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Foundations is an introductory series of classes taught privately or to a group of participants. These classes cover the essential principles for Pilates Equipment, Pilates Mat or 3-D  Workout™. Foundations prepares participants for ongoing group classes. This is an opportunity to experience the work without a lengthy commitment to time or finances.

Pilates Mat

In a Pilates Mat class the whole body is stretched and strengthened through movements that demand attention and precision. At Counterbalance Studio Pilates the 34 classic Pilates Mat exercises are organized by difficulty and offered as levels I, II & III. These exercises can be further modified to meet your individual needs. Mat exercises are portable so can be practiced outside the studio.

Pilates Equipment

Pilates Equipment offers spring resistance to challenge your control and strength. Counterbalance Studio Pilates specializes in developing individualized workout programs for each participant to ensure a safe and effective exercise experience.

3-D Workout™

3-D Workout™ is an exercise system that stands beautifully on its own or as a complement to Pilates and other physical activities. Each class begins on the floor with body integration exercises and then moves on to postural muscle stretches. The class finishes standing with a free weights section incorporating weight shifts, steps and turns that improve balance while increasing arm and shoulder strength. This body-friendly, feel-good workout will surprise you with its challenges. Elaine, Carrie Lynn, Fiona and Mary were certified by the originator of 3-D Workout™ Dianne Woodruff, CMA, PhD ( Click here for flyer.

Chi Gong

Chi Gong is a gentle form of exercise that reduces stress, supports health and promotes awareness in activity.  The aim is to cultivate stability, clarity and flexibility in the body and mind.  These practices are suitable for beginner and experienced practitioners in any physical condition. Click here for flyer.

Free Your Fascia

Start your weekend off right by undoing the stress of your work-week and refreshing your movement patterns! This class combines several methods including Pilates, 3-D Workout™ and MELT to release tension and improve how you move through life. Great for both mind and body. A solid knowledge of Pilates is required to attend this class.


ELDOA is a revolutionary technique created by French osteopath Dr Guy Voyer. ELDOAs are postural exercises that reduce pressure on specific spinal segments resulting in a wide range of benefits. Counterbalance offers ELDOA and ELDOA Mix classes. Click here and here for details. Learn more at

Biodynamic Craniosacral Sessions

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a gentle hands-on therapy that provides the space for deep rest. From that place of deep physiological rest, blocks and constrictions are released, the nervous system is nourished, the body resets, and the natural fluidity and energetic flow, essential to and a sign of health, is restored. Conditions that BCST addresses include stress, trauma, injury, chronic conditions, pain, major life transitions, as well as coming back to self. Contact Emily:
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Counterbalance Studio Pilates features Balanced Body equipment.


“About a year ago I strained my lower back quite badly, and as a result ended up with a bulging L3 disc. Regular exercises and chiropractor appointments helped somewhat, but I was always sore, always aware of the pain, and always nervous of injuring it further. I had mentioned this back injury to an acquaintance, and she suggested ELDOA, but it sounded a bit flaky, so I didn't pursue it. My wife, Marcia, is quite fond of flaky stuff though, and after she'd been doing ELDOA for a short while, she insisted I accompany her. After the first session I was sold. Leaving the class I felt two inches taller, and felt a slight relief in my lower back. Enough of a benefit that I continued. After four weekly sessions, my back pain had completely cleared up. Beyond the fact that what could have been a life-changing affliction is now gone, I leave my ELDOA class with a feeling of well being, it stretches my back and neck, and clears my mind. Give it a try - it's not the slightest bit flaky.”
– Jason T

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