Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing Movement

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Jul 1, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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Going beyond good posture and movement efficiency, Mary Bond presents a unique self-help program of body transformation. Much of what we experience as physical tension or stress is the result of an imbalanced body. When our physical structure is habitually bent, twisted, and compressed, the body glues itself together with tension in order to remain upright. Bond demonstrates how the connective tissue that holds our bodies together is actually very flexible and will, with encouragement, adapt to new, healthy patterns of posture and movement.

Rolfing Movement combines touch and verbal messages to help you become more responsive to your body's inner cues. The author offers a practical series of structural awareness exercises that will help you redirect your awareness to internal sensations of tension or balance. These movement explorations are written as scripts so that you can practice the movements with detailed directions. By learning to recognize and respond appropriately to your body's internal messages, you will discover a new freedom of expression in your body, leading to a marked increase in health and vitality.
 

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Contents

Evaluating Your Standing and Walking Patterns
20
Structural Breathing Awareness
34
Exploring Your Back Half
48
CHAPTER
55
CHAPTER
66
Pelvic Floor Exploration
79
GOING WITH THE FLOW
89
Toehinge Exploration
92
Integration of Shoulders and Pelvis
119
CHAPTER
126
Exploring Facial Tension
130
Cranial Support for Your Face
132
Pivoting and Nodding around the Head Hinge
133
Moving from the Back of Your Head
136
Movement Mantra
138
CHAPTER
144

Toe and Ankle Integration
93
The Drawbridge
95
Drawbridge Drag and Drop
96
Pelvic Roll Roll to Standing Knee Bends
98
Activating Your Suspender Muscles
100
Moving from Sitting to Standing
106
CHAPTER
110
Exploring Shoulder Support
113
Guiding Movement from Your Elbow
115
Arm Raise and Drop
118
Blending Qualities of Your Pattern
154
Appreciating Your Pattern
156
Exaggerating a Tension
157
Eliciting Messages
158
Integrating Bilateral Balance
159
CHAPTER
166
CHAPTER
187
Integrative Knee Bends 83
191
APPENDIX
205
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\With a Master's degree in dance from UCLA, Mary Bond trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf and is a certified Rolfer and Rolfing movement teacher. Her articles on bodywork and posture have appeared in numerous magazines. She lives in California. 

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