Photo of Szilvia Gardian in a Pilates pose

pilates

 

Practiced regularly and with correct technique, Pilates exercises help you to strengthen your core and to build a strong and flexible body. These exercises help you improve your posture, release back pain and reduce the risk of injuries.

 

I have chosen to train in the STOTT PILATES® method because it emphasises the precision of movement and the importance of the underlying anatomy knowledge, which I am so committed to share.

I find it imperative that my clients do not only learn the exercises, but they also develop a deeper understanding on why and how these exercises can benefit them. I therefore make sure that they learn the correct technique and understand how their muscles work during the exercises they practice. I believe these are all key success factors in achieving results.

 

Besides including this information in the sessions I teach, I created and regularly teach a series of workshops called “Pilates with precision” to pass on this important knowledge to beginner or experienced students in a very focused, compact and structured way.

 

The STOTT PILATES® method is based on the original Pilates method which was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. However, it is enhanced with today’s knowledge of modern exercise science in order to ensure best results and a safe workout for everyone. The STOTT Pilates method is internationally renowned for the quality of its training and its instructors are amongst the most sought after.

 

 

learn more about the benefits of pilates

 

PILATES exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

 

Core strength and relief from back pain

Pilates exercises help you to increase your core strength, core stability and peripheral mobility. Weak abdominals result in increased load on the back muscles. This is why learning how to activate your deeper abdominal muscles and to strengthen them helps you to release back pain.

 

Graceful movement and improved body awareness

Pilates teaches you how to move through challenging exercises with ease and grace by using breath and conscious activation of the muscles which produce efficient movement. You will develop an awareness for the details that are imperative to achieve the results you are aiming for.

 

Correction of muscular imbalances and injury prevention

In Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints: Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to strain on joints, aches and possible injuries. Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility and helps you to develop strong, lean muscles without building bulk.

Deep muscles are responsible for stabilisation of the joints and as such they help you to avoid injuries. Pilates has a strong focus on addressing these, often neglected, muscle groups too. Many people feel that through their pilates practice they discover and learn to connect consciously to muscles they never knew existed.

 

Improved posture

Pilates addresses muscular imbalances, and has a strong focus on improving posture. We all have some muscular imbalances which can be very well addressed through a well-designed pilates practice.

Private classes give me the opportunity to select the exercises and modifications which are most beneficial to my client’s muscular imbalances and posture type, which I determine through a postural assessment. In group classes I generally focus on building a well-balanced workout with options for all levels.

 

Mind and body- relaxation effect through breath focus

Pilates teaches you to breath in a way that supports the execution of the individual exercises. When you learn an exercise you will not only learn the movement but also the breath pattern. Establishing this conscious and intimate connection with your breath has a relaxing and feel-good effect which gives added mental benefits to this physical practice.

 

Further benefits of STOTT PILATES may include but not limited to:

Enhances functional fitness & ease of movement

No-impact, easy on the joints

Can be customized to suit everyone

Complements other methods of exercise

Improves performance in sports

Improves balance, coordination & circulation