Pilates history! Ron Fletcher speaking about BREATH on the Phil Donahue show, over 3 decades ago.

Quality of Movement

January 2012 /

Both Ron and Joe expressed the importance of moving the body in a dynamic, precise and graceful way. This approach elevates a movement practice to a higher level of fulfillment for both the student and the teacher. "The quality of the work is more important than the quantity of time spent." - Ron Fletcher fromEvery Body is Beautiful "Correctly executed and mastered to the point of subconscious reaction, these exercises will reflect grace and balance in your routine activities." Joseph Pilates fromReturn to Life Through Contrology "...learn the right way to do it, using your whole self-correctly." Ron Fletcher from Every Body is Beautiful It can be difficult to determine what defines qualitative movement. What is 'quality of movement' to you? How do you define this concept and incorporate it in your teaching?

And how do they learn? Do you have clients who love to move very slowly with intent? Maybe they prefer a private so they can go deep inside and feel each movement. I am wondering if he or she is a kinesthetic learner. How about the client who wants notes written for each movement...the person who wants to think the piece before they feel it... how would you describe that type of learning style? Do your clients like to see a reformer piece demonstrated or would they prefer to hear you describe the breath pattern and movement? And what style gives you the most joy? My favorite class is the one where keeping the flow is the thing. I want to see a fine teacher demonstrate a few pieces, as it is artful and inspiring to watch, yet keep the flow. Your thoughts?