READING RECOMMENDATIONS

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Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates

First published in 1945, this new printing of the first major publication by Joseph H. Pilates and William J. Miller details the exercises, poses, and instructions fundamental to the matwork developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Based on his concepts of a balanced body and mind and drawn from the approach espoused by the early Greeks, these are the exercises that currently sustain a worldwide revolution in fitness strategies and exercise techniques. Readers will learn the original 34 exercises that Pilates taught to his students, many of whom have become exercise gurus in their own right. These carefully designed exercises are the result of decades of scientific study, experimentation and research into the variety of physical ills that upset the balance of body and mind. In this book, readers will learn the exercises that Joseph Pilates recommended to accompany the basic advice regarding posture, body mechanics, correct breathing, spinal flexibility, and physical education.


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Your Health by Joseph Pilates

First published in 1934, this edition of Your Health includes Joseph Pilates' early Twentieth Century philosophies, principles, and theories about health and fitness.

He bases his work on the concept of a balanced body and mind, drawing on the approach espoused by the early Greeks. While some of his personal philosophies reflected early 20th Century viewpoints, his athletic and fitness doctrines were years ahead of his time.

Readers will learn his observations and conclusions about people's approach to physical fitness. He describes the results of decades of scientific study, experimentation and research into the variety of troubles and ills that upset the balance of body and mind. Pilates makes extraordinary claims about the benefits of his defined science of 'Contrology' and very specifically defines this science for all to read and understand. In this book, he exemplifies and clarifies the beneficial impact of his work.


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Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body. In clear and concise text illustrated with more than a thousand graphic drawings, the author guides the reader on a lively tour of the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints of the arms, legs and trunk. The focus throughout the book is on anatomy not for its own sake, but in its functional relationship to the actual movements of the body in dance, exercise, and other physical disciplines.


The Everything Pilates Book by Aplers, Segel and Gentry

Written by the founders of the internationally renowned studio, The Pilates CenterThe Everything Pilates Book gives you all you need to start doing Pilates in your own home. The book provides step-by-step instruction on how to do such incredible exercises as the Spine Stretch, the Roll-Up, and the Swan, as well as more than 100 clear photographs that make it easy to get started.

The Everything Pilates Book helps you:

  • Create a supple, powerful body
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Establish proper posture
  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Tone abs
  • Alleviate back pain

No matter of your physical condition, The Everything Pilates Book can help you take control of your body.


Taking Root to Fly by Irene Dowd

This text includes 10 articles covering such topics as "In Honor of the Foot", "Finding Your Center", and "Visualizing Movement Potential". With grace and finesse, Dowd illuminates essential topics for the dancer or anyone practicing movement arts, such as grounding and the source of core postural support.


The Muscular System Manual by Joe Muscolino

This book is an atlas of the muscles of the human body. This approachable, yet detailed, musculoskeletal anatomy manual provides both beginner and advanced students with a thorough understanding of skeletal muscles in a compartmentalized, customizable layout. Each muscle spread shows the individual muscle drawn over a photo of the human body, with an arrow to indicate the line of pull of the muscle, and explains: the muscle name, the origin of that name, Greek and Latin derivations, pronunciation, attachments, actions, eccentric contraction function, isometric contraction function, innervation to two levels of detail with predominant levels in bold, and arterial supply to two levels of detail.

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The Complete Guide to Joseph H. Pilates' Techniques of Physical Conditioning by Allan Menezes

This book offers strength-building and flexibility exercises for anyone who wants to get in shape. The exercises also are perfect to complement the training program of anyone who plays sports, as well as those who want relief for back or knee problems.
 


The Body in Motion by Theodore Dimon

This book confronts a simple yet crucial task: to make sense of our amazing design. This comprehensive guide demonstrates the functions and evolution of specific body systems, explaining how they cooperate to form an upright, intelligent, tool-making marvel, capable of great technological and artistic achievement. Enhanced with 162 beautifully rendered full-color illustrations, the book opens with an introduction to the origins of movement, leading the reader on a journey through time and evolution—from fish to amphibian, quadruped to primate—showing how humans became the preeminent moving beings on the planet.

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Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers

This book maps the longitudinal myofascial connections – how the muscles are functionally linked in ‘myofascial meridians’ through the fascial webbing. Anatomy Trains opens a unique window to the anatomy of connection via this book – fully illustrated in 4-color with new anatomy art, fascial dissections, and a host of hands-on and movement applications for various postural and functional patterns. Also included are appendices on Structural Integration protocols based on the Anatomy Trains concept, and a comparison of the myofascial meridians with the meridians of acupuncture.


Kinesiology: The Skeletal System and Muscle Function by Joe Muscolino

This book makes it easy to understand kinesiology concepts and how they would be applied to the treatment of dysfunction. It contains over 1,200 illustrations, including a bone atlas that shows every bone in the human body and six chapters with detailed, illustrated coverage of joints. This book clearly depicts how muscles function as movers, antagonists, and stabilizers.