Pilates is a way to both strenghten and lengthen the body.
It is a system of exercises developed by its creator, Joseph Pilates, to strengthen and stabilize the body in order to stretch and increase mobility at the same time - the perfect way to BALANCE the body!
Using apparatus called Reformers, Cadillacs, Chairs,and Barrels, all of which he designed, we work to develop core strength, increase flexibility, and support the natural movements of the body for improved quality of daily living.
Pilates principles found in every exercise are CONTROL, COORDINATION, CENTERING, BALANCE, BREATHING, FLUIDITY.
Some of the benefits of Pilates may include:
- Improved Balance
- Increased Flexibility
- Increased Strength
- Improved Range of Motion
- Increased Lung Capacity
- Plus countless others!
At Fort Worth Classical Pilates, we believe Pilates is good for every body at every level at every age. No matter what your fitness level, there is a part of the method that can and will benefit you. Our instructors are trained to know the ins and outs of the system so well, they can tailor the work to your individual needs. We want the body to feel good! And we aim to develop and grow the body, build confidence, and encourage a lifetime of movement!
LAURA WEST STRAWSER is native of Fort Worth, TX, and graduated Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She moved to New York to work in musical theatre, and while living in NYC, Laura completed the re:AB® Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program in 2007 under the instruction of Brooke Siler, bestselling author of The Pilates Body, The Pilates Body Kit, and The Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge. Laura moved back to Fort Worth, and opened Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC in 2009.
Laura teaches Pilates at the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University where she aided in developing the TCU Extended Education Pilates Teacher Training Program. She is a Certified Pilates Teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA-CPT) and served on the Board of Directors of the Authentic Pilates Union. She has hosted The 2015 Fall Classical Pilates Conference – Ft. Worth, TX, in studio workshops with Mari Winsor, The Classical Syllabus® Advanced Teacher Training seminars with MeJo Wiggin, and is now the Producer of THE TEXAS CLASSICAL PILATES CONFERENCETM series. She continues to study and train in workshops and classes with industry leaders like Brooke Siler, Mari Winsor, Cary Regan, MeJo Wiggin, Chris Robinson, Kathi Ross-Nash, and Alisa Wyatt.
Laura believes in teaching to the body in front of her, to use each person's strengths to aid in developing their challenges, and that Pilates can be done in some level by any body!
"Teaching Pilates is a privilege and a gift, and I am honored to pass down the incredible work and knowledge of Joseph Pilates." - Laura Strawser