Pilates is a method of exercise using Pilates apparatus (equipment) or an exercise mat together with various props to improve strength, flexibility and body awareness. Classical Pilates was invented a century ago by Joseph Pilates. Together with his wife, Clara, they developed the classical Pilates method at their Pilates studio in New York City until the end of the 1960s. Joe drew inspiration from dance, bodybuilding, yoga, martial arts, gymnastics and even animal movements.
Classical Pilates has six basic principles that are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise the way Joe developed it. Classical Pilates is what classical ballet is compared to contemporary dance.
Pilates improves your strength, flexibility and mind-body awareness by bringing attention to your posture and which muscles you are engaging at any given moment. Pilates is good for everybody regardless of your fitness level, age or body type. Pilates improves the movement quality for a wide range of activities including walking, running, soccer, golf, cycling, skiing, tennis, dancing and more! You get renewed energy from the Pilates method so you can enjoy more of all the things you love doing.
I highly recommend Stephanie’s Mama Pilates class. I was totally new to Pilates and I’ve done 2 courses now. I think it’s a good and safe way to reconnect to your body and start exercising after giving birth. Stephanie is a great teacher who pays attention to your posture very well – and let me say, little adjustments can make a huge difference in Pilates.
Stephanie’s pregnancy pilates class has just the perfect tempo for me. It is helping me stay active and fit during pregnancy. She is really focused on students, explains every detail of movement clearly, checks we are doing everything properly and corrects us accordingly. I am planing to continue with classes after delivery 🙂
I am so glad I came across Stephanie’s Mama Pilates classes in Stockholm after quite some trial and error elsewhere. I appreciate her knowledge and that she carefully keeps an eye on us and focuses on our individual needs during classes. She is very professional. The variety of exercises was great as well and I always felt so good afterwards. The set up where I can train and take the little one with me was just perfect for me too and also a good chance to meet other mums. My diastasis recti is recovered and I now can visit normal classes – which I definitely will as I absolutely found pleasure in the Pilates method.
We help both beginners and experienced Pilates aficionados improve strength and flexibility with a graceful smile. Pilates Via was founded by Stephanie Fjalestad in 2016. Pilates Via Odenplan | Studio S (Surbrunnsgatan 60), a fully equipped Classic Pilates studio, opened in the spring of 2018. Studio H (Hagagränd 2) and Studio O (Zoom) opened in the spring of 2020. The saga continues…
You train with international instructors educated in Classical Pilates by Pilates Via and certified by The Pilates Standard. Classes and sessions are taught in English unless otherwise stated. For sessions, it is possible to choose one of the languages that your instructor can teach in.
Finding Mama Pilates has changed my post pregnancy body. I have become more aware of my body and with Stephanie’s guidance I’m feeling stronger, stable and my diastasis has all but healed – I couldn’t ask for anything more !
Stephanie is a great instructor for Pregnancy Pilates! For me, without previous experience of Classical Pilates, she has given me a new understanding of my body awareness and control. With her help I have been able to understand the changes i my body and to adress the problems that the body goes through during pregnancy. I give her my warmest recommendations.
I went to Stephanie with back pain and although it is still early days, I am absolutely amazed by the results and a measurable reduction in pain in just two months. She is one of those great teachers who really takes the time to understand what is best for your body and fitness level, very attentive and recognizes when to push you and when to praise you.
I like how Stephanie focuses on the technique and always corrects even the smallest mistake. I have never trained the abs so well as in her classes. Great teaching, perfect to get back into shape post pregnancy!
I trained Mama Pilates with Stephanie after my second pregnancy. It was just what my tired body needed to regain strength and flexibility that I had lost during pregnancy and breastfeeding. After each session I felt several years younger. It is evident that Stephanie has a deal of great knowledge of how the body works, and knows which muscles needs the extra attention after a pregnancy. She is an inspiring and focused instructor who sees what each member of the group needs to adjust to get the most out of each exercise. I wish I had found Stephanie after my first pregnancy!
Essential Pilates classes are the foundation if you are a beginner of Classical Pilates. Once you know the essentials you’re welcome to book Progressive Pilates classes where we challenge you further with new exercises and a faster pace with flow. We also have Private / Duet / Group Sessions for all levels with additional Classical Apparatus (ex. Ladder barrel, Small Chair, High Chair, Spine/Foot/Toe Corrector and Pedi Pole).
Most people start with an Essential Pilates | Mat class or a Studio Session. For pregnant and new moms we recommend Pregnancy Pilates and Mama Pilates. If you are 60+ or have chronic fatigue syndromes (ex. post covid, POTS etc.) and have not exercised for a while, we recommend you start with a Vintage Pilates class.
Remember, Classical Pilates is not something you learn in one day. It is a progressive journey without an end. It takes approximately 10 classes or 5 sessions before you discover how much you have learned about your body and what Classical Pilates do for you.
