What is Pilates?

Pilates technique is a system of exercises designed to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.  Pilates focuses on the deep stabilizing muscles of the torso, hips and shoulder girdle.  The exercises emphasize joint stability and muscle balance to create a stronger and more flexible spine.  Regular Pilates practice will help you to move through your daily life with fluidity and ease.  Pilates will also help you to perform better in any athletic activity such as golf, baseball, running, etc.  Each exercise is performed with fewer repetitions, emphasizing precision, flow and correct form.  Controlling your muscles, by focusing your mind, enables you to experience a new awareness of muscle function and coordination.  Pilates strengthens the body and calms the mind.

What is the STOTT PILATES® Method?

STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES® training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.  STOTT PILATES® exercises help both men and women develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance, and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints.

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

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.

Why should I come to Pilates Center of Ormond Beach?

Pilates Center of Ormond Beach is staffed with qualified STOTT PILATES® certified instructors that develop a program specifically for you.  We are committed to delivering quality instruction and dedicated to guiding you through your best work out every time.

As a client, you can be confident that our method is safe and reliable, as it has been approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association for continuing education for Physical Therapists.

What are the benefits of STOTT PILATES®?

  • Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • Improves postural problems
  • Increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
  • Helps prevent injury
  • Enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • Balances strength & flexibility
  • Heightens body awareness
  • No impact – easy on the joints
  • Can be customized for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • Complements other methods of exercise
  • Improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, dance, etc.)
  • Improves balance, coordination, and circulation.

What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES® method?

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

Is STOTT PILATES® exercise like Yoga?

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 fitness.

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

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.

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

“In 10 sessions you will feel a difference; in 20 sessions you will see a difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”- Joseph Pilates

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.

Can I lose weight just doing Pilates? If so, how much weight can I lose?

Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories expended. The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with a strength training component, such as STOTT PILATES® exercise, and following a balanced diet. Combining Pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality.

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

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is 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.

Why are the springs used for resistance instead of weights?

In using springs for resistance, STOTT PILATES® equipment provides gradual resistance as your muscles contract, which ensures the muscles are being worked properly. There is greater resistance at the muscle’s strongest point of contraction and less resistance on the initiation/completion of the contraction so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments.

Who can participate in Pilates?

Pilates is appropriate for people of any age or fitness level. Pilates’ unique approach to fitness allows any level, from a beginner to an athlete, to set their goals and work on their individual needs.

Do men participate in Pilates?

Of course! The Pilates method was designed by a man, Joseph Pilates. Everyone from professional athletes to regular guys notice significant benefits.  Every man can reap the incredible benefits of Pilates as they build core strength and flexibility. Men who have incorporated Pilates into their routine have experienced greater flexibility in all their joints, heightened range of motion and improved accuracy and pliancy in every motion of their sport or activity.

I have done Pilates in the past, do I have to take 2 private sessions before joining a group?

Yes. Here at Pilates Center of Ormond Beach we require new clients to take two private sessions in order to optimize your Pilates experience and so that you can become familiarized with the equipment and with the way our studio runs.

What do I wear?

Comfortable, form fitting exercise clothes are best. Dress comfortably so that your movement is free, but try not to wear clothing that is too loose fitting as you will be performing exercises that could cause a loose shirt to drift up the torso or loose shorts to fall open at the hip. Over sized clothes make it difficult for the instructor to observe your body during the workout. Shoes are not required and socks are optional.

What if I signed up for class and I forgot, will I still be charged?

Yes.  We have a strict 24-hour cancellation policy.  We try to make sure our classes get filled so that it creates a better atmosphere for our clients while they are in class.

Can I share my package with a friend, spouse…?

No.  Our packages are non-transferable.

Is it safe to do Pilates during pregnancy?

Yes.  We are trained in pre- and post-natal Pilates; however you will need medical clearance from your doctor before you can start.*

*About Pilates & Pregnancy:

Note: The following information should NOT be substituted for medical advice from your doctor. Please consult your physician for information on what will be appropriate for you during your pregnancy.

The available information on pregnancy and exercise can be very confusing – even conflicting. STOTT PILATES® follows the current standards practiced in the fitness industry regarding safety during pregnancy and the guidelines set out by professional organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. We cover this topic in depth in our Injuries & Special Populations course as well as workshops. What follows is some general information that should not be substituted for the advice of a physician and the guidance of a qualified fitness professional.

No two women’s bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy. There are workouts that are quite appropriate for some people during pregnancy and not for others. During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. Exercise is also said to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low back pain and helps to boost self esteem, maintain fitness levels and prepare the body for the physical demands of motherhood.

A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy and exercise must be adapted and modified as the pregnancy progresses. The beauty of Pilates is that it can be individualized for anyone’s ability. Workouts and schedules during the first trimester may have to be adjusted around fatigue levels. Over the course of the pregnancy the demand on the abdominal muscles should be decreased. During the second trimester, these muscles become stretched out, and some women experience diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). With reduced abdominal support, there is a greater risk of injuring the lower back. Further, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the ligaments surrounding the joints become lax, leaving them loose and vulnerable. For this reason, you should be careful not to overstretch. It is important to continue strengthening and rebalancing the muscles around the joints – supporting the body as it goes through postural changes related to pregnancy.

Today, many guidelines for pregnancy indicate that after approximately the 16th week of gestation, the supine position (lying on your back) should be avoided as the maternal blood supply and subsequently the fetal blood supply may be affected. In the second trimester, positioning must be adjusted and light equipment used.  Of course, drinking lots of water, avoiding overexertion and overheating are always important.