Classical Pilates is Pilates in the truest most authentic form, as Joseph Pilates intended. Classical Teachers have to go through a rigorous training program, with a minimum of 600 hours of training, under teachers who are within the lineage of Joseph Pilates himself.
Often the “Pilates” classes we see offered now are fusion based work, using some of the elements of Pilates and using pieces of Pilates equipment (generally the mat or reformer), but incorporating other movement techniques and methods that move away from the true methodology.
In the original Classical Pilates method, there is a sequence to the work, which was designed to move the body through a full range of movement, in all directions. The sequence builds intelligently with foundational exercises at the beginning and more complex exercises as you gain strength and control.
The Classical Pilates workout includes a mat, reformer, and typically two additional pieces of equipment that are selected by the instructor during a workout to improve, intensify, and address unique body challenges. Working with all the parts and not just one component, makes it a powerful system. The transitions between exercises are exercises in themselves.
The Classical method centers on the 6 principles of Pilates: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. The method incorporates more than 500 controlled precise movements created by Joseph Pilates.
Pamela Knight teaches Classical and Contemporary Pilates at Mindful Life Studio