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The term Pilates has become well known, yet what Pilates actually is remains unclear for many. The following common questions will help shed some light on this invaluable form of excercise. If these don't answer your questions, you can always contact us by clicking HERE.

What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed by the late Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. This method, originally called "contrology" by Pilates himself focused on controlled movements with specific breathing patterns, the focus of the method being on sequencing movement through the body utilizing the "powerhouse". The "powerhouse" according to Joseph Pilates consisted of the muscles of the inner thigh, buttocks, and abdominals.

What is the STOTT PILATES™?
Tremendous advancements in knowledge of anatomy and the science of movement have been made since pilates exercise was first created. The STOTT PILATES™ method was developed by a team of fitness professionals, incorportating modern excercise principles to create a safe and highly effective approach to pilates. STOTT PILATES™ began as a small private studio on the Danforth River in Toronto, Canada, and has grown to becme the only full-service pilates company in the world offering education, equipment and videos. STOTT PILATES™ has become the leading brand for all things pilates, recognized for integrity and quality in all products and services..

What are the benefits of STOTT 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 for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
• complements other methods of exercise
• improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, dance, etc.)
• improves balance, coordination, and circulation

How is STOTT PILATES™ different or better than weight training or other resistance exercise?

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™ is customizable for special needs
• in pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on re-balancing 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™ leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness

What kind of results can I expect to see form doing STOTT PILATES™?

You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain/other general pains.

How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?

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 things 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.

Is it safe to do Pilates during pregnancy?

The available information on pregnancy and exercise can be very confusing - even conflicting. STOTTPILATES™ tries to stay on top of the latest research regarding safety and pregnancy and cover this topic in the ISP (Injuries & Special Populations) segment of our Certification program.

No two women's bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy. There are workouts that are quite appropriate for some people during pregnancy and not for others.

During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. Exercise is also said to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and low back pain - not to mention boosting self esteem.

The guidelines stated by the American Council on Exercise are not as hard-and-fast as they used to be. However, research suggests that no new exercise routine should be started during your first trimester. As well, you should be careful of over-exerting the abdominal muscles.

During the second trimester these muscles become stretched out, and some women experience diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). With reduced support for the back, you also run the risk of injuring the lower back. Further, because of the increased amounts of relaxin and progesterone released in the body during pregnancy, the ligaments surrounding the joints become lax, which leaves them loose and vulnerable.

For this reason, you should be careful not to over-stretch. It is important, though, to continue strengthening and re-balancing the muscles around the joints - still trying to center the body as it goes through many postural changes due to pregnancy.

Today many guidelines for pregnancy indicate that once you reach the second trimester you should not exercise in a supine position (lying on your back) as you may be cutting off oxygen to the fetus even if you yourself are not feeling dizzy. In general, we teach that it is better to be safe and not take any chances.

In the second trimester we still do some mat work courses but we make sure that the upper torso is raised as it is when using the "Spine Supporter". We then alternate the inclined position with sitting, kneeling, and standing exercises done on Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac. A great piece of the equipment for pregnancy is the Stability Chair, because it facilitates so many exercises in an upright position.

Of course, drinking lots of water is always important, and be sure not to over-exert yourself. The beauty of this type of work is that it can be individualized for anyone's ability.

What are the benefits of this type of conditioning equipment?

STOTTPILATES™ core conditioning equipment is highly versatile. It facilitates hundreds of exercise variations, is no-impact (and therefore easy on the joints), allows for modifications for those with injuries/conditions, allows for three-dimensional movement/conditioning, and is suitable for a wide variety of clients (from rehab to pro athlete). It also facilitates balanced strength & flexibility, provides eccentric/concentric muscle contraction (resistance on the in and out moves), total musculo-skeletal conditioning (muscles & postural alignment), and facilitates core conditioning and peripheral mobility.

Why are the springs used for resistance instead of weights?

In using springs for resistance, STOTT PILATES™ EQUIPMENT provides gradual resistance as your muscles contract, which ensures the muscles are being worked properly. There is greater resistance at the muscle's strongest point of contraction and less resistance on the initiation/completion of the contraction so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments.


 

 

 

 

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