Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) is a mind-body, non-impact resistance exercise system designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong.

The central aim of Pilates is to create fusion of mind and body so that movement is efficient, balanced and graceful. It is the perfect workout balancing strength and stretch. Pilates focuses on proper alignment and form, emphasizing quality of movement verses quantity. It builds long lean muscles through core abdominal strength, increases stamina and creates great stability.


The STOTT PILATES ® system is an anatomically based approach to the original exercise method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. It incorporates modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, eliminating contraindicated movements while emphasizing neutral alignment, core stability and peripheral mobility.

STOTT PILATES ® exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization and integration of all parts of the body into one.

The STOTT PILATES ® repertoire consists of more than 500 systematic mat and equipment-based mind-body exercises. It involves balancing preparatory, essential, intermediate and advanced level exercises and modifications, creating uniquely effective workout formats appropriate for many different body types and abilities.

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How does STOTT PILATES® differ from weight training or other resistance exercise?

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes).
  • Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments.
  • Emphasis on concentric and eccentric contraction for injury prevention.
  • STOTT PILATES® is customizable for special needs.
  • In Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints, thereby correcting over-training and muscle imbalances.
  • Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility (for injury prevention and more efficient movement).
  • STOTT PILATES® exercise leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness.
  • Weight training and STOTT PILATES® can be combined in a fitness program and are a great compliment to each other.


  • Longer, leaner muscles
  • Core strength & stability
  • Prevention of injury
  • Relief from back pain & stress
  • Improved balance & coordination
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Effective post-rehabilitation
  • Heightened mind-body awareness
  • Increased self-confidence