What is the difference between the STOTT Pilates Method & 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.
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: BREATHING - PELVIC PLACEMENT - RIB CAGE PLACEMENT - SCAPULAR MOVMENT - HEAD & CERVICAL SPINE PLACEMENT
What kind of results can I expect from doing STOTT Pilates?
You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains.
If I'm doing Pilates, should I still do my regualr workouts?
STOTT Pilates exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. It's ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise and a great compliment to your weight training program.
How can STOTT Pilates be different than weight training or other resistance exercises?
- 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 emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility
- Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury
- 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
How many sessions do I need to see & feel changes in my body?
Joseph Pilates once said, "In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you'll be on your way to having a whole new body." With the correct amount of training each week, combined with cardiovascular exercise and a healthy diet, this should hold close to true for everyone, although individual results will vary.
How many sessions do you recommend each week?
It is recommended that the average, healthy, active person participate in two to three sessions each week. Private ssessions are encouraged, as they provide more individualized attention and focus. However, group mat classes are a great way to practice new techniques learned during private sessions.