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The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning
by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen
Doubleday 1980 First Edition Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Measures 8x9 inches Weighs 1 pound 10 ounces

Condition: Very Good.
DJ has rich coloring and nicely illustrated. Has small tears at bottom corners and is creased at back.
Tan boards with red spine, and gold text on spine. Solid sturdy boards with bumped corners.
Pages are clean, text is crisp and illustrations are clear and bright.

Something Wonderful
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be full of energy and resistant to
fatigue, to be calmer and better able to deal with everyday
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be fit and supple, stronger
without big, bulky muscles; to have good body tone and a
firmer, flatter belly?
And wouldn't it be wonderful to sit and stand and move
gracefully, without having to think about it or work at it?
With the Pilates Method of physical and mental condition­
ing, you can have all that, and you can have it without doing
boringly repetitive exercises or twisting yourself into awkward
and unfamiliar postures.
In fact, you can have even more: you can improve your
tennis, skiing, skating, running—you name it. You can be bet­
ter able to resist injury; you can be free of back pain. You can
sleep better and get more enjoyment from sex.
It will take a little time and attention, and enough prepara­
tion to understand what you're doing before you begin, but
the rewards are more than worth the effort, and the process it­
self is exhilarating.
Balance and Harmony
To all of us, our bodies are important. We want them to
look good and to work well.
When we're very young, we take our bodies more or less for
granted. As the years pass it becomes harder to lose weight, to
prevent our middles from spreading, to stay fit and supple, to
move smoothly. Flaws and imbalances we may never have no­
ticed become sources of fatigue, discomfort, pain, and some­
times immobility. And the more we tax ourselves, the clearer
this unhappy process becomes. For some of us, who indulge in
competitive and individual sports for fun or profit, the cycle
of imbalance and injury can begin very early.
The people for whom the process is clearest, accelerated out
of all proportion to normal development, are the very ones
who can afford it least: professional dancers. The strains
dancers put on their bodies are monumental, so it's no real
surprise to learn that they are frequently injured. What is sur­
prising is how many of these injuries are the result of im­
proper conditioning, and how many dancers (including some

The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning, Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen, Doubleday 1980 First Edition Hardcover w/Dust Jacket


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