Our first international Fletcher Pilates Conference was a resounding success! Attendees from throughout the U.S. and Brazil gathered in Niteroi, Brazil June 7-9. We united to celebrate and pay homage to Ron Fletcher’s Every Body is Beautiful, originally published in 1978 and re-released in 2018. (Get your copy here!) Throughout the weekend, Fletcher Pilates international presenters, Brazilian Faculty and practitioners from other schools and lineages gathered for workshops, lectures, and movement sessions in view of the spectacular Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. The whirlwind and energetic event culminated in an oceanside breath-inspired Fletcher Towelwork experience. Congratulations and obrigada to the Fletcher Pilates Brazilian Team for a magnificent first international conference!

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...

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