Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology

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Table of Contents from the Book

for the PRELIMINARY CHAPTER TEXT
Civilization Impairs Physical Fitness
Contrology Restores Physical Fitness
Guiding Principles of Contrology
Bodily House-cleaning with Blood Circulation
Results of Contrology
for the EXERCISES
1. THE HUNDRED
2. THE ROLL UP
3. THE ROLL OVER WITH LEGS SPREAD (BOTH WAYS)
4. THE ONE LEG CIRCLE (BOTH WAYS)
5. ROLLING BACK
6. THE ONE LEG STRETCH
7. THE DOUBLE LEG STRETCH
8. THE SPINE STRETCH
9. ROCKER WITH OPEN LEGS
10. THE CORK-SCREW
11. THE SAW
12. THE SWAN-DIVE
13. THE ONE LEG KICK
14. THE DOUBLE KICK
15. THE NECK PULL
16. THE SCISSORS
17. THE BICYCLE
18. THE SHOULDER BRIDGE
19. THE SPINE TWIST
20. THE JACK KNIFE
21. THE SIDE KICK
22. THE TEASER
23. THE HIP TWIST WITH STRETCHED ARMS
24. SWIMMING
25. THE LEG-PULL - FRONT
26. THE LEG-PULL
27. THE SIDE KICK KNEELING
28. THE SIDE BEND
29. THE BOOMERANG
30. THE SEAL
31. THE CRAB
32. THE ROCKING
33. THE CONTROL BALANCE
34. THE PUSH UP

Quotes from Joseph Pilates
in "Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology"

Page 6

"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."

Page 9

"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. "

Pages 10

"Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily "ad-nauseam." Neither does it demand your joining a gymnasium nor the purchasing of expensive apparatus. You may derive all the benefits of Contrology in your own home."

Page 12

"As the spring freshets 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. These exercises induce the heart to pump strong and steadily with the result that the bloodstream is forced to carry and discharge more and more of the accumulated debris created by fatigue. Contrology exercises drive the pure fresh blood to every muscle fibre of our bodies, particularly to the very important capillaries which ordinarily are rarely ever fully stimulated once we have reached adulthood."

Page 16

"The science of Contrology disproves that prevalent and all-too-trite saying, "You're only as old as you feel." 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."

Page 23

"The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained."

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