What is STOTT Pilates? What is a reformer? Can I even do the moves I’ve seen on social media? #PilatesLovers
No doubt people who are new to Pilates have some serious questions about what Pilates is and how to go about getting started. Here at Rebalance Rehab we’ve deemed October a month for all things Pilates and we thought we’d start off the month with a what’s what round up of everything you need to know to start your pilates journey.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates has a wonderful impact on one’s ability to practice the mind-body principle. The mind-body principle states that we can have our mind synchronized with how our body is feeling and vice versa. Our minds can control how we feel and how we feel can control our minds. Pilates very much requires individuals to zone in and focus on what they are doing in the present, how they are moving, which muscles they need to activate, and the pattern of their breathing.
Like a mental escape, Pilates can take your mind off the stress of work and day-to-day needs and brings your focus to the moment. It can be a very relaxing and calming experience, as the main focus is breath and ensuring we are not holding residual tension in any of the muscles we are not using.
When it comes strictly to our physical health, Pilates has significant impacts on unilateral strength, core stability, posture, and pelvic alignment. Due to its low impact nature, Pilates truly is suitable for anyone of any age, ability, injury, or confidence. By being uniquely adjustable to each person, by weight, height, range of motion, and more, even a group class can be tailored to work for each person and their specific needs. The unilateral, meaning one-sided work, that the reformers allow for targeting of weaker sides, muscle groups or postural abnormalities without the compensation from other stronger areas of the body.
What is STOTT Pilates?
STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach to the mind-body exercise program originally designed by Joseph Pilates. Designed by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, STOTT Pilates works to develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and postural strength without placing stress on the joints.
STOTT Pilates focuses on five principles which we are sure to include in every class: breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, and head and cervical placement. These five principles aim is to ensure we are providing our body with adequate oxygen and proper postural alignment to strengthen and stretch muscles adequately and effectively.
What is a reformer?
A Pilates Reformer is the apparatus (read: machine) used to provide a more intense and dynamic Pilates workout. To get technical, it consists of a carriage that moves back and forth along tracks within a frame. The carriage is worked by straps that are attached to pulleys. A set of springs attached to the under side, along with your own body weight, add resistance to your work out. The foot bar acts as your launching pad and don’t be intimidated by the the shoulder sites on either side of the head rest are just there to keep you in the optimum positing.
Using a reformer encourages proper alignment and the development of core strength while increasing your flexibility.
What classes do you offer?
At Rebalance Rehab we provide both Mat and Reformer based Pilates. Both are equally low impact, therefore easy on joints and injuries, and have a ranging level of difficulty so that it can serve anyone – from newcomers who need simple movements to those who have been practicing Pilates for years. There is a never ending stream of new movements and routines that can be performed on a Mat or Reformer, so no two classes are ever the same.
Who teaches your classes?
We have four amazing ladies that are certified by Merrithew in the STOTT Pilates method. Karen Mason-Albert, Dori Hill, and Nicole Olson teach our intimate five person group classes. The small size allows for the instructors to monitor each person’s movement to ensure it is being performed appropriately and safely.
Nicole Olson and Jennifer LaRoy provide clients with clinical Pilates – a strictly one on one session with a physiotherapist that can be billed to extended health. Our classes can be tailored for therapeutic, or fitness-related purposes depending on your needs and the goals you are wanting to meet. We also can do pre & postnatal friendly classes for moms and moms-to-be to help with the all too familiar aches, pains and weakness one experiences during and after pregnancy.
How does COVID-19 affect Pilates classes?
Due to COVID-19, we have recently updated our safety protocols to keep both our staff and community safe. We now ask that all clients wear a mask while inside the clinic and complete a COVID-19 pre-screen either via email or by paper onsite. When arriving, hand sanitizer will be provided to each person before entering the clinic.
For all classes and appointments, we ask that when you arrive that you remain in your car and call to check-in. One of our staff members will come to get you when we are ready to start your class or appointment.
We can’t wait to show you what Pilates is all about! Check out our Facebook page for the most up to date schedule and give us a call at 604-799-3080 or go online at www.rebalancerehab.ca to reserve your reformer today!