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We truly honour and love Joseph Pilates’ original work. As tribute, our teaching is in principle based on the Classical Pilates repertoire when it comes to the exercises themselves and the exercise order. However, we may also apply modifications to the traditional exercises or throw in contemporary work to teach you the basic principles, guide you better towards ideal execution or to challenge your attained strength.

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Private vs Collective classes

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Private classes allow your instructor to tailor your workout to your specific needs, requirements and goals. These may be corrective or rehabilitation needs or aim to progress and challenge you with more advanced work. In these classes you will mostly use all available apparatus, but you will also be introduced to the mat exercises repertoire. Private classes are offered on solo and duo basis, primarily in English, or French if so requested.​

Collective classes are designed for an open group setting and will not be specific to corrective or rehabilitation work. To attend group classes you must be healthy and free from any serious injury. We request and supervise that you attend the class fitting to your level to prevent injury. Respecting this policy you will also respect your fellow students as well as your instructor, who adapts her teaching to the average level of the class. Please always consult your instructor whether it is safe for you to progress to the next level.

Collective classes are offered on four levels for the moment:

– Foundation (F) – no or very little experience, medical issues, pregnancy
– Beginner (B) – min. 15-20 classes followed at Foundation level, vocabulary and fundamental exercises are clear
– Intermediate (I) – 2-4 years of experience
– Advanced (A) – 4+ years of experience, full control of body

Occasionally, you may find mixed level classes in the schedule to help you with safe progression. Collective classes are taught in English or French as per schedule and availability of teachers in case of replacement.

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Apparatus vs Mat classes

Mat classes will guide you through Joseph Pilates’ floor series. Sometimes we will work with small equipment, such as weights, balls, sticks, elastics and rollers to deepen your understanding of the exercise objectives or to futher challenge you. To provide you with high quality teaching, these classes currently accommodate max. 10-12 people, depending on the level.

Working against spring resistance on the apparatus Pilates designed is a unique experience, rendering you a full body conditioning workout. Currently you can try the Reformers, exercises of the Cadillac and the Chair. These classes are small, for max. 3 people. To achieve the greatest benefits of these apparatus, we highly recommend that you follow at least 3-5 collective mat classes or 1-2 private sessions before starting your collective apparatus workout.​

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Classical vs Contemporary Pilates

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During our classical Pilates classes we try to stay as close to Joseph Pilates` original work as possible: we teach you the exercises he designed, in the order he designed it. The use of props and variations serve to deepen your knowledge of certain moves, to aid with exercise execution or to challenge your attained strength. You may rarely meet non-traditional exercises if they fit the purpose of the class. ​

In a contemporary class your teacher will teach you exercises with the basic Pilates principles in mind, but more often than not the majority of the exercises offered differ from those of Pilates himself. Usually the order of a traditional class is not taken into account in these class set-ups either.

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YIN YOGA

Yin yoga involves a series of passive floor poses, which targets the deep connective tissues of the body, the tendons, ligaments and fascia. The poses are typically held for 3-5 minutes to encourage the connective tissues to slowly and safely relax and open, increasing the suppleness of the joints within your natural range of motion. Props, such as blocks, blankets and bolsters are used to support your body, allowing the muscles to rest. Pranayama (breathing exercises) are often included to aid physical and mental relaxation.

Yin yoga involves a series of passive floor poses, which targets the deep connective tissues of the body, the tendons, ligaments and fascia. The poses are typically held for 3-5 minutes to encourage the connective tissues to slowly and safely relax and open, increasing the suppleness of the joints within your natural range of motion. Props, such as blocks, blankets and bolsters are used to support your body, allowing the muscles to rest. Pranayama (breathing exercises) are often included to aid physical and mental relaxation.

Yin yoga is a great counterbalance to more active forms of exercise, such as Pilates. It is suitable for all, including people who are new to yoga and those who are pregnant, injured, disabled, or simply feel stiff and inflexible. You are likely to leave a yin yoga class feeling both physically and mentally calm and relaxed.

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Dance Therapy

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Dance-Motion Therapy is a dance-inspired method to improve body awareness, body acceptance and to express emotions through free moves and improvisation. During the class the body flows from one movement to the other creating inner energy naturally. ​