The New Contrology

Benjamin Stuber - Pilates Teacher

“Es ist der Geist der sich den Körper baut.”
("It is the spirit that builds (itself) the body".)
~ Friedrich Schiller


Benjamin has been involved with the Pilates community for nine years. After over two decades of fascinated study of numerous bodymind integration methods (The Six Viewpoints, Body Mind Centering™, Shamatha meditation, Butoh dance, Aerial Arts, Steel Mace), Pilates has become the central focus of his teaching. Benjamin believes that good movement is inherently healing for the total self, and continues to pursue a contemporary understanding of the original teachings Pilates brought to the world. He holds a Pilates certification from The Art of Fitness in NYC, a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College, an MFA in Theatre – Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and in 2015 graduated from the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® taught by Cara Reeser. Benjamin continues to study with various master teachers to further enrich his understanding of Contrology.


“Benjamin is one of those incredible teachers who shifts the mind through movement. With the help of Pilates and Benjamin, I am pain-free and the strongest I have ever been. His infectious passion for Pilates makes him a gifted educator, instructor, and champion of movement.”

- Cheryl G.

“Benjamin meets you where you are at. His progressive, flexible approach earned my trust and motivated me to start moving the right way. It wasn't too long before I saw the value and started to feel more control and balance in my body than I honestly ever had. Benjamin's technical guidance and quirky visual cues became automatic no matter what activity or exercise I found myself doing. Over 4 years later, and his knowledge/instruction continues to run deep.”

- Christopher S.

“Benjamin has always been the kind of teacher that was invested in my acquiring knowledge along with physical ability. After working with him for years I understand my body and it’s need for mobility so much better. I also happened to get in the best shape of my life while working out with Benjamin. The foundation that I laid developing, healing and strengthening my body with Benjamin’s has kept me in killer shape for years and protected my body and spine from further injury. Working out with Benjamin was always one of the brightest, playful and empowering parts of my day. He is so passionate and knowledgeable about the work and truly helped me transform my life."

- Chloe C.


Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883-1967) was a physical savant, teacher, inventor, writer, and creator of the worldwide exercise phenomenon Contrology, known today as Pilates. Mr. Pilates devoted his life to helping people build stronger, healthier bodies and live more robust, sane lives. After years of working as a body-builder, boxer, circus performer, and gymnast in Europe he systematized his perspective on conditioning the body for a fit, long life. In 1925 Mr. Pilates moved to New York and along with his wife, Clara, founded the studio in which he would share his insights with the world. Soon his method became indispensable to famous dancers rehabilitating from injury and seeking further physical training, some of whom would go on to preserve and teach the method after his death. Today Mr. Pilates legacy, Contrology, is practiced the world over by hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, and is credited for helping create fitter bodies, safer movement habits, and longer lives.


Contrology is the art of control. Created by Mr. Pilates, this system of exercises provides people of any age or background a methodical path to achieve optimal health for the bodymind. Performed variously with and without specialized equipment originally designed by Mr. Pilates such as the Universal Reformer, Cadillac, Guillotine Tower, and Wunda Chair, Contrology sharpens the natural strength and wisdom of the body by stripping away unhealthy habits and movement patterns. Contrology has been widely endorsed by the medical community in helping alleviate back pain, rehabilitate from various injuries, maximize athletic performance, and create a strong baseline for almost any lifestyle.