A relatively new practice compared to yoga, Stott Reformer
Pilates is primarily a practice for the physical body using props & a Reformer. Developed by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew and a team of professionals consisting of sports medicine, fitness professionals, and physical therapists, Stott Pilates is a Pilates exercise that was created to be more modern. It was first referred to as Stott Conditioning.
The Stott Pilates method has a goal of restoring the spine’s natural curvature while promoting the rebalancing of the muscles around the joints. While it still follows the major principles set forth by regular Pilates such as breathing, fluidity of movement, and concentration, it focuses more on the alignment of your posture, using props, and engaging in sequential exercise.
The normal method of Pilates makes use of your flat back (imprinted spine) during exercises, but the Stott Pilates method favors a neutral spine: i.e., the natural curvature of the back.
In classes practicing Stott Pilates, the students maintain a neutral spine alignment with one foot on the ground. When both feet are lifted, though, the stance reverts back to normal Pilates form and focuses on an imprinted alignment. With these differences in mind, Stott Pilates differs from Joseph Pilates mainly due to the alignment of posture.
Regardless of your age or gender identity, Stott Pilates helps develop flexibility, endurance, and posture, and it allows you to develop optimal strength without stressing your joints.
Stott Pilates Benefits
Building flexibility, coordination, and balance. Increasing muscular balance and strength. Improving muscular endurance and tone. Helping to prevent injuries and increase body awareness.