Join us in the Isle of Man on Pilates Day 2019 at this weekend event to celebrate the opening of the Knockaloe Internment Camp Museum. I never met Joseph Pilates but was told by those that have, that Joseph always spoke very well of his time at the camp. The first time I visited the camp it was hard to imagine how 24,000 people could live and exist in this small area. But it is here that Joseph developed his method using hospital beds and springs and many stories of how his strength of character that got a whole camp exercising is credited with helping the internees avoid the effects of the influenza epidemic of that time that took many lives. It is because of his contributions to the camp and the subsequent explosion of his method called Contrology that a special section of the museum is dedicated to Mr. Pilates.
So this year we have brought together a great team to share the weekend with you with different styles of the Pilates Method and different stories as to why they have been invited. We have Roberta to represent the New York era of Pilates with her work from her studio in the original home of Joseph Pilates in New York. Elisa, who with APPI have been key players in the introduction of Pilates to the clinical world both in the UK and around the world and then we also have Kateryna who has a foot in both the Traditional work and the Contemporary interpretations while learning and educating other teachers internationally. When Malcolm and I organised the first Pilates Event on the Island more than 10 years ago to honour The Method and help to keep the goals of Joseph Pilates alive, we received such a warm welcome from the people of the Isle of Man. As we educate and travel all over the world, we find many teachers have no knowledge of the history of the works of Joseph Pilates.
On Saturday, the event will be held in the Palace Hotel, Douglas, and for the classes on Sunday we will be on location in a marquee at the Knockaloe Camp for classes and the closing reception will be at the Visitor Centre where all are welcome.