“Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” Joseph Pilates 1880-1967 Joseph Pilates was a pioneer in exercise science long before it became the familiar subject it is today. His book “Return to Life through to Contrology” was first published in 1945. Born in Germany in 1880 he suffered from a variety of illnesses including asthma and rheumatic fever but realised that exercise could make him stronger. He studied various exercise regimes and devised his mat based workout which he did daily; this forms the basis of today’s Classical Pilates Mat workout. While he was interned in the UK during World War 1, he worked in a hospital and created exercise machines from springs and pulleys attached to hospital beds.
Credit – Pilates Method Alliance.