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Anatomy of Movement [Paperback]

Blandine Calais-Germain
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Feb. 22 2008 0939616572 978-0939616572 2nd
Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body. In clear and concise text illustrated with more than a thousand graphic drawings, the author guides the reader on a lively tour of the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints of the arms, legs and trunk. The focus throughout the book is on anatomy not for its own sake, but in its functional relationship to the actual movements of the body in dance, exercise, and other physical disciplines. In this newly-revised edition, a majority of the thousand-plus illustrations are new or have been modified by the author from the original edition. The text has also been updated, and the sequencing of the presentation of the musculoskeletal anatomy has been revised in part.

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"A great study companion for any human anatomy course, and perfect for ACE-certified professionals or those studying to take the ACE exam." - American Council on Exercise, Recommended Reading List "We actively encourage all members of the Romana's Pilates(R) instructor network, as well as trainees in our instructor training program, to read this book. We believe it's a great source of information to heighten one's understanding and awareness of how the body moves." - Daria Pace, Instructor Trainer, Romana's Pilates(R) "Calais-Germain truly understands the musculoskeletal system, its functional anatomy and potential dysfunctions. This book is a 'must-have' for bodyworkers." - John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., author of Craniosacral Therapy "Anatomy of Movement is a wonderfully concise and accessible resource for the training of instructors at the New York City Ballet Workout." - John-Mario Sevilla, Manager of School Programs, New York City Ballet "A beautifully thought-out and exceptionally well-illustrated book." - Massage "Fills a great clinical need. No other book describes function and structural realities of movement so clearly and simply." - Michael Smith, M.D. "This work is truly by one who understands movement. Calais-Germain shows her respect for the logic of human anatomy and biomechanics, and reveals her experience in dance. The text is a necessity for all dance teachers and students in their pursuit of further knowledge of the art form." - Moira McCormack, MSc, MCSP, SRP, Lecturer in Anatomy, Royal Academy of Dance "Our students love it! The consistent sequencing of information about each body region helps students develop a thinking process about that part, i.e., 'This is how it's put together, so this is how it works.'" - Pat Archer, M.S., L.M.P., A.T.C., Director of Education, Brenneke School of Massage, Seattle

About the Author

Blandine Calais-Germain is the celebrated author of Anatomy of Movement, Anatomy of Movement: Exercises, The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises, and Anatomy of Breathing. Her lifelong involvement with dance, both as performer and teacher, led to an interest in other physical disciplines and to more formal study of the complex and integrated movements of the body. She studied physiotherapy at the French School of Orthopedics and Massage in Paris, and subsequently developed an innovative method for teaching the physical structures of anatomy in relation to movement, which she teaches at workshops in France to students from all over the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrates Movement June 30 2014
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Simple accurate sketches illustrate how muscles work to move the body. Chapter 1 is a visual introduction to basic principles and anatomical language. The rest of the chapters are devoted to describing actions in the following areas of the body - trunk, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip and knee, ankle and foot.

Other books might have flashier, more colourful pictures, but this one best illustrates movement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie! Sept. 9 2013
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I have seen - and bought - a number of anatomy books within the last year, some as part of becoming a yoga instructor, some for clarification for dance purposes. This one was recommended as part of becoming certified to teach ATS belly dance. At first glance, the line drawings seemed a bit dated compared to some more recent anatomy publications - but the book does a great job of explaining anatomy terminology in a clear and thorough way. A great tool for a dancer, dance instructor, or anyone else interested in the inner workings of movement in the human body!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Anatomy book for Yoga. Jan. 13 2014
By Kara
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This is a great book for anatomy. Plenty of detail and information.

I wish it would have had colour to make it a little easier to follow; but, seeing as I am just starting out in anatomy - maybe this is why it is not the perfect anatomy book for me.

I found the Key Muscles of Yoga much more helpful - better pictures and colour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better April 1 2011
By Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is recommended for many yoga teacher trainings and is what purchased it for. I've taken collage level anatomy courses in the past, so am not completely new to the concepts and terminology. The book is great at keeping things simple and limiting the information to what is needed for movement. It also has good drawings littered throughout the pages. However, it can be difficult to get used to the way it is written. At times the writing seems random and could use a little more detail to help you get a better understanding. Sometimes the phrasing doesn't really make sense and it will often only give one example. The easiest way I found to work with this book and really understand what was going on was to pair it with an anatomy coloring book. So it's good for giving you basic knowledge but you'll probably need something else if you really want to understand it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for bodyworkers May 3 2011
By Kenneth Paul kawaji - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has simple and clear illustrations and concise text. The book seems best suited to readers who already have some experience studying anatomy. It then serves as a great refresher, touchstone, and unique re-integrator of points of reference that have been forgotten, mis-understood or misplaced in the memory.
I found the point of view elegant and the organization of the information flowed in a useful way that I found simple to follow and understand. This also makes it easier to bookmark and refer to.
I'm very glad to have this book as part of my working collection of reference books and study guides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massage April 14 2013
By Glenda McFall - Published on Amazon.com
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This book helped me to know how the muscles are moving. So it really helped me to take my final exam. and my state test. Love this book and reference it all the time. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone learning this field or physical therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of Movement Dec 20 2010
By MJO - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really useful for a person with non-medical background who wants to learn more about the anatomy and movement.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of movement. July 12 2014
By Valerie Milora - Published on Amazon.com
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Great reference for anyone who wants to understand fully how movement works at the deepest levels in our bodies. A solid foundation and "Must read" for anyone working as, or interested in becoming a personal trainer, physical therapist or deepening their personal knowledge of movement.
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