Power of Pilates Changing Lives

Mar 15, 2009 | Fit in SA, March 2009


Pilates Master Ron Fletcher to join in celebration

A pain-free back, a release from stress, improved flexibility and athletic performance: Pilates has been embraced by millions because of its power to change. Studio A: Pilates and Spectrum Athletic Clubs will celebrate the “Power of Pilates Changing Lives” with an afternoon of Fletcher Pilates® on Saturday, March 7, at Spectrum Athletic Club in Alamo Heights at 1246 Austin Highway. Participation is open to anyone who wants to enjoy an afternoon of Pilates led by some of San Antonio’s top teachers and help raise funds for cancer research. Two sessions of different classes begin at 2 p.m., and each will last one hour. Donations for participation are tax deductible and benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Registration is required and can be made by calling Studio A: Pilates at (210) 828-5900 or by e-mail at info@studia-pilates.com.

A reception with Pilates master Ron Fletcher will follow the second session of classes. Ron Fletcher was a protégé and student of Joseph and Clara Pilates for nearly three decades and is one of three master teachers still teaching the work.

Richard Garcia, Fletcher Pilates® instructor at Spectrum Clubs, lost his mother to lymphoma last year and for him, the benefit of Pilates is both personal and professional. He knows firsthand how Pilates can change lives. “My mother was diagnosed on Oct. 2, 2004. I started my professional training for Fletcher Pilates® on Oct.4 that same year,” says Garcia. “Leaving my mom while she was sick was hard, but she always told me, ‘Do what you have to do.’ For me, Pilates gave me direction, and I had found my calling. When my mom passed, it was Pilates and the Pilates community that gave me strength and hope, two qualities of my mother.”

Garcia will be leading classes along with Aída Zorrilla, owner of Studio A: Pilates and senior faculty for the Ron Fletcher Program of Study®. Zorrilla is participating in the LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year Campaign and wants to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Her life was touched by a client who at the age of 43 lost her battle to cancer last year. To honor her client, Zorrilla made a commitment to do her part to support finding a cure. “Through our donations, each one of us is the man and woman of the year because together WE can make a difference,” explains Zorrilla. “The society’s mission — to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families, resonates with Studio A’s mission–to change lives, inspire transformation and the joy of movement , and improve the quality of life of our clients through Fletcher Pilates®.”

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 1930s by Joseph Pilates. It focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. Ron Fletcher’s pivotal role in the evolution and popularity of the Pilates method has resulted in a lineage that added specific breathing patters to movements and draws from Fletcher’s studies with Martha Graham, Yeichi Nimura and Alma Hawkins. After living and working in New York and then Beverly Hills, Ron Fletcher now resides in Stonewall, Texas.

Studio A: Pilates is a movement studio specializing in Fletcher Pilates® and is also the Texas campus for The Ron Fletcher Program of Study®, a professional Pilates teacher certification program. To find out more, visit www.studioa-pilates.com.

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