The STOTT PILATES® Technique


Moira Stott is one of the leaders in contemporary Pilates. She studied with Romana Kryzanswska for two years and after suffering a cervical herniated disc. In 1988, she moved back to Canada and cofounded STOTT PILATES®  with her husband Lindsey G. Merrithew. They assembled a team of sports medicine and fitness experts to integrate modern principles of biomechanics and exercise science to the traditional Joseph Pilates method. STOTT PILATES® was developed to restore the natural curves of the spine to incorporate the latest research on spinal rehabilitation, and to balance the muscles around the joint. The STOTT PILATES®  method places more emphasis on scapular stabilization. STOTT PILATES® is one of the leaders in contemporary Pilates and is recognized worldwide by the medical community.

STOTT PILATES®  can be modified and is suitable for all ages, body types and fitness levels.

STOTT PILATES® is the modern approach to Pilates.
— Lucy Garcia

Therapeutic Pilates

Pilates is a superior tool for encouraging the body to use its innate ability to heal itself through movement. This is why it is used in so many rehabilitation hospitals and physical  therapy clinics across the country. Its emphasis on spinal and joint stabilization, optimal biomechanics and recruitment of specific muscles leads to ease of movement and a reduction in pain. 

A highly specialized Pilates program is designed for the appropriate chronic condition or ailment in a supportive and safe environment. Pilates helps all back, neck and shoulder issues, arthritis, osteoporosis and can help rehab from cancer treatment.

Lucy Garcia discovered her passion for Pilates after a traumatic back injury. She completed extensive back therapy courses that incorporated the latest research and studied with experts such as Linda Joy Lee. She  then became certified in Core Conditioning and the Inner Unit in 2006, which makes her skills as a therapeutic exercise specialist unparalleled.


Pilates for Athletes

There are many components of Pilates that give athletes an edge in their specific sports. Pilates can enhance your athletic performance whether you are a basketball player, rugby or football player or a weekend warrior. It is not surprising that Joseph Pilates was an athlete himself and participated in skiing, boxing, diving and gymnastics.

"Pilates is controlled movement, which enables athletes to become more attuned with their bodies. It heightens awareness to successfully execute more complex motor patterns," says Lucy.


3 Ways Pilates Improves Sports Performance

1. Implements the Pilates breath pattern, which involves breathing into the lower lobes of the lungs, thus improving lung capacity.

2. Activates core muscles. Pilates emphasizes the strengthening of core muscles in all body positions while moving in all planes of motion. Therefore it becomes innate to activate your core as you perform your sport, which takes stress away from other joints and decompresses the spine. This is also known as dynamic stabilization of the spine, pelvis and peripheral  joints, which is vital  to preventing injuries and maintaining a long lasting career as an athlete. 

3. Balances range of motion with strength. Pilates enables an athlete to obtain the ideal range of motion at each joint while balancing it with strength. This is one  reason why Pilates is used to help athletes to recover from injuries. Alignment is compromised in many athletic activities. Lucy works with athletes to develop a specific conditioning program to help them realign their bodies.  Pilates also trains athlete to activate specific muscles in the right firing pattern and at the right time. This increases speed, force and power or grace and agility.

Lucy Garcia has been working with athletes for many years including professional golfers, soccer players, swimmers and cyclists. She received an athletic specialist certification through Stott Pilates®, and is also certified in golf instruction from Hole in One Pilates.