"Introduction to the work of Joseph H. Pilates" is unique in the quantity and quality of its contents. A unique approach and a wide scope. While there are many books and educations out there, to date, no one has attempted such a compilation.
The principles of the method appear as laid out by Joseph himself. Rather than a quick or clumsy description, the concepts of the method are related to the person, so we see why they define how the exercises are done and how the equipment is used.
All the equipment used for the book was built using Josephs measurements, which took quite a bit of effort to assemble. No brands involved. Some exercises only work -or need- his versions of the 'apparatuses' and many, suddenly, make sense when performed in them.
Not only the concepts of the equipment are explained, but also their changes are traced through time. When we can see how their designs change, we refine our understanding of their use.
Because the method is very broad we took our time -well over a decade. No rush. The result is such, that a natural consistency appears across his whole work that maybe doesn't need new modern rules. It is more than a collection of exercises.
The book includes the lists of the most 'universal' exercises per apparatus, and then we add the more 'personal' ones to complete them. Out of those lists, we then follow the orders set by Joseph, including his 'replacement' exercises for those who can't perform the orders as set.
Along with the exercise explanations, we insert links to other exercises that are affected or depend on a particular aspect of the execution. It becomes easy to see the role of the exercise in context.
We don't belong to any system of Pilates, nor we represent any brands or 'ideologies'. We don't have to confirm or go against any approach. Of course, for the research we don't follow the modern versions, neither the 'comtemporary approach' nor the 'classical' style just because they don't represent his work as created.
Make up your own mind. What could be in the original method that you may like or use? Does it represent something you do or want to do? Is his way of performing his method better? or easier? Did the method need as much editing as it has endured?
Perhaps the main goal of the book is to inspire people to actually do the exercises. Working out is the only way to really learn Pilates, and the only way to learn it positively. There is no subtitute. Training people means sharing an acquired experience. If the experience is joyful and the goals are accomplished, then sharing is rewarding. With the book, we are trying to show that the original method is not only viable as a method, but the most encouraging version of the method.
We could go on for ever. Just head to the sample chapters (quite a few) and see if it interests you at all. If it makes you think and question our job is done...