Pilates Shanghai Blog

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Pilates Everyday!

September 28, 2015 — Derrick Cope

"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 mental and subconscious activities."

- Joseph Pilates 1945

The above quotation by JP is from his 1945 book "Return to Life" and a great definition of his now famous exercise system. "Joe" loved sports! He fenced, ran, boxed, ice skated, and swam. His exercise system was designed to help him keep doing what he loved.

Joe Pilates loved to exercise, without a lot of clothes on.

Pilates isn't just an exercise system, it is a lifestyle. To acheive the full benefits of Pilates it has to become part of your life. That means doing Pilates everyday! It doesn't have to be on the equipment, the mat is fine; it doesn't have to be an hour, half an hour is fine.

"I must be right. Never an aspirin Never an injured day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier"

- Joseph Pilates 1945

If you think about it, our body follows what our mind wants to do all day, without too much complaint. If you spend an hour letting your mind follow your body, you will feel much more balanced.

See you in class! :)