After your first class or session, your instructor will follow up with recommendations what you should continue with.
Contact us if you have more questions.
How much does it cost?
First. No membership fees or other frills.
NEWS: From Januari 1st, 2023 you use Via © Credits, our training credits when you book.
How much is a Via © Credit?
1 © Credit costs SEK 185 including 6% VAT.
Do you have discounts?
Yes, it will be cheaper if you buy more Via © Credits at the same time.
1-19 © no discount given
20-49 © you get our Get Started Price, i.e. 5% discount
50-99 © you get our Get Moving Price, i.e. 10% discount
100+ © you get our Get Results Price, i.e. 15% discount
We do not offer any other discounts to new clients.
Can I try a class?
Absolutely! When you sign-up at my.pilatesvia.com, you get 1 Via © Credit absolutely FREE from us to book any 25 min Matwork class. If you’d rather try a 50 min Matwork class or an Apparatus (Reformer / Tower) Class, you can absolutely do that, but you need to buy an additional 1 © for a Matwork Class (50 min), Apparatus Class (25 min) or 2 © for an Apparatus Class (50 min).
How many Via © Credits do you need to train classes and privates?
- Matwork (1-8 people) Class (25 min)—1 ©
- Matwork (1-8 people) Class (50 min)—2 ©
- Apparatus (1-6 people) Class (25 min)—2 ©
- Apparatus (1-6 people) Class (50 min)—3 ©
- Duet/Trio/Group (2-4 people) Session (25 min)—3 ©
- Duet/Trio/Group (2-4 people) Session (50 min)—4 ©
- Private (1 person) Session (25 min)—4 ©
- Private (1 person) Session (50 min)—7 ©
How do I buy Via © Credits?
Sign-up on my.pilatesvia.com. We give you 1 Via © Credit for FREE which you can use to book any Matwork Class (25 min). Then you top up your account with additional Via © Credits using your card or invoice.
- Up to SEK 8,350, you pay by card (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) from our secure partner Stripe.
- Over SEK 8,350, you pay by invoice.
When can I start using my Via © Credits?
- If you pay by card, your Via © Credits are added to the account as soon as the payment goes through.
- If you pay against an invoice, your Via © Credits will be added to the account when we have received the money in our bank account.
Do you have monthly or annual memberships?
Nop, we do not offer monthly or annual memberships.
We only have Via © Credits which you use to book.
Can I use my employer health benefits and train Pilates?
Yes. The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) approves Pilates training as a tax deductible exercise and wellness benefit activity. You will receive a receipt approved by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) via email after we have received your payment. The receipt contains all the details that the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) requires from your employer.
I have a disability, can I train Pilates?
It depends on your disability. We currently have clients with prosthetics who train, but we are unfortunately not able to host people who have mobility, hearing or visual impairments for safety reasons. This is something we evaluate during fall 2021 and we soon hope to be able to offer this in the future as Pilates is really good for everyone. If you are uncertain, please contact us to assess your challenges.
Can I do this?
Yes, provided you can stand, sit and lie on the floor you can do classes. If you have been recommended by a physiotherapist, doctor or have a known injury then we recommend at least one private lesson first where we go through your conditions together and how you can adapt your exercises in a class.
How often should I exercise?
To promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, prevent premature death and to maintain or improve physical capacity such as fitness and strength the following is recommended for all adults from 18 years and up:
- Be physically active in total at least 150 minutes a week. The intensity should be at least moderate. At high intensity recommended at least 75 minutes per week. The activity should be spread over at least three of days of the week. Moderate and high intensity can also be combined. More physical activity provides additional health effects.
- Muscle strengthening physical activity should be performed at least twice a week for the majority of the body’s large muscle groups.
- The elderly (defined here as adults over the age of 65) should also practice balance.
Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time and he recommended exercising 3 times a week. We believe you will see development with at least one private session or class per week as a complement to other physical activity to stretch and strengthen your entire body. If you can exercise two to three times a week, you will feel results much faster.
Pilates can be experienced as slow to high intensity depending on the your fitness level and experience from Pilates. All types of sessions and classes in Classical Pilates trains the whole body. Our Vintage classes (for 60+ and people recovering from illness) are slow to medium intensity with additional exercises to improve balance.
How late can I book / cancel?
You can book a class up until 1 hour before (new from 2023) your class start.
You can cancel a class up until 6 hours before (new from 2023) your class start.
You can book a session up until 6 hours before (new from 2023) your session start.
You can cancel your session up until 12 hours before (new from 2023) your session start.
How do I change a booking?
You sign in at my.pilatesvia.com and cancel within 12 hours (new from 2023) before training starts.
PS: Don’t forget to change any calendar event in your calendar to the new date/time.