What is Pilates?

  • Pilates is a mind-body exercise program with over 500 controlled exercises.
  • Proper execution of each Pilates exercise is done by combining patterned breathing with body movement.
  • Pilates contains a combination of strength and flexibility movements that helps to improve posture, tone muscles, reduce stress, alleviates and prevents back/neck pain, and helps to increase mind-body awareness.
  • The focus of all exercises is QUALITY rather than QUANTITY
  • Pilates works several muscle groups (large and small) simultaneously through smooth, flowing movements with emphasis on strengthening and stabilizing the abdominal, back, neck, shoulder and pelvic regions.
  • Pilates exercises balances, aligns, tones, strengthens and energizes the body.
  • Basic routine length – 1 hr
  • Modifications can be added to each exercises to:
    • Decrease the level of difficulty – making the exercise easier
    • Increase the level of difficulty – making the exercise harder to an intermediate or advanced level.
    • To address certain injuries – ie. neck, knee
    • To address certain body types – ie. sway back, flat back
  • Small equipment added to the workout – to add resistance or to help with alignment
    • Pilates ring
    • Tubing and bands
    • Small weighted Pilates balls – 2lbs or 3lbs
    • Bender Ball
    • Large stability ball

What is the History of Pilates?

  • Joseph Pilates (1881-1967) is considered the founder and creator of the Pilates exercise program.
  • Developed over 500 unique exercises in the 1920s.
  • Found that a routine with fewer repetitions and more focus on exact, controlled movements, resulted in better yeilds – increased core strength, muscle tone, flexibility, mind-body connection and much more.
  • Pilates became a total mind-body conditioning system and grew in popularity in the early 1990s.

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

  • increased core strength
  • enhanced spinal, pelvic and shoulder stability
  • improved posture
  • longer, leaner muscles
  • improved balance and coordination
  • relief from stress, neck and back tension
  • elevated mind-body connection
  • improve circulation
  • promote recovery from strain or injury
  • increase joint range of motion

What is 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 effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES® training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.”