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Origins of the Pilates Method
Joseph and Clara Pilates began their revolutionary work in the early 1920s in New York City. Pioneering physical and movement therapy, they called their new fitness modality "Body Contrology," a term which to them implied articulate and fluid physical control. Body Contrology - now known simply as PIlates - is a complete physical conditioning program, incorporating strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance training. The dual emphasis on movement awareness and efficient body mechanics is key to improving posture, alignment and overall body balance. The integrated focus on both extrinsic and intrinsic (core) muscle groups addresses the body as a whole.
In place of exhaustive, tediously repetitious exercises, Pilates involves refined, purposeful movements requiring concentration and physical awareness. The form is elegant, graceful and balanced. The goal: proper body alignment; lengthened, well-toned muscles; flexible joints and increased physical strength, stamina and mental clarity. Once the core/intrinsic musculature is strong and the spine is properly aligned, Pilates becomes almost artfully balletic… a kind of movement performance.
Practiced in the early days by elite dancers and a select few professional athletes, Pilates is now in the fitness mainstream and is considered one of the most versatile and effective overall physical conditioning methods in existence. An estimated 7 million people worldwide now actively participate in a Pilates-based fitness regimen. Clearly, the revolution envisioned by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago has become a reality.
Following Pilates' death in 1967, his wife, Clara, penned a now-famous letter to the studio's noteworthy disciple, Ron Fletcher. In this letter, Clara Pilates wrote, "There is far to go with this work - this work is in your blood and you are the man to create and develop it from this point on. Go and do!" Although Fletcher declined Clara's subsequent offer to direct the original New York Pilates studio - opting instead to open his own studio in Los Angeles - he has done far more than just carry the Pilates torch. Obviously, Joseph Pilates' vision for and development of his work ended when he died. And loyal as she was to her husband's talents, Clara Pilates steadfastly insisted "This is just the tip of the iceberg" in reference to the Pilates work.
A gifted dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Ron Fletcher kept that notion foremost in his mind as he continued to lend his own vision, sensibility and genius for movement to the original Pilates method. Fletcher Pilates® evolves directly from the original method taught to Ron Fletcher by Joe and Clara Pilates. Combining the principles and precision techniques of classic Pilates with his extensive modern dance background, Ron Fletcher developed an organic, flowing and artful series of movements - deeply engaging the body, mind and breath - that are as challenging to perform as they are satisfying to master. While staying true to Pilates' origins, Fletcher developed his own innovative Fletcher Towelwork, Fletcher Floorwork and Percussive Breathing™ techniques creating an even more comprehensive movement experience.
Kyria Sabin initiated her studies with Pilates Master, Ron Fletcher in 1991 at a workshop in Denver and immediately knew that he was an incredible teacher of Pilates, movement and LIFE. His teaching style and approach to the Pilates method immediately grabbed her and as a result Ron in turn took her under his wing. In the years to fallow Ron became Kyria's primary teacher, her mentor and eventually her dear friend for the next 2 decades until he passed away in 2011..
At first Ron wasn’t interested in offering a “teacher training” program based on his Pilates lineage. He strongly felt that Pilates students should learn to teach through years of practice and apprenticeship and that very few had the necessary gifts to pass along the work to others. He would often say, “This is an ART and a SCIENCE. It takes years to learn – and to pass along. Teaching this method is hard work!” Eventually Ron understood that his Pilates lineage would be lost unless a program was developed to pass on the work to future generations of teachers. Ron was involved every step of the way in the development of The Ron Fletcher Program of Study, now known as the Fletcher Pilates Program of Study.
It is now Kyria's responsibility – and gift – to direct Fletcher Pilates International and it’s affiliate campuses around the world. They are continuously refining the program and syllabus to make it the very best Pilates teacher training program in existence. Kyria has stated multipule times how fortunate she is to work with such an amazing group of Fletcher Faculty from all around the world, in preserving and disseminating this amazing body of knowledge and work.