Who knew Pilates could be so polarizing to some to have two factions “Classical Pilates” and “Contemporary Pilates”?! To be clear, we find merits to both approaches, BUT have chosen the contemporary approach for our studio.
In short, “classical Pilates” adheres to the repertoire as Joseph Pilates originally designed it: only the exercises he developed (without any modification) and in exactly the same order every time.
“Contemporary Pilates” incorporates modern knowledge of the body and biomechanics into the Pilates repertoire. Thus, the original Pilates exercises still exist, but new exercises as well as modifications to original Pilates exercises have been added to make the system safer or more functional for a client.
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Classical or Contemporary Pilates?
To help our clients, we believe in teaching each client of ours the Pilates exercises right for them, not teaching the same set of Pilates exercises to every client, regardless of age, background and fitness level. We prefer to look at the needs of the client and choose exercises from the wonderful Pilates repertoire that fit the client in an order right for them, rather than asking the client to fit into Pilates exercises in a certain sequence.
Joseph Pilates passed away in 1967, thus his classical Pilates work stopped evolving upon his death. We can’t help but think that had he lived to experience the modern research in biomechanics and physical therapy produced since then, Mr. Pilates may have modified his own system to incorporate the new discoveries… his own “contemporary Pilates”. But we’ll never know, so sadly, the factions may always be present!