Joseph Pilates Contrology

Joseph Pilates, the man behind “Reformer Pilates” was a gymnast & body builder, following on to professional boxer, circus-performer, and a self-defence trainer at police schools.

During WW1 he developed a system that he named “Contrology”, which encouraged the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. And so, Pilates was born.

He later created a Reformer Bed which is simply a narrow bed with a sliding carriage, straps, pulleys, and resistance springs which can be added or removed depending on his clients’ level of strength.

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Sandy Donnelly