Joseph Pilates called his movement Contrology, the “Art of Control”. Pilates teaches you how to control your bodies movements in a safe exercise regime.


Within Pilates there are 6 key principles:


Control is fundamental to Pilates. Body and muscle control avoids injury and helps us produce positive results.


Pilates teaches your body how to get the full benefits out of learning to breath effectively. Effective breathing increases circulation and deepens the work of the abdominal muscles.


Concentration is vital if you are to gain full mind and body connection. The more you concentrate on the movements, the more effective the workout.



Classes will flow from move to move in a smooth transition so that your body is in a constant movement pattern.


Every movement within a Pilates class should initiate in the centre of the body ( abdominal and back ).


Every movement in the Pilates method has a purpose. Being precise in the movements is a key focus of every class.



History of Pilates


“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavour”.

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 in Germany. He studied Eastern and Western forms of exercise including Yoga, Zen, Greek and Roman regimes. At the age of 14, he had developed his body so much he modelled for anatomy charts. He also loved boxing, gymnastics, skiing and diving, all of these can be seen in many of his movements. In 1912 he moved to England to carry on and compete in boxing.
(Photo of Joseph Pilates © Chuck Rapoport – icrapoport.com)


“After 10 sessions you will feel a difference, after 20 sessions you will see the difference and after 30 sessions, you will be on your way to a whole new body.”

During the first World War as a German living in England, he was interned in a camp on the Isle of Man where he began to help patients in the infirmary. He designed exercise equipment out of bed springs and mattresses, this can be seen in his reformer, the Wunda Chair and the Pilates ring. Patients could stay in bed and exercise working on strength and flexibility. This was to become his exercise method called ” Contrology “.


“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”

Joseph in 1923 moved to the US to open a boxing studio which was in the same building as many dancers and actors. This was how Joseph began to work with so many elite dancers. Dancers were sent to him for training and rehabilitation .


“Physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness”

After his death, “Contrology” was changed to the Pilates Method.