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Book Review #1: Return to Life

June 14, 2016




Book Title: Return to life

Author: Joseph Pilates

Number of pages:105 

Why do you need to read this book: This is the basic of the mat Pilates 

Target audience: Everyone






A MUST HAVE on your book shelf


Return to Life is the original Pilates exercise book written by the creator of the Pilates Method of Exercises, Joseph Hubertus Pilates. This book reviews the conceptual basis and philosophy of the Pilates method or 'Contrology' and the original mat-work exercises Mr. Pilates taught in his studio on 8th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City. The model in this book is Mr. Pilates himself at the age of 60. 


This book will guide you toward "Mens sana in corpore sano" (A sane mind in a sound body). The book is split into two parts, the basic understanding of the "Contrology" with it's benefit and the exercise guide.


The 34 exercises in the book should be followed in order and with the quantity required. Do not do more than prescribed, because it would do more harm than good. Try to do it everyday for at least 10 minutes and that will help you cleanse your blood cells, help your posture and improve your breathing. The beauty of this method is you do not need any equipment or a gym membership, you can do it in the comfort of your home, office or hotel room. The simplicity of this book and nevertheless complex method will be a perfect addition for every person that has the desire to achieve mind control over body . 


Enjoy your exercise. 




Rating: 4.5/5




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