Joan Buna, Health4Life Centre

Pilates on Tour – Continuing Education for Pilates Professionals

The human body is your greatest instrument. You don’t get another one so it’s ideal to always put your best foot forward (possibly into a lunging series?) Our highly respected and intelligent Pilates instructors are away participating in their continuing education, and this weekend, that takes them to Phoenix, Arizona. At this time last year, Joan and Arienne were absorbing an extraordinary amount of valuable knowledge from a highly-regarded instructor by the name of Chrissy Romani-Ruby. Chrissy’s knowledge, along with their exposure to her unique and sought-after teachings will make for unforgettable experiences.

In this year’s course, Joan and Arienne will learn the most research about spine movement and loads, as well as strategies for integrating their new knowledge into their Pilates classes here at Health4Life Centre. Given that our bodies change continuously in response to life’s experiences, and that the spine is vital for posture and participating in different types of activities, understanding how to support and maintain spinal health is essential for a healthy life. When Joan and Arienne return, they will be spreading their new knowledge about spinal health and a refreshed outlook based on their courses this weekend. We will miss them in their absence, but are extremely grateful for them and excited about their journey over the next few days!


Greetings to everyone from Mexico

We're enjoying out time in the sun and soaking up the warmth. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone and starting new classes. Wishing everyone a happy 2017! Remember to keep breathing. See you soon!


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Seasonal Hours  


We're open regular hours until December 24.
Dr. Buna and Joan will be on holidays December 25 to January 8.  Regular office hours start January 9, 2017.
Morgan will be at the office during the holidays for those wishing to register for Pilates classes in the New Year. So feel free to pop in if you're wanting to get yourself a spot! 


Joan Buna, Pilates Coach and Personal TrainerFrom Joan

The importance of listening to your internal compass

Walk 10,000 steps per day” “Condition your heart” “Drink water” “Boot camp is best for body fitness” “Crossfit is the only way“Dance with the stars to lose weight and stay fit

In our culture, we are ceaselessly bombarded with information and images of perfection. This background noise may prevent us from hearing and following our internal compass of intention, setting realistic goals and achieving successes.

It is intention that creates our reality and our real goals and successes.

Intention: Finding the movement practice that most resonates with YOU.

Regardless of whether your intention is to strengthen, increase flexibility, improve balance, live pain-free, prehabilitation, rehabilitation, increase cardiovascular capactiy, or to improve the quality of your activities and sports.

We make it our goal at Health 4 Life Pilates and Chiropractic to support you to the full experience of your movement potential, and guide you as you listen to your internal compass and journey towards your very best health.

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Common questions that students ask at Pilates classes

Over the years I've noticed that new and returning students ask me the following questions. I hope that by sharing this information with you now, that you will be better able to "fit in fitness." I also acknowledge that every new pilates student has their own unique questions to ask - so please do ask us - it's all part of your learning!

What can I do if I am unable to make a class due to holidays or illness?

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I have an injury/I am doing rehabilitation work for an injury. Can I take Pilates?

Welcome back to Pilates classes and Health4Life

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Hello, and welcome to new Pilates students. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

With a beautiful spring and early summer now behind us, we are moving into late summer and early fall. Everyone is starting to settle back into a routine.

Fall Classes are an important and successful way of realigning your body and loosening tight muscles after summertime activities.

The first classes in September will be aimed at slowly working out the knots and limbering the joints and muscles. WHY? To prevent injuries “Prehab not Rehab

In October and November classes, be ready to increase the pace! We will be using weights and elastic resistance bands to help increase joint mobility and muscle tone.

See you soon!

Keep breathing

Joan and Arienne

When the Best Treatment is No Treatment

What do you consider to be one of the major health hazards today?

I think it is being a patient in the modern health care system. Don't get me wrong - modern medicine has much to offer today, and millions of people benefit from improved quality of life, increased length of life and decreased illnesses.

However, modern medical strategies may also create problems because of the goal to "fix". Consider David's story.

Joan Buna's all time top favorite fitness quotes

We hope you will enjoy these and that they may inspire you.


If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If your spine is flexible at 60, you are young.    Joseph Pilates


Your Pilates fitness is 100 percent mental.

Your body won't go where your mind doesn't push it

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 Sweat is fat crying


What you do today can improve all your tomorrows


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Pilates class is not about being better than someone else......it is about being and feeling better than you used to feel








Choose the best class for you!

We now have three levels of classes – something to suit everyone’s fitness goals. Check out the descriptions and choose the one the sound the best for meeting your fitness goals and skills.

Level 1 Classes

This class introduces you to core strength, back strengthening and range of motion exercises. Ideal for a person new to Pilates, and for people recovering from an injury or surgery.

Building mental resilience helps build strength, fitness and flexibility

We might not want to acknowledge it, but it’s hard to ignore that our attitude in difficult or challenging situations often determines the outcome. I’ve heard it said that “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’ll be right.”resilience

As part of the New Year, many people begin new routines and regimens to improve their fitness and health. It is always sad when so many of these people abandon their fitness goals early into their challenge. I applaud all of you who have set a new challenges for yourself. It can be quite intimidating to start a new sport, a different workout, attempt a higher level of fitness, or take on a new fitness challenge.

What can you do to stick to your new challenge? How can you best get past feeling intimidated and set yourself up to succeed?

Looking for that special gift? Or new ideas?

Give the gift of renewed health!

Consider a gift certificate for pilates classes!

There are classes that fit the fitness level and needs of every person. Plus these gifts won't clutter up your home!

Want to indulge that special person? Consider a certificate for personal training sessions with Joan.

One-on-one training with Joan helps identify issues and maximize progress. Contact Joan to help decide what would best meet your person's needs.

Call our office for more information - 250 384 2412




Pilates Studio Hours

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