What are the Pilates ‘levels?
Joseph Pilates didn’t teach levels, he taught people. The division of the method into basic, intermediate and advanced is more recent and slightly artificial, but that’s not to say it’s not useful.
The levels are a template or guide, not a competition. They are made up of developmental goals and a way of moving rather than exactly what exercises you do.
The levels are most obvious in a mat class as in private sessions the work is customised for you.
This class is for those who have a little knowledge of Pilates or have completed the Basic Principles course and feel confident with the breathing techniques and engagement of the core muscles. This level deals with the basic fundamentals and how to begin to achieve some core stability, how to use breath correctly and how to apply the Pilates principles. The basic classes are run in courses so over the weeks of the course, you are gently introduced to the key principals.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 4 BASIC PRINCIPLES CLASSES BEFORE COMMENCING THIS CLASS.
The classes are designed to challenge the whole body and are conducted with increased flow of movement. When your body has absorbed the basics of Pilates you are ready to take intermediate level sessions. The aim of this level is to strengthen and deepen the powerhouse. Some new movement patterns are introduced for the first time (e.g. back bends), and other patterns already present in the basic level are deepened
What makes you intermediate is not how long you have studied, but how much your body has absorbed.
A fast paced class for those that have a good understanding of the intermediate repertoire and wish to further challenge their strength and endurance. These classes are challenging but fun workout with exercises on all of the Pilates apparatus. These include: Reformer, cadillac, Wunda chair, ladder barrel, Tower, as well as arcs, rollers and other small props.
The pilates advanced classes are led by Angela Trantali and they include a maximum of seven participants.