The Pilates Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit

The Pilates Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit


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The Pilates Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit by Gary Calderone

"Gary Calderone personally recognizes the healing gift of Pilates. The practice of the Pilates Method offered Gary support in his process of healing

from a serious illness. Healing is an inside job. Most of us are not given an owner's manual: We bungle toward balance and health. We rush. We eat and drink too much, too little. We work more and play less. We live outside of our natural selves; holding up; putting off, or just getting through until we can "feel or x" it later, until we can turn a corner and discover

the truth--health is the natural state of the body. Balance is within our grasp. That's the gift of this book: a contemporary voice of who, what, and how we nd that balance. The Pilates Path to Health emerged from the concepts of the foundational work of Joseph Pilates' Contrology. Gary, a contemporary voice in the Pilates community, recognizes Pilates as more than just an exercise regimen. He sees Pilates as a healthy lifestyle. Because Pilates is

evolving in a global community where people are seeking balance in all categories of their lives, this book is timely, acting as a marker of how Pilates is adapting and serving a 21st century world.

Book Award: The 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best-in-Pilates book!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979531583
Publisher: Word Keepers, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Pages: 159
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle xiii

Author's Preface xvii

Part 1 The Life and times of Joseph H. Pilates 1

Chapter 1 The Early Years 7

Chapter 2 European Fitness Trends and the Young Muscleman 9

Chapter 3 Turning Point: War and Internment 13

Chapter 4 Contrology, Success, and Celebrity 17

Chapter 5 Zest to the Last 21

Chapter 6 Critique of the Human Condition 25

Part 2 The Pilates Approach to Total Health 29

Chapter 7 Change the Pattern 33

Chapter 8 Experiencing "It" 37

Chapter 9 Three Key Themes 43

Chapter 10 Moving Beyond Limitations 51

Part 3 The Six Principles of Pilates 57

Chapter 11 Breathing 63

Chapter 12 Concentration 69

Chapter 13 Control 75

Chapter 14 Centering 79

Chapter 15 Precision 85

Chapter 16 Flowing Movement 89

Chapter 17 The Role of Equipment 95

Part 4 Pilates for Our Times 99

Chapter 18 My Personal Journey 103

Chapter 19 Vision Forward 111

Appendix A Pilates Elders 117

Appendix B Pilates Resources 129

Letter to the Reader 141

Acknowledgments 145

About the Author 151

Applause 155

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