Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

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Station Hill Press, 1991 - Experiential learning - 165 pages
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"BodyStories is a book which engages the general reader as well as the serious student of anatomy. Its information is applicable to dancers, artists, athletes, bodyworkers, massage therapists, teachers, and individuals with injuries or with a special interest in learning about their body. Thirty-one days of learning sessions bring heightened awareness about each bone and body system as well as providing self-guided studies to activate the learning processes. The book draws on Ms Olsen's twenty years as a dancer and teacher of anatomy to show how our attitudes and approaches to our body affect us day to day. Amusing and insightful personal stories enliven the text and provide ways of working with the body for efficiency and for healing. Anecdotes about international travel as a dancer, and about working, with colleagues Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in experiential anatomy and Janet Adler in Authentic Movement demonstrate how movement patterns and memories are part of our physical heritage, and how the body serves as a language for our world community. The works of twelve visual artists plus children's drawings, medical illustrations and multicultural images are included to broaden our way of looking at and learning to listen to the stories of the body."--BOOK JACKET.

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ANDREA OLSEN, author, is Professor of Dance and faculty member in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide (UPNE 2002), she performs and teaches internationally and is on the faculty for the teacher training program of the Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was recently a Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, and is working on her third book, The Place of Dance. CARYN MCHOSE, collaborator, has taught movement and anatomy for over 30 years and initiated the experiential anatomy curriculum for Middlebury College. She collaborated with Susan Borg to create the Resonant Kinesiology Training Program in Burlington, Vermont and wrote "The Evolutionary Sequence, An Integrative Model for Movement Study," published in Rolf Lines. Caryn teaches classes and offers private sessions in perceptual bodywork and is working on her first book, The Evolutionary Sequence, Explorations in Movement and Meaning.

McHose has taught creative movement classes for people of all ages for more than 25 years. She has had a private practice in bodywork in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and currently teaches movement using the metaphor of evolutionary biology.

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