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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.

The 5 Basic 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 movement
  • Head & cervical spine placement

How STOTT PILATES ® Exercise compares to 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes).
  • Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction.
  • Emphasis is on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention.
  • STOTT PILATES® exercise is customizable for special need.
  • 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.

Yes, STOTT PILATES® equipment is excellent for improving flexibility. Flexibility is a key component of total fitness that has been largely ignored by other conditioning methods.

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.

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. It is therefore more important that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

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