“Return to Life” Book | Pilates History Research

I have both the 1945 and 1960 editions of Return to Life in my collection. There are a few subtle differences between the two in regards to the exercise instructions and photos.

Here’s a layout comparing the 1945 version and the 1960 version. Expand individual pics to read the instructions and to see details!

We can speculate why Joe decided to make these editions between publications. 

Roll Over and Bicycle: it appears that he rearranged the order of the photos to match the instructions more clearly.

The One Leg Kick and The Double Kick: it looks as though the instructions for Pose 1 of  these two exercises got mixed up in the 1945 edition and was later corrected in the 1960!

Rocking: A subtle difference in the photos for Pose 1.

Side Bend: this is my favorite. Check out the difference in the hand position for Pose 4! Wow! 

If you’re interested in going deeper into these changes and the editions of the books, IGTV at @elaine_ewing for the Return to Life Readings Sean Gallagher and Elaine did every Friday in 2020! We discuss these… and more!

Images first shared on 10/22/21.

"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The Rollover
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The Bicycle
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The One Leg Kick
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The Rocking
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The Double Leg Kick
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: The Side Bend

A comparison between the covers of the 1945 and 1960 “Return to Life” covers.

Images first shared on 10/22/21.

"Return to Life" Book Comparison: 1960 Book cover
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: 1960 Book cover
"Return to Life" Book Comparison: 1945 Book cover

Flier/ Order Form

This is a publisher’s flier from my collection of originals. It was produced by The Christopher Publishing House as an order form for Return to Life Through Contrology.

Images first shared on 7/1/21.

Return to Life Reviews Pilates History Archives Article
Return to Life Reviews Pilates History Archives Article

Book Reviews

A number of book reviews for Joseph Pilates’ book, Return to Life Through Contrology, were published over his lifetime.

Images first shared on 4/3/21.

"Return to Life" Book review pilates archive article
"Return to Life" book review pilates archive article
Return to Life Reviews Pilates History Archives Article
Return to Life Reviews Pilates History Archives Article
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