FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse the topics below to learn more about our Studio, Wellness Clinic and Education services.

First time at Body Harmonics?

What happens on my first visit to Body Harmonics in Toronto?

At Body Harmonics, we want you to feel at home, so a member of our Front Desk team will greet you and provide you with a thorough orientation as well as an understanding of how our system works. Next, you’ll meet with one of our studio or clinic professionals for an Introductory Consultation to discuss your needs and goals and get you started in the way that’s right for you.

Why an Introductory Consultation?

With our 45-minute Introductory Consultation we help you determine the best Body Harmonics programs to get the results you’re after. Our “Intro Consult” has been a hit for years and is designed to set you up for success, orient you to our Studios and Clinics—and help you feel at home.

What kind of support can I expect?

To help you get the most out of your time at Body Harmonics, our Client Advisor checks in with you periodically about your experience and can answer any questions you may have. We also welcome your feedback  so that we can continue to provide you with exceptional services and options that suit your goals, lifestyle and schedule.

How can I learn more about the professionals at Body Harmonics?

All of our Studio and Clinic professionals are extensively trained in their fields of expertise. In addition, we conduct ongoing training and professional development for our staff so they keep their skills and knowledge current.

What are the facilities like?

Our Studio-Clinic environments have state-of-the-art Pilates, fitness and therapeutic equipment and apparatus. Our Studio spaces are spacious, airy and full of natural light. Our Clinic rooms are private, quiet and calming. Changing areas and washroom facilities are available for your comfort. Check us out on Instagram.

How do I get there?

Both of our Toronto Pilates Studio & Health Clinic locations (in The Annex and Midtown) are easily accessible by public transit and there’s ample parking nearby. Our Dupont location in The Annex is fully wheelchair accessible.

When was Body Harmonics started?

Body Harmonics was founded in 1998 by Margot McKinnon. Our flagship Annex location on Dupont Street has expanded over the years and today comprises a Pilates & Movement Studio, Health Clinic and Teacher Training Center. Our second full-service facility opened in 2006 and is located in Midtown Toronto on Eglinton Avenue.

Pilates & Movement Studios

Where did Pilates originate?

Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) based on his philosophy of building “a sound mind in a sound body.” This mind-body method consists of a broad repertoire of “classical” exercises performed on a mat or on specially designed machines, often in a specific order. Traditionally, athletes and dancers were strong proponents of the Pilates Method because it enhanced their performance, helped them prevent injury and produced greater control and precision. A visionary, ahead of his time, Joseph Pilates taught his students to move and exercise so body and mind worked together to create power, grace and symmetry.

How does Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement go beyond the original Pilates repertoire?

At Body Harmonics, we respect the genius of Joseph Pilates but we move beyond his original teachings to make Pilates, movement and complementary health practices accessible and effective for everyone. Our whole-person, science-driven approach is designed to strengthen your core musculoskeletal system and get everything working optimally and in sync—so that you move well and feel well at every age and stage.

Do you follow the original order of Pilates exercises designed by Joseph Pilates?

While Joseph Pilates’ original order for exercises has merit it may not suit the needs and goals of all individuals. So, instead of subscribing to a predetermined, one-size fits all exercise prescription, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement teachers are taught to think outside the box and take a whole-person, individualized approach to developing programs and classes that deliver lasting changes—whether you attend one of our group classes or choose personalized training.

What are the benefits of Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement?

  • Core stability. Strengthening the body’s deep stabilizers improves alignment, prevents injury, relieves pain, enhances balance and facilitates optimal movement patterns.
  • Balanced body. Better posture, stronger muscles, and greater coordination, agility and mobility make it easier to do the things you love, longer.
  • Optimal movement. When your body moves and functions as nature intended you’re more likely to have more energy, sleep more soundly, experience improved digestion, and perform more efficiently and effectively.
  • Stress reduction. Regular mind-body activity and improved overall health help you deal more effectively with life’s stressors and alleviate or overcome stress-related illnesses.
  • Look as good as you feel. When you take a methodical approach to conditioning your whole body, you feel AND look great.

When will I see and feel the benefits?

Benefits are far-reaching and unique to each person. You may feel a marked difference after one visit, or it may take a few weeks. The key to remember is that small, incremental changes lead to transformation over time.

Where can I find a Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement teacher near me?

Our new Teacher Finder is a great place to search for one of our highly qualified Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement teachers or specialists. If you’re in Toronto, check out our two well-equipped, light-filled Studios where we offer more than 100 classes a week and can pair you with just the right instructor if it’s personal training you’re after.

Why choose group mat or machine classes?

