I have always taught in this way. It’s different to the contrived nature in which I was taught. i.e. ‘Breathe in here, do this here, do that there…’ I wanted people to ‘feel’ movement rather than ‘execute’ it. I want the muscles to ‘respond’ and be ‘reactive’ to different stimuli in the way that they should behave in our daily lives.
I want to help people to understand that their physical differences are fine, they are normal; and by stripping out the concept that ‘you should feel this exercise in this way’ it makes the 2 practices (Pilates & Yoga) more accessible. The way you feel an exercise often depends on how you are put together in the first place. There is no substitute for professional input but I’m hoping this book gives you a different perspective…
I am a former Pilates student of Marie-Claire’s and have recently started teaching myself. I am so pleased to be able to access her incredible depth of knowledge and expertise through this book. I not only refer to the book myself but have ordered copies for all my clients, as they asked me how they can safely practice the exercises I teach them in class at home! I know that Marie-Claire’s approach is always, above all, safe and effective and I feel confident that my clients will benefit hugely from all that they will learn from reading and using it. The fact that it appeals to a teachers and a students alike speaks volumes about how well it is written and presented. Thanks Marie-Claire xx
"A fantastic book and ideal for anyone wanting something methodical, safe and effective to follow with full break-downs and build-ups of lots of the Pilates and Yoga fundamentals, this will be a great addition to the Fitt Pilates teacher training courses for students to continue their learning and development."
There are so many books on the market they can get confusing. This book is very clear, really well illustrated and easy to follow. I love it even more as it’s written by the lovely lady that trained and inspired me. I love Marie-Claire’s passion for Pilates and Yoga and it truly shows. A great reliable text.
"I am a complete beginner and have not done anything like this before. The book is so clear I can follow what to do . I love the clear photos and simple instructions and have already followed some of the workouts . A good book for beginners and professionals alike."
"I attended a course with Marie-Claire 3 years ago and have since then have attended several more. She's exceptionally knowledgeable about the human body and it's always a pleasure learning more from her. I will now not attend any courses if they are not run by her. I have also just purchased her book and this book should be given to all Pilates and Yoga Teachers - it is honestly very well written and the explanations just make you go aaah now I understand!."
"This book is a clear and thoughtful introduction to the often confusing world of Pilates. It will become a set text for all trainee teachers as it clearly and methodically de-mystifies Pilates so anyone can understand its considerable benefits. Marie-Claire is an expert in the field of Pilates but she has something else to offer that many experts lack - compassion and vision. A wonderful author!"
“A fantastic book for anybody (because any body is a Pilates body!) who wishes to understand functional movement. This book really breaks down how to perform Pilates and yoga series safely and effectively, unlike so many tutorials available online. I have had the benefit of being a student of Marie-Claire for some years now, and can genuinely recommend her methods. After a lifetime of ballet, distance running, and wearing stiletto heels, I genuinely feel the benefits that this kind of exercise brings. A busy lifestyle means that I can’t always get to class, and these exercises are so well broken down that I feel confident to do them at home. A genuinely helpful resource for Pilates and yoga students.”