Massage Therapy

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

A massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.

Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented.
Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with remedial exercise, and other therapies to treat clients.

The following massage therapy services require the above mentioned techniques and are offered at Body Alive Health & Wellness:

  • Relaxation
  • Deep tissue
  • Sports
  • Pre/Post natal
  • Pre/Post surgery
  • Injury rehabilitation
Body Alive offers direct billing to most private health insurance carriers. Please consult your policy to determine if a physician’s note is required.


PILOXING Barre is a high energy, choreographed, cardio class that combines Pilates, dance and boxing, along with the use of a ballet barre for support, resistance and to enhance range of motion.

PILOXING Barre is a comprehensive, well-rounded workout that is low-impact, yet variable in intensity.

The barre is an external support that serves to initiate more muscle engagement. It aids in achieving body balance and more concentrated toning. It gives the participant the ability to take their muscles deeper into each exercise, and through a more complete and dynamic range of motion.

The added weight from the PILOXING gloves promotes awareness and focus on technique. It also increases the cardio component, while still allowing for grace and fluidity in the ballet-inspired Pilates moves.

Check out this promotional video by Piloxing® founder, Viveca Jensen.

Fletcher® Pilates

Fletcher Pilates techniques are effectively used for a wide variety of therapeutic and physical conditioning needs. Overall posture, tone, flexibility and breathing are enhanced.

The focus is on posture and core strength, through the use of a percussive breath technique. It is comprised of small movements that require engagement of stabilizing muscles.

Body Alive Health & Wellness Pilates classes include the following 3 techniques, as demonstrated here:

Fletcher Towelwork®

  • Towelwork is unique to the Fletcher Pilates Program and was developed to stabilize and mobilize the shoulder and upper spine, and to improve balance.
  • It ranges from simple yet effective movements, to challenging and beautifully complex movement patterns.
  • The towel class provides excellent rehab for neck and shoulder issues.

Fletcher Barrework®

  • This program offers a systematic approach to teach the Pilates Movement Principles in standing.
  • Basic leg and foot techniques, and lower body articulations progress to elegant movement patterns focusing on both; attention to precision, and flowing motion
  • Benefits of Barrework include improved movement, range of motion and lower body stability.

Fletcher Floorwork®

  • Ron Fletcher developed this body of work based on his early studies with Joseph and Clara Pilates, and dancer/choreographer Martha Graham. While the program stays true to foundational Pilates Movement Principles, its distinctive artistic flare allow for a departure from classic Pilates matwork.
  • Basic mechanics of spinal movement are developed through an exploration of breath, dimension, dynamic and quality of movement.
  • Benefits of Fletcher Floorwork include spinal movement, core strength, improved flexibility, balance, strength, and enhanced spatial awareness.

Learn about traditional Pilates and its founder, Joseph Pilates (Ron Fletcher’s teacher) in this fun, animated video.


Body Alive offers weekly stretch classes designed to help clients complete activities of daily living with more ease. Stretching also assists those wishing to enhance their performance with specific sports, and activities.

All major muscle groups from tip to toe are addressed with particular focus on common problem areas such as neck and shoulders, low back and anterior hip.

The class provides a safe and effective option to:

  • Improve flexibility and posture
  • Reduce muscle tension and stress
  • Balance opposing muscles
  • Enable participants to move with more ease and less pain.

Classes are held in small (10 people maximum) groups to ensure proper positioning and guidance.

Health Coaching

Health Coaching is an evidence-based practice that serves to assist people in making behavioural changes in order to lead healthier lives. Structured as one-on-one sessions, the coach works in tandem with the client to develop personalized, real solutions to meet their goals. A collaborative approach is taken with each individual, and is proven to be more successful than a straight-up prescriptive – telling people what to do – solution.

Reasons to enlist the services of a Health Coach are vast and include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Initiating or improving fitness
  • Diabetes management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • General well-being
  • Motivation
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Assist with injury/illness/surgical recovery
  • Stress management

Prior to the first meeting, the health coach will discuss the potential client’s goals to determine program suitability. Regularly scheduled health coaching meetings are conducted in-person when possible, but also may be done via telephone, or Internet.