Contemporary vs Classical? | VIDA Pilates | Services

Today, there are so many different branches of Pilates and debates within the teaching community can get quite heated as to what is and isn't Pilates. You may hear the terms 'Contemporary' and 'Classical' and wonder what they mean. 

Classical Pilates refers to teachers who have learned the system exactly how Joseph Pilates taught them - using the same language and exercises without any changes to them. If Joe didn't do it, then they won't teach it!

Contemporary or evolved Pilates came about from a physiotherapy influence on the exercises. Exercises were modified to allow more people to be able to perform them, particularly when injured. There are more exercises that have been created and the original exercises have been modified to make them more accessible to the general population.

I was trained in a contemporary school, however, I have done further training with a Classical teacher in the USA, Shari Berkowitz. Shari is a biomechanist and an ergonomist who brought the joy of the Classical exercises to me, when combined with the modern biomechanic knowledge of how the body and the muscles work.

So, although my training is contemporary, I teach the Classical exercises during my classes.

Shari brought about so many changes in my own body, so I love to share that with my clients.