Joseph H. Pilates invented this fitness regime in order to overcome his own disabilities as a frail and sickly child. By combining a series of controlled movements which engage both the body and the mind, Pilates discovered one could increase endurance as well as develop strong, flexible muscles without building bulk. He placed emphasis on developing deep torso (core) strength and flexibility so as to ensure proper posture and reduce the risk of injury. The Pilates method does not rely upon high numbers of repetitive exercises, but rather places the emphasis on correct breathing, posture, and technique.

The STOTT PILATES® method was founded and developed by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, once a principal ballet dancer, who earned her Pilates Instructor Certification at the late Joseph H. Pilate’s original studio. With input from health and fitness specialists, Moira used her extensive understanding of the teachings of Pilates, as well as her in-depth knowledge of the body and how it functions, to develop this contemporary, new approach. STOTT PILATES®, often referred to as the “Ivy League” of Pilates, involves more initial pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization exercises than were present in the original method. Also, the anatomically-based concepts of ‘neutral’ spine and pelvis are incorporated to help restore the natural curves of the spine, a departure from the original technique and other forms of fitness that incorporate a ‘pelvic tilt’ to flatten the back.

STOTT PILATES® comprises hundreds of exercises and is one of the safest and most effective exercise programs today! Workouts are able to be customized to accommodate a client’s individual needs. The neuro-muscular technique:
tones and lengthens muscles  
increases abdominal (core) and back strength
improves posture, alignment, and body mechanics   
reduces joint and lower back pain
balances flexibility with strength
improves balance and coordination
increases endurance
helps prevent injury
reduces stress and tension
The smooth, almost dance-like motions and an emphasis on proper breathing leave students feeling revitalized and refreshed rather than fatigued and depleted.
  Technique is extremely important!  
  Even the most experienced Pilates students require a trainer
to instruct them throughout their workout.

(All CVP instructors are STOTT PILATES® Certified)

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