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 ...

Marathon runner, Pilates studio owner and instructor, Fletcher Faculty member Nannette Crystal’s life path has taken many turns to lead her to where she now peacefully walks (and runs.) She fell in love with dance growing up in Louisiana. This first love led her to Tucson and the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While dancing professionally, a colleague encouraged her to experience Fletcher Pilates®. The work enchanted her to the extent that she left the dance world to study and eventually teach Fletcher Pilates professionally. Nannette was recognized as a certified Fletcher Pilates instructor by Ron in 2004. She explains, “It was a magical time. Ron was still creating and evolving his own work. I saw that happening in workshops. The work was still very much alive...

Julia Nichole Lopez attended her first Pilates Mat class in search of a way to actively ease back pain while attending college. She was smitten with the practice, signed up for private reformer lessons, and so began her Pilates journey. Explains Ms. Lopez, “Years spent in extreme spinal extension in dance, gymnastics and figure skating amplified a lorodotic curve in my lumbar spine. [Through Pilates} I learned how to use my body correctly! Joseph Pilates’ words have become part of the fabric of my life: ‘Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.’” Eventually, Julia left a successful entertainment/media industry career to follow her “passion and true professional calling” and began teaching Pilates. She studied several Pilates lineages – East Coast Classical, therapeutic, Stott and Contemporary. She credits Kathy Demac and Tawny Solorzano...

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