How do I begin?
An Initial Lesson is suggested to get the most out of your Pilates Practice. This is a Private Lesson where a Fletcher Pilates® Teacher will teach you terminology needed for your safety and to build your foundation, introduce you to the Pilates apparatus, and suggest an appropriate practice to suit your needs. The Fletcher 101 is our introductory package and is highly recommended. This package of four Private Lessons will help to prepare you for whatever path you choose; Studio Classes, Privates Lessons, or 4x4's. This package will start to develop your understanding of the Fletcher Pilates® method and how it can help you reach your goals.
All of our Studio Classes can be attended on a drop in basis without completely an Initial Lesson.
4x4 Equipment classes are only open to those who have completed the Fletcher 101 or have prior teacher approval.
What is Pilates?
Originally named Contrology, Pilates is a mind body conditioning practice that helps to bring the body into balance. It was created by Joseph and Clara Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates focuses on precise movements that can be done on different pieces of Pilates apparatus, in standing, or on the floor to create a long and balanced physique.
What is Fletcher Pilates®?
Fletcher Pilates® is the complete body of work developed by first generation teacher Ron Fletcher, who was taught directly by Joseph and Clara Pilates and is one of the few “elders” in the Pilates world. It contains the original Pilates repertoire taught to him by Joseph and Clara, but also includes Ron’s contributions to the work. An emphasis on rhythm, flow, and the breath which in order to link movements together makes Fletcher Pilates® a continuous and challenging movement experience. For more information, please visit fletcherpilates.com
Well, what's the difference between Fletcher Pilates, and other kinds of Pilates®?
Encouraged by Clara Pilates to “Go and do” and add to the original Pilates catalogue, Ron Fletcher has spent his lifetime developing many signature innovations such as Fletcher Percussive Breathing™, Fletcher Towelwork™, Fletcher Floorwork™, Fletcher Barrework™ and Fletcher Spine Corrector™, which are not found in any other lineages of Pilates. These innovations came out of a need for what his students were lacking and inspiration has been drawn from the many great artists Ron studied with, such as Martha Graham. It has lead to the most complete and comprehensive body of work that as a Fletcher® Pilates Teacher; we can pull from to address any goal. It’s best to think of Fletcher Pilates and other schools of Pilates like Samba and Ballet; both forms of dance, but different in style.
What should I expect in a Private Lesson?
After your Fletcher 101 you may choose to continue with Private Lessons, or take a refresher lesson after beginning classes. The teacher will design a plan to address your specific body issues, to challenge you, and to focus on your needs. Fine tune your body as you fine tune the work.
What should I expect in a 4x4 Lesson?
Each piece of Pilates equipment has a specific intention behind it and the Pilates Method was meant to be taught on all pieces of the equipment, not just the Reformer. Many movements that look similar feel completely different when working on the varying apparatus. Once a good understanding of the Pilates principles has been established in your body, a Bodyshop teacher will lead you through a class on the equipment to support, assist, or challenge the group. By working in different planes or positions, one can start to find how much their body has to offer. Our 4x4 Lessons are designed as a small group class, up to four participants, where you will work with this intention in mind. Pieces of movement will be taught on a variety of Pilates apparatus including but not limited to the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector, and Ped-i-pull.
Prerequisite: Fletcher 101 must be completed before entering 4x4 Lessons and/or teacher permission. Assuring that all students in 4x4’s have completed the Fletcher 101 helps us to keep the level of instruction high, the flow consistent, and the class challenging to all who attend.
What should I expect in a Studio Class?
All classes begin with Fletcher Standing and Centering™ cues. This work in vertical teaches proper body placement in a standing position, where a majority of life is spent. This allows the student to develop an awareness of their posture and take the work into their daily activities before coming to the floor for a challenging movement class that could range from Mat Pilates, Magic Circle, to Fletcher Floorwork®.
What can Fletcher Pilates do for me?
Fletcher Pilates®, when practiced consistently, leads to a deeper understanding of how your body moves. In turn, this allows you to use more of your body and create a longer and leaner musculature. Some of the many benefits include better posture, increased strength, balance, flexibility, and relief from tension. You will strengthen what is weak, lengthen what is tight, and sculpt your body to be strong from the inside out.
How long will it take me to notice a difference in my body?
When done correctly not very long at all! Joe’s original claim was “In 10 lessons you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and by 30 you will have a whole new body.” Many people can feel the work begin to reorganize their body within the first few lessons and with time profound change can happen for anyone.
How often should I take a Private lesson or Class?
We recommend 2 – 3 times per week to maximize your results and the benefits of the work. Standing lessons or classes are available to ensure your consistency with your program.
What should I wear?
Comfortable but form-fitting clothing, preferably black, is required so the teacher can make precise corrections to your form. We encourage bare feet but socks are ok. No shoes.
What if I had an injury? Can I still do Fletcher Pilates?
Immediately following an injury comprehensive rehabilitation is key, but post treatment Fletcher Pilates® can be done by anyone in any state of physical well-being. If you are planning to begin your Pilates practice after an extended absence from physical fitness, or after an injury, it is of course recommended that you consult your physician before you begin.
Will Fletcher Pilates strengthen my stomach?
Yes! This movement program will help to tighten and whittle your middle.
I want to lose weight. Will this help me?
Advanced level Fletcher Pilates® has a cardio aspect to it, but in the beginning most Fletcher Pilates movements do not.
I want to learn to teach Pilates. How do I apply to the Pilates Teacher Training Program?
You are in luck! The Pilates Bodyshop, in addition to being the largest Fletcher Pilates® studio in Southern California, is the educational campus for Fletcher Pilates® as well. We offer the Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program as well as the Fletcher Pilates® Intensive - a shorter course designed for the movement professional who wishes to add some of the Fletcher techniques to their current teaching repertoire.
How do I prepare to enter the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program?
It is essential to go through a student process to learn the work in your own body before entering a process to learn to teach this method to others. Application to Program requires that you take at least 30 private Pilates Lessons and at least 30 group Pilates class/overview/workshop hours with a Professional Fletcher Pilates® Teacher prior to initiating the program.
Where can I learn more about your Pilates Teacher Training?
- Please visit PilatesTeacherEducation.com for more information.