"Our sessions together are always fun, motivating, and challenging. Sylvia is incredibly supportive, both in sessions and with checking in throughout the week. She is always willing to pass on her knowledge or a good recipe or article she has found that is relevant to my goals. It's exciting to start to see progress, not only in my fitness and strength, but in the way I am living my life. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Sylvia to achieve my long term goals!"
"I came to Sylvia for help in achieving a healthier lifestyle and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. What I love about Sylvia's training style is that she takes into account everything that is going on in your life at that moment... it's not just about pushing yourself physically. Together we have worked on my stress levels and learning how to release tension that I regularly carry in my body, she has helped with my diet and increasing water intake, and we have worked to ensure I am using proper technique and understanding my body's movements when completing exercises."
"Sylvia brings a warm and welcoming energy that immediately puts you at ease. I’m still amazed by her ability to tailor exercises to my body to achieve precise activation of certain muscles; as if it was as easy as pointing a finger. She brings a lot of flexibility and a keen knowledge to her position. Her enthusiasm for acquiring a deep understanding of human movement is infectious, and one of the things I enjoy most about our sessions. She approaches old injuries with respect, and never allows them to interfere with progress. She challenges your body in a way that leaves you feeling both pleasantly exhausted and confidently strong. Thank you Sylvia!”
"I've been a RIO Devotee for almost a year now and my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I'm a 'seasoned' exerciser and I've trained athletically, for many years. But lately I wasn't able to get as much out of my workouts as I wanted and I knew I needed some help. After attending many of Sylvia's classes and learning so much in that environment, I knew she would be able to get me on the path to where I needed to go with my fitness based on my current lifestyle. After only a few sessions, i knew i was in good hands.. I had to suspend everything I thought i knew and open up to what I needed to learn. She presented a radically different style of training than what I was used to and to say I am humbled at the end of every session would be an understatement. Her approach is fully encompassing and holistic in nature - we discuss lifestyle, nutrition, and sleep and how it all works together to create health. I don't have the time anymore to spend hours a day exercising,plus I don't want to. I need to get the most out of the time I spend doing it. Sylvia is helping me create an efficient and effective plan that works for me plus I am getting soooooo much more out of all my classes now that I'm tuned in. This is time well spent"
“I discovered RIO after being tasked with researching every pilates, yoga and dance studio and instructor in Nova Scotia for another small business. All I can say is that I wish that RIO had been open sooner. It isn't often to find so many talented people who also have great attitudes and are so warm and inviting. “
“I keep coming back to RIO because with each class I’m in, I achieve something that I had previously thought unattainable. I’ve learned that yoga, pilates, whatever it may be is for everybody, and every body”
“I love everything about RIO-the positive energy of the instructors, the playful rebel vibe, the great music, the diversity of classes. I’m feeling stronger and healthier already and to my age 50 milestone next year I now say- Bring it on!”
“As a result of injuries and two surgeries I spent six years seeing surgeons, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and finally "graduated" from PT. This happened in large part to the classes I take at RIO. I make every effort to go to various classes six days a week. Which can be difficult for anyone to do, but I'm so dedicated that it takes me two hours each way to get to a class.”