BENEFITS OF STOTT PILATES®

As we age we develop habits to compensate for weaknesses in parts of our bodies by placing weight on other stronger joints and muscles creating imbalances in our postural alignment, which is a source for much of the pain we feel.

  • Incorporating intelligent exercise principles designed to restore the natural curves of the spine improving alignment and posture, rebalancing the muscles around the joints.
  • Increases core strength (abs, low back and buttocks), which is the Powerhouse of our body. Core strength is key to enhanced athletic performance and injury prevention.
  • Creates longer, leaner muscles, lengthening out hamstrings and tight quads for (less bulk, greater range of movement – much of which comes from overtraining in the popular Cross Fit and Fitness Boot Camp programs and rigorous weight training regimens).
  • A strong core will emanate dramatic changes in the way you stand, move, walk, carry yourself, and physically relate to the world around you – increasing your mental clarity, confidence, energy, and create a sense of tranquility and peace of mind.
  • Relieves pain and helps prevent injury – best form of exercise for those with weak abs, flabby glutes and arms, low back pain, hip and knee pain, post-surgeries due to injury or replacement and new moms wanting to get their “pre-baby” bodies back.
  • No impact – easy on the joints, reduces or eliminates muscle imbalances.
  • Relieves stress and tension – heightens body awareness.

WHAT IS THE STOTT PILATES® METHOD

  • STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. STOTT PILATES® co-founders, Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, of Merrithew Health and Fitness, along with a team of physical therapists, exercise physiologists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent more than two decades refining the STOTT PILATES® method of exercises and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principals of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and most effective methods of exercise available.
  • STOTT PILATES® is based around 5 Basic Principles
    The understanding of the STOTT PILATES® 5 Basic Principles and how to apply them to the exercises, will build your core strength (your body’s Powerhouse) from the inside out, and is by definition, life changing
    It will lead you to a quality of life that you may have not thought possible.

    The STOTT PILATES® 5 Basic Principles focus on:

      • BREATHING
      • PELVIC PLACEMENT
      • RIB CAGE PLACEMENT
      • HEAD AND CERVICAL SPINE PLACEMENT
      • SCAPULA STABILIZATION AND MOVEMENT

HOW STOTT PILATES® WORKS

  • The Core of the Body – abdominals, lower back and buttocks – Supported and strengthened, they enable the rest of the body to move freely.
  • Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, fewer, more precise movements are done requiring proper control and form.
  • Pilates is physical conditioning first and foremost. Pilates exercises stretch and strengthen and are unique in their ability to encourage coordination between the muscles that stabilize the body.
  • Unlike other hardcore training regimens that focus specifically on isolating muscles to build muscle mass, Pilates focuses on rebalancing the muscles around the joints, working the smaller muscles and ligaments that support the larger muscles and joints. This creates longer, leaner muscles, restoring the natural curves to your spine, allowing your body a greater range of motion.
  • Because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movement correctly, using the proper breathing techniques, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.

The STOTT PILATES® method of body conditioning is completely different. Instead of being a mindless exercise, it is a very mindful activity. You must concentrate on what you are doing. This intense physical concentration forms what is known as a “mind-body connection.”

HOW STOTT PILATES® DIFFERS FROM YOGA

  • The difference is this: While Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, without repetitions, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic, and anatomically based.
  • Yoga is a holistic spiritual discipline with its roots in forms of meditation The physical postures, although they condition the body, are really aimed at the mind.
  • Unlike Yoga, Pilates exercises are much more active and can be performed without a sense of boredom. The physical demands of the routine will enable you to feel a very deep sense of relaxation and a tangible sense of daily stress slipping away effortlessly. It is the precise control that you will demand of your body that will magically free your mind.

Pilates is physical conditioning first and foremost. Pilates exercise stretch and strengthen and are unique in their ability to encourage coordination between the muscles that stabilize the body.

“In Yoga you close your eyes and think about the spirit, in Pilates you open your eyes and think about the BUTT!”