A Modern Approach to the Legacy of Joseph Pilates

Stott Pilates

STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G, Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent more than two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment.

This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and most effective methods available.  Rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in-between use it.

STOTT PILATES exercises help both men and women develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints.  The perfect compliment to cardiovascular exercise, athletic training or rehabilitation, STOTT PILATES exercises help you tone your body, feel revitalized and move with ease.

What is the difference between STOTT PILATES 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, there is also more emphasis on scapular stabilization.  As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modification to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.

STOTT PILATES is referred to as Intelligent exercise.

Reformer with foot straps

How does STOTT PILATES differ from weight training?

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes)
  • Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction
  • Emphasis on concentric and eccentric contraction for injury prevention, STOTT PILATES exercise is customisable for special needs.
  • In Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints.
  • Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalances that lead 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 a fitness program and are a great complement to each other.

What are the STOTT PILATES benefits?

  • Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • Improves postural problems and alignment
  • 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
  • Compliments other methods of exercise.
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Relieves stress & back pain
  • Improves balance, coordination & circulation

STOTT Matwork

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 the body functions, looks and feels.  The Five Basic Principles focus on:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic Placement
  • Rib Cage Placement
  • Scapular Movement and Stabilization
  • Head & Cervical Placement

To see the STOTT Pilates Five Basic Principles in detail please click onto the following link.

Download the Five Basic Principles PDF

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