The Power and the Grace: the Professional’s Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement

The Power and the Grace: the Professional’s Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement

We are beyond excited to announce that Joanne’ s new book is out now! You can order from Singing Dragon using discount code ELPHIN12, or from Amazon. In Sweden, you can also order from Bokus. In Australia or New Zealand, you can also order from Woodslane. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Joanne has written “The Power and the Grace: the Professional’s Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement”  for those holistically minded movement professionals who want to learn the art and science of movement teaching, blending physics and fascia, brain and body in a way that is functionally relevant, simple to understand and easy to integrate into practice. As always, Joanne has written this to be an inclusive resource for professionals across the health fitness and wellbeing spectrum, synthesising the complexity into clear, simple language that can be immediately used with patients and clients. Find the colour in your language, learn the difference between talking to the the brain or to the mind, and discover how to communicate the intention and sense of a movement with ease.

Whether you are a Pilates or yoga teacher, a physiotherapist or a trainer, if you want to understand the fundamental foundations for functionality and translate your work into meaningful real life application, there will be something that you will love in this book.

Listen to Joanne talking about the book with Stop Chasing Pain’s Dr Perry Nicholson in this podcast.

Here is a sneak preview inside the book:

The Power and the Grace by Joanne Elphinston

We are thrilled to let you know that 'The Power and the Grace: A Professional's Guide to Ease and Efficiency in Functional Movement' by Joanne Elphinston is published and availble to buy! If you asked to be notified on publication you will receive an email shortly telling you how to buy the book at 10% discount. It's a beautiful, engaging publication and will be of immense value to movement teachers of all kinds. Full details at the product link. Congratulations Joanne!

Posted by Handspring Publishing Limited on Monday, 28 October 2019


This is such an empowering read. 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 (I’ll never cue tummy in and glutes tight again!).


The techniques are so simple and yet consistently create profound “lightbulb” or aha moments for my clients, liberating them from years of postural stress in an instant. This might sound like an overstatement, but you only need to explore Chapter 6 on postural locks and the keys that unlock them for yourself, and you will see what I mean.


The book is also a real joy to look at and read. The pictures and images clarify the concepts beautifully. The language is inviting and rich with imagery so you can often feel the value of the movements depicted before trying them out for yourself.


I particularly love the emphasis on exploring new options and revealing potential as opposed to correcting, controlling or fixing. Highly, highly recommended for anyone who desires to teach movement with the nuance, finesse and creativity that our incredible human bodies and minds deserve.

Laura Kavanagh 

Joanne’s knowledge and ability to pass on that knowledge is of the highest standard. This book uses corroborated evidence to help practitioners, of all movement arenas, understand and implement very useful and highly powerful methods and techniques to help individuals most easily access new approaches to their movement strategies. Some of the most valuable ‘golden nuggets’ for me are the visualisation that helps to acquire the best neuromuscular adaptations. Simple is best, highly effective is vital.

Steve Young 

I am a Pilates teacher and a somatic movement therapist and have got so much from this book. It provides a well-thought-out and practical framework for working with movement in everyone – athletes, dancers, those with injuries, the elderly. Some of the ideas about core stability and cueing are challenging to many mainstream approaches (including Pilates) but I urge you to try them out on your own body and see what you think. Revolutionary.

Amazon customer 

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. Can’t wait to meet you Joanne in December and very glad to be on the first UK run of the new EASE course. Highly recommended reading for anyone who teaches functional movement and wants a practical guide to working with the mind as well as the body.

Elaine Westwick  Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist

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