Subtitle: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
Recommended to me by: a client
This is a practical, applied introduction to Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work. After an introductory summary, he presents 12 exercises, starting with body awareness and grounding, continuing with awareness of felt senses in the body, and then […]
Focusing is a way of looking inside and being with a felt sense of our experience. Alexander Technique is about interrupting unhelpful physical habits to allow the body to move with ease. Kevin McEvenue brought them together: inviting the body to move how it wants to as a way of restoring flow to blocked […]
Subtitle: Reclaiming Your Body
Recommended to me by: a client
This book is divided into three parts: a general introduction to the history of trauma treatment and PTSD, a suggested yoga practice for traumatized people, illustrated with photographs, and suggestions for offering trauma-sensitive yoga for clinicians and yoga teachers.
Throughout the book, it is […]
Subtitle: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance
Recommended to me by: David Mitchell
I enthusiastically endorse this book’s focus on awareness, especially in core areas that we often learn to block out. The psoas muscles connects the front of the lumbar spine to the inside of the pelvis to the inner upper femur, all […]
Subtitle: The Mind-Body Connection
Recommended to me by: Amy Bennett
What Dr. Sarno tells his TMS patients:
Resume physical activity. It won’t hurt you. Talk to your brain: tell it you won’t take it anymore. Stop all physical treatments for your back—they may be blocking your recovery.
Repress your anger or emotions—they can […]
Subtitle: A Manual for Students
Recommended to me by: reading Conable’s previous book, What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
This book is less playful and more dense than What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, but it is not at all the dry instruction manual I thought it would […]
Subtitle: The Practical Application of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique to Making Music
Recommended to me by: Rosi Goldsmith
This book is filled with detailed illustrations of the body’s structure and how the parts work together, presented in a playful, declarative way. “If you already have a very free neck, Celebrate!”
I was […]
Subtitle: Remember When It Didn’t Hurt
Recommended to me by: Rosalind Bell
This book is a beautifully photographed and illustrated step-by-step guide to moving well as a human. It is also a carefully crafted sales brochure for the author’s clinic and method, with testimonials sprinkled liberally through the text.
Esther Gokhale (“Go-clay”) grew up […]
Subtitle: For Pain-Free Movement
Trigger points are small knots of tension within muscles. They cause local taut bands of muscle fibers and dispersed pain in predictable patterns. Steady, firm but not aggressive pressure helps resolve trigger points and the seemingly intractable pain they cause.
Clear, detailed, and encouraging, this book helps you find and […]
Subtitle: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness
Recommended to me by: Keelin Anderson, LMT
After 35 discouraging pages of philosophical pseudo-science, Ridley subsides into surprisingly practical advice about providing non-judgmental bodywork. Stay present. Check your perceptions with your client to make sure you’re not straying into fantasy. Do your own work first. […]