We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked pilates questions. If we haven’t answered yours please contact Eileen at eileen@okanaganpilates.com. You should receive either a complete answer or an acknowledgement that we’re researching your question within 24 hours.


Questions about Pilates Exercise


Developed by former professional dancer Moira Merrithew, with input from sports medicine professionals, STOTT PILATES is a contemporary, anatomically based approach to Joseph Pilates original exercise method. Its exercises safely deliver optimal strength, flexibility and endurance, without adding bulk.

What are the benefits of STOTT PILATES?

  • Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • Improves postural problems and helps prevent injury
  • Increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
  • Balances strength & flexibility, and enhances ease of movement
  • Heightens body awareness
  • No-impact ­ easy on the joints
  • Can be customized for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • Improves performance in sports
  • Improves balance, coordination & circulation

What are the principles behind STOTT PILATES?

STOTT PILATES improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. It focuses specifically on breathing, pelvic placement, rib-cage placement, scapular movement, and head & cervical spine placement.

What is the difference between the Stott Method and other Pilates techniques?

Unlike the original series of exercises, STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. STOTT PILATES focuses on posture, core strength and core stability to promote optimal functional movement. STOTT PILATES has a vast repertoire of preparatory exercises and modifications to make the method safer and more effective for all levels of students most especially those with existing or reoccurring injuries.

Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer/equipment workout?

Mat-based workouts are very convenient and they can be done anywhere. However, a mat workout will provide no added resistance. A Reformer workout will add resistance to your routine and can correct muscular imbalances better than a mat routine would.

If I'm doing pilates, should I still do my regular workout?

In combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness, etc.), it’s all you need. For people who reach advanced levels, they can actually elevate their heart rate with Stott Power workouts.

What kind of results can I expect to see from doing STOTT PILATES?

You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains.

How is STOTT PILATES different from weight training or other resistance exercise?

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (exercises can use all movement planes)
  • Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction
  • Emphasis on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention
  • Stott Pilates can be customized for special needs
  • In pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints
  • Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury
  • Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility
  • STOTT PILATES leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness.

Will I grow by doing STOTT PILATES?

Many people come to a very meditative state while doing pilates, and therefore will grow mentally and spiritually over time through this type of exercise. Physically, many people have been known to actually get taller by working out consistently. By emphasizing posture, you learn to stretch your spine through pilates, and by strengthening the deep abdominals to support the rest of the body you learn to maintain your height effortlessly.

How often should I do Pilates?

Optimal results require continuity in your practice of pilates. 2 – 3 times per week is recommended.t

I have a bad back. Will I be able to do pilates?

Yes. Individuals with back issues are directed to begin pilates with Private instruction for as few as 5 sessions to ensure success and correct execution of base pilates exercises. Consultations are available for those who would like to discuss their specific needs prior to booking their initial pilates session.


General Questions

How long is each class?

Group classes and/or private and semi-private sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Where should I park?

  • Hourly parking is available in the Chapman parkade. It is secure, convenient and well lit.
  • Metered street parking is also available on Pandosy Street, Lawrence and Leon Avenues. Meter rates are in effect from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

What are the studio hours of operation?

  • Hours of operation will be flexible and developed around the needs of OPH clients.
  • The Studio functions by appointment only as space and equipment availability are limited.

It is my first visit to OPH, what should I bring?

  • Pilates is best done in breathable form fitting clothing.
  • Pilates is done in bare feet so arrive in clean, easy to remove footwear.
  • Studio amenities include a small multipurpose change room / washroom, with no shower facilities.
  • Closet and non lockable cubbies are available for item storage. Please do not bring valuables.