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Former professional dancer and Royal Academy of Dance–alum Allysia Nicolle first encountered Pilates while dancing on scholarship, eventually coming to view it as an essential component to her training. It wasn’t until after she tore her ACL, however, that she truly discovered how powerful the program could be; it not only offered her relief from the pain, but also helped her regain strength, range of motion, and muscle balance. Fuelled by the desire to share Pilates’ restorative approach to fitness, she now helms her own Stott Pilates program, which is a contemporary reworking of Joseph Pilates' original body-sculpting method that incorporates modern exercise science and spinal-rehabilitation techniques. During private lessons, she personalizes the exercises—designed to safely restore the spine's natural curvature after years spent slouching over office desks and feeding troughs—to help improve each student’s coordination, flexibility, and posture.