The Power and the Grace

Finally, a book about teaching movement that is as much about the brain and how we learn best, as it is about the movement outcomes we desire. Knowing what we want from a client in terms of posture or movement, is often the easy part. Knowing how to communicate that in a way that is meaningful to them and that creates a true, lasting change is the real challenge. There is so much wisdom in this book to that end. Teaching your clients how to sense themselves more accurately, removes the necessity for restrictive postural cues that are often actually inhibiting normal, functional movement.


A Professional’s Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement by Joanne ELPHINSTON

Designed for Pilates and yoga teachers, health and rehabilitation professionals, The Power and the Grace demystifies functional movement and integrates the science of movement with the art of teaching it. It aims to help the holistically minded movement professional achieve rewarding results in neuromuscular function. From brain science to physics, fascia to emotion, this book distils a seemingly complex field into a practical and instantly usable approach that will resonate with movement teachers at all levels of experience. Find the color in your language; learn the difference between talking to the brain or to the mind; and discover how to communicate the intention and sense of a movement with ease!

‘Rarely do I pre-order a book before publication and rarely do I devour a textbook cover to cover – but I have just finished Joanne Elphinston‘s new book “The Power and the Grace” – a Professional’s Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement” and I am very excited. Here is a framework that brings together my intuitive somatic Pilates and embodied awareness work that is also scientifically robust and clearly articulated.’ Elaine Westwick, Pilates Teacher, UK, October 2019


Chapter 1 The movement kaleidoscope
Chapter 2 Moving the brain
Chapter 3 Dancing with Forces
Chapter 4 Myofascial magic
Chapter 5 Vibrant self carriage
Chapter 6 Locks and keys
Chapter 7 The living spine
Chapter 8 Control through ease
Chapter 9 Base notes
Chapter 10 Ups and downs: mastering the vertical
Chapter 11 A leg to stand on
Chapter 12 Elegant, effective gait
Chapter 13 A shoulder to lean on
Chapter 14 Winning our wings
Chapter 15 Speaking the brain’s language
Chapter 16 Reflections