The Stott Conditioning form of Pilates is an exercise program that emphasizes pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization in order to restore the natural curve of the spine instead of flattening them out as more traditional exercise routines have done in the past. It incorporates both mental and physical training concentrating on breathing and maintaining the rib pelvis connection, and it uses flowing movements unlike the static postures in Yoga.
Pilates nurtures the body instead of conquering the body that the aerobic / tai bo routines seem to do. In Stott Pilates body conditioning we want you to work-in not work-out, focusing more on body awareness and positioning as you exercise. The goal is to create a strong torso by working the key postural muscles of the trunk and gently realigning , reshaping and balancing the muscles so that the whole body moves efficiently.
The ultimate goal of Pilates is to create strong abdominals, full body control and flexibility by performing low repetitions of a sequence of exercises that will strengthen the muscles and elongate them without creating bulk.
Joseph Pilates developed this program for dancers and elite athletes at the beginning of the century and over the last 5 years his techniques have gone through a renaissance and surge in popularity.
- Builds core abdominal strength and back strength
- Flattens the abdominals and restores natural posture
- Develops strength, flexibility and endurance
- Tones and elongates without adding bulk
- Enhances mobility and agility e Improves balance and function
- Heightens athletic performance
- Alleviates pain and tension
We now have 2 certified Stott Pilates Intructors on staff
Stella Roy is a physiotherapist who has completed the intensive training in Stott Pilates with Moira Stott in Toronto and continues to progress her knowledge with regular personal training sessions herself.
Anne Campbell is a personal trainer with 19 years of practice in the fitness field. She is a Stott certified Pilate Instructor and has been teaching since 2002. Anne has been teaching the Thursday Pilates class here at Bedord Health Centre for 10 years.
Essential Core Basics:
An introductory level mat class designed to introduce the STOTT PILATES foundation principles, from which all the other classes build from. Learn to activate your core, neutral spine awareness, and work your body efficiently to build strength , improve your posture, and prevent injury.
Mat with Props including ZenGa ™& Hanna Somatics:
Props including the Fitness Circle, Flexband, Foam Roller, Toning Balls, Mini Flex Ball etc., are introduced in this class upon completion of the Essential Core Basic class. These props are integrated into this mat based class to add variety and to challenge both strength and coordination. ZENGA ™ is a synergistic blend of mind and body, using Pilates, Yoga, and Somatics. Applied together, these modalities bring awareness of how the body and the mind move in tandem, improving stability, stamina, resilience, pain relief, and freedom of movement. Using sensory motor learning, it benefits self-awareness and control over your physical body.
Pilates/Yoga for Osteoporosis:
The bones are not static. Bones in the human body are living, ever changing tissue that requires a steady supply of blood, oxygen, nutrients and a flow of energy (prana),
The fundamentals of Pilates and Yoga offer a terrific platform for strengthening bones and preventing fractures as well as reversal of bone loss. These core strengthening workouts strengthen bones, help prevent further bone loss and stimulate new bone growth. Nutrition will aslo be addressed in this class.