Joseph Pilates created and established his exercise methodology in the early 20th Century, and continued to develop it throughout his life. By the time he died at the age of 87, he had expanded his system to include more than 600 exercises for the mat and his various apparatuses, including the cadillac, step barrel and universal reformer. While you can perform the same series of exercises on the reformer that you can on the mat, the workouts are notably different.
The aim of STOTT Pilates is optimal musculoskeletal performance – strength, flexibility and endurance – without risking injury or building bulk. With a focus on core stability, including pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, neutral alignment and breathing, STOTT Pilates helps restore the natural curves of the spine, relieves tension and enhances self-confidence. The result is a balanced and aligned body that looks fit, feels revitalized and moves with ease. Modifications are included to accommodate certain weaknesses or to make an exercise more challenging.
Important Benefits of Pilates
Use of mental focus to improve movement efficiency and muscle control
Awareness of neutral spine align-ment, or proper posture, throughout the exercises
Development of the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support this posture
Use of breath to promote mental focusing and centering