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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Eastland Press; 2nd edition (Feb. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939616572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939616572
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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the only downfall is the darker highlighter that was used, although it was only used in minimal places. I love the detail in the drawings and how she relates it to everyday things.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara on Jan. 13 2014
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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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174 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Easy to understand and very helpful March 14 2000
By P. Lozar - Published on
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As a student of yoga and dance, I've been looking for an anatomy book to help me understand what's involved in movement. Unfortunately, most of the books I found were encyclopedic reference tomes that overwhelmed me with information. So I was delighted to run across this one: because its specific focus is movement, the drawings and descriptions cover only the relevant anatomical details. It's easy to understand and clear without being simplistic. The organization of the book makes it easy to find the information you want. And it doesn't just show joints and muscles; other relevant body parts are illustrated so the reader comprehends how everything works together (I never understood what the diaphragm really looks like until I saw this book!). This is a book that belongs in everyone's library -- it's not just for dancers or bodyworkers.
74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction to anatomy and kinesiology Sept. 19 2003
By Gregory Olsen - Published on
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As other reviewers have said, this is an excellent introduction to anatomy and kinesiology. The book strikes the perfect balance between clinical detail and practical knowledge for body-workers, athletes and dancers. We have copies of several pages up on the wall at my Pilates studio which get referred to often.
All the major skeletal muscle groups of the limbs and torso are covered. It is not a disection manual. It is organized for students of movement. Of particular value is the section on the work of the psoas and the "psoas paradox" that is somewhat controversial.
To get more in depth, one text I can recommend for the dancer/Pilates instructor is "Dance Kinesiology" by Sally Sevey Fitt.
73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
The finest introduction to muscle & joint biomechanics Dec 27 1999
By Matthew - Published on
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This excellent book focuses on the practical explanation of joint construction and function. Describes in easy-to-understand terms how muscles act upon joints. Uncanny in its ability to simplify a complex subject, if studied carefully it will give there reader an understanding of applied anatomy and kinesiology to almost second year university level. Excellent-yet-simple illustrations can be related to Dance, Gymnastics, Yoga and Martial Arts. I have used it extensively throughout my degree and in my opinion it should be a standard text in all human movement and physiotherapy courses.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
The best anatomy of skeletal musculature I have found. Sept. 29 1999
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The book contains hundreds of drawings showing the attachments and actions of the skeletal muscles. Muscle actions are related to movements of stretching, walking, standing, dance, sport, etc. Diagrams show the range of movement, how muscle action varies with posture and position, directions in which force is exerted, how the action of one muscle affects another.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
wonderful book Jan. 19 2002
By Mark - Published on
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This book is everything I wanted. I faced facts a long time ago that when it comes to subjects like science and anatomy, I'm not incredibly gifted. But I understood everything in this book during the first read. It is all laid out so matter-of-factly, that it is easy to digest.
As a yoga instructor, I have been looking for a book that covers how the human body moves in a way that I could apply towards my knowledge of postures. This book succeeded admirably.