Mary Bond explains that healthy posture comes not by training our muscles into an ideal shape, but from a new sense that we can develop by learning to feel. Drawing from 35 years of helping people to improve their bodies, she shows how habitual movement patterns and emotional factors lead to unhealthy posture. Bond identifies the key anatomical features that impact alignment, and proposes six zones that help create postural changes. She offers self-help exercises that enable healthy function in each zone and includes case histories to inspire practitioners as well as information on basic ergonomics.
Bond (Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing Movement), who has a master's degree in dance from UCLA and trained as a structural integration practitioner, here argues that one's posture results from habits that have evolved along with life experiences. Not surprisingly, these habits lead to bad posture and chronic pain, both of which Bond aims to alleviate with a program for the daily renewal of posture. In Part 1, she instructs readers on becoming aware of postural habits, while in Part 2, she studies the body in relation to its core. Part 3 sees her investigating the use of the senses and how that affects one's perception of the world. Finally, in Part 4, Bond explores the body's movement. The book contains clear illustrations throughout and many exercises focusing on subtle body sensations. A good purchase for all libraries. Recommended for anyone interested in the anatomical and emotional aspects of the movement of one's body; good for all libraries.-Dede Archer, Naples, FL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Healing Arts Press
November 29, 2006
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