on March 5, 2004
I'm a professional who utilizes applied biomechanics for a
living. I also study Tai Chi and other internal martial arts.
I am no dancer. I've been exposed through my profession to
Feldenkrais, Pilates, and yoga. Guess what? They're all
virtually the same!
I was turned on to this book by a martial arts colleague.
It has changed the way we look at our martial arts practice.
Franklin does a really nice job of describing the pertinent
functional anatomy in many key areas of your body (pelvis and
pelvic floor, including iliopsoas, back, legs, internal organs,
etc.)-- specifically the importance of key biomechanical
properties. He describes very enriching visualization and touch/
feel exercises to induce greater awareness and relaxation,
thereby promoting function. Higher kicks and jumps, deeper
squats (plie's), all with less effort. It's clear, and the
There are exercises for awareness, relaxation, alignment,
stretching, and strengthening. They are simple, easily done
with small Pilates-type balls and Thera-band, but some
are quite hard and take some work!
My only complaint is that some of his diagrams lack detail,
or there aren't enough diagrams or pictures to fully elucidate
the anatomy or the exercises. He does provide excellent
descriptive text, however.
I've recommended this text to other martial artists, to my
colleagues, to physical therapists, and to medical students.
Well done, and I will certainly add some of his other books to \
my wish list!
on April 11, 2014
As a relatively inexperienced dancer, I so far find this book to be helpful and informative. It has provided me with visualization techniques, exercises, and suggestions for improving my general conditioning and dance technique. Would recommend.
on December 29, 2011
C'est la deuxième fois que j'achète ce livre et je vais offrir ce deuxième exemplaire à une amie danseuse. C'est une bonne façon de maintenir en forme la masse musculaire nécessaire à la danse, autant classique que contemporaine. Aujourd,Hui, étant plus âgée, je fais très peu de classes de danse, alors les exercices de ce livre m'aident à garder la forme, et surtout à ne pas trop perdre mes acquis.