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5.0 out of 5 stars Good supplement to instruction as you advance, June 3, 1999
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This review is from: Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology (Paperback)
Having studied Pilates(R) for some time and gone through many of the phases of body change and self discovery that the system provides. The book is a reproduction of a relic originally published in 45 under the title "Return to Life Through Contrology." Contrology was the original name that Joseph Pilates gave to his system of exercise. The (R) marks and the PILATES name spattered everywhere is a result of the recent surge and push to mass market the system for profit. This book takes the reader, who simply must be a Pilates student to benefit, back to a more pure time, where Joseph Pilates' ideals grew, not out of a need for copyright symbols, but by a simple desire to understand the human body and to perfect it (beginners should seek out one of the more recently published books to get a better idea of its modern application). This book takes many reads to fully absorb. After reading this book, I discussed it with my instructor, Atasha Avery in Seattle. I understand how she works better because of the book. I now understand her subtle corrections and statements more (whereas before I knew they worked seemingly by magic as she and Pilates(R) transformed my body from flabby and inflexible to somebody who for the first time in my life is free of back pain and comfortable enough with my body to show it off more) and am more able to help her help me. I would definitely not replace Atasha with this book, or with any other instructor for that matter (in my opinion she is a model of the ideals that Joseph Pilates expounds on in his book and is by far the most qualified instructor I have ever worked with. For inspiration, however it is great. The pictures in this book are originals of Joseph Pilates. Although they are not very clearly printed, and should not serve as a guide to performance of the exercises (the best book for this purpose is "Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning" by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen), they are a part of Pilates history. If you are serious about starting Pilates and just have to click on a book to buy, click first on Sean Gallegar's book. Then, spend your money on a qualified instructor like Atasha... if you still want more as you advance with your instructor, then by all means buy this book. I give it 5 start because of its historical value. If I were to rate the quality of the publishing separately, it would only rate 1 star. You can't tell from the picture, but this is also a very thin volume, so don't be disappointed if you were expecting an encyclopedia. Good luck, and remember, Pilates is Fitness That Works.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2009 5:12:24 AM PST
Thank you for your comments, but could you state the specific Sean Gallagher you are referring to. Good to hear about your instructor. The next time I'm in Seattle I'd like to look her up. What studio is she at? Thank you.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 11:06:35 AM PST
R. Smith says:
I'm pretty sure that "Pilates" is not a registered trademark for exercise systems.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 4:00:17 PM PDT
S. Rodger says:
R.Smith is correct. Pilates belongs to the public domain.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 6:52:12 PM PST
M. Arfstrom says:
Pilates is not trademarked. Sean Gallagher tried to trademark it. Basically the Supreme Court stated in 2000 that it was a type of exercise and could not be trademarked. Thus Sean Gallagher could not profit from the knowledge Joseph Pilates wanted to put out there to better people. I would never recommend a book by someone who just wanted to profit from the knowledge of someone else.
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