Q.What is the difference between the STOTT pilates methods and other Pilates techniques?
A.Pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. Physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent more than a decade refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment.
For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercise are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization – making it one of the safest and effective methods available. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.
It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, Hollywood celebrities and everyone in between.
Q.What are the benefits of Pilates?
- longer, leaner muscles(less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- improves posture issues
- increases core strength, stability and mobility
- helps prevent injury
- enhances functional fitness
- balances strength and flexibility
- increases body awareness
- 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, riding etc.)
- improves balance, coordination & circulation
- decreases stress levels
Q.Is Pilates like Yoga?
A.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 exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness
Q.How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?
A.The average active person doing 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries.
Q.I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates?
A. Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. Jeannie 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.
Q.Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?
A. Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment will place more emphasis on your outer limbs and add variety and intensity to your program.
Q.If I’m doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?
A. Pilates exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. It’s ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, swimming etc.), and a great complement to your weight training or riding program.