Return to Life Through Contrology
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 subconscious activities. This true rhythm and control is observed both in domestic pets and wild animals —without known exceptions.
Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit. In childhood, with rare exceptions, we all enjoy the benefits of natural and normal physical development. However, as we mature, we find ourselves living in bodies not always complimentary to our ego. Our bodies are slumped, our shoulders are stooped, our eyes are hollow, our muscles are flabby, and our vitality extremely lowered, if not vanished. This is but the natural result of not having uniformly developed all the muscles of our spine, trunk, arms, and legs in the course of pursuing our daily labors and office activities.
If you will faithfully perform your Contrology exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months as outlined in RETURN TO LIFE, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement. Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain. And this by no means is the end.
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Whenever you read the word “rolling” in the exercises, be sure to hold your chin pressed tightly against your chest and, when you lie down or when you rise, “roll” and “unroll” your spine exactly in imitation of a wheel rolling forward ...
When rising from the floor or lowering yourself to the floor, always do so with a “rolling” or “unrolling” motion exactly in imitation of a wheel, equipped with imaginary “vertebrae” rolling forward or backward. Vertebra by vertebra try ...
... this regard are the spinal “rolling” and “unrolling” massage exercises which relax the nerves and induce sound, restful sleep. While conceding the fact that nowadays practically everyone of us routinely indulges in daily baths, ...
... poses — this proves why these exercises and all succeeding ones will benefit you. However, with patience and perseverance you eventually should succeed in achieving the ideals as posed — with accompanying normal health. II. The Roll Up.
Joseph H. Pilates, William John Miller. II. The Roll Up Pose 1 (b) Stretch arms (shoulder-wide, palms up) straight back.