Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, pilates is a unique form of exercise designed to bring balance to the body. With a focus on lengthening and strengthening muscles balanced development of the body occurs. But the benefits don’t stop there and the population is taking note, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, pilates has seen a 602% increase in participants from 2000 to 2006. What has made pilates so popular? Everything from improving overall strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, athletic performance, core stability and muscle tone to improving circulation, alleviating pain and tension, flattening the abdominals, restoring the natural curves of the spine and improving posture. And the benefits can be felt by everyone. Regardless of age, fitness level or goals your personal needs can be met with this all-encompassing mind-body form of exercise.
STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the mind-body form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates. It is anatomically based and in accordance with modern biomechanics and spinal rehabilitation. STOTT PILATES is an athletic based approach that offers modification and the breakdown of exercises to accommodate all fitness levels and abilities.
What is the difference between the STOTT PILATES Method and other Pilates techniques?
STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.
- longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- improves postural problems
- increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
- helps prevent injury
- enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
- balances strength & flexibility
- heightens body awareness
- no-impact, easy on the joints
- can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
- complements other methods of exercise
- improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
- mproves balance, coordination & circulation
What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES Method?
STOTT PILATES exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The Five Basic Principles focus on:
- Pelvic placement
- Rib cage placement
- Scapular movement
- Head & cervical spine placement
Is STOTT PILATES exercise like Yoga?
In some respects Pilates is like Yoga. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.
How can STOTT PILATES be different than weight training or other resistance exercise?
- Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes)
- spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction
- emphasis on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention
- STOTT PILATES exercise is customizable for special needs
- in Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints
- Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury
- Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility(for injury prevention and more efficient movement)
- STOTT PILATES exercise leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness
- Weight training and STOTT PILATES can be combined in your fitness program and are a great compliment to each other.