Pilates Studio in Hamilton

Absolute Pilates is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering flexible class times to students in Ancaster, Hamilton, Dundas and the surrounding areas.

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Customer Testimonials

I have been attending classes at Absolute Pilates on and off for years and have nothing but great things to say. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and understanding. I recently started virtual classes through the pandemic after being absent for a year and it was like I never left. Michelle is fantastic at offering accommodations, encouraging you to challenge yourself, but also reminds you to listen to what your body needs. I started Pilates after a chronic back injury became unbearable and it has been the best rehabilitation tool I have found. I 100% recommend Absolute Pilates
Heather Dwyer
I began a Pilates program in December, 2020 as part of my rehabilitation program from a concussion. This program was a referral from the physiotherapy being received at Meadowlands Physiotherapy to further enhance my recovery. As someone who knew very little about Pilates, i began the program unsure of the realm of benefits it could offer. The combination of the practice of Pilates and instruction by Kendra have made such a difference in both my recovery process as well as my emotional well being. The Pilates program has offered a balance of exercise for the body and mind ...which then leads to a feeling of calmness and less anxiety and worry. Kendra has been an amazing instructor. With her calm voice, encouraging words and amazing ability to find ways to verbally and visually explain an exercise, the sessions always go by so quickly. The staff in the clinic (Kelly from reception is friendly, welcoming and informative) and the other team members in the clinic are all inclusive, welcoming and kind. I feel very thankful for the referral to this amazing clinic and Pilates program. Would highly recommend Pilates to anyone interested in exercise for the body and mind! I also have the pleasure to be followed by Laura (Physiotherapist) at Meadow lands physio therapy.
Lori Edwards
Absolute Pilates is amazing. Everyone there is so knowledgeable, helpful and polite, I feel very comfortable attending sessions to reach my goal of becoming healthier. I never feel judged or embarrassed. I work the most with Michelle so I’ll give her a special shout out.
Julian Kemp
I found myself at Meadowlands Physiotherapy after an auto accident and can’t say enough of how great the therapists are. It starts with Kelly who greets you as you come in and then with Jennifer who not only treats you like a patient but a human being with thoughtfulness and care. And I can’t say enough great things about Michelle, my Pilates Instructor. Kind, considerate and is so knowledgeable about her craft that she has helped me immensely on getting my injury and my life back on track. She should be wearing a cape!! Heck they all should be wearing a cape at Meadowland Physiotherapy and Absolute Pilates! Cheers to them all!
John Porco

Our Instructors

Our STOTT PILATES® certified Pilates instructors run classes throughout the day, evening and on weekends so that it’s easy to fit into your busy schedule.

Our highly trained instructors teach:

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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of strengthening exercises that focus on core stability, breathing and alignment. Pilates incorporates the latest techniques in both mental and physical conditioning. Our Ancaster Pilates studio offers matwork, reformer, barre, bosu and circuit training classes that teach you the principles of Pilates and continually challenge you.

We work alongside Meadowlands Physiotherapy to help physiotherapy patients strengthen their bodies, improve posture, enhance athleticism, prevent future injuries and maintain health.

Benefits of Pilates

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, want to get in shape, lose weight, or are looking for a fun way to work out, Pilates offers a number of benefits:

  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Improve posture and overall health
  • Prevent injuries and enhance athletic performance
  • Alleviate stress and back pain
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Enhance mind-body awareness

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle & controlled with no sudden jerking actions. An instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements.


STOTT PILATES® is an anatomically based approach to Joseph Pilates’ original exercise method. STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. STOTT PILATES® are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re-balance muscles around the joints.

Common benefits from STOTT PILATES® include:

  • Increased flexibility, mobility, balance and body awareness
  • Decrease in back pain and general body pain

STOTT PILATES® versus other exercise programs

STOTT PILATES® a musculo-skeletal conditioning program and when used in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics etc.), it’s the only exercise program you need. Unlike other resistance or strength training, Pilates

  • Is three dimensional, which means that Pilates exercises are performed in all movement planes
  • Uses spring resistance which closely resembles muscular contraction
  • Places emphasis on re-balancing muscles around the joints
  • Corrects over training and muscle imbalances that lead to injury
  • Balances strength with flexibility (for efficient movement)

The average active person, doing 2-3 classes per week usually sees results within 10-12 classes.

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Pre-natal and Postnatal Pilates

Is it safe to do Pilates during pregnancy? Information on pregnancy and exercise can sometimes be confusing. During a normal healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. Exercise can prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids, low back pain and boost self esteem.

Our stability chair facilitates many exercises in the upright position, which is recommended during the second trimester.

Don’t wait any longer. Register now for one of our Pilates classes and start your journey to better health.

REHAB Pilates?

The benefits of Pilates as an effective workout is widely known. These benefits can also be applied to a rehabilitative setting as Rehab Pilates promotes the strengthening of the core, improvement of posture, increases agility, and toning of the body while treating the affected area. Rehab Pilates incorporates the Pilates method with rehab principles to treat injuries and long-standing conditions such as arthritis. It can be tremendously effective for people of all levels of physical fitness. Often clients have been seeing us for Physiotherapy and once they are nearing recovery, they continue with Rehab Pilates to both continue their recovery and help prevent the injury from re-occurring.

What is Rehab Pilates?

Rehab Pilates has been specifically developed for use by clinically trained professional, such as Physiotherapists, Kinesiologist or Physiotherapy Assistants. It incorporates Pilates principles with a rehabilitation focus. Pilates can help restore and retrain muscle function following an injury. It’s also effective in preventing osteoporosis. This type of Pilates is particularly suitable if you suffer from back or neck pain, have a suffered an injury or have a long-standing condition such as arthritis.

What are the benefits of Rehab Pilates?

Rehab Pilates allows an individual to experience exercise in a safe, supervised way to positively treat an area of the body. Rehab Pilates uses the principles of Pilates to strengthen and help recover areas of the body affected by injuries and conditions. The Rehab Pilates instructor will adjust an individual’s plan according to their ability and modify the treatment according to the individual’s comfort level.

How do I qualify and start Rehab Pilates?

First there will be an assessment by a Physiotherapist who is certified in Pilates. The team at Meadowlands Physiotherapy are all STOTT Pilates certified. Your Physiotherapist will then determine if you would benefit from Rehab Pilates and will create a treatment outlining the recommended number of sessions and when you need to be re-assessed. Rehab Pilates may be covered under your physiotherapy benefits.

What happens after my assigned Rehab Pilates sessions are completed?

After the all recommended Rehab Pilates are completed, a Rehab Pilates reassessment must occur. This typically occurs after 6-12 sessions and will allow the Physiotherapist to determine if you are still appropriate for Rehab Pilates, and if you are in need of additional Rehab Pilates.

Does my insurance cover Rehab Pilates?

Your physiotherapy benefits may cover Rehab Pilates, as long as the Physiotherapist is certified in the Pilates method.

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