Is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the acclaimed STOTT PILATES method of exercise and line of equipment. There fined method resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation–making it one of the safest and most effective methods available. STOTT PILATES is recognized as the Professional’s Choice™ by studios, fitness facilities, fitness professionals and the consumer market worldwide.
There are Five Basic Principles that provide the foundation of STOTT PILATES® and are key to performing the exercises safely and effectively. They show you how to breathe properly and position your body through the exercises. These principles will make you more aware of your ‘core’ and help you get better results from your workout.
Benefits of Pilates:
Greater joint mobility and stability
Improve muscular strength, endurance, and tone
Reduce stress levels
Increase efficiency of respiratory and circulatory systems
Stronger immune system
Reduce lower back pain
Reduce risk of injuries
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system that is focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It was developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates, who was a physical trainer and founder of The New York Pilates Studio®. It involves a series of controlled movements that engage both your body and mind. Pilates was initially created for rehabilitation, but was later adopted by dancers and athletes and is now utilized by millions. Pilates can be done on a mat with very little equipment, or with specialist apparatus such as the Cadillac or the Reformer. It is a versatile physical practice that can be modified for all levels of fitness and for individual injuries or postural problems.
Quality not Quantity
The basic rule of a good pilates workout is focusing on the quality of each movement, rather than doing lots of repetitions. Practicing an exercise carefully to ensure good alignment and control is essential to success in pilates and progressing to an advanced level.
Time Needed to Feel Results
Joseph Pilates said: “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”
Like any sport or skill, in order to improve and maintain a physical improvement you must practice. If you practice on your own at home in between weekly sessions you will improve much faster, however you will still notice a difference attending weekly sessions.
The Six Pilates Principles
Joseph Pilates introduced the following principles to his exercise system which he named contrology. Each exercise is performed with the aim of including all of the following principles:
Pilates uses lateral breathing to enhance stamina and engage muscles. Lateral breathing means you breathe into your back and sides instead of your chest or abdomen. This deep breathing allows your core to remain engaged during the exercises, improves circulation, and clears toxins from the body.
Using concentration enhances the exercises, allowing for a more focused experience. In pilates you use visualization to help concentrate on specific muscle groups. You should feel the movement, not simply perform the movement.
In pilates you use control to engage the correct muscles in sequence. Other areas of the body should remain stable as a resistance to the active movement. Moving slowly and carefully works the target muscle throughout the entire range of movement.
All movement begins in the core and moves outward. Without a stable and strong base, your arms and legs do not work efficiently. Pilates concentrates on strengthening the centre of your body (core).
In pilates you need to work towards a great attention to detail, ensuring that the targeted muscles work in a quality movement rather than focusing on quantity. Force has no place in pilates.
All pilates exercises should be performed slowly, with a controlled but flowing movement. There should be no stiffness, tension, or jerking.