What is the difference between STOTT PILATES® and other forms of Pilates?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original Pilates method based on modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation.  Although there has been almost 100 years of exercise science research since Joseph Pilates created the original

technique, Pilates purists believe it should still be taught as originally created, without variation or modification. Others, such as Moira Stott disagree. While the STOTT PILATES Method still adheres to the basic principles of the method including breathing, postural alignment, concentration and fluidity of movement, and specific sequencing of exercises; it also emphasizes correct head position, scapular stabilization, pelvic stabilization and a neutral spine. 

The neutral spine, in fact, is the primary difference between STOTT PILATES and traditional, or classical, Pilates. The original method used an imprinted spine in all exercise positions. Imprinted means that the back is in a flat position.  Joseph Pilates believed a flat back was ideal and that practicing it could correct a sway back or arched back position.  Physical therapists now realize however, that walking around in a constant flat back or pelvic tilt creates just as much spinal friction as an arched back. Neutral spine is the small, natural curvature of the lower part of the spine.  In STOTT PILATES a nuetral pelvic position is used as long as one foot is on the floor. When both legs are in the air, the imprinted position is used.



  Instructor Qualifications

Recognized around the world for its quality and training excellence, STOTT PILATES Instructors have completed an education and training method that is unparalleled in the Pilates industry for its thoroughness and quality.  STOTT PILATES is recognized by a host of high-level industry bodies all over the world, including The Register of Exercise Professionals, the American Council on Exercise, the Pilates Method Alliance and canfitpro. STOTT PILATES training has often been called the  “Ivy League” of Pilates education.  It’s a reputation we are proud of and a philosophy and method you can count on for the results you want.



STOTT PILATES manufactures its own line of Pilates equipment which has earned an international reputation for exceptional performance, comfort, versatility and durability.  Our studio is proud to be the only fully equipped STOTT PILATES studio in San Antonio.

Another important difference between STOTT PILATES and classical Pilates is on the initial exercises. The classical method begins with "the hundred exercise" in which participants lie on their backs with their legs in the air, the head and shoulders are lifted from the floor, and the arms pump up and down for 100 counts. Those who are not in shape may find that performing this exercise without a warm-up causes undue stress and strain on the neck and lower back. The STOTT PILATES technique uses a pre-Pilates warm-up, which aligns the body and releases neck and back pressure. The Stott technique also uses the stability ball, the foam roller and the bosu (which is a half ball) for some of the exercises. Pilates traditionalists are opposed to using these fitness tools.


The “Cadillac” of  Reformers, the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer facilitates limitless exercise possibilities. This one-of-a kind unit multi-tasks as a raised Mat platform, a standard reformer, a virtual Cadillac and a breakthrough multi-planar, biomechanics training tool.  It is the only Reformer of it's kind in the industry.  Equipped with our innovative retractable rope system (as opposed the leather strap system on many other reformers which easily catch and stick)  and traveling pulleys on the vertical frame (which is exclusive to STOTT PILATES towers), the V2 Max Plus offers variable angles of resistance, providing  increased range of motion. In addition, our V2 Max Plus  has an upgraded, high-precision spring system that allows for more refined tension settings. Our V2 Max Plus Reformer is truly the premier tool for Pilates, sport-specific, rehab and cross-training movement.  

The Split-Pedal Stability Chair™ is a multi-functional Pilates machine that can be adjusted to train most muscle groups. This sturdy piece of equipment helps the exerciser achieve upper- and lower-body strength and conditioning, enhance stability and improve body control. The split-pedal allows for unilateral exercise (exercises done with each side of the body working independently of the other) to create muscle balance and body symmetry in a way other Pilates chairs without split-pedals can't. Ideal for rehab clients or those who need to stay in a seated or upright position, the Split-Pedal Stability Chair  provides a full-body workout and facilitates high-performance exercises for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

From beginners to the fully conditioned exerciser, the Ladder Barrel is designed for serious core conditioning and to increase flexibility and mobility.

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