This book represents the first major publication in 1945 by Joseph H. Pilates and William J. Miller detailing the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Based on his concepts of a balanced Body and Mind, drawn from the approach espoused by the early Greeks, these are the exercises that currently sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques.
Joseph Pilates has been nothing short of revolutionary in his impact on the world of fitness and exercise. You will learn in this book the original 34 exercises that he taught to his students, many of whom have become exercise gurus in their own right. These carefully designed exercises constitute the results of decades of scientific study, experimentation and research into the variety of physical ills that upset the balance of body and mind.
Pilates makes extraordinary claims about the benefits of his defined science of "Contrology". The exercises shown in this book constitute the breadth of his original definition of Contrology, and are basic to the growing army of worldwide trainers whose teachings rely on the instructions contained in this book. Living testimony to the validity of his own teachings, the photographs of this book are of Joseph Pilates himself at age sixty!
In this book, you will learn the exercises that Joseph Pilates recommended to accompany the basic advice (offered separately in his book, Your Health - see below) regarding posture, body mechanics, correct breathing, spinal flexibility, and physical education. It is fascinating to study these exercises and to discover the origins of what is being taught by fitness enthusiasts, health educators, and exercise trainers around the world.
As a Pilates instructor (not classical), this is a must-read, as it enlightens on Mr. Pilates' original view for what the movement system should be. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sarah
I have been going to a Pilates class for about a year. It has saved my life and given me new life. I wanted to know more about the person who created these wonderful exercises.Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Fodor
Good summary of Pilates philosophy. Must read as you start the method especially if you are Type A.Published 3 months ago by DIANNE
the book seems photocopied, not good image quality, hard to understand the movementsPublished 3 months ago by bianca falco
Interesting book on Joseph Pilates' background and also the exercise as he intended them to be. A very easy, short book but interesting for one who has done pilates exercises... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Upstate New Yorker
Both my wife and my brother-in-law used and enjoyed Pilates, and both thought this book was an excellent supplement to their instructor's wisdom. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert C. Ross