With so many methods of Pilates, how do you explain to your clients the difference between classical and contemporary Pilates?
Here are some definitions…
Classical Pilates: The exact exercises and ideas that Joe Pilates and his wife Clara taught to Romana Kryzanowska of Romana’s Pilates / True Pilates New York (TPNY). This system is built around a set order on specific equipment and allows for little to no variation. Of course, with hundreds of exercises and modifications at your disposal, and a proven track record like no other, do you need to? Classical schools include Romana’s Pilates, Power Pilates, and Peak Pilates.
Contemporary Pilates: In 2000, a court decided that the term Pilates could not be trademarked. As a result, many schools have taken extensive liberties with the system – adding exercises, changing principles, including new kinesiology research, etc, in programming sessions and developing a new curriculum. This system allows for greater creativity, but, in my opinion, also allows for too much freedom and as a result many Pilates classes resemble yoga far more closely than Pilates. Contemporary schools include STOTT PILATES, Balanced Body, and Polestar Pilates.