  • You like the dynamic and energy of a group class
  • You want to experience a variety of instructors and styles
  • You like a range of class types—with or without equipment or apparatus
  • You don’t need or desire one-on-one attention
  • You’re seeking to complement your personal training sessions
  • You have specific fitness and movement goals that our group classes can satisfy
  • You have special needs that our specialized classes address (prenatal, neurological, back pain)

Why choose private or semi-private training?

  • You prefer a personalized program
  • You want help getting more out of group classes
  • You seek the multiple benefits of using the full range of Pilates equipment
  • You’re recovering from an injury
  • You have a chronic condition that requires specialized knowledge
  • You want a customized schedule

What can I expect from private or semi-private training?

  • Exercises tailored to your needs and goals
  • Close monitoring of your form and execution for precision, safety and maximum efficiency
  • Verbal and tactile feedback to increase exercise effectiveness
  • Specialized expertise matched to your personality, level and the results you seek
  • Sessions that may include the full range of Pilates equipment and small apparatus

What kinds of Pilates & Movement programs do you offer?

With a wide range of group and personalized instruction, there’s something for everyone at Body Harmonics—whether you’re rehabbing from injury, wanting to up your game and get into shape, dealing with a neurological challenge, or aiming to build your body for a particular sport or activity. Choose from more than 125 classes a week or get started one-on-one with one of our exceptional studio teachers. We also offer Public Workshops and Special Programs to help enhance your learning.

Wellness Clinics

What makes your Wellness Clinic services unique?

Unique to our Clinics is the way our clinicians interact and support the work we do in our Studios. Our clinicians and Studio teachers work with you to help prevent or resolve health issues and movement challenges. Our carefully chosen team of clinicians and lineup of services provide you with extensive options to meet your movement, nutritional and wellness needs. This means you get the best of both worlds under one roof.

Are your Wellness Clinic services covered by my insurance?

Many of our services are covered under extended health insurance plans. Please check your plan for coverage details.

What are the benefits of your teachers and clinicians working together?

The addition of therapeutic health services to our Studios means an even more integrated approach to wellbeing. In our Pilates Studios the focus is on active, movement-based outcomes and in our Clinics we offer a variety of specialized services to support or enhance a healthy lifestyle.

Are you allowed to participate in the Studio services while under the care of a clinician?

Absolutely! Our aim is for everyone to be as active and healthy as possible. We are also committed to supporting clinical interventions with “active therapy” in our Pilates Studios.

How is my health information kept confidential?

In our Health Clinics we adhere to Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) with regard to keeping personal information private. Your health records are kept confidential at all times. Clinicians will always ask your permission to share your information with their colleagues at Body Harmonics or other health professionals and will only do so with your approval.

Education

Do you have any payment plan options?

Pilates Comprehensive Track

No-fee payment terms are also available for our Pilates Comprehensive Track programs. You can register for any individual level with a minimum 30% deposit and pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments. The maximum payment plan duration is three months for Level 1: Mat and eight months for Level 2: Reformer or Level 3: CCSB.

If you commit to all three levels of our Pilates Comprehensive Track to receive the Bundle discount, you may pay the total balance off in equal instalments over a period of 18 months maximum.

Continuing Education courses

To reserve space in a Body Harmonics Continuing Education course, you may submit a minimum of 50% of the tuition fee as a deposit towards your registration. The remaining balance is due on the day of the course.

For all payment plans, we require a valid credit card on file.

Are your courses delivered in-person, virtually online, or on-demand (i.e. pre-recorded)?

We offer our Pilates & Movement Education via the following delivery methods:

  • Pilates Level 1: Mat – virtually via Zoom and in-person
  • Pilates Level 2: Reformer and Pilates Level 3: CCSB – only in-person
  • Continuing Education courses – virtually via Zoom, in-person, on demand (replay of recorded virtual courses)

What if I have to miss some classroom hours during my Pilates certification program?

Pilates certification students must attend all the scheduled hours in order to meet the program requirements. If you miss an hour or more during the program, our Education Coordinator will assist you with booking a private tutorial with the teacher trainer to cover the missed content. Please note that private tutorial hours are an additional cost. You must complete the missed content prior to starting the next Module.

What if I can’t make it to a virtual course in real time?

All our virtual courses are recorded. Everyone on the enrolment list receives complimentary unlimited 3-month access to the course recording.

Is Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Education recognized internationally?

Yes, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Education is recognized nationally and internationally. We currently have Education Centres in Canada, the US, Europe, and Indonesia, and our graduates and alumni are based around the globe.

Do I have to be Body Harmonics certified in order to take your continuing education courses?

Our Continuing Education courses are tailored for any professionals who are qualified to teach movement in one-on-one or group setting.

