The Pillars of Professional Development For the past 2 decades, I’ve had the honor of working with several other dedicated Pilates professionals to ensure the legitimacy and success of this nascent field of study and career opportunity. Reflecting on the recent gathering of our international community at the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, I now take a moment to appreciate how far we have come as an industry. Not so long ago, Body Contrology teachers were hesitant to use the word “Pilates” for fear of being sued. Since then, many hands and minds have collaborated to develop and establish the primary pillars of professional development necessary to support our expanding Pilates industry. ...

Our first international Fletcher Pilates Conference was a resounding success! Attendees from throughout the U.S. and Brazil gathered in Niteroi, Brazil June 7-9. We united to celebrate and pay homage to Ron Fletcher’s Every Body is Beautiful, originally published in 1978 and re-released in 2018. (Get your copy here!) Throughout the weekend, Fletcher Pilates international presenters, Brazilian Faculty and practitioners from other schools and lineages gathered for workshops, lectures, and movement sessions in view of the spectacular Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. The whirlwind and energetic event culminated in an oceanside breath-inspired Fletcher Towelwork experience. Congratulations and obrigada to the Fletcher Pilates Brazilian Team for a magnificent first international conference!

The Fletcher Percussive Breathing™ technique is a significant differentiator of the Fletcher Pilates® approach from other Pilates lineages. Ron often recounted that Joseph Pilates encouraged his students to breathe, but never offered much further direction on the process. “Breeze!,” Pilates would command of his students. (That’s “breathe” with a thick German accent.) Followed by, “You must OUT de air to IN de air!” The Percussive Breath system was developed and refined by Ron, primarily to emphasize Joe’s insistence on the importance of breath, and partially born of Ron’s desire to repair physical damage from years as an alcoholic. He wanted to flush his body with oxygen to heal himself. Thus, the signature “sniff-sniff-shush-shush” measured and counted breath, became a regular practice for our teacher. As encouraged by Pilates, Ron trained himself to ...

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