By Kyria Sabin, PMA®-CPT, Director of Fletcher Pilates® as presented in the August 2012 PMA Newsletter "Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities." ~ Joseph Pilates "When you do not feel movement full and deeply, it is ineffective, because you are not giving your body parts a chance to make their connections and work together with the utmost efficiency and style." ~ Ron Fletcher While initially attracted to the Pilates method as the ideal form of "exercise", I soon realized that the exhilaration I was feeling after each session or class had more to do with...

The longer I teach this work, the more important I realize it is to give each client a sense of independence and ownership of their body. Within the context of a private session, it's about doing and saying less to allow each client the space to deepen their movement awareness so they may take this with them, beyond the studio setting. It's about constantly editing my choices of exercises, cues and hands-on techniques so that the client is left with a sense of self-accomplishment and having learned at least one new way of experiencing movement in their everyday lives. . Within my group classes, I challenge myself to find a theme to focus on within the first 5-10 minutes of class, based on the group in front of me. I try to make each class a new exploration of...

We breathe more than 20,000 times every day. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die. While this vital injection of oxygen into our bodies occurs most of our day on autopilot, conscious breathing can have a significant positive impact on virtually all bodily functions. In their respective books, both Ron Fletcher and Joseph Pilates discuss the importance of learning how to breathe fully and completely, through active inhalation and exhalation and the resulting wide-ranging benefits for both your overall health and energy. "To properly deflate the lungs is an art in itself and this final step in correct breathing is least understood. ...It is seldom, if ever, taught unless the individual is privately coached by one who understands what is really is all about." - Joseph...

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