I’m Pilates certified with a different school. How can I transfer my existing credentials to Body Harmonics in order to complete my comprehensive Pilates training?

The Body Harmonics Pilates Bridge program is available to Pilates teachers who want to transfer their existing teaching credentials from another school in order to advance their Pilates certification with Body Harmonics. The program is also a great fit for Pilates teachers who started their training elsewhere, and want to complete it, test out, and receive a formal certification diploma at Body Harmonics. Click here to learn more.

I have an incomplete Pilates training. Can I finish it with Body Harmonics and receive a diploma?

The Body Harmonics Pilates Bridge program is available to Pilates teachers who want to transfer their existing teaching credentials from another school in order to advance their Pilates certification with Body Harmonics. The program is also a great fit for Pilates teachers who started their training elsewhere, and want to complete it, test out, and receive a formal certification diploma at Body Harmonics. Click here to learn more.

Will I be qualified to teach after Body Harmonics Pilates Level 1: Mat?

Upon a successful graduation from our Pilates Level 1: Mat program you will be qualified to teach Pilates mat classes for different levels. You will be able to work with healthy populations and those with minor movement impairments.

Will I learn how to teach one-on-one and/or group classes?

Completion of both our Pilates Level 1: Mat and Level 2: Reformer programs will provide you with the information and skills necessary to design and deliver group classes for different levels and customized one-on-one sessions.

What’s the difference between the levels of Body Harmonics Pilates Comprehensive Track?

Body Harmonics Pilates Comprehensive Track includes three levels of training: Level 1: Mat, Level 2: Reformer, Level 3: Cadillac Chair Springboard Barrels.

Pilates Level 1: Mat is a full Pilates mat certification that lays the groundwork for our Pilates Comprehensive Track. You learn the roots of Pilates, key human movement principles, as well as how to effectively teach Pilates on the mat for different levels.

Pilates Level 2: Reformer is the next step after you graduate from Pilates Level 1: Mat. Postural and movement assessments serve as the backdrop to the Pilates reformer exercises. You leave knowing how to teach functional and challenging reformer group classes and one-on-one sessions with skill and confidence.

Pilates Level 3: Cadillac Chair Springboard Barrels (CCSB) is the most advanced level of our Pilates Comprehensive Track. The training provides you with the skills necessary to teach expert one-on-one sessions and group classes. Equipped with understanding of advanced movement concepts, you learn how to determine the best course of action based on your clients’ needs—from rehab to athletic fine-tuning—using Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Springboard, and Barrels.

Is your Pilates certification curriculum considered contemporary or Classical?

Our curriculum preserves the integrity of the original Pilates Method and includes current exercise and movement science, pedagogical best practices and somatic education.

What happens if I don’t complete my practice teaching hours during my Pilates certification program?

Practice teaching hours are mandatory in our Pilates Level 2: Reformer and Pilates Level 3: CCSB programs. Those hours are critical for building your competence and confidence as a Pilates teacher. You will not receive your certification diploma until all the mandatory self-practice and practice teaching hours are completed.

What happens if I fail a certification exam?

Your certification program teacher trainer will receive the exam report for each student in the group, including the score and all questions and answers. If there are clear issues with a failing mark on your written exam, the teacher trainer will contact you and set up a phone call or Zoom chat to discuss. At that point, next steps will be put in place, so you have another opportunity to meet the examination standards. You will be able to study more based on the guidance from your teacher trainer and retake the written exam at no extra cost.

If you don’t reach the passing grad on your practical exam, our examiner will provide you with a personalized feedback, and you will be given time to practice more prior to retesting. The practical exam retake is conducted in an one-on-one setting with the examiner and the cost is $190 CAD + tax.

Can I still enrol in a Body Harmonics Pilates certification program if I don’t have a dance/fitness/anatomy background?

There are no prerequisites for starting in our Pilates Comprehensive Track.

You must graduate from our Pilates Level 1: Mat program (or go through our Bridge program if you’re Pilates mat certified with another institution) prior to joining our Pilates Level 2: Reformer. You must be Pilates mat and reformer certified prior to joining Pilates Level 3: CCSB.

Can I still enrol in a Pilates certification program if I currently recover from an injury?

Each of our Pilates certification programs includes an extensive application component, which means that you’re required to move for a least half of the classroom hours and self-practice between the modules. First of all, your physician should clear you to exercise. Second, you must advise our faculty about your physical limitations if any, so they offer you exercise modifications/variations if necessary for your safety.

Why do I need to renew my Body Harmonics Pilates certification diploma?

At Body Harmonics, we strongly believe in lifelong learning. We want you to be your best as a teacher. When you’re able to help a wide range of clients to move and feel better, you will be successful and fulfilled in your Pilates career. Continuing education is critical to building professional competence and confidence.

