What Pilates will do for you, according to Joe

In his 1945 book Return to Life Through Contrology, Joe claimed his method:

  • Develops not only the muscles of the body, suppleness of the limbs, and functioning of vital organs and endocrine glands; it also clarifies the mind and develops the will.

  • Develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.  

  • Helps you acquire a natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities, like that observed in pets and wild animals.  

  • Gives you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, the way you play, and in the way you work.  

  • Develops minor muscles to naturally help develop large muscles.

  • Gives you complete control of your body.

  • Give you limber and stretched muscles and ligaments so that your body will be as supple as that of a cat.