STOTT PILATES®  Principles

The aim of contemporary, anatomically-based Pilates training such as STOTT PILATES®, is to develop optimal
neuromuscular performance by focusing on core stability, while safely balancing muscular strength with
flexibility. Whether performed on a Mat or on specialized equipment, Pilates that incorporates modern theories
of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation should involve the following biomechanical principles: breathing,
pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, and head and cervical placement.
By introducing these principles and reinforcing them, awareness of how the body moves is developed.
This mind-body awareness ensures focus on precision and control in any Pilates program. The STOTT PILATES®
Five Basic Principles that follow are accompanied by simple exercises to help illustrate them.

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