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Register for Summer Classes!

It’s that time of year again! Summer classes will begin on Monday July 2. 

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Summer Classes: Monday July 2 – Friday August 24, 2018
Monday classes (7 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (8 weeks)Classes cancelled Monday, August 6, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday August 27 – Friday September 7, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule 
Online Schedule

Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancellation policy for group classes and 24 hour cancellation policy for private sessions.  When we receive sufficient notice, you will receive a credit for your class or session.  Otherwise, the entire cost will be processed as if you were in attendance.

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

Spring Registration!

Spring Landscape HeaderIt’s that time of year again!

Spring classes will begin on Monday April 2. 

Spring Classes: Monday April 2 – Friday June 22, 2018
Monday classes (11 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (12 weeks)Classes cancelled Victoria Day Monday, May 21, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday June 25 – Friday June 29, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule
Online Schedule

Class Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancel policy in order to receive class credit, otherwise the class cost will be processed

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

See Ya Later Alligator … We’ll Miss You Julane! 

As the Spring approaches we say goodbye to one of our valued Instructors as she sets out on a new adventure! Julane is freeing up her schedule in order to pursue her dreams within the massage therapy world. The biggest part of this dream: to work towards being hired on with a sports team! To learn more about Julane’s next steps and a heartfelt goodbye, keep reading! 

What is your next adventure?

No imminent adventure, but definitely some big dreams! At the moment I will be using my spare time to train for my upcoming duathlon… and maybe for another bobsled combine! I am filling up my calendar by completing my last year of university for my degree in health sciences online, courses to fulfill some curiosities, complete some upgrades and to better my skills in massage, Pilates and business!

I also intend to send in some resumes to professional sports teams. I  have completed a season as the trainer for the Panthers, semi pro baseball team, and three seasons as the massage therapist with the Kitchener Rangers. I would love to have a more prominent role!

Will massage be your sole focus?

I will be adding some massage hours to continue building my practice as well as focusing on some self improvement (see above)!

What was your favourite part about working at KW Art of Fitness?

Definitely the people! I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by a better group of clients and coworkers! I have loved working here over the last decade thanks to you truly wonderful people.

You guys have helped me learn and laugh every day and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my life! It is tremendously hard to say goodbye because I feel like I have a special bond with every single one of you; but I am leaving you in good hands!

What is your official last day?

Thursday March 22nd! 

Metamorphosis is working out at KW Art of Fitness with Stephanie!

Metamorphosis very time I commit to fabulous fitness with Steph at the KW Art of Fitness studio I get to play, (re)discover, and remember how amazing I am! It comes with great leadership, mutual respect, and remembering to allow room for a generous dollop of fun for sustainability – keeps me coming back. Thanks Stephanie. Metamorphosis is working out at KW Art of Fitness with Stephanie! -Judith L Harrison, MIND MATTERS (Renaissance. Education. Inspiration. Activation)

Light Rail Transit (LRT) Detour and Construction Stress

detour-signLRT – Opportunity FOUND!

This week at the studio, I noticed one common theme in conversation as clients came in for class: LRT Construction and detours!  It seems everywhere you turn roads are torn up, barricades are erected and traffic is slowed down.  It can be challenging in unexpected times of frustration and delay to remain calm, can’t it?  One thing is clear: LRT construction will remain a reality on the streets of K-W for many months to come.  Instead of getting bogged down in the LRT frustration, let’s not only take this time in our car to focus on driving safely…but also dial-in to PILATES!

INSTEAD OF THIS…. DO THAT…
· Another road closure have you fired up and taking shallow breaths? ·Select relaxing music. Focus on your breath.  Full, deep inhales through your nose as your ribcage and diaphragm expand, exhaling out your mouth.
·Following detour signs as you drive with shoulders clenched up around your ears and tension mounting in your upper back? ·Find relaxation through your head, neck and shoulders as you draw your shoulder blades away from ears to hug the spine.
·Leaning forward over the steering wheel, looking to see when the next break in traffic will appear? ·Take note of your head positioning in relation to your shoulders and body.  Is there an opportunity for you to draw your head back in to alignment towards the head rest?
·Simply can’t take any more of this construction as you slouch low in your seat? ·With proper alignment in mind, sit up tall in your driver’s seat allowing your pelvic floor, diaphragm and roof of your mouth to be stacked on top of one another in alignment.

I think we may have just found the silver lining to all this LRT construction! With this refreshed view on the opportunity that lies ahead – I wish you safe travels and happy trails!

 

This just in ….

Thanks clients for inspiring us instructors!Today I received a fun email from a client. Of course, it made me laugh and feel pretty damn good about myself AND has left me feeling very grateful that we have clients who are so interested in the details of Pilates, movements as well as a sincere desire to learn how to self monitor and understand “proper form.”

So, from Liz to me and from me back to Liz and all of you who come to our studio …. THANKS FOR INSPIRING ALL OF US INSTRUCTORS TO GET INTO WHAT WE TEACH!  (yes that’s loud cap letters on purpose!)

Merci!

What keeps us coming to work is receiving emails like this one while clients are away on vacation!

Thanks to the spin bike I am still smiling after biking 10 km up hills in south of France!!! Woohoo! Go Steph and the "evil" spin bike!!! Liz

Thanks to the spin bike I am still smiling after biking 10 km up hills in south of France!!!
Woohoo!
Go Steph and the “evil” spin bike!!!
Liz