Wisdom of the Body Moving: An Introduction to Body-mind Centering

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North Atlantic Books, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 346 pages
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This comprehensive guide introduces Body-Mind Centering, the internationally recognized field pioneered by dancer and occupational therapist Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Devoting thirty-five years to a systematic investigation of the relations between bodily experience and the anatomical maps of science, Bainbridge Cohen independently discovered many of the principles that underlie Feldenkrais work, cranial osteopathy, Rolfing, dance therapy, and Zero Balancing. Experienced BMC practitioner Linda Hartley demonstrates the basic philosophy and key elements of Body-Mind Centering. Drawing on animal and infant movements, she takes readers through the wondrous realms of Bainbridge Cohen’s pantheon—from the 'minds' of the skeletal and muscular systems to the quite different inner lives of digestive, lymphatic, urinary, respiratory, vocal, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive organs. Her choreography ultimately brings us into the states of consciousness of skins, cells, blood, fat, cerebrospinal fluid, nervous system, and brain. Hartley’s explorations of the images, feelings, sensations, and intuitions of the diverse organs and cells lead to exercises that gently guide students in ways of discovering and integrating their bodies’ multidimensional aspects.
 

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Contents

Prebirth and Birth
41
Moving on Land
63
Tables
84
Developmental Movement Therapy
89
Deepening Contact with the Source of Movement
113
Form and Structure
131
The Muscular System
157
Muscle Currenting and Complementary Action
165
The Systems of Communication
237
Working with the Brain as Organic Tissue
246
Balance and Imbalance Within the ANS
254
RepatterningThrough the Nervous System
260
The Fluid Systems
267
The Arterial Flow
273
Cerebrospinal Fluid
279
Cellular Fluid
285

Four Stages of a Muscle Action
172
SoftTissues of the Body
181
Activating the Support of the Organs
188
Qualities of the Mind of the Organs
196
Organs of the Reproductive System
202
Relationship to the Developmental Patterns
210
Fluid Balance
291
Notes
311
Bibliography
325
Further Resources
333
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