Who We Are
The Animātum Story
Most basic training gives you the skills to apply exercises and interventions, but mostly in isolation. We wanted something to take our clients further forward towards integrated movement.
We asked ourselves the following questions:
- Why would you apply and exercise?
- When should you prescribe a stretch?
- What is the purpose of an assessment?
- How would you choose to start a program?
Our collective ability to help you answer these questions brought us together to form Animātum.
I have been a dedicated manual therapist for almost 30 years. During the last 20 years I have specialized in myofascial approaches to bodywork and co-authored the textbook ‘Fascial Release for Structural Balance’.
While teaching myofascial anatomy around the world I encountered many interesting models and became especially interested in the functional movement work of Gary Gray. After being awarded the highly regarded GIFT Fellowship from the Gray Institute I managed to blend my understanding of myofascial anatomy and functional movement into a second book – ‘Born to Walk’ – which has been translated into numerous languages with an updated second edition to be released in 2020.
My work combines my interests in functional, evolutionary and comparative anatomy to explore the ‘truths of movement’. I firmly believe that by understanding normal, everyday movement we are better able to understand the limitations our clients may experience and thereby develop appropriate, fun and individualized movement practices for them.
I first became aware of Pilates in 1998 after sustaining a sporting injury to my shoulder and upper back. I quickly became interested in the intelligent approach to the body work that it offered, and found that the exercises not only eradicated my shoulder pain but strengthened my whole body and gave me a better sense of ‘integrity’.
Thus began my journey as I decided to train to become a Pilates Instructor with Body Control Pilates. 20 years on and I am still enjoying the benefits the exercise system brings to my own body, but more importantly I love seeing the changes in my clients’ movement patterns and strength. I have continued to develop my skills as a movement professional. I qualified to teach on the Pilates studio equipment in 2003 and have used this in my work as a means of assessment and also of progression for my clients. More recently I undertook the Anatomy Trains course ‘Functional Release for Structural Balance’, and this is where I met James who was the principal tutor on the course and Mark who was also a participant.
Fascia, and fascial fitness then became a very interesting topic for me and I began to realise that I needed to change my teaching approach to include this in my lessons. Last year I completed my ‘Diploma in Slings Myofascial Training’ with Karin Gurtner of the Art of Motion Academy in Switzerland. This course emphasizes how exercises bring benefits to the fascial network and therefore improve structural integration through movement. I continue to integrate my skills teaching my clients on an individual basis and in group settings.
Mark Parfitt Jones
I have been working in the fitness industry since 1994. Originally training as a fitness instructor and sports therapist at the City of Bath College.
In 2003 I qualified with Body Control Pilates and became deeply committed to the method. I continued with my development and became a master teacher for both studio and matwork. I am a supervising teacher, helping in the qualifying of new teachers as well as teaching on the Pilates for Hypermobility Course,
I am also The Body Control Pilates Associations Council Member for the south.
In 2012 I took on the position of conditioning tutor and module coordinator with Circomedia; an internationally recognised school offering degree courses, one of only two in the UK. I also completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education.
Through my love of movement , I discovered Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains and I trained as a KMI practitioner (now known as Anatomy Trains Structural Integration) and completed the exam to become Board Certified Structural Integrator. It was around this time that I met both James and Lucy
This began an interest in Fascia and in 2017 I completed my fascial fitness trainer qualification
I have taught at many of the top health clubs and run a Bristol Partnership studio in Bristol.
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