Somatics: Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health

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Da Capo Press, Aug 4, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 162 pages
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In the revolutionary Somatics, Thomas Hanna demonstrates that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time-chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and even high blood pressure -need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, a state which Hanna calls sensory-motor awareness. This gentle, lifelong program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a five-minute routine once a day.

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I think that this book is well written and gives a good overview of the fact that we don’t have to believe that ageing = stiffness and pain.
This is a positive attitude towards taking good care of
ourself without resorting to expensive treatments and ongoing pain medication. Although the book was written in 1988, the information does not age. 

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The problem with this is that it is a regurgitation of some pretty solid ideas
best served in the individual by more solid practical solutions. The Alexander Technique
will give the individual the
experience of what he is talking about, whilst giving a firm base from which
to proceed individually. The problem with academics is that they rarely understand the need
for their well researched ideas to be translated into practical use for the layman. There aren't really
any five minute a day techniques that produce long term benefits. This therefore becomes a bit
like a get rich quick scheme for those who really can't be bothered. for further info.

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Thomas Hanna, Ph.D. , founder of the field of Somatics, is director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in Novato, California. He is also editor of Somatics Magazine-Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences.

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