Pilates is a body awareness exercise method that is based in both eastern and western movement philosophies, combining mind/body connection, breathing techniques, spinal alignment, movement ease, flexibility and core centered strength. Pilates can be used for rehabilitation purposes as well as conditioning for athletes. At our studio we offer private sessions and individualized programs and classes as well as specialized classes.
To get started, you will need to take a series of 6 to 8 private lessons (or semi-private lessons if you know someone else who wants to join you) to assess your needs and goals and prepare for an individualized personal program. From there you are ready to start working in a class setting. The classes are small, 4 to 5 people, and monitored to ensure the exercises are done correctly and to continually advance your program. We will be offering other led and specialized classes occasionally as well. Feel free to call or check the website for availability.
Peggy Oud began her own Pilates program during rehabilitation after a car accident in 1998. After completing her BCRPA and Stott Intensive Training, Peggy began teaching at Rutland Physical Therapy / Kelowna Pilates Studio in 2001. By 2002 she had completed Mat & Reformer teaching certification and continued on to get full training on all Pilates apparatus. She has been a member of the Canadian Pilates Association of Canada since 2002 and has upgraded with many extra courses including ‘Rehab Though Pilates’ with Colleen Jorgensen (Osteopath), and ‘Anatomy Trains’, with Thomas Myers.
In 2007 Peggy began to study Ortho-Bionomy, which is osteopathic based, gentle bodywork that helps bring the body back to its natural position and health, she is now an Advanced Practitioner and continues to upgrade her education of the body through studying Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation.
Janet Watson started her career as a professional musician and piano teacher, and after discovering the benefits of Pilates for her own body, became a Stott certified practitioner in 2007. Her particular areas of interest are Gentle Pilates (for clients with physical limitations) and Osteo Pilates (which allows clients to strengthen and stabilize without compromising the spine).
Stott Pilates certified instructor, Mat | Reformer | Cadillac | Chair | Barrels | Therapeutic Pilates
Danette Christophe graduated from Physical Therapy in 1993 from the University of Saskatchewan. She began her career in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic in Calgary, where she worked with athletes in the clinic as well as on the field. Upon moving to the Okanagan in 1995 she continued her post graduate training in sports and manual therapy, and in 1999 she completed her residency exams in manual therapy.
After taking some time to start her family she returned to physical therapy and trained as a Stott Pilates instructor. Danette also uses the real time ultrasound to help her clients isolate core muscles. Her focus is now using her knowledge of anatomy, pathology and normal mechanics to help clients with movement dysfunctions learn how to use their muscles to stabilize and move more effectively and efficiently, in order to achieve their goals.
Outside the clinic Danette is busy with her family and enjoys camping, cycling, hiking, skiing, and volunteering in her community
Betty Jeffers is a long-time passionate advocate about the benefits of Pilates, and is a Pilates Process certified instructor (mat and reformer). She started her personal journey with Pilates in 2000 and remains amazed at how much the Pilates approach to exercise has to offer, from rehabilitative work to cross-training and beyond, providing the opportunity for all individuals to enhance their health through improved mobility, strength and stability.
When Judy discovered Pilates she was impressed how it can bring someone back into a balanced body and health. Judy believes that having a healthy body begins with performing exercises that increase strength and flexibility. Two very effective forms of exercise to achieve this are Pilates and Yoga.
Judy is a Certified Instructor with Pilates Process. She has completed her Mat and Reformer and continues to get training on all Pilates’ equipment.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree Judy studied Yoga. She has been teaching Yoga for over 12 years to people of all ages and abilities. She saw the many benefits her students received from her classes so extended her training to include Yoga Therapy and is a certified member of International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has training in Self Regulation Therapy, is a certified fitness trainer with BRCPA, and is an associate Ortho-Bionomy practitioner.
Judy’s class stimulates physical, mental and emotional awareness while bringing the body back into balance and maintaining health.
Deborah Ward is the Instructor Trainer and Director of the Western Canada Branch of the PILATES PROCESS method.
Deborah is well known in the dance community having taught many years throughout British Columbia. She is a Fellow/Examiner of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance and for over 30 years adjudicated throughout North America, Scotland and Australia.
Looking for a cross training method of rebalancing overused muscles, Deborah began her studies in Pilates, certifying first in the Mat component with POLESTAR PILATES. Two years later she traveled to Toronto to train with equipment. Deborah completed FULL certification including Injuries & Special Populations with STOTT PILATES.
Sean’ first introduction to Pilates was for recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon. In 2001 he became an instructor working with Laura Helsel and her company, then Riverdale Pilates, now Pilates Process. He is an instructor trainer for the Pilates Process on all Pilates equipment and a Franklin Method Level 1 instructor.
Having had a dance career for 25 years, movement and movement patterns have always been a point of interest and passion for Sean. He specializes in using Pilates as a tool for students and clients to achieve the most efficient and easy movement experience. This can be in a strength building situation or in a rehabilitative one or, as is often the case, both.
Sean and his family moved to Vernon in 2015, where they live on and run Curlew Orchard, an organic apple orchard.