As we enter each new season, the change in nature encourages a fresh outlook and focus. Lately, it seems the only constant in our world is change. With this installment, I’m excited to share with you how we’ve embraced the changes at hand to undertake a monumental Pilates Pivot to create progressive new offerings.  When pandemic quarantine mandates and business closures were ordered, my initial reaction was a near total breakdown. I felt paralyzed. Then, I woke up to the recitation of my Madeira high school motto:   Function in Disaster, Finish in Style   I asked myself, “What are our options? How can we make the most of this time?” And I was inspired to bring to fruition several projects that we at Fletcher Pilates have had on the back burner for years. With the support of...

Confinement and Pandemic in 1918 – The Contrology Crucible

March 2020 / Jim Samanen and Alex Petryna Keller

As the world finds itself in the grasp of the current pandemic, we should recall the great influenza pandemic of 1918. The world was still engulfed in the first World War at that time. Having moved to England in the pre-war years, Joseph Pilates earned a living as a professional boxer, a circus-performer, and a self-defense trainer at police schools. Once the war broke out he was placed in an internment camp with fellow German nationals, first in Lancaster Castle where he began to train fellow internees and then on the Isle of Man where he refined his technique and even rigged spring devices to hospital beds to exercise bed-ridden internees. When the influenza epidemic broke out in 1918, decimating populations all over the world, internment camps were especially hard hit due to the close...

Jacqueline Ethier (Et-yay) is a Fletcher Faculty member, having completed the Fletcher Program of Study in 2006. She is founder and co-owner of Pilates Space, the Fletcher Pilates® movement studio and Teacher Training Educational Centre of Ottawa, Canada as well as a working professional dancer. She began dancing as a toddler in her home-town of Sudbury and graduated from the Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance in Ottawa where she was introduced to Pilates at age 19. According to Jacqueline, “When I first took a Pilates class in 1997, I knew it was something my body needed to better organize itself. But I hated it at the time because I knew it was going to be a hard journey to unlearn some habits and learn others. Every Friday morning, I would be on my back for...

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