BEAUTIFUL, COVID SAFE STUDIO
We offer Reformer Pilates classes of up to 10 participants, run by accredited Reformer Pilates instructors.
We stay true to the Pilates method, giving due attention to form and execution to help you ensure you are getting the most out of your workout. Reformer Pilates is one of the safest strengthening exercise options, so no matter your age, experience or current fitness levels, we encourage you to give it a go!
Mornings, Evenings, Weekends? We’ve got you covered 7 days a week!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to book a class;
- Download Mobile app – Download for Iphone / Download for Android
- Search our studio & Create an account – Click here to view the demo video
- Purchase your preferred class pack – Click here to view the demo video
- Book your preferred class – Click here to view the demo video
How to purchase socks : Click here to view the demo video
- Go to “store” icon in app
- Purchase socks
- Present your code to instructor at your next class to pick up your socks
Is your studio a COVID Safe space?
Yes! All our instructors are COVID Marshals and we have a COVIDsafe business plan displayed on the wall in the studio should you wish to view it.
Do I have to wear socks?
100% yes. Did you know that there are over 250, 000 sweat glands your feet?! Yep. We are committed to a high standard of cleanliness in our studios, and so we have a strict “NO SOCKS, NO REFORMING!” Policy! We sell super comfy grips socks available at the studio, $12.5 for one pair or $20 for two pairs.
How long are the classes?
45 minutes (unless otherwise specified)
Do you offer private appointments?
Soon! If you are after a private appointment, please email us directly and we can let you know when they will be available
Is there somewhere to put my stuff?
Yes, each reformer is allocated a storage tub along with a hand sanitiser
Is there toilets?
You can BYO or we have a fridge with bottled water for sale ($3)
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing, leggings and a top seem to get the job done for most people and SOCKS ARE A MUST!
How do I know if this is a good type of exercise for me?
If we say Pilates is simply awesome for all people then you’ll probably think we are generalising, so here’s a list;
- Prenatal, Pregnancy, Postnatal (…ps – postnatal lasts for years ladies!)
- Any conditions involving a uterus (endo, PCOS, pelvic floor functioning, etc)
- Strengthening weak muscles
- Improving tone
- Addressing postural issues
- Younger people
- Older people
- Chronic health conditions
- Chronic pain conditions
- Management of mental health conditions
- People who really hate classic gym exercise
- So basically everyone
I’ve never done Reformer Pilates before, how am I going to know what to do?!
You’re certainly not alone, many people have never done Reformer Pilates before! Good news is our instructors cater for all levels of ability and adapt exercise as required for your personal needs and will show you at the start of your class the basics of the Reformer to get you going!
Is there an upper weight limit to who can use a reformer?
Our reformers are built for a maximum weight of 150kg.
Is there an age limit for group classes?
Yes – our minimum age for attending group classes is 16 years old
Can I do Reformer Pilates if I am pregnant?
Currently we can cater for you up to 14 weeks gestation in our group classes. For private class information, please email us directly!
Can I bring my baby/kid to the class?
We are not able to accommodate babies or older children in group classes. #potentialchaos
Can I do Reformer Pilates if I am postnatal?
Yes you can! In fact, it’s probably one of the best types of exercise you can do post delivery of your beautiful baby! Please advise your instructor at the beginning of the class so they can adjust any exercise to compensate for your recovering body!
Do I have to bring anything?
Just your socks and your concentration – Pilates requires focus! But that’s what makes it such a good mental outlet too 🙂
Also, a drink bottle and hand/sweat towel
What if I have a chronic health condition or chronic pain?
Good news for you – Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise for rehabilitation! In fact, it was actually created as a form of rehab for injured ballet dancers #funfact. Pilates is a great way to strengthen muscles, improve posture, rehabilitate injuries and be able to exercise catering for chronic pain as you can work at your own pace, adjust your level of resistance to suit your abilities and feel safe doing exercises that have been thoughtfully put together by our experienced staff. If you have more complex needs, we strongly encourage you to enquire into a private 1:1 session, please email for options available.
I’m one of those people that get really hot when I’m exercising – do you have good cooling?
We have the biggest, fastest, coolest spilt system that was available for purchase, so the studio WILL be a comfortable temperate for exercise 🙂
What do you get when you cross a Midwife with an Exercise Physiologist?
Many things, but in particular, a pair passionate about health and wellness for others, committed to evidence based best practice.
Matt (the Exercise Physiologist) and I (Emma, the Midwife), have been immersed in healthcare our entire working lives, working in Public Hospitals, Private Practice, and launching Equip4Life (specialising in community and workplace health and wellness) over a decade ago- and we love it! After having some babies (count now stands at 4…yes, our house is noisy!), I was keen to return to exercise but really struggled to find something that I resonated with and could ACTUALLY commit to.
