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Discovering Pure Classical Pilates: Theory and Practice as Joseph Pilates Intended - The Traditional Method vs. The Lies for Sale [Kindle Edition]

Peter Fiasca
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Book Description

Discovering True Classical Pilates looks deeply into Joseph Pilates’ original method of mental and physical conditioning by describing its foundations, goals, movement qualities and benefits. Specific attention is given to the ways in which market forces and individual creativity or ambition lead to deterioration and commercialization of the original Pilates method. This book stands in contrast to various “how-to: resources of his exercises and workouts. Instead, Discovering True Classical Pilates harkens back in time to Joseph‘s own two books–Your Health (1934) as well as Return to Life Through Contrology (1945)–by exploring social, economic, psychological and spiritual issues associated with his traditional work. There is so much more to Discovering True Classical Pilates! You will find the treasures of passion, devotion and strong historically accurate technique taught by over 1,000 Academy Directory instructors listed as we strive to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original method.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Fiasca, PhD; 2nd edition (February 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GP6WDG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a serious pilates student September 8, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Except from being an excellent mover and practitioner of the method. Mr. Fiasca also have the in-depth knowledge from his own experience in his own body and from being and learing from great master teachers such as Romana Kryzanowska and Jay Grimes. For those whom not yet or never will meet some one like them, this book is as close you can get to go deeper and beyond the choreography and in to the essence of the method. And people may disagree with the authors stand point it doesn't matter, because it's still about the work, and he has done it!

Fredrik Prag
Co-owner of Pilates Scandinavia, Stockholm Sweden.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I took classes in the original Pilates studio in Carnegie Hall, three decades ago. That was the REAL Pilates. I have been doing the 10 floor exercises for three decades now, plus a few of the more advanced exercises.

Every Pilates class I have taken that wasn't the real thing did not give my body that wonderful feeling that REAL Pilates does. Why bother with any of these modern versions? They aren't the real thing!

This book guides you to the real deal, so I highly recommend it. The only other book I know of that really does this is "The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning" by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen. Here's a link to that book:

That was my bible for years. I recently bought "Discovering Pure Classical Pilates," and was delighted to find the original Pilates once again being taught. I'm so glad to see that it has survived the flood of wanna-bes that insisted on putting their names on the Pilates Method for absolutely no good reason. The original is the only one that WORKS, it is the only one that makes your body and mind feel a subtle state of BLISS. Bless these folks for writing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for All Pilates Practitioners September 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Peter Fiasca does the most beautiful Roll Up I've ever seen! And his first book, Discovering Pure Classical Pilates is equally as impressive. There is nothing inept about his discussions of the foundations, key elements, and transmutations of the system. Unlike the many "how-to" manuals on the market, this is a love story - one that makes the reader fall in love with Classical Pilates. It is a must-read for all Pilates teachers and practitioners, particularly those with non-traditional training.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dogmatic... February 18, 2012
By Bookman
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book can be summed up as...
'No deviation from original classical pilates is good'


If nothing ever (intelligently and carefully) ever deviated the world would be a strange place.

I understand the author's concern that Pilates has been bastardized to include anything taught by anyone, but surely one can borrow from and perhaps even improve upon the original.

I can also do without the psychology chapter as it is a real reach.

Other than that, the author is inspiring and clearly knowledgeable about theory and history, if a bit rigid.
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More About the Author

Dr. Pete's unique perspective comes from years of experience as a supervisor and licensed psychologist, consultant, and Romana Kryzanowska certified Pilates teacher. He has spent nearly a lifetime exploring the inextricable relationship between our mental and physical realms.

MIND/BODY: His lifelong study of Pilates and psychology culminate into remarkable workshops exploring the interrelationship between the two disciplines. Because of his extensive work as a teacher trainer and supervising psychologist, instructors, students and the public can benefit from Dr. Pete's insights about mind-body relations.

After earning master's degrees in Developmental Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, Dr. Pete trained at two renowned psychoanalytic clinics in New York City, The Karen Horney Clinic and Washington Square Institute. Upon completion of his PhD in Psychology from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was licensed in Pennsylvania and worked as a staff psychologist at Girard Medical Center then Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pete was the associate director of adult outpatient dervices at CATCH, Inc., then director of admissions, supervising psychologist and assessment coordinator at Friends Hospital. Most recently he has returned to Girard Medical Center as a supervisor and clinician.

He has also written on the subject of movement and psychology, most notably in an article entitled "A Research Study on Anxiety & Movement," published in The American Journal of Dance Therapy, based on his research about the ways in which anxiety is physically expressed by professional dancers as compared to non-dancers.

Dr. Pete's love affair with Pilates began in 1988, when he took his first class at Wee-Tai Hom's studio in Manhattan. As his passion grew, he pursued teacher training at Drago's Gym, receiving his certification in 1998 from famed instructor Romana Krzyanowska. Over the years, he honed his teaching and his practice with weekly lessons from the grand dame of Pilates, as well as master trainers Jay Grimes, Kathy Grant, and other distinguished, traditional instructors.

Dr. Pete has dedicated himself to the preservation of the Pilates method, creating the Worldwide Academy of Traditional Instructors. Producer and director of the award-winning Classical Pilates Technique series of six DVDs and author of the critically acclaimed companion book, Discovering Pure Classical Pilates, he has been a frequent guest instructor at training centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. He appeared in Romana Kryzanowska's first commercial DVD project, demonstrating the Pilates Mat workout, as well as the DVD titled "Jay Grimes Revealed," with master instructor Jay Grimes

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