The Second Wind® Approach

The Second Wind® Approach is a personal synthesis created by Danielle Bélec that draws on 25 years of study, practice, and instruction, evolved as an athlete, professional dancer, academic, and sixteen-year owner/director of Second Wind® Pilates Plus®.

The uniqueness of her approach lies in its intention, as well its content. Its purpose is to transform your understanding of how your body moves, thinks, and feels. As a unique blend of classical Pilates, therapeutic movement, and up-to-date functional and expressive movement training, the work propels theory and practice to a new level of understanding and performance.

The work incorporates essential teachings from our movement pioneers and existing movement traditions, together with Danielle’s own contribution as a thought leader in the field of movement therapy and functional exercise. The content is an extension of the Second Wind® Pilates Plus® Teacher-Training program and Danielle’s own work called Integrated Movement Therapies (IMT)®. IMT forms the unique aspect of Danielle’s teaching.

In addition to the Pilates Method Danielle’s work is influenced by Rudolf Laban, Irmgard Bartenieff, Yoga, The Mitzvah Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Ideokinesis, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, The Franklin Method, The Feldenkrais Method, Structural Integration and Tai Chi among others. The Second Wind® Approach is Danielle’s particular synthesis and application of this body of knowledge.

Danielle teaches you how to move according to the principles of alignment, biomechanics, core integration, timing and space. All of her teaching is shaped by the the pivotal incorporation of proper use of breath while moving.

With focus on quality over quantity, and detail over repetition, her unique approach to mind-body conditioning teaches you to skillfully perform any movement you undertake with clear understanding and results.

You will learn to successfully isolate, control and activate your body parts, joint and musculature with a new level of precision and awareness. False ideas about strength and posture are quickly replaced with proper organization and support.

You can do none other than naturally excel at your process of learning from beginner to advanced mover.