Frequently Asked Questions...

Q: What is the difference between the STOTT PILATES® Method and other Pilates techniques?

A: STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles, including 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.

Q: What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES® Method?

A: STOTT PILATES® exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The Five Basic Principles focus on:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic placement
  • Rib cage placement
  • Scapular movement
  • Head and cervical spine placement

Q: Is STOTT PILATES® exercise like Yoga?

A: 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.

Q: How often should I do Pilates?

A: This answer is dependent on a number of factors: your current exercise regime, fitness level and ultimate goal from exercise. The average amount is 2-3 times per week but again if you are currently involved with other forms of exercise such as yoga, weight lifting, running, hiking, etc. 1-2 times per week may work better for you. Pilates, a "thoughtful form of exercise that's all about body awareness", makes it complementary to any fitness program.

Q: What kind of results can I expect from doing STOTT PILATES®?

A: You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains.

Q: How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?

A: The average active person doing 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries. It is also important to work with a well trained Certified Instructor.

Q: I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates?

A: Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. It is therefore more important that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. An experienced instructor 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.

Q: If I'm doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?

A: STOTT PILATES® exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. It's ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness etc.), and a great complement to your weight-training program.


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