Amanda Diatta | Thoughts on the Gratz Archive Reformer

Contrology Pilates Studio


Amanda Diatta | Contrology Pilates Studio

Shoulder Blocks
I love the shorter shoulder blocks. They ‘embrace’ your shoulder in a different way when you laid down. Even on Stomach Massage hands back, was for some of my clients with tight shoulders a difference, because the hands are placed a little lower, so they did not sink that fast into their shoulders.

The thinner and harder foam on the carriage is so much better, at least for me. I have a small scoliosis, now I feel much better how my back is laid down on the carriage. Short Spine massage is one of those exercises where I feel a huge difference when articulating down. Plus it has the same effect if you take off the padding off the footbar. You feel better connected with the Reformer.

The O-ring on the straps are pretty smart – it happens that sometimes the handle and strap would not rotate freely, and that doesn’t happen anymore. And the 80” Reformer length and the shorter leather straps help in the rowing series and I feel so much better connected.

Gear Position
The deeper gear position seems to be safer when you change the gear.



About Amanda Diatta

Since becoming a state-approved teacher for gymnastics & sports (Sportschule Glucker, Stuttgart), certified Pilates trainer Amanda Diatta has gained 10 years’ professional experience in the fitness industry. Amanda’s passion for Pilates springs from her love of ballet and swimming – hobbies she has pursued since childhood.

Along with continuing education in Spiraldynamik®, and becoming a back-exercise teacher and certified personal trainer, Amanda completed her Pilates training in 2009 at Pilates New York, in Joseph Pilates’ original Method of Body Conditioning. Her teacher, Davorka Kulenovic-Bischoff, was herself a student of Romana Kryzanowska, the successor appointed by Joseph Pilates himself.

After six years working with Davorka at Pilates New York, where Amanda assisted as a trainer, she realized her dream of opening her own Pilates studio. In 2014, Amanda founded CONTROLOGY in downtown Stuttgart.

Regular attendance at advanced workshops in Europe and the US – led by renowned teachers such as Kathryn Ross-Nash, Peter Fiasca, Lori Coleman-Brown, and Chris Robinson – allows Amanda to study the Pilates method in greater depth. To this end, she also maintains close contact with her international network of established Pilates trainers. Full of joy and enthusiasm, Amanda shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with her clients and trainers.



Oihane Herrero | A Teacher At Contrology Pilates Studio And A Former Dancer With Stuttgart Ballet

About Oihane Herrero

Oihane was born in Bilbao, Spain. From 1997 through the end of 2013 she danced with Stuttgarter Ballett, most recently as a soloist. After an ankle injury, she was introduced to classical Pilates, which helped her strengthen her body and protect herself against further injuries.

Oihane was educated as a Pilates trainer by Davorka Kulenovic at “Pilates New York” (Stuttgart), and also completed certification as a Gyrotonic® Level 1 trainer, with Sergio Honorio at “Dynamic Arts” (Freiburg).

Oihane regularly attends Pilates workshops in Germany and abroad. She expands her professional skills by studying Myofascial Release and Fascia Training, among other disciplines.




Contrology Pilates Studio

Contrology Pilates Studio

Location: Königstr. 49, Stuttgart, Germany 70173