familiar to rehabilitation and fitness professionals, Polestar Pilates is taught by experienced professionals and offers excellent coaching support.

It is centred on an analysis of each individual’s fitness level and encourages adaptation to various situations and creativity. Polestar Pilates measures instructors’ capacity to justify their exercise selections and individual treatment programs.

All our instructors are qualified professionals who have obtained Polestar Pilates certification. They also have their own individual training experience. That is why we recommend working with different instructors.

Polestar trainee rebate: encourage the next generation of Polestar trainers and save 20% on certain memberships!

The Essential: three private introductory Pilates classes to assess your posture and fitness level, take photographs, introduce you to the six basic principles and the Reformer, and give you an opportunity to practise on the mat and with the Reformer.
The One-on-One*: private class
The Duo*: semi-private class with a maximum of two students
The Social**: group class with a maximum of five students
The Solo***: Practise your program alone and unsupervised
* The One-on-One and Duo packages include:

Photographs and posture assessment
Fitness level assessment
Home and studio program
Reassessment every two months
** The Social package is eight weeks long
Prerequisites: The Essential package; no serious injuries

*** The Solo is possible upon approval of the master instructor and depending on studio availability

Cost: see the rate schedule
Note: wear comfortable sports attire, no running shoes, no perfume
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is an exercise modality that guides users to simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons while also articulating and mobilizing the joints. Corresponding breathing patterns are engaged during the performance of the exercises, thereby increasing co-ordination, endurance and aerobic activity.

Genesis package: identical to the Essential package. Discover the Gyrotonic® difference and the benefits.
Cost: see the rate schedule
Note: wear comfortable sports attire, no running shoes, no perfume
Osteopathy (Montreal)
Osteopathy is a manual medicine that focuses on the functional problems of the human body. It is distinct from other forms of manual therapy, and must not be confused with physiotherapy or chiropractic.

An osteopath uses his or her hands to establish an osteopathic diagnosis and deliver treatment. Using various mobility tests on the joints (vertebrae and limbs), organs and head, the osteopath evaluates the body’s systems. Different types of palpation are used to assess the shape, volume, consistency or tension and position of the structures evaluated.

Cost: $80/hour
Insurance receipts available.

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Massage therapy (Anatotherapy) (Montreal)
Anatotherapy eliminates muscle knots, which are often the cause of the back pain that regularly afflicts us. Palpation, in conjunction with a handheld vibrating massage device, helps to detect and eliminate masses at various locations in the human body.

Discover this vibration-based massage technique, enjoy the many therapeutic benefits and relax!!


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