Fascia in Motion: Fascia focused movement for Pilates by Elizabeth Larkam (above) was published in October 2017.
Tracey Mellor PMA®-CPT, Fascial Fitness Master Trainer, kindly agreed to review the book with the critical eye of a highly experienced Pilates teacher. She gives her verdict on it here.
Fascia in Motion by Elizabeth Larkam introduces fascia focused Pilates movement. It is a comprehensive publication, incorporating easy to use access to a large and professional video resource. Fascia research and how it can be integrated into existing exercise modalities is a challenge to every teacher who wants to embrace this new way of understanding human anatomy and I think that Elizabeth has met this challenge head on with the well conceived concept of fascia focused Pilates.
Fascia in Motion is a big book that deserves more than a casual glance. It is obvious from reading the introduction that this book is the culmination of a whole lifetime of study and creative inspiration. Elizabeth’s work ethic, attention to detail and passion for the Pilates Method shine through the pages. She has embraced the new science around fascia, bringing fascial research to the Pilates teacher in a language that is easily understood.
When I first received the book I flicked through the pages and was instantly daunted by the number of tables and pages of detailed exercise description; the tables are in fact a logical and neat way of bringing together the many different principles of the Pilates Method and fascial research. Elizabeth very helpfully gives the reader suggestions on how to use the book. I got the app to scan the QR codes and was quickly engrossed in both watching and reading the description of each exercise. The point of the tables became obvious and provided a practical structure to building a working knowledge of fascia focused Pilates. To help the reader’s understanding each chapter has a client profile, best practice analysis, and exercise selection including how it satisfies both Pilates principles and fascia focused movement criteria. The clever use of original photographs of Joseph Pilates brings the reader back to the foundation of this book in the Pilates Method and Joseph Pilates’ philosophy on a healthy lifestyle.
Elizabeth has used her teaching experience to link the old with the new and overlays historic photographs with the new myofascial lines making it easy to immediately see the connection. I was enormously impressed that Elizabeth modelled all the exercises herself. This embodiment of the exercises is typical of the author. Elizabeth also uses all the Pilates formats – mat, reformer, trapeze table, chair, barrel, and small equipment – making it truly comprehensive. The chapters on specialised applications for fascia focused Pilates movement looks at the modern society issues of age, hip and knee replacements, bone health, posture and gait. They are relevant to today’s teachers and the exercises provide useful additions to any repertoire.
The only real complaint I have is that some of the tables were repetitive and I had to hunt for some explanations of the newer information. The resource lists were very useful here.
I am a comprehensive Pilates teacher who has been closely involved in fascial fitness so I know how difficult explaining and bringing together these two subjects can be. Elizabeth has done this really well. It is a no nonsense publication and should find its way onto reading lists for Pilates training around the world.
Tracey Mellor PMA®-CPT Fascial Fitness Master Trainer