Book Club: The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning

In this month’s Book Club meeting Holly Wallis is excited to discuss “The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning” by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen.

Don’t be shy, please share your thoughts about this book, and your suggestions for future reads.


I love this book! This is the first and only reference book that I have found that fully explains the principles and fundamentals of Pilates while making the work accessible to all. I especially like that the authors have broken up the mat work into manageable segments that allow the reader to practice each level until they are fluent in just that group of exercises before moving on to the next level. Starting with just 10 key exercises and giving the reader permission to progress at their own pace. The core activation cues are easy to follow and useful to avoid bracing.

While some cues are “outdated”, the concepts are still the same and can be used still for the lay person to grasp the ideas of the movement.

I love the add-ons at the end to take the work beyond the mat sequence, which lays the framework for the movements that we see on the Reformer. A series of functional movements on the wall is found at the end to give an extra bonus for desk-jockeys or those wanting to take the work vertical.

Now the bad news: this book is out of print BUT you may be lucky enough to find a used copy on Amazon. Some copies run in excess of $600! If you can find an affordable copy, get it! I found mine for about $40.

This will be a timeless resource with many good options for sharing the Method with clients to ensure they continue their practice beyond your sessions.

Until next time, keep reading!
Yours truly, ✍

Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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So now it is time to announce the next Book Club read. We’ll be talking all things imagery with Eric Franklin’s “Dynamic Alignment through Imagery”.

Join Holly on Monday, September 24 to discuss your thoughts and insights into this book.

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