STOTT PILATES is a Senior Partner of
IDEA Health & Fitness Association

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In this issue:

Events & Tradeshows

Check out what’s coming up:

Club Industry
Oct 6-9 | Chicago, IL

ACE Fitness Symposium
Nov 3-6 | San Diego, CA

View a complete list of events for 2010!


What’s New at our
Corporate Training Centers?

Toronto, ON
IR | starts Oct 25
RMR1 | starts Oct 28

Denver, CO
ISP | starts Oct 28
ICAD | starts Nov 12

New York, NY
ICAD | starts Oct 18
AR | starts Nov 8

The 2010 STOTT PILATES Community of Excellence™ Tour coming soon to a city near you!

See a list of upcoming workshops and courses held by our LTCs and Hosting Centers.


Continuing Education:
Spotlight FAQ

Q. Where can I find out about upcoming STOTT PILATES workshops?

Click here for the answer

Exclusive Promotions

Rehab Bundles for Less

Save $250 and get FREE accessories when you buy a Rehab Bundle.

Save On Your Rehab Education

Receive 10% off on Rehab courses, workshops and materials.

Empower the Survivor in Your Life

Save 20% off Breast Cancer Rehab DVDs and Pink Toning Balls™.

Visit our e-store, to browse our entire line of equipment and accessories.

Bits 'n Bites

Demo Equipment Sale
Do you need new Pilates equipment or accessories? Save up to 50% on lightly-used STOTT PILATES Reformers, Mats, Stability Balls and more. Quantities are limited, find out more.

FREE Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehab Classes
Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month! STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center, Pilates Training Center Hawaii, is offering free classes with a donation to the Castle Medical Center throughout October. A lucky contest winner can also win ten free private sessions. Contact the studio to find out more.


Exercise of the Month

Hip Rolls with Toning Balls™

Targets glutes, hamstrings, abs and obliques
View the exercise of the month


Newsletter Archive

View previous issues of the STOTT PILATES Newsletter

Job Board

Visit our online Job Board for a list of Pilates instructor positions worldwide.
Facilities looking for STOTT PILATES instructors may fill out a Job Board submission form.

Toronto Head Office Careers
If you’re passionate about Pilates and you’re looking for a rewarding, fun and fast-paced career, check out our available positions.

Lindsay & MoiraDear Friends,

This month, inspire change in someone’s life! Physical activity is crucial in achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Regular exercise keeps our bodies strong and lowers our risk of developing many health conditions as we age. Encourage the people in your life to get moving – start running together, go swimming at a local pool or introduce them to your favorite Pilates workout. Keep it fun and simple and it will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

No matter what your age and ability, it’s never too late to choose the path towards an active life, and healthy body and mind. STOTT PILATES is always here to help you meet your mind-body fitness goals.

Yours in good health,

Lindsay & Moira Merrithew
Co-founders, The Merrithew Health & Fitness Group

In the News


October is Physical Therapy Month
Pilates is a great aid in rehabilitation, post-rehab exercise and injury prevention. Find out about the STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation Program and how you can boost your practice with Pilates.
Check out the NEW RMR1 Support Materials Manual and upcoming rehab courses!

Pilates for Life!
Our very own Stefania Della Pia, Program Director, Education & Master Instructor Trainer, was recently interviewed for ICAA TV. See what she has to say about the benefits of STOTT PILATES for active aging.

Easy as Inhale, Exhale
Adding a Pilates program to your fitness facility doesn’t have to break the bank and it’s a great way to offer more variety and attract new clients. Discover how easy it is to incorporate mind-body fitness while staying in budget.

Getting to the Core of Back Pain
Do you suffer from lower-back pain? Pilates offers many restorative benefits and is a gentle way to strengthen the very muscles that support the back. Find out what our co-founder Moira Merrithew, has to say about how Pilates can help.

Did you enjoy these articles? See all STOTT PILATES media coverage.

Ask the Experts!

Got a question? Get answers! Our Pilates experts will share their perspectives, give advice, provide support and coach you along the way to success. So if you need insight into STOTT PILATES training, marketing support for upcoming courses and workshops, or want to challenge yourself with an at home workout – send us an email, and your question may  be featured in next month’s newsletter!

Q. Do you work your obliques more in imprint than in neutral? Why work in imprint more than neutral? Thanks – Carron

Sally BelangerSally Belanger, Master Instructor Trainer & Education Project Specialist responds:
Neutral pelvic position (when the ASIS and the pubic bone lie in the same vertical plane while standing) is hypothesized to be the most stable and shock absorbing position for the spine. The deep muscles that are recruited to help stabilize this position include the multifidius, transversus adbominis and pelvic floor. However, in gait and in everyday movements that involve greater forces, these muscles are not strong enough to hold the spine in this neutral alignment. When we walk or move the upper body, the obliques must be recruited to maintain an appropriate relationship between the ribs and pelvis and contribute to stability and strength.

If a client cannot maintain a neutral position while exercising, an imprint (or slight posterior tilt of the pelvis) is used to recruit the obliques to better stabilize the region. Since a muscle is strongest in its midrange, shortening the obliques will assist in their activation and will help prevent the spinal extensors from over-working and pulling the spine into extension. As the client gets stronger, the pelvic position can be challenged more toward a neutral position. A neutral placement will still recruit the obliques, but since the muscle is in an elongated position, it will be more challenging to maintain engagement and therefore stability.

Need Pilates Advice? Challenge our rotating panel of experts with any question you may have, and we’ll settle the debate, give you our perspective and/or provide support.




Equip Tips

Double Up the Extension Straps for Enhanced Comfort

When using Extension Straps with leg spring exercises on a Reformer vertical frame, traditionally you would position a Padded Long Spine Strap around your client’s thigh just above the knee. 

Try replacing the Padded Long Spine Strap with a second Extension Strap for clients who find this uncomfortable. This alternative also provides support across the back of the knee, but may be more comfortable for certain clients when working through the full range of exercises.

Be sure to double-check that all strap clips are fully and securely closed before beginning any exercises with a client.

Questions about equipment maintenance? Need a quote on replacement parts? Contact our Commercial Sales Department by email at or call 1‑800‑910‑0001 x264 (North America) or 1‑416‑482 4050 x264 (International).

Featured Products

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  • Encourages proper spine alignment
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  • Engages the core
  • It’s fun

Experience it for yourself, get one today!

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