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This trip to the USA, I decided not to bring my Fletcher Braided Towel. It is an experiment to see how much (or how little) I can practise and keep moving on the road. Turns out I can still do quite a lot!

May Day, I found myself trapped in Narita Airport.

What was supposed to be a 3-hour layover turned out to be an 8-hour wait after my connecting flight to Denver was delayed, thanks to United Airlines.

Between getting some disrupted shut-eye and writing, I looked around and saw … Ballet Barre! In another form, of course:

A Barre is a stationary handrail that is used during ballet warm up and stretching exercises, for added stability and balance.


The design of a barre includes the handrail and its support mechanism. The handrail is positioned about the height of the waist.

I proceeded to do Ron’s Hinge and Cat Stretch, perfect stretching exercises for the spine after being cooped up in the airplane for 7-8 hours.

I also did Posterior Battement and Ronde Jambe that feel so good for the hips and legs.

Now that I am in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Barre keeps showing up, beckoning me to continue my stretching exercises between my hikes!

You get the idea … Just don’t do it where there are aggressive elk, or when the handrail and the support mechanisms are not stable!

At Pilates BodyTree, we practice Fletcher Barrework in the Fletcher Fusion classes.

Start to include Fletcher Barrework in your Pilates classes – it is such a fantastic accompaniment for stretching exercises when you are are on the road traveling, or even when you are just taking a short break from your work desk!

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