(Terrific title! thanks!)
I love to chat about this stuff!
Lee, I love it when clients give feedback, too. Then we can connect with their understanding and they can apply it in the moment. You're talking about a re-frame of the client's experience; it's like getting on the same page...
In my experience, the teachers with whom I have trained who describe themselves as classical, use cues such as: "pull up and in in the abs", "zip up your inner thighs" (in foot work), "squeeze your glutes". The teachers with whom I have trained who describe themselves as contemporary, led me through a more experiential practice with cues such as: "notice a tightening in the low belly." In other words, the former were using cues related to the motor nervous system, and the latter, sensory nervous system.
Above, it seems you took a deeper look at the nervous system...you related a specific cue to a part of the nervous system; it was an intellectual
response, informed by physical experience, most probably, but an intellectual response nonetheless. Would you agree?
Discussing the nervous system would be great! For me, though, to simplify here, I'd ask you if the following sounds right:
I have one teacher in my studio who describes herself as "classical" (Power Pilates trained). I love taking her classes -- reminds me of my formative years in Pilates training. The cues and sequencing are almost identical to the classes I took back in the mid 90s. I feel great after taking her classes, just as I did for all the years I spent taking classical classes. I feel like I have gotten a hard, well-balanced workout -- absolutely nothing wrong with that. I feel strong and limber. However, I ignore some of her cues..."pull up and in in the abs" doesn't work for me; I've tried it, and I can't breath.
The above sounds to me as if it created a very kinesthetic experience for you
while the quote below sounds like the cueing made you
My teacher who describes herself as "non-classical", gives the class more options: "try xyz and see if that works for you...does it make easier or harder." I tend to learn more options to pass along to my students. I like taking classes from both of these teachers; I appreciate the differences.
Does that sound right? I am asking if the cue caused you to think or feel ("feel" as in "sense" or "sensate") more. (I realize that we do both
all the time, however, for our purposes of defining the differences
, it is helpful to see what is more or less...and of course, the experience will be different for different people...that's when talking about the CNS gets really interesting. : )
This is what I meant by "the kinesthetic experience is the primary
preference of classical pilates teachers" and it seems as though you are agreeing with me! It's definitely not that classical teachers don't "think" or that they wouldn't want you to have options for your clients; it's just that my experience is that the "workout" is of prime importance.
I appreciate the differences, too! : )