What is Pilates?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was developed during WWI with the intention to improve the rehabilitation program for injured soldiers. The initial apparatuses were developed using hospital beds. The goal was to help soldiers regain health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing key muscles.

Pilates has a focus on the core which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. Your core is the area between your shoulders and your pelvis (without your arms and legs) and encompasses all the muscles within this area. The essential intrinsic core muscles are your Transverse Abdominus, Pelvic Floor and Multifidus muscles. Pilates focuses on spinal alignment and improving postural awareness.

What is the STOTT PILATES® method?

Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio features the premiere brand STOTT PILATES. This is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. STOTT PILATES includes modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest methods available. STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life. This method is used by rehab and pre/postnatal clients, athletes, and those looking to incorporate fitness into their life.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

The benefits of Pilates are endless, but here are a few to get you excited about visiting our studio:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased core strength
  • Better posture
  • Improved body awareness and mindfulness of movement
  • Enhanced balance, coordination, and stability
  • Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)

What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES method?

The Five Basic Principles focus on:

  1. Breathing
  2. Pelvic placement
  3. Rib cage placement
  4. Scapular movement
  5. Head & cervical spine placement

Is Pilates like Yoga?

In some ways, Pilates and Yoga are similar. Both focus on deep breathing and mind body connection. The key difference is that Yoga focuses on moving from one static pose to the next while Pilates flows through a series of dynamic movements. Pilates tends to be better at strengthening the abdominal muscles and postural muscles. Overall flexibility should also improve, particularly in the back, hip, and hamstrings.

Should I keep doing my regular workout routine if I’m doing Pilates?

Absolutely! We encourage you to continue with your cardiovascular exercise (walking, cycling, swimming, running etc.), Yoga, horseback riding, tennis, golf, and whatever other sports you play! Pilates is also a great complement for those who are weight training. We welcome crossfitters!

I have an injury, can I still do Pilates?

First and foremost, always consult your physician before starting any new fitness routine. Pilates is a gentle and controlled workout with no jarring movements. It is always important to work with a qualified instructor to ensure you are moving appropriately. Our instructors will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.