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 and Group Classes are held in our well-equipped Pilates studio located in Novi, MI (metro Detroit area.) Please refer to our  Programs page for a complete list of programs.

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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MELT Method

The MELT method is a simple self treatment where we use small balls and a soft foam roller to hydrate your connective tissue, rebalance your nervous system and help you prevent, reduce and even eliminate chronic pain.  This is an excellent program for those with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain.


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

Gentle Pilates offers the following programs:

  • Gentle Pilates Session
  • MELT Method- Group and Private
  • Bone Builders Session
  • Fibromyalgia Session

Click here for more information or contact us with questions.