Physio Pilates Classes | HPC, Guelph

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Learn about our Physio Pilates Program at the Health and Performance Centre

Physiotherapy Pilates Classes

Physio Pilates classes will be taught by Jeannette Johnson, Registered Physiotherapist and Body Harmonics ® mat and reformer instructor. Your physiotherapist will be aware of your current injury condition and will help you develop a program specific to your needs. The class will consist of people who have experienced similar injuries, who are looking to advance their home program and perhaps consider working on their core strength in a community-based Pilates program when finished.

The Physio Pilates classes are ideal for those who want to improve their core strength and posture to help with the treatment of injuries to areas such as the low back and hip.

Physio Pilates classes are also appropriate for clients who are completing their rehabilitation plan and looking to become more independent with their home exercise program. You should be fit to participate in group exercise and cleared to participate by your family doctor and allied health practitioner (physiotherapist, chiropractor, etc.). Some awareness and previous experience with core training is helpful but not necessary.

Winter 2023 Physio Pilates Class Dates: 

8-Week Evening Session:

Date: Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - Apr. 5, 2023
**NO CLASS during Reading Week(Feb 22) or March Break ( Mar 15)**
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Health and Performance Centre, University of Guelph
Duration: 8 Weeks
Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023   (Call 519-767-5011 x.1 to register). An assessment is required for ALL attendees

8-Week Noon Sessions:

Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 18 - Mar. 8, 2023 OR Thursdays, Jan. 19 - Mar. 9, 2023
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Health and Performance Centre, University of Guelph
Duration: 8 Weeks
Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 13, 2023  (Call 519-767-5011 x.1 to register) An assessment is required for ALL attendees

Cost to participate: 

$280 ($35 x 8 weeks) billed as Physiotherapy Pilates

The cost per class is $35 (billed as Physiotherapy Pilates) and is approximately an hour in duration. Clients are required to register and pay ahead for the entire multi-week session. You can call the clinic to pay or you can pay in person. Registration is only considered to be complete once the full fee for the entire session has been paid. After each class you attend, you will receive a physiotherapy receipt that you can then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please note that reimbursement by your insurance provider cannot be guaranteed and is at the discretion of the provider. Please contact your individual provider to determine eligibility.

If you are interested in registering for an upcoming session of Physio Pilates classes, please call 519 767-5011, extension 1.

Before you register

To register for the Physio Pilates classes, you must have completed a physiotherapy assessment first and have physiotherapy Pilates recommended as part of your treatment plan.

In order to comply with insurance requirements, we will now require a mini re-assessment after completion of a multi-week physiotherapy Pilates group class session if you would like to register for another multi-week session. This allows you and your physiotherapist to establish your unique goals and determine if/how physiotherapy-based Pilates may achieve them. If you have been participating in the HPC physiotherapy Pilates classes within the past 3 months or have had an individual physiotherapy Pilates appointment within that time frame, a 20 minute appointment will be sufficient for your mini-reassessment.


  • If a class is cancelled by the HPC, a refund will be issued for the cancelled class. If the entire session is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a refund.
  • In the event that you miss a scheduled class, that class fee cannot be refunded by the HPC.


  • Please aim to arrive 5 minutes before the start of the class
  • Please bring your own mat. Disinfecting wipes will be available for you to use on your mat.

What is Pilates?

Pilates was originally developed as a rehabilitation method for soldiers. Through years of refinement, Pilates has become an exercise method that integrates postural and breathing awareness into a program designed to strengthen the core muscles. Pilates is a series of fluid movements designed to build body awareness, promote flexibility and support resistance training in a fashion that builds lean muscle. Pilates is an excellent addition to any exercise program requiring strength and flexibility training that supports the core musculature, encourages improved posture and helps to correct muscle imbalance.

How will Pilates help me?

Pilates is ideal for those looking for light resistance exercise using body weight. It helps create awareness of posture, breathing and movement patterns that may be contributing to weakness, pain, or dysfunction. Pilates is specifically designed to help patients connect with their body and build strong core musculature in the shoulder blade, low back and pelvic region.

Physio Pilates Reformer Appointments:

The reformer is a specialized piece of Pilates equipment that allows you to add resistance to your core workout. Using a spring-loaded system, the reformer can be used in sitting, standing, kneeling, and lying down positions to challenge your muscles in a variety of ways. It increases awareness of your core strength and stability as you work through your exercises with increased intensity and endurance when compared to most mat programs. The straps that are attached to the reformer allow you to move your arms and legs in ranges of motion that would be challenging to do on your own without the assistance of the straps, while presenting an additional challenge for your core.

The reformer is a great step up for those who have completed rehab for a hip, back or shoulder injury or those who are progressing through their rehab program with relative ease. It can be used to intensify your current core exercise program and provide you with new challenges for your body's strength, flexibility and endurance needs. A reformer is also a great option for those who are looking to strengthen their muscles to support their joints in a low-impact format.

Each reformer session will be taught one-on-one. You will learn how to use the equipment safely and how to modify the exercises and the machine for your specific needs. It is an excellent addition to any core program that may feel stagnant and is a great introduction to the reformer if you are considering participating in a class at any one of the several Pilates studios in Guelph and the surrounding area.

Each Physio Pilates Reformer treatment is 40 minutes in duration (billed as a 40-minute Physiotherapy Treatment for $100).

Booking an Appointment

If you are interested in registering for an upcoming session of Physio Pilates classes or a booking Physio Pilates reformer appointment with Jeannette Johnson, please call 519 767-5011, extension 1.