Meet Studio Owner Julie Michaels


Julie Michaels is the founder and studio owner of Ray Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio in Toronto.  She began practising Pilates while working in the film industry in Los Angeles and fell in love with the exercise that emphasized core strength and proper biomechanics.  After completing her mat and equipment intensive at Body Harmonics, Toronto in 2009, she opened up her own studio.  Her clients are a diverse population that include those with acute injuries and conditions along with athletes and postpartum Mom’s.  Julie prides herself in helping her clients to reach their personal fitness goals, however small or big they may be, by making functional fitness fun and accessible.  She continues to hone her skills by continuing her education with courses for the spine, hip and shoulders from Balanced Body University, California.  Julie’s ultimate goal is that her clients take ownership of their body and make positive lifestyle changes that improve their posture, strength and stamina.

  • Equipment Rehab Protocols: Spine, Hip & Shoulder, Body Harmonics
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Pilates for Cervical Spine, Body Harmonics
  • Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Body Harmonics
  • Posture & Gait Analysis, Body Harmonics
  • Running Mechanics, Body Harmonics
  • Pilates for Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis, Body Harmonics
  • Pilates for Men, Body Harmonics
  • Turn with Ease: Spine Rotation on the Reformer for Daily Life, Sports and Athletics – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Elizabeth Larkam
  • CoreAlign Essential for Rehabilitation Professionals – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Carrie Lamb
  • Exploring Natural Spirals of Movement – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Chrissy Romani-Ruby
  • Exploring the Spontaneous Activation of the Pelvic Floor, Abdominal Wall and Diaphragm – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Brent Anderson
  • Training Your Clients For Life: Functional Movement via the Sling Systems – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Meghan Bubnis
  • Yur Hip: The Full Story on Hip Osteoarthritis – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Chrissy Romani-Ruby
  • Hip and Knee Replacements and Pilates: Restoring Function, Strength, ROM and Stability Post Operatively – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Beth Kaplanek
  • Programming for Foot and Ankle – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Matt McCullough and Travis Gerrald
  • Maximizing Teaching for Results – Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Karen Sanzo
  • CoreAlign : HIIT it! – Connect Physical Therapy & Pilates, Carrie Lamb