What are the benefits of Pilates Rehabilitation?

The benefits of this safe, gentle and effective exercise method seem to be endless! Here’s what you can expect from your Pilates training:

  • Increased core strength and stability
  • Greater ease of movement through a full range of motion
  • Heightened body awareness and mindfulness of movement
  • Decreased impact on the joints
  • Decreased likelihood of relapse or recurring injury
  • Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)
  • Enhanced balance, coordination and circulation

Why is STOTT PILATES® different?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available.
STOTT PILATES differs from traditional Pilates by incorporating contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.

How can Pilates help me recover from my injury?

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. Our experienced instructors are all trained in adapting exercise for those with many types of injuries, and will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, challenge you within your range and monitor improvements.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

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 STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

Can I lose weight from Pilates workouts?

Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program. The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is through healthy eating habits in consultation with a Nutrition Coach, coupled with an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component along with a strength training component, such as STOTT PILATES® exercise. Combining Pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality. The best way to keep your body moving is to find an activity that's effective, motivating and fun. And that's what these workouts are all about.

Can I safely practice Pilates while pregnant?

Note: The following information should NOT be substituted for medical advice from your doctor. Please consult your physician for information on what will be appropriate for you during your pregnancy. The available information on pregnancy and exercise can be very confusing – even conflicting. 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. A woman's body goes through many changes during pregnancy and exercise must be adapted and modified as the pregnancy progresses. The beauty of Pilates is that it can be individualized for anyone's ability. It is important to continue strengthening and rebalancing the muscles and joints, supporting the body as it goes through the postural changes of pregnancy. Exercise is also said to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low back pain and helps boost self esteem, maintain fitness levels and prepare the body for the physical demands of birth and motherhood.

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. By using spring resistance, the Reformer 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 and completion of the contraction so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments. The Reformer is highly versatile. It facilitates hundreds of exercise variations, is no-impact (easy on the joints), allows for modifications for those with injuries or conditions, allows for three-dimensional movement and conditioning, facilitates core conditioning, and is suitable for a wide variety of clients (from rehab to pro athlete).