A Letter To Joe: Transcending Time & Space w...

A Letter To Joe: Transcending Time & Space with Pilates and Reiki

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Yonatan Elkayam, expresses his gratitude to Joe Pilates and Mikao Usui for their transformative work in the creation of two powerful healing modalities, Contrology, and Reiki, highlighting their enduring impact on holistic health and personal well-being.


Joseph Hubertus Pilates

939 8th Avenue New York, NY 10019

December 9th, 1923


Dear Joe,

Congratulations on the opening of your Contrology Studio! Though we have never met, and my words find you from a future you might scarcely imagine, I am deeply moved to write to you as one of your devoted students. Your pioneering work in physical fitness has profoundly transformed my life and the lives of many I work with.

Similarly, I have been a student of Mikao Usui, the father of Reiki in Japan, whose practice of channeling Universal Life Energy for healing parallels the transformative essence of your work. Remarkably, you and Usui san share this era, crafting legacies that offer healing and hope to countless souls even amidst the tumult leading into World War I.

Both Reiki and Contrology state that the breath serves as a vital conduit for wellness, embodying different yet complementary paths to healing. Your foundational principles of centering, concentration, and flow echo in the practice of Reiki, underscoring the universal quest for balance and harmony within ourselves and with the world around us. The responsibility to carry forth these teachings falls to us, your students, grounded in the solid foundations you have laid.

Through the lens of Reiki, I’ve learned to transcend the constraints of time and space, embracing energy’s boundless nature. This has enabled me to send you this message of love and gratitude across the years. Inspired by the partnership you share with Clara, my wife Jaime and I have founded Word of Mouth, a holistic practice that weaves together Contrology, Reiki, and Cognitive Coaching. Our approach acknowledges the being in front of us and is designed to nurture the body, mind, and spirit in unison, offering a sanctuary for holistic healing and personal transformation. Your insight that “physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” has guided us, enabling us to touch lives in ways that meld physical vitality with spiritual peace.

Yet, my purpose in writing extends beyond gratitude. I wish to embolden you with the knowledge that despite the inevitable challenges and fleeting nature of student engagements, your influence will permeate the ages. The essence of your teachings will become synonymous with health, resilience, and fluid grace. Though the immediate impact of your efforts may seem obscured, take solace in knowing your legacy will endure far beyond your physical presence on this earth.

Joe, your vision, courage, and unwavering dedication have kindled a flame that will illuminate countless paths to wellness. Embrace every moment with Clara, for together, you are building a legacy of incalculable value. Believe in the certainty of your purpose and the immeasurable impact of your work. The future is bright, and your name will forever be revered as a pillar of health and transformation. Keep going, Joe; I believe in you.

With deepest respect and unending gratitude,

Yonatan Elkayam

Your devoted student from the future

Yonatan is co-founder of Word of Mouth, and West Hollywood Pilates. He is a musician, life coach, Pilates expert, and Reiki healer. His integrative approach weaves together tools for the mind, body, and spirit to support holistic wellbeing on all levels. Follow Word of Mouth and West Hollywood Pilates and join his mission at IG: IG: @westhollywoodpilates



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