What is Pilates?
STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. It incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation, and athletic performance enhancement focusing on a whole-mind-body approach versus just one area of the body. The exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. 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.
Five basic principles form the foundation of STOTT Pilates:
- Pelvic placement
- Rib cage placement
- Scapular movement
- Head and cervical spine placement
Pilates focuses on making you stronger from the inside out, with benefits such as:
- Improved flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength
- The decrease in the back, neck, and joint pain
- Increased endurance for the activities you enjoy
Whether performed on a mat or on specialized equipment available at RHSHC, application of the biomechanical principles will ensure the realization of maximum benefits from Pilates.
How to Make an Appointment
Led by trained STOTT Pilates instructors, exercises may be modified for all fitness levels and body types. Many insurance plans do cover Pilates treatment as a beneficial therapeutic exercise. For more information on Pilates offered at RHSHC, contact the Rehab Department at 563-547-6361.