What is STOTT Pilates?
Developed by former professional dancer Moira Merrithew, with input from sports medicine professionals, STOTT Pilates is a contemporary, anatomically-based approach to Joseph Pilates' original exercise method. Its exercises safely deliver optimal strength, flexibility and endurance, without adding bulk. This stress-relieving method can be performed on a mat or using dedicated STOTT equipment.
What is the difference between STOTT and other pilates techniques?
Unlike the original series of exercises, STOTT Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. For example, unlike the original approach, which promotes a flat back, STOTT exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. There are more preparatory exercises and modifications to make the method safer and more effective.
What is a Reformer?
The Reformer is the main piece of equipment used in pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward & backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance, along with other attachments, for a wide variety of exercises and positions (i.e. lying down, seated & standing.)
Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer workout?
Mat-based workouts are very convenient and they can be done anywhere. However, a mat workout will provide no added resistance. A Reformer workout will add resistance to your routine and can correct muscular imbalances better than a mat routine would.
What are the other pieces of equipment used for?
A broad variety of stretching and strengthening exercises are done on the Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. While the STOTT Reformer is the key piece of equipment, all of the other pieces are highly versatile and have their own distinct features and benefits.
What kind of results can I expect to see from 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 whether the classes are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries.
Is STOTT Pilates like yoga?
In some respects pilates conditioning is like yoga. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen. The difference is that while yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next without repetitions, pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based. The goal with STOTT Pilates exercises is to achieve optimal functional fitness.
If I'm doing pilates, should I still do my regular workout?
STOTT Pilates is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. In combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness, etc.), it's all you need. For people who reach advanced levels, they can actually elevate their heart rate with STOTT Power workouts.