Structural Bodywork

By John Smith
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  • Readable and academically sound without being difficult to read and understand
  • Grounded firmly in bodywork practice
  • Brings together previously unrelated theories and relates them to practice
  • Reviews the well-known theories of Rolf and Feldenkrais and shows how they can sit together and are BOTH relevant to practice
  • Includes a large practical manual section on techniques and models for different skeletal problems
  • Highly illustrated
  • Fills a gap in the bodywork literature
  • Providing an advanced introduction to the field of structural bodywork, this valuable resource combines coverage of both skills and theory into one comprehensive guide to this specialized form of bodywork practice. Featuring numerous illustrations with photographs and drawings, it provides extensive information on the theory of structural bodywork related to human anatomy and clinical presentations. Focusing on issues related to dysfunctions of structure, posture, and gait, this reader-friendly text also discusses the background of structural bodywork, how it has developed, and how it is understood today.

    Key Features
    • Content is highly readable, academically sound, and grounded firmly in bodywork practice.
    • Previously unrelated theories are discussed and applied to practice.
    • The well-known theories of Rolf and Feldenkrais are reviewed.
    • A comprehensive practical manual section provides numerous techniques and models for a variety of musculoskeletal skeletal problems.
    • Numerous illustrations provide a better understanding of text content.
    ISBN 9780443100109
    Author Information By John Smith, Bachelor of Education (SYD); Graduate Diploma in Business Computing (UWS); Diploma Remedial Massage (NatureCare); Certified Rolfer; Certified Feldenkrais practitioner; Certified Cranio-Sacral practitioner (Upledger); Certified Trager practitioner, Somatic therapist, Certified Rolfing and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Sydney, Australia
    Published Reviews "The author displays an in-depth knowledge of all the currently taught philosophies, presenting many paradigms of manual medicine that are concurrent with contemporary care: massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates, Alexander technique, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, osteopathy and chiropractic. Smith has ably summarised the work of other practitioners, individualised some of his own contributions and produced a practical 'how-to' manual with a clear and simple working protocool." Complementary Medicine

    "This is an essential purchase for chiropractors that focus on soft-tissue technique, as it provides an intelligent, yet highly readable, discussion on structural bodywork, building on the theories of Ida Rolf (Rolfing) and Feldenkrais. It focuses on the issues of posture and structure and the functional limitations that arise from them and presents a broader context of discussion that includes chiropractic."

    Chiropractic Journal of Australia, December 2005
    Table of Content Preface
    Section 1: Background and History of Structural Bodywork
    Structural bodywork: An overview
    A brief history of structural bodywork
    Structural bodywork in the context of other complementary therapies
    What is structural bodywork?
    Structural bodywork - some frequently asked questions
    Section 2: Our Somatic Organisation
    The mapping of man
    The techniques of structural bodywork
    Structure and function
    The connective tissue network
    The oscillatory properties of the fascial network
    Section 3: Practical Manual
    A catalogue of some common postural dysfunctions
    Some useful models for working with structure
    Practicum - assessment, technique and strategy in structural bodywork
    A first approximation to balancing structure
    Working in the sagittal plane
    Working on the frontal plane
    Working on the transverse plane
    Working with the shoulder girdles
    Working with the external rotation of the leg
    Publication Date 31-01-2005
    Pages 248
    Trim 276x219
    Stock Status In Stock
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