The Integral Movement Method (IMM) is an evidence-based method backed by scientific research. Two research papers are pending publication currently which will offer exciting developments into movement therapy treatments for those with hypermobility. The published extract from 2021 states “Preliminary analysis shows that this on-line Pilates program designed for people with hEDS/HSD provides a viable model for intervention and research with this population”.
The research project into the IMM had an initial enrolment of 671 hypermobile participants. I am delighted that the outcome measures showed 88% of post-intervention respondents were likely or very likely to recommend this program to other people with hypermobility. The research data demonstrates both the physical and psychological benefits of practising the IMM. I look forward to sharing the published data with you in 2024.
The IMM benefits
The Integral Movement Method (IMM) is a no pain, no strain strategy to movement that allows the body to release stress and tension from the body and replace it with a calm nervous system and efficient movement patterns. Pain and discomfort, often stuck in the body for many years, can often disappear. The IMM is endorsed by doctors and physiotherapists and has helped hundreds of people.
A personal journey
My work is personal. I was a chronic pain sufferer, with a hypermobile, bendy and unstable body. I experienced three episodes of pneumonia that left me with a lifelong lung condition called bronchiectasis. My extensive medical history of seemingly unrelated issues finally led me to a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTs) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This experience led me to develop my own approach to take back control of my health.
Informed by years of training and research
I trained with the internationally recognised leader of rehabilitation-based Pilates, Polestar Pilates. I then explored outside the realm of Pilates and studied other disciplines – attending courses on biomechanics, anatomy, neuroscience and lifestyle medicine. Through self-practice, study and the privilege of working with thousands of my own clients, I developed the Integral Movement Method (IMM).
Making IMM available to all
I’m a firm believer that movement heals. I work privately with clients in my clinic in Wimbledon but I’m committed to sharing IMM with sufferers globally. I want everyone that needs it to have easy, affordable access to my approach. To this end, I launched The Zebra Club app, the most comprehensive collection of movement solutions for people with hypermobility and EDS which offers effective, affordable and safe programmes.