Benjamin has been involved with the Pilates community for eight years. After over nineteen years of fascinated study of numerous bodymind integration methods (The Six Viewpoints, Body Mind Centering™, Shamatha meditation, Butoh dance, Aerial Arts), 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.
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.