Gentle Pilates

Welcome to Gentle Pilates – Private Pilates Studio in Novi, MI

At Gentle Pilates our focus is to create and facilitate an individual Pilates program tailored for each client’s health goals and specific needs. We take a therapeutic approach to the issues of chronic muscular tension, myofascial pain & stiffness while working with a wide range of conditions including fibromyalgia, breast cancer, osteoporosis and more.

Private Pilates sessions are held in our well-equipped Pilates studio located in Novi, MI (metro Detroit area.) Pilates classes are held at different locations including Northville and Birmingham. Please refer to our Pilates Classes page for a complete list of locations and current sessions.

pilates for bone health


The fundamentals of Pilates offer a terrific platform for strengthening bones and preventing fractures. Gentle Pilates in Novi MI integrates Pilates, strength training and rehabilitative exercises to improve the health and longevity of your bones and joints.

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Breast Cancer

Our Program encompasses all aspects of Pilates, from mat, to reformer, to BioCored. Research has shown that Pilates helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and regain strength and mobility to the areas most affected by surgery, radiation, and reconstruction.

fibromyalgia treatment novi


There are many reasons why people develop Fibromyalgia, but no one really knows. But we do know physical exercise is key to controlling one’s pain. Pilates is a practice of moving, breathing, becoming stronger and more mobile!

sharon ostalecki


Dr. Ostalecki is the foremost developer of Pilates programs for individuals with fibromyalgia, and breast cancer. Because of her extensive broad background, she is able to bring a creative approach to Pilates that better benefits the individual person.

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Restorative Pilates

Restorative Pilates takes a therapeutic approach to the issues of chronic muscular tension, myofascial pain and stiffness. Our program gives the person finishing physical therapy after breast cancer or fibromyalgia tools to continue their recovery and maintain positive movement.

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Classes & Research

All Pilates classes (offered in the Metro Detroit area) emphasize movement re-education, and are suitable for all levels and user friendly for those with health problems. The exercises are designed to align, lengthen, and strengthen the body in an efficient, focused manner.

Books on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Complete Guide Book:

Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide from Medical Experts and Patients, is the first book to present a multidisciplinary approach to managing fibromyalgia; a chronic disease that affects five to eight million Americans.
It includes numerous case studies, clinical data, tables, charts and pictures to guide professionals and educate patients in all aspects of the disease.

100 Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia

EMPOWER YOURSELF! Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient, or a friend or relative of someone suffering with Fibromyalgia, this book offers help.
Leading fibromyalgia specialists, Sharon Ostalecki, PhD and Martin Tamler, MD provide the most current information on the topic in a question and answer format.
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this disease.

Fibromyalgia: Benefits of Regular Exercise

This book is a guide–think of it as a simple map to exercising for those with fibromyalgia. The book presents research, guides the reader on starting and maintaining an exercise program and invites all fibromyalgia patients to a Call to Action:

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Voted one of the BEST Pilates teachers in Detroit

best pilates teacher detroitGentle Pilates has been chosen as one of the best Pilates studios in Detroit area by Expertise. Pilates teachers in Detroit area were scored on more than 25 variables across five categories, then the team at Expertise analyzed the results and hand-picked the top 18 Pilates providers in the area. Gentle Pilates was honored to be included as #6 in the list of the best Pilates teachers. Thank you for your reviews, support and loyalty!

Do you worry about building strong bones to prevent fractures?

Come on over to our new group: Gentle Pilates Building Strong, Healthy Bones and Muscles.
We’re all about anatomy, movement, strong, healthy fracture free bones & muscles (since they are friends with our bones!) come connect with us!
I will be posting information on bone health, and upcoming classes and lectures.
See you there! Join the group on Facebook

Fracture Risk Calculation

Gentle Pilates will be offering a screening tool for adults 45 and older. Using the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator™, we capture factors such as age, weight, fracture history, medications and medical conditions and generate a graph that shows the your risk of breaking a bone in the next 10 years.

Dr. Ostalecki takes that information and discuss steps for better bone health, including nutrition; strength, balance and posture exercises; fall prevention strategies; further diagnosis; or medical treatments, if necessary. All appointment are Contact us to set up an appointment

Fall Pilates and Yoga classes

Schedule coming soon!

Gentle Pilates Class

Gentle Pilates is a program that will guide you through the foundational principles of Polestar Pilates and transform the way you look, feel and move. Take a deep breath, activate your core, stand straighter, have better balance and feel stronger.  This class is osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, minor back issues, fibromyalgia and breast cancer friendly; however, you do need  to let your instructor know about any issues that need special consideration.

Bone Builders Class

Want to build strong bones?
10 million Americans over the age of 50 have Osteoporosis, a dangerous thinning of the bones. Research shows that regular exercise can prevent and even reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Bone Builders class is a program designed to target those at risk of osteoporosis and help them build healthy bones.

Contact us for more information.

The class will be held at: 
23915 Forest Park,
Novi MI  48374

Yoga For Osteoporosis- Coming soon!

I will also be streaming anatomy lessons and Pilates movements, in our Facebook group so join our group for more information, on our live streaming classes.

Gentle Pilates Building Strong, Healthy Bones and Muscles – Fb Group