Sophie is trained in the STOTT pilates method. With both Mat & Reformer 'Intensive plus' techniques at all 3 levels from essential, intermediate and advanced. She also holds a Level 2 and 3 qualification in Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health, honoured by the YMCA fit governing body. A love of fitness drove her to pursue a career within the fitness industry. Having studied and learned the Pilates technique for over several years and seen how beneficial it can be to the body, it was STOTT Pilates that stood out the most.
STOTT is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. Incorporating modern exercise principles, and proven practices in rehabilitation and athletic performance. It was developed by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew with the collaboration of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals. After realising the benefits of the concepts of the original Pilates method Lindsay and Moira a former Ballet dancer dissected and re-connected this unique form of exercise into a comprehensive, systematic, contemporary approach to the original teachings.
The most significant difference between STOTT Pilates and Joseph Pilates's original method of the early 1900s is that, where the original method uses a straight spine during exercise, STOTT focuses on maintaining the natural curvature of the spine. The method is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. Placing more emphasis on scapular stabilisation and spinal imprinting than other methods.
What are the five basic principles...
The Five basic principles form the foundation of the STOTT method from which the education and all of the programming is developed. Whether performed on a mat or on a reformer, the principles will ensure maximum benefit:
Rib cage placement
Head & Cervical spine placement