The Body of Life: Creating New Pathways for Sensory Awareness and Fluid Movement

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1993 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
In this classic book on bodywork education, Thomas Hanna builds on the theoories of Functional Integration, a method that applies gentle physical manipulation to fine-tune the nervous system and eliminate involuntary responses to tension, anxiety, and emotional pain. Through case histories, the author describes methods for improving bodily coordination, balance, and range of movement. With enhanced awareness, we gain a greater understanding of our internal states and our ability to affect them. He also surveys the pioneering work of Moshe Feldenkrais, who devised the system of Functional Integration, and many other somatic educators. Hanna’s engaging account offers a profound understanding of the precise relationship between mind and body that can be applied in our day-to-day living.
 

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Contents

what is a soma?
3
THE FOUR DIMENSIONS OF THE SOMA
17
spatial distortions of the living body
19
SOMATIC RETRACTION
21
The Function of Standing
37
SOMATIC FIXATION
49
The Function of Facing
63
SOMATIC LATERALIZATION
73
The Function of Timing
124
SOMATIC EDUCATION
133
the nature of learning
135
the somatic educators
153
THE GENTLE PIONEERS
155
INTELLIGENCE SANITY AND MOVEMENT
167
INTEGRATING NEURAL FUNCTIONS
177
THREE THE ARCHESOMA
191

The Function of Handling
87
temporal distortion of the living body
103
SOMATIC INEFFICIENCY
105

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Author of the groundbreaking book, Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health, Thomas Hanna (1928-1990) was the director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in San Francisco and the founder and editor of Somatics: Magazine-Journal of the Bodily Arts and Sciences.

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