The Body of Life: Creating New Pathways for Sensory Awareness and Fluid Movement
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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what is a soma?
THE FOUR DIMENSIONS OF THE SOMA
spatial distortions of the living body
The Function of Standing
The Function of Facing
The Function of Timing
the nature of learning
the somatic educators
THE GENTLE PIONEERS
INTELLIGENCE SANITY AND MOVEMENT
INTEGRATING NEURAL FUNCTIONS
THREE THE ARCHESOMA
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