Pilates

About Pilates

Simplicity will be using the contemporary teachings of STOTT Pilates, which she is trained in as a foundation for the Pilates classes in the studio.

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 Pilates is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

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 over 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.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • 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
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation

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 can Pilates be different than weight training or other resistance exercise?

 

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes)
  • Emphasis on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention
  • Pilates is customizable for special needs
  • 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)
  • Pilates leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness
  • Weight training and Pilates can be combined in your fitness program and are a great compliment to each other.

 

The fee structure for Pilates is the same as for yoga.