What is Pilates?
Why Classical / Authentic Pilates?
Today there are many different schools of Pilates that differ greatly from Joe’s original method. The dilution of Classical Pilates has caused much confusion as well as misconceptions about what Pilates actually is.
Classical Pilates, also called Authentic Pilates or Traditional Pilates, adheres as closely as possible to Joseph Pilates original work of Contrology. This means his original exercises, done in the traditional order, using the traditional equipment/apparatus.
The exercises done on the Reformer and the Mat are always taught in a specific order for a specific purpose within the system. The primary goals are spinal flexibility, stability, mobility, length and having a stable and strong center from which to move about. You move with and against gravity in a two-way stretch while lying down, sitting, kneeling and standing working through the six basic principles of Pilates: centering, control, concentration, flow, breath and precision.
Instead of working only major muscle groups in isolation, Classical Pilates works the entire body making each movement a whole body effort. Unlike traditional hard exercise, Pilates workouts demand a high level of concentration and attention to detail. To get the most out of it, you will learn to be present, precise, and in total control of your body. You will feel a huge sense of accomplishment and be empowered when all your muscles are engaged at the same time, your mind is focused, and you are coordinating all your muscles like an orchestra.
Pilates is a full body workout. Not only will you feel and look better, you will perform your daily activities with greater ease AND get an athletic performance edge. The strength and beauty of the Pilates method is that it is exercise for anyone at any level.
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.”
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