The Pilates MethodThe Pilates Method


Joseph Pilates began to develop his extensive exercise method at the turn of the twentieth century. During his lifetime, he created more than 500 exercises, inventing an original system and unique apparatus.

Ultimately the goals of the Method as described by JP in Return to Life are "contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." By performing the numerous and varied exercises the muscles are strengthened, elongated and toned without creating bulk.

Principles of Pilates

There are six important principles in the Pilates Method.

Pilates at Renda's faithfully follows the teachings and trainings of Joseph Pilates. Joe called his method Contrology. In later years it became known as The Method of Body Conditioning and now Romana Kryzanowska's students adhere to Romana's Pilates.