A certification renewal system, based on required professional continuing education, is standard in the Pilates and movement field.

Body Harmonics Pilates certified teachers are required to complete the minimum of 15 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every two years to maintain their professional status.

The credits are earned by taking Body Harmonics Continuing Education courses. Up to six CECs per renewal cycle can be submitted from taking in-person or virtual Pilates group classes and one-on-one sessions at Body Harmonics Toronto Studios or our affiliated Education Centres around the world. We also accept credits from external educational events, relevant to teaching movement (for the maximum of four CECs per renewal cycle).

If my Pilates certification status has lapsed, are the CEC requirements cumulative?

According to the Body Harmonics certification guidelines, every certified teacher must submit a required amount of CECs every two years since the original certification date to keep their status in good standing. Skipping renewal cycles is not permissible. If you let your certification status lapse, you will be required to submit the required amount of CECs for each skipped renewal cycle to update your status.

Do I save money if I take all the levels of Pilates Comprehensive Track?

If you commit to all three levels of our Pilates Comprehensive Track, you will save close to $755 in the Bundle savings.

What else is included in the Pilates Comprehensive Track fees? Do I get free classes?

The listed fees for each of our Pilates certification programs include the cost of tuition, examinations, and program materials. Each student also receives complimentary access to Body Harmonics in-studio and virtual classes for the duration of their program, as well as a complimentary 3-month PRO membership to Body Harmonics on Demand.

How do I get a Body Harmonics Specialist certificate?

You must complete all the required courses as outlined for each of our Specialist designations. Keep track of your course attendance, and once you complete all the requirements, email us at teachertraining@bodyharmonics.com. We’ll verify the information and issue your Specialist certificate.

Do I need anything to prepare for my Pilates mat teacher training? Do I need to buy any props?

Besides the mandatory completion of the Anatomy for Motion course, you don’t need to do anything specific to prepare for your training. Participating in Pilates group classes and one-on-one sessions is a bonus, but not required.

How long does it take to become fully certified Pilates teacher?

If all three levels of our Pilates Comprehensive Track are taken consecutively, it takes 18 months to become fully certified.

Pilates Equipment

On the Mat

At Body Harmonics, most of our group classes involve a series of contemporary Pilates exercises and integrated movement lying on a mat, standing or both. With a focus on core strength, fluid movement and feeling good, our mat classes promise to make you strong, balanced, limber, relaxed and energized. Various fitness apparatus and music are often incorporated into our classes to heighten the mind-body connection, provide challenge and keep you motivated. Our unique progressive sequencing™ makes our classes easy to follow and easy to feel. Choose from beginner to advanced level classes at times that suit your busy schedule.

On the Reformer

Using the Reformer is a unique movement experience. A versatile and smooth functioning machine, it provides finely tuned resistance to help you develop good alignment, core strength, balance and flexibility. Reformer exercises can be done lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing. There are all kinds of variations that allow you to train each part of the body separately or as an integrated system. We offer beginner to advanced level classes seven days a week.

On the Springboard

The Pilates Springboard is a five-foot rectangular board that bolts to the wall. With springs of various lengths and tensions you can use the Springboard lying down, seated, standing, kneeling and side-lying for a versatile and challenging workout. At Body Harmonics you can choose from three levels of Springboard classes. To get started, try the Springboard Core basic class. This basic to intermediate level class incorporates the Springboard in working every part of the body to build strength, core control and balance. A good mat work foundation is strongly recommended so the added resistance allows you to get the most out of every exercise. Reformer experience is an asset.

On the Cadillac/Trapeze Table

The Pilates Cadillac incorporates leg springs, arm springs, fuzzy loops to hang from, a push-through bar to stretch you out, and even a trapeze. You can isolate almost every muscle group with this piece of equipment–it’s an excellent tool for breaking down complex movements to restore correct movement patterns. The Cadillac is also unbeatable for meeting functional movement needs and goals–whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced level client. Body Harmonics Studios are equipped with Cadillacs which we use in our private training sessions.

On the Chair

The Pilates Chair is a piece of resistance equipment that is streamlined and simply designed. The smaller base of support and adjustable spring tension challenges strength and stability. Ideal for full-body training at any level, Chair exercises can target almost every muscle or muscle group through every plane of motion. Like the Cadillac, the Chair is used in our private training sessions.

On the Barrels

There are three types of Pilates Barrels and they’re a powerful complement to our other equipment. Barrels can be used to refine standard mat work and vertical exercises by helping you perfect starting positions, reduce tension, improve range of motion, access targeted muscle groups and even increase exercise challenge.

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