Pilates in Calgary
A system of exercises using Pilates equipment designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates exercises will tone and strengthen muscles
Increase flexibility and range of motion
Improve posture and body alignment
Relieve back and neck pain
A Pilates workout will improve balance and enhance circulation
Improve everyday life
Prevent and rehabilitate injuries
Energize body and mind
Enhanced overall physical performance
Develop core strength, elleviate overall tension, stress and fatigue
Increased postural awareness
Strengthen abs & lower back, ease of movement
Joseph Pilates - The Pilates Method
Used with permission from Pilates Space.
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 precise, controlled, and balanced. The goal: proper body alignment; lengthened, well-toned muscles; flexible joints and increased physical strength, stamina and mental clarity. Once the core musculature is strong and the spine is properly aligned, Pilates becomes fluid, expressive and dynamic.
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. Over 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.
Ron Fletcher - Fletcher Pilates ®
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” and “Just stay true to the A-B-C’s.”
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®, Fletcher Barrework™ and Percussive Breathing™ techniques creating an even more comprehensive movement experience.
Developed by Pilates Master Ron Fletcher over the past 4 decades, Fletcher Towelwork® is a signature Fletcher Pilates® technique. Starting with highly effective stabilizing and range of motion exercises, the work builds to a complete full-body movement program. Learn beautifully artistic movement patterns that challenge advanced students, teachers, therapists and athletes alike.
Developed over the course of 5 decades, Fletcher Floorwork® is an artistic and challenging alternative to the original Pilates Matwork. Based on Ron Fletcher's studies with Martha Graham, Yeichi Nimura, Agnes De Mille and Joseph and Clara Pilates, Fletcher Floorwork® introduces thoughtful, creative movement patterns that depart from the classic matwork structure.
Fletcher Floorwork® was designed to meet the needs of individual students while keeping the material constantly challenging and original. A good movement program demands the stimulus of change to keep the mind and body "at the ready." The application of Fletcher Floorwork® can be adapted for patient rehabilitation as well as for the intermediate and advanced student.
The Fletcher BarreworkTM program provides a systematic approach to teaching the Pilates Movement Principles in standing. Fletcher BarreworkTM begins with basic leg and foot technique and lower hemisphere articulation, and progresses to an elegant movement program with equal attention to precision and flowing motion. While ballet terminology is incorporated and clearly defined, the guiding intention of this program is to improve lower hemisphere movement articulation, core initiation and to bring the Pilates method to standing.