Pilates Ottawa

Ottawa Pilates Location: Motion Matters Exercise and Rehab Centre, 170 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa



The Pilates method, created by Joseph Pilates, is a century-old technique that has recently gained widely in popularity. This method consists of a “body-mind” comprehensive system of physical and mental conditioning.

Participants perform Pilates exercises on a mat or with specialized equipment. These exercises involve full body conditioning including core stability, strengthening and stretching while focusing on quality of movement, body awareness and coordination. This technique has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to posture, core stability and flexibility.

Pilates is an exceptional tool for people in the field of rehabilitation. Under the supervision of a physiotherapist with a Pilates instructor certification, traditional Pilates exercises can be safely modified to accommodate each participant. Whether you are an elite athlete or recovering from an injury or simply looking to enhance your health, Pilates will benefit you.



At Motion Matters Pilates exercises can be done on a mat with small equipment (foam rolls, rotator discs, rings and balls) or on a special bed built with a sophisticated system of mobile carriage and springs: the Tower Reformer.



Motion Matters has a physiotherapist certified to deliver Pilates training in Ottawa:

Susan Gardner Rab: trained with Stott training, physiotherapist

Private Ottawa Pilates sessions are 1-hour long and need to be booked in advance (between 8:30am and 6pm, depending on your instructor’s schedule).

Your sessions can be tailored to include classic mat work, mat work with small accessories, Tower Reformer, or a combination of floor and Reformer exercises.


These are private sessions with a Registered Physiotherapist and a Certified Pilates Instructor/Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA). With a staff-to-patient ratio of 2:1, you will receive a hands-on experience with lots of attention and help where you need it.

This option is best for people with Physiotherapy Coverage through their insurance providers. The Physio/Pilates option is great for those recovering from injuries, and looking to take their rehab to the next level. It is also recommended for those with more complex conditions who require hands-on physiotherapy treatment and other modalities.


These are private lessons (1:1) with our Certified Pilates Instructor. Please note that this option is not covered under Physiotherapy. This option is best for those who are strictly interested in Pilates Sessions. The cost of a 30 min lesson is $55.00 (+tax) and 60 min lesson is $77.00 (+tax).

We are dedicated to teaching Joe Pilates’ Original Method, through which we have seen bodies heal, rehabilitate, transform, and thrive. Joe Pilates’ System includes many different pieces of apparatus, which include the Mat, Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, High Chair, Barrels, Toe Corrector, Springs, Weights, Magic Circle and other small accessories. The exercises and apparatus used will strengthen the deep, inner stabilizing muscles of the pelvis, abdomen, and back, also known as the core. The Pilates Method will teach you to move with control, coordination, and precision.

The Pilates Method will help you increase your entire body connection and control, as well as increase your mobility and stability. If you feel muscle weakness or tightness, Pilates will help you strengthen and lengthen those muscles, too!

Pilates is accessible to everyone, whether you are someone overcoming an injury or health issues, a high-performance athlete, or an average person looking to strengthen your body. Each lesson is different, and carefully tailored to your individual needs. Pilates will help you move and feel better – from the inside out.

To book an appointment or to register to our exercise classes, contact us