Joseph Pilates originally coined his method of exercise as “Contrology, the Balance of Body and Mind”, conscious control of all muscular movements of the body. He describes it as a corrective method of exercise. In Joe’s writings he firmly believed that if his method was “universally adopted and taught in all of our educational institutions that it would not only eliminate needless human suffering, but will also reduce the necessity for more hospitals, more sanitariums, more homes for the crippled, more lunatic asylums, more reformatories, and more prisons”.
Joe felt that all human ailments are directly traceable to wrong habits which can only be corrected through the immediate adoption of right, natural, normal habits. Joe’s lifelong study of the principles underlying and governing the laws of nature taught him that it is these laws which assures man of his birthright to mental and physical balance.
In my experience teaching “Contrology”, as compared to many other physical culture exercises that I’ve taught, I have to agree with Mr. Joe Pilates! Boy was he ahead of his time! There isn’t a safer, more thoughtful method of exercise that accommodates so many body types, injuries, and ages, while yielding very quick results in healthfulness and mindfulness, in the way that Pilates does.
While surpassing 13 years of practical experience, under the study of exercise science and the universal mind, Zend Avesta Pilates has adopted and applied these philosophies in their teachings of the method, just as Joe Pilates intended it to be. One of the most beautiful things about the method is the process in which the mind synchronizes with the body to attain optimal levels of strength and clarity.