The Classical Method

“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.”

— Joseph Pilates

The Method

Joseph Pilates invented an exercise regime originally named Controllogy. It is now practised the world over and better recognised as Pilates.

Classical Pilates is the ‘pure’ work from the original exercises that Joseph Pilates created.

Joseph Pilates travelled to the United States from Germany in 1925. He and his wife Clara opened a studio in New York, where he taught students until the 1960s. When Joseph Pilates died, the studio and his work was passed over to his main protégé Romana Kryzanowska.

Romana is credited with keeping The Pilates Method alive through the decades. It is through her work and integrity for the Pilates Method that we all come to benefit. I trained directly under the Romana Kryzanowska lineage.

The Method works by toning muscles and regulating muscular force at the joint level, either by practising Matwork or by using the specialised equipment he developed.

It improves muscle endurance, joint range of motion, and musculoskeletal flexibility, which helps to increase circulation. It also encourages the development of new neuromuscular patterns, increased perception, and greater coordination. All of these factors work together to help avoid re-injury and, in many cases, significantly reduce chronic pain.

The Principles of Classic Pilates

There are 6 principles of Pilates that lead the way we practice every movement in The Method:

  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centre
  • Precision
  • Breath
  • Flow

Pilates helps people become increasingly more coordinated with a stronger mind and body connection. Pilates works the body through a methodical system of different exercises that build in complexity to transform the body inside and out. It is excellent not only for rehabilitation and recovery from injury but for numerous other benefits including:

  • Improved Spinal alignment
  • Strengthening each set of abdominal muscles, including the deepest core Transverse abdominals.
  • Building balanced strength from your core to every single muscle in your body.
  • Better concentration and increased neural pathways, training your brain as well as your body.
  • Improving flexibility where needed, recognising hypermobility and working to strengthen your muscles and retrain your joints into healthy ranges of motions.
  • Correcting Musculoskeletal imbalances
  • Preventing and healing of back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, prevents degenerative disc disorder, aids in the recovery of slipped disks and can prevent future ruptures.
  • Correcting poor posture
  • Creating a longer and leaner body
  • Increasing lung capacity and oxygenation

I will teach, challenge and inspire you to explore The Method to transform your mind, body and life.