October 2014 / Arden Montgomery

Awareness is a primary Pilates movement principle. How would you define Awareness in your studio? As teachers, we tend to our clients’ bodies, aware of how they feel on any given day. One of the first things we often ask our clients is, “How do you feel today?” As they take their first step into the studio our keen eye notices gait and demeanor. This prepares us for teaching the session ahead, before we even start. By continuously checking in throughout each class and session, we become more aware of his or her strengths, limitations, and imbalances. However, many of us teachers struggle with our personal Awareness. Awareness of our movement patterns and posture as we teach and demonstrate, or as we leave the studio after a long day of teaching other bodies can be a challenge! Our attention...

Please join us in celebrating Ron - at age 90 - teaching his last class in May of 2011.

Ron Fletcher Passes On: A Great Voice in Pilates

September 2012 / Lisa Johnson Fitness

Ron Fletcher scared the crap out of me. I was standing before him in a freezing cold dance room in Philadelphia. He was stern; the people closest to him did everything he said to the letter and I was trying to hide in the back. I had no chance. I was attending a weekend seminar on the Spine Corrector, a piece of Pilates apparatus, and there were maybe 80 people in the room (I’m horrible with numbers, it might have been more). We were given a unique set of instructions before we arrived which included: wearing only all black with absolutely no adornment, we had to wear black tights, and no bootleg yoga pants or anything crazy like that. I literally didn’t own any tights and had to zip out to buy some before I left. I had heard scary...