"Concentrate on the correct movements EACH TIME YOU EXERCISE, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value. Correctly executed and mastered to the point of subconscious reaction, these exercises will reflect grace and balance in your routine activities."
The book renewed my own sense of conviction and adherence to what I teach, preach, and practice. It ignited my romantic idea that Pilates can help every BODY in a profound and functional way. Calderone's writing had the comforting quality of confirming what I already believed while still enticing me to learn more. Perhaps most importantly, his book inspires me to AT LEAST TRY even if at times I doubt the adherence of the body or mind.
"unlike a cure, health has no clearly defined goal; it is open-ended, eternally unfinished, constantly challenged by changing conditions, always creating new levels of optimum performance and pleasure."
-Deane Juhan, author of Jobs Body
"Remember - it is always the development, brilliance, and genius of you the individual." -Gary Calderone
In sum, this is a wonderful read for those well versed in the Pilates method or those just starting out on their path to health in body, mind and spirit. Thank you Gary Calderone, for sharing your story, Joe's legacy, and inspiring us to continue the practice.
For another thorough account of Gary Calderone's book visit my colleague Reiner's forum at http://www.pilates-contrology-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=110&sid=f1fddc96405ca35576aecbba27fe21e2