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Quotes from Joseph Pilates

Inspiring Quotes from the Founder of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates

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Updated April 16, 2014

Joseph Pilates wrote two books, Return to Life Through Contrology and Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising that Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education.

Below you will find inspiring quotes from Joseph Pilates' book, Return to Life Through Contrology. I have included many of the most well-known of Pilates' quotes as well as some of my personal favorites.

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.

A few well-designed movements....

A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.

Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises...

Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles. ... Nor does Contrology err either by over-developed a few muscles at the expense of all others with resulting loss of grace and suppleness, or a a sacrifice of the heart or lungs. Rather, it was conceived to limber and stretch muscles and ligaments so that your body will be as supple as that of a cat and not muscular like that of the body of a brewery-truck horse, or the muscle-bound body of the professional weight lifter you so much admire at the circus.

Contrology develops the body uniformly...

Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.

Contrology is not a fatiguing system...

Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily "ad-nausem".

[T]he only real guide to your true age...

The art of contrology proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in years or how you THINK you feel but as you ACTUALLY are as infallibly indicated by the degree of natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life.

This is the equivalent of an "internal shower".

This is the equivalent of an "internal shower". As the spring freshness born of the heavy rains and vast masses of melting snows on mountains in the hinterlands cause rivers to swell and rush turbulently onward to the sea, so too will your blood flow with renewed vigor as the direct result of your faithfully performing the Contrology exercises.

[A] body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue...

Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living.

Your Own Favorite Pilates' Quote

Though the text portion of Return to Life Through Contrology is a slim stack of pages, it is packed with encouragement and unabashed directives from Joseph Pilates himself. My best advice is to get a copy and find some of your own favorite quotes to go along with those you have just read.

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