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Clinical
Pilates

What is Clinical Pilates and how does it differ from regular Pilates?
Unlike regular Pilates classes, Clinical Pilates does not follow a
predetermined routine. Clinical Pilates exercise programs are 1-on-1
with a trained Physiotherapist or Physiotherapist Support Worker.
Programs are based on the physiotherapist's assessment and the
patient's movement, pain and functional goals. Programs may include a
combination of mat, reformer or Wunda Chair exercises.


Is Clinical Pilates safe during pregnancy?
Yes, because Clinical Pilates is always 1-on-1 with a supervising
physiotherapist, exercises can be modified. Wedges and foam blocks are
used to support the back and pelvis to allow exercise during pregnancy
while avoiding unsuitable movements.


Is Clinical Pilates helpful for ICBC and work place injuries?
Yes! Clinical Pilates can be a helpful active rehabilitation modality
that combines elements of strength, conditioning, and motor control
training. Often insurance providers will support this exercise
modality when offered as part of a physiotherapy treatment plan.


Does Clinical Pilates help with low back pain?
Yes, Clinical Pilates can strengthen the abdominal wall, paraspinals
and pelvic floor muscles that can help support the spine, reduce pain.
In fact, several studies have shown that Pilates can reduce pain and
enhance physical function (Lin et al. 2016) and reduce fear associated
with painful movement known as kinesiophobia (de Freitas et al. 2020).

Meet The Clinical Pilates Team

Taylor Kjartanson

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Physiotherapist Support Worker

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Stephanie Fraser 

Registered Physiotherapist

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The daughter of two energetic Physical Health Educators, Stephanie learned from a young age the importance of healthy movement in creating a vibrant life and has since woven this belief into both her work and personal life. 

Stephanie graduated from l’universite d’Ottawa in 2000 with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy, following a degree in Biology and Education from Queen’s University. She has worked in acute care, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention.  Stephanie is an instructor at Vancouver Community College where she teaches in the Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant Program.  She has completed the Discover Physio Series with Diane Lee and LJ Lee, which focuses on a whole-body integrated model.

 

Stephanie recently completed her clinical pilates instructor training with Calibrate Pilates and is passionate about actively helping her clients find even greater joy from the things they love – sport, caring for family or just moving with greater ease and grace each day.   

Outside of work, you will find Stephanie hanging out with her three kids, playing tennis, near the water or plotting out her next home renovation or vacation.

Taylor is a Physical Therapy Assistant with a diploma from Vancouver Community College. 

 

Born and raised in the prairies, Taylor's desire for helping others improve quality of life through functional movement patterns, comes from her 20 years of meticulous training as a competitive dancer. Prior to moving to the west coast, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and completed her Canfitpro certification in Personal Training. She is passionate about promoting both strength and control in order to prevent injuries, manage pain and achieve goals with the use of Clinical Pilates.

 

Outside the clinic, you can find Taylor riding her bike, enjoying the beach, or searching for the best brunch spot in the city!

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