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...

2019 was an amazing Fletcher Pilates adventure! We had the honor of continuing the legacy of Joseph Pilates via Ron Fletcher’s methodology around the world. We held our first TWO international Fletcher Pilates conferences in Brazil and South Korea. Hosted by Adriano Bittar and Karla Relvas, our June Brazil event proved to be a spectacular gathering of Pilates teachers and practitioners from schools and lineages from across South America. Our September conference in Korea, hosted by Sujung Kim, was an equally successful, sold-out event uniting Pilates teachers from throughout Asia. We also introduced Fletcher Pilates to Eastern Europe through the MoveOn conference in Romania. Following these conferences, Kyria had the honor of teaching the first Fletcher Intensives in Dubai, Seoul and China and while our Director of Education, Deborah Mendoza initiated...

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