Benefits to Pilates

10 Surprising Benefits to Pilates

This refreshing mind-body workout doesn’t just improve your core strength and flexibility; it has a wealth of benefits that under the surface that you might not realize!

Pilates is a universally beneficial exercise for people of all ages and body types. It has increasingly grown into a mainstream practice that is integral to your health and well-being, and is even being recognized by professional athletes that are taking preventative measures to protect their bodies from the wear and tear of their respective sports.

Here are 10 surprising ways that Pilates can benefit your health, strength, posture and your positive outlook on life.

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Why Professional Athletes do ELDOA and Pilates

We always think professional athletes are in outstanding condition, and while they are unequivocally in great shape – their bodies take an absolute beating from the rigours of training and competition. Ask any athlete and they will tell you it’s really all about the prolonging the longevity of their career, not just improving their performance, but keeping them free of injury and helping their body heal quicker if they do get hurt.

In today’s modern sports landscape, professional athletes understand that their competition is as fierce as ever, with incredible demands for them to perform every single day. It’s why we as the audience are so amazed with how they can handle this intense pressure bearing down on them, having the constant spotlight always shining, and the incredible toll that being a modern athlete can do to you mentally and physically.

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Foot Pain

Are We Taking The Health of our Feet for Granted?

Did you know there are over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot? Did you also know that your feet could affect what’s going on in other areas of your body? We rely on our feet to provide so much for us, and we ultimately forget about them and take our feet for granted.

If there is improper biomechanics of your foot, then your knee is going to react in a certain way, which will trickle up into the pelvis, and if your pelvis is out of alignment then your spine will be the next and your shoulders will then feel the wrath. With that being said, it’s not always black and white – but there is definitely a correlation between foot pain and pain that ripples throughout your body.

If your foot alignment is out, you typically won’t really know this unless a professional tells you or if there is noticeable pain. So if there’s no pain, then we are usually surprised that the foot is out of alignment.

“There are two things you need to invest in – a good pair of shoes and a good mattress.”

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Back Pain is an Epidemic of the Modern World

It is estimated that 85 to 90% of people will suffer from back pain at some time during their lives.

In this hyper-connected world we live in where increasing demands, high cost of living and jobs that requires sitting for hours on end are taxing our body’s nervous system, back pain is the second most common reason people visit their family doctors. 

There are two broad categories that can impact back pain, stress and anxiety is one, or it could be a functional issue – like a herniated disk, osteoarthritis or an inflammatory disease.

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Stress and Anxiety: The Twin Thieves That Rob Us of Peace

Our lives have become so fast-paced keeping up with economic demands and growing responsibilities that it’s no wonder that an estimated 8.3 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress – and I’m sure the Canadian stats are compatible! Stress causes anxiety and anxiety leads to feeling stressed – so they are definitely interconnected in many ways.

What are the Physiological Effects of Stress?

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What to Expect From the ELDOA Course

Teaching the ELDOA course has been so rewarding. This form of exercise can change bodies so profoundly because people now have the ability to become their own therapists – taking their health into their own hands.

What I’ve noticed from teaching the ELDOA course is that when everyone starts to experience it in their own body, their demeanour starts to change, people start getting more relaxed and excited to learn more – and the energy in the room is quite remarkable.

With all the phenomenal feedback that I get from the training, I thought it might help to provide a detailed breakdown as to what this course is about.

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10 Years – Sphinx Pilates!

The decision to open Sphinx was, although a natural progression, very daunting at the time. As with every new endeavor there were fears and stressors. Over the past ten years (wow 10 yrs) I’m happy to say it has turned into a space I feel proud of! It’s a place for people who value expert instruction with smaller more intimate classes.

The area has slowly changed and developed and so has Sphinx Pilates – We’ve expanded into the world of ELDOA. We are one of the first studios in Toronto to offer this revolutionary exercise method for back health. And I have been selected as one of twenty instructors by Guy Voyer to certify ELDOA teachers worldwide, an honor. One never knows where life will take you…and your studio.

I have been very lucky to connect with caring, passionate, respectful teachers (Jill Wheeler, Cindy Willems, Aliesha Wright, Milena Roglic, Danisa Misaljevic, Julia Male, Paluna Santamaria, Riikka Wilson) who are in their own right very accomplished and it is an honor to work together with them at Sphinx. We’re down to earth, real and honest.

We’re all about helping others feel better in their own body and [absolutely] having fun doing it – because life can be tough on our body, and mind.

The little studio with great energy and AWESOME clients.

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Introducing…ELDOA Talks

YouTube scares me. Especially when it comes to teaching the ELDOAs. You can find a few of the poses online already sure but does that mean you are doing them correctly? Does that mean you’re really getting the most benefit? Does that mean you’re practicing 

Probably not! 

The ELDOAs are so specific that before taking on your own practice you need a trained instructor giving you visual and hands-on feedback, guiding you to the ultimate position so you can achieve the decoaptation (space) creation that is the key to the success of the method. 

This is what brought me to the concept of ELDOA Talks: a virtual space where I am using the experiences of others to highlight ELDOA, while still promoting safe practice by encouraging viewers into studios to experience it for themselves.  

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Do You Feel (5)

Why I Became an ELDOA Teacher Trainer

I’m a believer. I’ve got to spread the word. From the first moment I met Guy Voyer, DO, the renowned Osteopath who created ELDOA, I have been deeply inspired. He has created a form of exercise that can change bodies so profoundly people now have the ability to become their own therapists, taking their health into their own hands.

I have worked with Guy directly and began feeling the profound effect on my body and mind right from the beginning. The more I learned, the more I knew I had to be a part of his process of helping people. Guy’s true purpose is to help people become well. As an osteopath he treats with his own hands and has used his genius to devise a multitude of tools to help other practitioners heal others. I still smile to myself when remembering how humbled he was when I told him in person how brilliant and profound I thought ELDOA was. He must have sensed my passion, because he chose me as one of only 20 internationally to become an ELDOA teacher trainer.

(Please see upcoming ELDOA teacher training courses in Toronto HERE)

ELDOA has heightened the Pilates practice of every client in my studio. Your spine aligns itself more naturally, is less restricted, and you can move more safely. On a fascial level, ELDOA targets specific areas/levels of the spine, hips and shoulders, creating traction to free adhesions in the tissues. You can feel your back muscles in more detail. You can get length with less effort.

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The One Thing You Can Do To Help Your Anxiety Today


I am no stranger to anxiety, like most of us. For me, anxious states can last for a period of a few days. My breathing quickens, becomes uneven and shallow, restricted to merely my shoulders and neck. I get incredibly tense, I start to feel hot, especially in my face. My posture mirrors how I feel emotionally. My shoulders and upper back round forward and that makes taking deep calming breaths even more challenging. My body begins to feel achy and tight everywhere.

A solid ELDOA practice has become my lifeline in these times. It gives me a deep sense of calmness and clarity. When I complete just a few ELDOAs as soon as I stand up I’m prevented from going back into the shoulders rounded forward position which is my habit (by work and thoughts). The exercises have worked my back/spinal muscles so deeply that I am being supported from the back of my body and stand with width across my chest.

ELDOA is an intense mind powered exercise technique that not a lot of people know about yet. It is a series of poses that uses the strength of your entire body to create and maintain internal space. There is a different pose for each level of your spine, your hips, your shoulders, your knees, all performed with the purpose of stretching you from the inside out and developing the strength to maintain it. And when I say strength, I mean more than in the typical one muscle at a time way. ELDOA works your body in chains (of connective tissue).

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