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The Five Basic Principles of STOTT Pilates® are as follows:

1.  Breathing
2.  Pelvic Placement
3.  Rib Cage Placement
4.  Scapular Movement & Stabilization
5.  Head & Cervical Placement

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What is the difference between the STOTT PilatesMethod and other Pilates techniques?

 STOTT Pilates® is the contemporary approach to the original exercise method created by Joseph Pilates. STOTT Pilates® preserves the essence of Pilates’ original teachings but enhances them with modern biomechanical knowledge and input from such health professionals as physical therapists and chiropractors. It is a system of mind and body exercises that is ideal for both strengthening the weak and challenging the strong. STOTT Pilates® strives to restore the natural curves of the spine while balancing the muscles around the joints. Some other methods do not have this same focus. STOTT Pilates® also strives to cater to many different body types and abilities with more preparatory exercises and modifications.

Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

We always require our clients to discuss with their doctors any new fitness programs they might be starting. During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. However, each body is different and sometimes even very drastic modifications need to be made. It is not recommended to start a new exercise program when pregnant. However, continuing a current program and modifying to suit specific needs is acceptable.

The beauty of Pilates is that each session can be modified and personalized to the individual's needs. However, Pilates provides some important modifications that allow pregnant women to participate in the training. This includes using a special seat so the client can stay off of their back and relieve pressure on their pelvis. It is essential that a pregnant woman remains off of their back during the pregnancy, as it can cause strain to both the fetus and the mother. Weight and resistance can also be modified to the individual’s needs.

What equipment does The PilatesBody, Inc. use?

The Reformer is the most widely used piece of Pilates equipment. It consists of a bed that glides back and forth on rollers, using metal springs for resistance. Pulley straps are used for the arms and legs in a variety of positions.

The Cadillac is a larger piece of equipment used for many different types of exercises, either seated, standing or laying down. Additionally, the most basic and the most advanced of Pilates practitioners can use this piece of equipment. It is typically used for private sessions, but the tower portion of the machine allows The PilatesBody, Inc. to use it with advanced duets and three-person groups.

The Stability Chair is yet another useful apparatus that uses springs to increase resistance in a variety of exercises. It typically works to focus on leg and torso muscles, but can also be used to train the upper body. The box format of the chair allows a client to stay in a seated or upright position while attaching the lower base to springs to train different muscle groups.

The PilatesBody, Inc. has a variety of other pieces of small equipment used in both Mat and Reformer training. Each piece is designed to aid the body without causing pain or hindrance in life activities.

How many sessions do I need to see and feel changes in my body?

Joseph Pilates once said, “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” We believe that a proper amount of training each week combined with cardiovascular exercise and regular activity will make Joseph’s original philosophy hold true for everyone. It should be noted that Pilates is an entire lifestyle, and continuing the work one learns at The PilatesBody, Inc. is crucial to developing a new body.

How many Pilates sessions do you recommend each week?

The PilatesBody, Inc. recommends that the average, healthy, active person participate in two to three sessions each week. Private sessions are encouraged, as they provide more individualized attention and focus. However, Group and Mat class sessions are a great way to supplement and practice the new techniques learned during a private training session.

If I have chronic back pain, can I do Pilates?

 Chronic back pain is a problem for many people, and Pilates can often be recommended for those suffering from it. The staff at The PilatesBody, Inc. is qualified in dealing with all types of injuries, and workouts will be modified to each individual’s needs. We always work to relieve you of your pain, rather than increase it. Please speak with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.