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Pilates is full body exercise system similar to yoga in that is emphasizes the breath and the mind-body connection. Pilates emphasizes using the “core” muscles (abdominals, lower back, gluteus muscles or the lumbo-pelvic hip complex) of the body to control the torso as one moves and was originally called ‘Contrology’ by its creator, Joseph Pilates. As with yoga, many styles of Pilates have evolved since its creation in the 1920s. STOTT Pilates takes a contemporary approach to the original exercises and incorporates new findings from exercise and rehabilitation science, which is why I have chosen to pursue training with STOTT.
My first introduction to pilates was a DVD that I had brought to undergrad with me and would try to do in my dorm room. I was barely able to do some of the movements, and looking back I was likely doing everything wrong!
Fast forward to 2012 when I started experiencing lower back and hip pain; partially from running, and the rest from being a graduate student and doing a lot of sitting. After a couple months of physiotherapy, I had graduated from active treatment to working on therapeutic exercises and my physiotherapist recommended I try Pilates. I first took small group classes and knew this movement system had benefits but stopped going after moving to another city.
When my lower back pain resurfaced in 2015, I knew what I had to do, and have been hooked on Pilates ever since! After completing my yoga teacher training, I knew Pilates had to be next and so I pursued STOTT Pilates training.