The Foundation of a New Life Path in Pilates and Movement

A passion for learning more, understanding more deeply, drove me. In 1996, I met Ron Fletcher, a master teacher of body contrology, a master teacher of movement and dance for over fifty years. He came to the work after his own injuries while working as a professional dancer. His unique style of incorporating modern dance technique, percussive breathing (focused breathing using sound and rhythm) with the core of Joseph Pilates’ teachings, spoke to the artist and dancer still thriving within me. Of course, I related to his healing journey and charismatic teaching style as well. It felt only natural for me to apply to his company and training program. For the next decade, my life followed an energizing, focused path of national workshops, seminars and conferences with Ron Fletcher and his master teachers.

In 1998 I opened my first Pilates studio in Denver’s Capitol Hill. With much help and physical labor from my husband Robert, we converted first an apartment and later a condo into a small, private Pilates studio. I had the pleasure during those years to work with many athletes, actors and dancers in Denver community, and loved it!

After much thought, prayer and meditation, I decided in 2000 to move home to Tucson, Arizona and open a Pilates and Movement studio here. I had been away for school, work and “life” a long time and wanted to be closer to my parents. Modeled on the amazing instruction I’d experienced, my approach was to offer customized programs and personal attention focused on the whole person. Today, my Tucson Pilates studio still offers this same environment. I’ve added Movement and Wellness seminars; small group classes from beginning level up to those suitable for instructors, and frequently present off-site workshops, as well. It has been and continues to be incredibly rewarding. I am grateful to my loyal clients, family and the Tucson community.

As for my own health, Pilates healed my back, arm and neck, but I continue to suffer from TMJ “lock jaw,” headaches and ongoing upper back pain. The TMJ specialist I work with guides me with gentle jaw exercises, an appliance and joint injections to decrease inflammation and increase range of motion. Each time we meet, I  remain hopeful about my body’s ability to heal and repair.

I share this because it’s important for us to remember that the healing journey is ongoing. It’s a test of patience, discipline and the practice of acceptance.  Staying in the present and practicing present moment awareness is a tremendous help.  I remind myself constantly that healing is not linear and that it is a process, and as I encourage others to be gentle with themselves, I try to give myself the same gift.

 

Part Four of Five of the article: “An Unexpected Cure: My Journey from Pain to the Transformative Power of Pilates” by Geneviève Nedder.

Buddha quotes.

Statue of Buddha in a gradenHealth is our greatest gift!

It is one of the true joys of being alive.
“Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches. . .”

Buddha

Congratulations Sandy!

resized_02I41370  10 years of Pilates!

Thursday, April 3rd was Sandy’s 10 year Anniversary.

Sandy, you are an inspiration and a treasure. Congratulations on 10 years of Pilates and Movement training.

Thank you for your dedication to Pilates and your committment to health and wellness.  It is truly a pleasure knowing you and teaching you.  Wishing you great health for years to come!

If you know Sandy, please join us in congratulating her.    Much love.

Smoothie recipe with Yogurt.

An Oldie but Goodie: Smoothie recipe with yogurt and berries.

Ingredients:

1 Bananabanana
8 oz Vanilla Yogurt, Fat Free
2 tbsp Pineapple or Orange Juice
6-10 Ice Cubes

1/4 cup blueberries

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender, and blend.
Enjoy!

Servings:

Two 8 oz servings

Per Serving:

Calories 126, Protein 7g, Carbohydrates 26g, Fat 0g, Fiber 3.8g

I use organic ingredients whenever possible.  This is a great afternoon snack or post workout drink.

 

Previously Published June 2011.

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In addition to teaching, writing is one of my passions.  Thank you for joining me here in this space as I share my journey of healing and transformation.

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