Margot McKinnon Body Harmonics Pilates

Resources for every Pilates and movement professional

The work we do at Body Harmonics has always been about helping people transform their lives through movement. Over the years, I’ve worked with many clients, trained thousands of instructors and witnessed miracles along the way.

One way we create miracles at Body Harmonics on a daily basis is by taking a scientific approach to movement. We study neuromuscular science, established movement protocols and deliver them through advanced teaching methodologies. This makes them accessible and meaningful to both clients and teacher training students of Body Harmonics.

I get asked all the time for recommended resources. Below is a list of books from my personal library that I’ve turned to often over the years. I hope you find them as helpful as I do.


Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies by Grey Cook (2011)

Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain by Florence P. Kendall, Elizabeth Kendall McCreary, Patricia G. Provance and Mary Rodgers (2005)

Joint Motion and Function Assessment: A Research-Based Practical Guide by Hazel M. Clarkson (2005)

New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World by Mary Bond (2006)

Job’s Body by Deane Juban (2003)

Athletic Body in Balance by Grey Cook (2003)

Move your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement by Katie Bowman (2014)

The Thinking Body by Mabel Todd (1980)

Human Movement Potential: It’s Ideokinetic Facilitation by Lulu E. Sweigard (1974)

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge (2007)

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Rediscoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge (2015)

Movement Impairment Syndromes of the Extremeties, Cervical and Thoracic Spines, 1e by Shirley Sahrmann (2010)

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes, 1e by Shirley Sahrmann (2001)

Spinal Control: The Rehabilitation of Back Pain: State of the art science, 1e by Paul W. Hodges, Jacek Cholewicki and Jean H. van Dieen (2013)

Back Pain – A Movement Problem: A clinical approach incorporating relevant research and practice, 1e by Josephine Key (2010)

Fascia: The Tension Network of the Human Body: The science and clinical applications in manual and movement therapy 1e  by Robert Schlein, Thomas W. Findley, Leon Chaitow and Peter Huiing (2012)

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Volume 2: The Lower Body, 2e by Leon Chaitow and Judith Delany (2011)


I hope you find these resources as helpful as I do. If you have any additional resources at the top of your list, share them with others below. 


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