Joseph Pilates: Quotations #1

Quick Introduction to "Joe's Quotes"

Here is the First Instalment of quotations from Joseph Pilates.  But first, please read the credits and permission (thank you Cathy Strack) at the bottom of the page!

I love reading through the three publications of Joseph Pilates:

  • Your Health (1934)
  • Return to Life Through Contrology (1945)
  • The Pilates Pamphlet: Return to Life Through Contrology (1957)


The first thing that you might notice is that Joe Pilates called his Method “Contrology”, not Pilates.  I personally think it’s the perfect name: it does what it says on the tin!

And while many Pilates teachers and training organisations stress that Joseph Pilates’ ideas are out of date and have been proven wrong by science (there is very little real scientific evidence – but lots of opinion), I think that there is a great deal we can discover by reading his short, but dense writings.

A quick Google around will unearth many other, but here are some of the less well known ones.

Who is Pilates for?
What does Pilates do?
Pilates keeps you young both in mind & body
Is this the first ever use of "mindstream" in English?
What are the Costs of Pilates?

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Credits & Permissions

These quotes are taken from the “Pilates Pamphlet: Return to Life Through Contrology” (1957).  The pamphlet is compiled by Cathy Strack and reproduced with permission from Marion Lane Rogers, Sr. and Marion Lane Rogers, Jr.

I would like to express my whole-hearted gratitude to Cathy Strack for giving me permission to reproduce these quotes. If you love these virtually unknown quotes from Joseph Pilates, why not buy the pamphlet?  It’s incredibly affordable at just $15: click here.

The header photograph was taken by I. C. Rapoport. I understand that it is in the public domain.

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