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...

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?

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