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Pilates Contrology

Pilates Contrology

August 28th, 2009  |  Published in Pilates

Joseph Pilates’ Book, “Return to Life Through Contrology”

If you are interested in Pilates at all, I urge you to acquire and read Return to Life Through Contrology for yourself. Not only does it provide valuable historical insight into the way that Pilates did his exercises, and thought about the Pilates method, but it is a vital link to the energy of the man, Joseph Pilates. Through Return to Life Through Contrology, we get a direct transmission of the power, vibrancy, and conviction with which Pilates approached, and lived, his work.

What is fascinating is that Return to Life is a return to the roots of the method that Joseph Pilates called, contrology, “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.”

As the Pilates method grows ever more popular, sometimes the emphasis shifts away from the multidimensional approach to fitness that Joseph Pilates espouses in Return to Life, to a more narrow focus on just exercise, and physically related goals such as relief from back pain or the ever coveted, flat abs. But in Return to Life Through Contrology, the full potential of the body/mind/spirit approach to fitness comes shining through. This is where you will find the seeds of the Pilates principles, the connections to yoga, and the foundation of Pilates technique in its applications to everyday life.

Is Pilates, as we know it today, still contrology? I hope so. It was the full-bodied spirit of contrology that launched the enduring, life-changing fitness program we now call Pilates. And if we want to truly experience the benefits of the Pilates method, there is no better place to start than with Joseph Pilates himself.

Amazon Book Link: Pilates ‘Return Of Life Through Contrology

By Marguerite Ogle,

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