Somatics: Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health Paperback – Aug 4 2004
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“[A] favorite body scanning bible.”
About the Author
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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Most people don't understand that their posture and how they use their body comes from how they have unwittingly programmed their
bodies. Their bodies are on "auto-pilot". Hanna makes this clear to the reader and then discusses how the reader can re-awaken their brain circuits and change their body programming, releasing
muscular tension, using the exercises in the back of the book. Granted that the wooden figures showing the exercises can be difficult to discern, it is worth your patience to work it out.
Your body will thank you. I have adapted many of the movements to my table work sessions and always assign one or two movements as homework. You can do much on your own. I have given away many copies of this book to clients who showed great interst in Hanna's work and in taking care of themselves.
But what is the catch? As Thomas Hanna explains, once you learn how your body really works, its up to you to learn how to improve its function. The bad news is that it takes time and persistance to effectively apply the knowledge in "Somatics" to your own body. The good news, however, is that by applying this knowledge you'll gain control over your own muscular (and thereby skeletal) health, now and for the rest of your life!
I also like this book because even though the material is fairly scientific, the book's occasional humor and its case study format make it an enjoyable read.
Most recent customer reviews
We are using this book as our 'workbook' in yoga class. When I received it, I immediately started reading it and was pleased at how Thomas Hanna presented the information so as to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy exercises for someone with a messed up back. Have actually had some pain free days (first in years).Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first read this book 22 years ago when I graduated from massage therapy college. Something sparked my memory how useful these exercises were for my clients and myself. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Randall Friedman
I m really interested in somatics as I see what it does to my body and my mind. This book is accessible to anyone, it bring awareness but also hope into our lives. Read morePublished 13 months ago by renee marie
This is great background reading. As a chronic pelvic pain patient with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, I have read a yon of books. This is a fundamental read. Read morePublished on July 1 2014 by Patricia Sanghwan
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