Whister Pilates



"One of the major results         
of Contrology is gaining   
the mastery of your mind over the
complete control of your body."    

History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates started to develop his exercise method while serving in hospitals during the first world war. He created a series of exercises he called "Contrology" designed to use the mind to control the body. He devised equipment to support muscles through resistance to help rehabilitate sick and injured patients. In his book Return to Life, Pilates said his program "develops not only the muscles of the body, suppleness of the limbs and functioning of vital organs and endocrine glands, it also clarifies the mind and develops the will."

In 1926, Pilates moved to New York City where he, along with his wife Clara, opened his studio. Early adopters of the Pilates Method came from the entertainment industry including the New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine and the famous Martha Graham.

After his death in 1967, the work of Joseph Pilates has continued to have a strong and devoted following. The legacy of his work has been kept alive by Romana Kryzanowska, master teacher and protégé of Joseph Pilates, along with other first generation master teachers and the Pilates community that they have trained and certified over the years.