After a broken coccyx (yes, that is as brutal as it sounds) with the birth of my first baby, I had dabbled with some Pilates with an Osteo, which was very beneficial, but was just too expensive to keep going with on a regular basis. After a couple more babies and the pelvic & low back pain challenges that come with being pregnant and the afterwards in the postnatal period, I knew that Reformer Pilates was what my body needed – it ticked all the boxes! It would strengthen my weak muscles, help correct posture, assist in flexibility, help bring some tone back to my jellied up body (if you’ve ever been postnatal, I’m sure you can relate – jellied is definitely a word!), help release stress and tension, and help me find my feet in getting healthy and active once again.
I can’t put into words how positively Pilates has impacted my health – both physically and mentally – so much so that I recently completed Mat Pilates & Reformer Pilates with APPI and you will definitely find me in the studio next year as I set out in a new way of helping pregnant and postnatal women with their health and well-being.
Anyway – back to the story – We discovered that while there were studios around, we felt that we could bring something different, a studio that would make Reformer Pilates accessibe to more people, a beautiful space to enjoy some ‘me time’, and introduce them to an exercise that they could fall in love with and achieve on a consistent basis. It was also incredibly important for us that our studio would be a studio for anyone and everyone, all shapes and sizes, all levels of fitness and exercise experience, and a wide cohort of ages from uni students to retirees- a studio where everyone is welcomed!
This dream became reality at our first studio at Mill Park in January 2020. We opened with an incredible group of trainers and have been overwhelmed with the local community response and support from clients. It was gutting to close the doors during the initial COVID lockdown, open again for less than a fortnight and then enter the LONG lockdown that saw the doors closed for months- a difficult year to open alit Pilates studio.
During that time, there was an opportunity that arose for us to open a second studio in our local area – something we had always dreamed of doing! It was – and continues to be an exciting opportunity – and we believe that we have created a beautiful space, with incredible trainers, and we sincerely hope that Equip Pilates Donvale will be a place that many people find their happy place with exercise.
It is our joy to bring you this space and we hope that you both enjoy it and are healthier for it!
Matt and Emma
Why invest your time in reformer pilates?
Exercise is an investment in your health. And an investment of time and money. So you want to be reassured that you are investing well and not wasting time, money or effort!
Here’s some simple reasons why Reformer Pilates is a worthwhile investment;
Building Muscular endurance and capacity
To put simply, the effort required of your muscles when doing pilates results in them adapting to become stronger, leaner, have better endurance and even increase your connective tissue strength! This means that overall your muscles are better equipped to cope with the demands of everyday life with less fatigue, less chance of injury and improved lifting capacity. Pilates will not make you “bulky” but strengthen and tone your muscles.
Greatly improve Core Strength
Pilates is not a sloppy form of exercise by any means and by nature requires good form and technique by ensuring correct positioning and stabilisation of your core muscles – which in turn results in you strengthening them! #win. We could go on for pages about the importance of having a strong core for the wellbeing of your life, but in summary, this HUGELY reduces your risk of lower back injuries and pain, issues with your pelvic floor and associated areas, postural concerns and your ability to lift and carry things.
Did you know that many pilates clients have to adjust their rearview mirror when they drive home from a class because even just one class can improve your posture that much?! It’s true! A big part of reformer pilates is helping to strengthen and improve the alignment of the spine, helping to give you overall better stability and support and will literally help you stand straighter and taller! By correcting muscular imbalances in the spine and improving overall posture, the risk of injury becomes less and many clients also see a reduction in lower back pain and “niggles”
Often an overlooked component of health (“why do I need to be more flexible? I’m not a gymnast”), flexibility is actually a really important factor! It’s the thing that helps allow your muscles to function with greater range of motion and reduces the amount of stress on your joints and strain on your muscles. Stiff or sore? Improving your flexibility can really help and pilates will definitely help you increase your range of motion and get those muscles functioning in a more flexible way!
There’s breathing and there’s BREATHING. We all breathe, fairly basic life skill, but Pilates will help you learn how to breath BETTER. Yep, that’s a thing. Learning how to use your breathe in conjunction with movement can results in greater lung capacity, reduction in fatigue, greater oxygen supply to your body as well as reducing stress and anxiety. This a great life skill that can be implemented both on and off the reformer!
Postnatal and Pelvic Area Rehab
It takes, on average, 9 months to grow baby. You’re body works extremely hard to support and accommodate a growing life within you. The muscles, connective tissues and ligaments cope a beating of hormone fluctuations that loosen them and can cause issues for women in pregnancy like pelvic instability, back pain, nerve compression, pubic bone dysfunction and just the general discomfort of growing a human squished inside you for that long.
