The Contemporary Pilates concept, developed by art of motion training in movement, respects the classical principles of Pilates. With the knowledge of holistic anatomy and modern science of motion, Karin Gurtner has given the method multidimensionality and adapted functional goals to today's realities.

The repertoire has been extended by a variety of exercises that can be built upon and designed safely and efficiently at any level. Each movement is performed with clear intention and body awareness.

Due to differentiated work, the method is tremendously efficient when it comes to short-term goals, such as pain-free motion and functional strength; as well as long-term goals, such as physical balance and adaptability.

The individual is always in the foreground. We customise Pilates to our customers and their needs. For this reason, no one is excluded. A top athlete benefits equally from Pilates as someone who is undergoing rehabilitation or the person who is just having fun when exercising. Physical well-being, freedom and efficiency of movement, balance, improved body awareness and energy can all be attributed to Pilates. One has to experience it to believe it. Let the body speak!

Contemporary Pilates

There is no such thing as a definitive Contemporary Pilates method. Various training institutions have chosen different approaches to enhance and adapt classical Pilates.

Contemporary Pilates according to art of motion:

  • Respects the basic principles of the original Pilates method.
  • Integrates research findings of modern science in theory and practise.
  • Works with a highly advanced repertoire that includes exercises in any body position.
  • Places emphasis on the design of an exercise and the understanding of it's purpose and benefits.
  • Encompasses a deep understanding of the body, its related systems, as well as the power of visualisation when making use of the Franklin Method®, for example.
  • Adds the principles of elasticity and dynamics of the Gyrokinesis® method.
  • Integrates the basics of gentle, profound work of the Feldenkrais method.
  • Includes the ever-evolving knowledge of physiotherapy.
  • Combines artistic elements with functional training.
  • Uses specific sequencing and topic-specific choreographies.
  • Uses basic principles of neurolinguistics programming in educational teaching.
  • Promotes the joy of movement and appreciation of the body.

Contemporary Pilates brings lightness, smoothness and energy to the body; it refreshes the mind and lets everyday activities happen easily and efficiently.

Way Into The Modern Method

Joseph Pilates was a man who developed his method steadily. If he were still alive, the Pilates method would certainly not remain unchanged. The way into the modern and continuous development of our training program is in line with the meaning of the original philosophy.

Karin Gurtner, the developer of our contemporary Pilates method, is a teacher of yoga, Pilates and Gyrokinesis® as well as a Kinesis Myofascial Integration therapist who admires the work of Dr Ida P. Rolf, Thomas W. Myers, Eric Franklin®, Moshé Feldenkrais and many other talented people. Therefore, the principles of these teaching methods are incorporated into our Contemporary Pilates.

Together with a team of motivated and highly qualified teachers, we have developed a Pilates style which is modern, efficient and holistic; and as such combines the interaction of the classical Pilates method, the modern science, the wisdom of the Eastern art of motion as well as the experience of people who move.