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.