Then comes the birth. Vaginal or C-section, there is often elements that women need further recovery from – wounds and stitches from torn tissues, the realignment of everything in the pelvis and abdomen as the body adapts to a contracted, empty uterus once again, blood loss that will impact each woman differently, the aftermath of separated abdominal muscles (DRAM), a pelvic floor that could range from good to non-existent….it’s a lot right?
So, we are firm believer in that the FIRST YEAR POSTNATAL IS A REHAB YEAR.
Your body needs TIME and the right kind of SAFE AND EFFECTIVE AND HELPFUL exercise to come out the other side a strong and healthy woman. And lets face it, we need to be strong and healthy because parenting kids takes a LOT out of you!
Firstly, congrats on growing and bringing a tiny human into the world – this is no small task!
You can’t really anticipate how your body will be in the postnatal period, because it’s full of unknowns, even if you’ve had a baby or multiple babies before! But what you can know is that your body needs a gracious and TLC approach to regaining it’s normal function and strength after pregnancy.
I feel you, I see you and I hear you. As a midwife, I’ve worked with countless women in the first few days of their postnatal existence and it’s a bubble full of change to what was your previous life. I’ve been there myself, blessed with four beautiful children seven and under.
I know what it’s like to recover from birth,
… from tears and stitches,
… from a fractured coccyx (yep, how’s that for a birth injury?! Thank you baby #1),
… from a DRAM,
… from hormonal fluctuations that are unpredictable and inconvenient, ranging from the “EMOTIONS” to the chunks of postpartum hairloss
… from being essentially malnourished for 9 months from hyperemesis
… from severe pelvic instability that I had to re-learn how to walk with a normal gait again (thank you baby #3),
… from EXHAUSTION beyond words of a refluxy baby (thank you baby #2),
… from the aches that are unique to your muscles when feeding a baby for countless hours spanning weeks and months,
… from the fog that comes from getting up more times in a night than you can remember and still trying to function as a normal human
And the thing with postnatal recovery is it takes a heck of a lot longer to recover than the superficial wounds do. Stitches, incisions, tears and grazes all heal within weeks, but the toll taken on your body from carrying and birthing that baby – regardless of how they got out of you – remains.
There is no “bouncing back” from a having a baby. That’s what uneducated people buy into. Recovery from pregnancy and delivery is something that takes months of SLOW AND STEADY progress to do it right. Hopefully once you’ve had your baby you’ll become more aware of how unimportant what your body looks like is and how incredibly important a healthy and well functioning body is. Motherhood demands a LOT of you and if you take the time to invest in getting yourself well, you’re going to enjoy the ride a whole lot more 🙂
Exercise is great in the postnatal period but IT MUST BE THE RIGHT KIND.
It breaks my heart to see women setting aside the time and energy (because lets face it, neither of those are like OVERFLOWING in abundance with a baby) to invest back into their body that’s worked so flaming hard growing and birthing a baby with exercise that INCREASES THEIR RISK OF INJURY or just isn’t helpful.
And the thing is, if you don’t take the time to recover well from whatever it was that pregnancy and birthed hurled at you – if you don’t rehab those little muscles that are so imperative to your core and pelvic floor – the effects of “postnatal” can last…for decades. Women in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond who suffer STILL from issues from pregnancy and birth because their rehab was not attended to earlier.
Don’t let that be you ok?
Your body is incredibly adaptable. Being pregnant will show you what your body can do – or survive through.
It deserves your respect and investment in the postnatal period. You CAN get strong again. You CAN get fit again. You CAN become a healthier version of yourself AFTER having a baby than you were before.
This is why I’m passionate about this studio reaching the population who I care so deeply for and the reason I became a midwife in the first place.
Pilates will help. It’s achievable. It’s doable. And most important, it will give you the return your are looking for – a stronger, leaner, more capable body that is at reduced risk of injury and steadily recovering from having a baby.
I am cheering you on all the way and I hope what you gain from this studio is a blessing to you and your family.
We are absolutely convinced that it’s not enough to to simply float through life and live for your own benefit.
We are deeply compelled and moved to action by the simple words of Jesus when He said “Love thy neighbour”
And so we are committed in this business to doing just that.
We partner with the Fullife Foundation so that from every class pack you purchase (weekly, monthly & yearly), an essential product is donated by Equip Pilates toward a mother in need in Ethiopia.
Pretty cool to think that by you buying a pack of Pilates classes for your own health benefits, you could contribute to potentially saving a life of a precious mum and baby overseas. Now that’s exercise worth investing into.
“Love your neighbour as yourself…” – Jesus
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Co-Founder – Midwife and Nurse
Co-Founder – Exercise Physiologist, Founder of Equip4life
Reformer Pilates Instructor
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