What is Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact exercise which focuses on strengthening the muscles. It is a type of exercise that was introduced by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. He developed a new physical fitness system calling this method as the “art of controlled movements” and said that, if it was properly executed, it would feel like a workout.

Pilates aims to improve postural alignment and flexibility but also targets the core. There are two main classes of Pilates workouts: the mat and reformer classes. For the mat workouts, these are done on mats that are slightly thicker than yoga mats and focuses on cushioning your pressure points.

On the other hand, reformer classes are done on a machine called a reformer which is a sliding platform that has a stationary foot bar, springs, and pulleys that provide resistance based on the level of difficulty of the class. Although there are other types of equipment that are used in Pilates, the reformer became the main machine that was established.

At present, Pilates is being practiced and taught all over the world in numerous studios using different techniques in various versions. Each version has it’s own number of principles but in general, there are seven.

  1. Concentration
    This is important because Pilates demands intense focus. According to Pilates, the exercise will only matter if you do it the way that it should be done. Executing the exercise improperly would end up defeating the purpose of the whole routine.

     

  2. Breathing
    Pilates saw how important it was in increasing the intake of oxygen as well as the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body. He said it was cleansing and invigorating. Coordination between breathing and movement is one of the basic goals of Pilates exercises.

     

  3. Control
    Since Pilates defined his exercises as the “art of controlled movements”, it can be concluded that control is important during the routine. Each one should be done with perfect control, the muscles working to lift against gravity as well as the resistance of the springs.

  4. Centering
    In order to have proper control of your body, you must have a good starting point- your center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates method. All movements begin from the center and move outward to the limbs.
     
  5. Flow
    During the routines, the movements create a flow through appropriate transitions. Once precisions have been achieved, the exercises flow smoothly making the building strength and flexibility throughout the body.
     
  6. Postural Alignment
    Having the correct posture while doing the Pilates exercises helps correct muscle imbalance and optimizes the coordination of the body. One of the primary goals of Pilates is to be able to improve postural alignment therefore making this principle important.
     
  7.  Precision
    This principle is essential in correcting Pilates as the focus is to be able to execute the movements precisely and perfectly. The goal is to be able to be precise not just during these exercises but also throughout our daily life.

 

What is STOTT Pilates?

STOTT Pilates is an approach of Pilates that focuses on musculo-skeletal conditioning that targets strength and stability. The co-founders of this method are Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew. Together with a team of physical therapists and fitness professionals, they were able to refine the STOTT Pilates method by combining modern principles of exercise science, fascial fitness and spinal rehabilitation. This created one of the most effective and safest methods available. STOTT Pilates is normally used by rehab, post-rehab, and prenatal clients, athletes, and everyone in between.

STOTT Pilates exercises helps both men and women of all ages in developing their body strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without totally stressing their joints or building bulk. This kind of Pilates will be able to help tone your body and make you feel revitalized. The primary aim of STOTT Pilates is to focus on core stability and spinal rehabilitation while balancing muscular strength with flexibility.