Joseph Pilates was born in Germany, 1883. His childhood ailments created a weak body that resulted in bullying and fueled his passion for fitness. He used a discarded anatomy book to learn the muscles and studied the movement of animals.
Contrology was developed after teaching his methods to others. He taught self defense to soldiers in WWII camps. When transferred to another camp with bedridden soldiers, he attached their bed springs to the frames to create a way patients could strengthen themselves. The apparatus known as “the Cadillac” was born. During this time, in 1918, the pandemic influenza virus killed an estimated 50 million people, yet none of the students of Contrology were effected. Almost 100 years later, Joseph Pilates’ original vision to align the spine to achieve optimal health remains.